Effects of Smoking Cigarette on Root Canal Treatments

Effects of Smoking Cigarette on Root Canal Treatments

The American Dental Association recently reported that smokers may be twice as likely to require root canals. A study that appeared in the “Journal of Dental Research” in 2006 began to follow patients in 1968. The study participants, who were all men, received comprehensive dental evaluations every three years and were checked for tartar buildup, gum disease, cavities and loose teeth.

According to the study, smoking was strongly correlated to the need for root canal treatments. The heaviest smokers and those who smoked for long periods of time were at the greatest risk. Although women were not involved in the study, researchers believed that they would experience similar results.

Study authors emphasized the need for preventing or quitting tobacco use. Smoking has been associated with an increased risk of gum disease, oral cancer and other serious dental and overall health issues. The link between root canal treatment and smoking underscores the link between tobacco use and health issues.

Our patients can reduce their risk of the dental problems that necessitate root canal treatments by maintaining good dental health. Brushing after meals, flossing every day and visiting our dentist in North Hollywood every six months can all help you keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you play contact sports, a mouth guard can reduce your risk of injury. Smokers can significantly reduce their risk of developing dental problems by quitting.

Contact our dental office today to learn more about smoking cessation programs or to schedule your next dental exam.