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Smoking and Root Canal Treatments

Smoking cigarettes has been linked with numerous dental health problems, including an increased risk of gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer. According to a recent study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research, smokers may also be more likely to need root canal therapy. Our dentist in Torrance, CA, can provide root canal treatments as well as information that can help you quit smoking and optimize your dental health.

The study began in 1968 and tracked men over the course of three decades. Every three years, they were evaluated for cavities, tartar buildup, restorations, gum disease, tooth mobility and other risk factors for root canal treatment. Smokers were more likely to need root canal treatment than non-smokers were, and that risk increased with the length of time smoking. When smokers quit, the risks of root canal treatment decreased. Female smokers were not included in the study, but researchers believed that conclusions would be similar for them.

Nicotine addiction can be difficult but not impossible to overcome. Make notes about why you want to quit. Make a commitment to yourself, and reach out to others for support. Our dentist can provide you with information and other resources that can help you kick the habit. We can also provide you with information and treatment options that can help improve your dental health and reduce your risk of smoking-related dental conditions. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our specialist for root canal treatment in Torrance.

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