Dental Tips Blog

Mar
27

Cigarette Smoking Can Lead to Root Canal Therapy

Numerous studies have been done to show the negative effect that cigarette smoking has on your health. It’s been linked to various cancers and coronary heart disease, but did you know it can also affect your oral health?

If you’d like to avoid a root canal, it might be time to quit! According to one study, cigarette smokers are almost twice as likely to need root canal therapy as those who have never smoked. This study, lasting almost thirty years and including 811 men, showed that the heaviest, long-term smokers were at the highest risk for needing root canals. The good news is that quitting can decrease your risk.

Reducing Your Dental Health Risk

If you needed one more reason to stop smoking, avoiding a root canal might be the key. Discontinuing tobacco use is also an important and vital step towards ensuring better oral health. If you’re a smoker, it’s especially important that you…

  • Visit your dentist every 6 months for an exam and preventive cleaning.
  • Receive oral cancer screenings from your dentist at least twice a year.
  • Practice good oral hygiene habits. Thoroughly brush your teeth twice each day and floss at least once per day.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that encourage tooth decay, such as naturally or artificially sweetened drinks like tea or diet soda.
  • Monitor the inside and outside of your mouth for any concerning abnormalities, such as persistent sores, swellings, unusual bleeding, or red and white patches.

If you notice anything unusual, contact your dentist immediately. Early diagnosis is key. Make the decision today to quit smoking. If you need help or have concerns about your dental health, speak to your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Jun
4

Smoking and Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

If you’ve never heard a good enough reason to stop smoking, then listen up. Smoking cigarettes can actually cause you to lose your teeth. Patients that suffer from gum disease, who also smoke, have a more difficult, if not impossible time fighting off the infectious condition that destroys the bone support and connecting tissues around teeth. This condition, frequently known as gum disease is also called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Smoking causes a decreased blood flow in the gum tissues around teeth. As a result, the body has an extremely difficult time fighting off infections like gingivitis or gum disease. In the majority of cases, gum disease conditions are consistent or worsen, never improving in smokers. In America, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, causing more people to lose teeth than any other reason, including tooth decay. Bacterial plaque resides under the gumlines, causing the gum tissues to detach from the tooth, and bone structure to be permanently lost. Over time, so much bone is lost that the tooth becomes mobile or experiences gum recession.

Giving up smoking is necessary for people that want to effectively treat their gum disease conditions. Traditional methods such as grafting surgeries or periodontal scaling and root planing are only so effective in a patient that is a tobacco user. Kicking the habit increases healing times and the results of professional treatments.

Even if you’ve tried stopping before, it’s never too late. Ask your dentist or physician about the options available to help increase your odds at tobacco cessation. A variety of methods work for different people, including the use of some prescription medications. Your smile will thank you!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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