Smoking and Root Canals

This year marks 50 years since the famous Surgeon General report telling us that smoking is bad for our health.  Yet still today 18% of adults over the age of 18 smoke cigarettes.  And each day, more than 3,200 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.

The good news is that the majority of smokers want to quit and the list of reasons is very long.  One of the lesser-known issues with smoking cigarettes is the effect it has on oral health.  So if you’re a smoker add this to the list of reasons you need to quit.  A 30-year study from Boston University discovered that cigarette smokers are 70% more likely to need a root canal than nonsmokers.

Quitting sooner than later is going to go a long way to prevent endodontic treatments such as root canals.  There is a correlation with risk and total amount of time being a smoker versus being smoke-free.  The probability of needing a root canal later in life will decrease if you quit smoking.

So now you have one more reason to quit: less time in the dentist chair.  If you’re a smoker make a plan today to finally do what you’ve been thinking about doing for long time!

Source: CDC – http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/