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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


Does Smoking Really Affect My Teeth?

Smoking takes quite a toll on your whole body. Smoking impacts your lungs, weight, mind, and much more! Also, if you have ever questioned if smoking affects your oral health, rest assured that it absolutely does. Smoking affects your oral health and your teeth immensely.

  • Stains – Smoking will discolor your teeth over time. Your teeth will appear yellow, stained, and aged. And unlike popular opinion, the stains are below the surface and deep in the enamel. Most likely you would have to have a professional whitening procedure to whiten your teeth once they have been stained.
  • Gum Disease – Smokers will experience a different set of symptoms with gum disease. Basically if you smoke gum disease symptoms will be hidden. Your gums will not bleed when you floss or brush. Because the symptoms are not noticeable the gum disease cannot be caught at the beginning of the disease.
  • Tooth Loss – When you smoke your gums don’t have the amount of blood supply that they need so your gums can shrink and recede. Smokers also have a much high chance of gum disease. Keeping an infection deep in the gums can eventually make teeth loose. Bone loss can happen from bad infections as well. And unfortunately bone loss is not reversible.

If you are a smoker it is very important to schedule an appointment to see your Lorton dentists as well as your dental hygienist for routine checkups and cleanings. These appointments will allow your dentist to fully evaluate your oral health and screen for different types of cancer.

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