Most dental patients in Utah County know that smoking is bad for your lungs and general health. But a lesser known fact is that smokers are also much more likely to need root canals.
A 30-year study, conducted by Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, showed that cigarette smokers are 70% more likely to need a root canal than non-smokers.
Not only are smokers more likely to need endodontic treatment, but there was also a correlation with risk and total amount of time smoked vs total time smoke-free. Quitting smoking helps improve your health and also decreases the possibility of needing a root canal later in life.
Whether you smoke or not, it is important to take great care of your teeth. Regular dental appointments and cleanings, as well as immediate care when you experience a dental injury or an accident, can help you keep your teeth healthy and strong for many years to come.
For emergency dental care, toothache relief, root canals or root canal retreatment, contact Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT. Dr. Jon Jenson loves treating his patients to a comfortable, enjoyable dental experience.