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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

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