Cigarette Smoking & Root Canals - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/24/06

Cigarette Smoking & Root Canals

If you're going to smoke cigarettes, there's a good chance you'll get to know your dentist really well.

It's been known that smoking discolors the teeth and contributes to gum disease but a new study that tracked smokers health over a 30 year period finds that smokers are 70% more likely to need root canals than non-smokers.

The report in the Journal of Dental Research suggests that it's because smoking reduces the body's ability to fight infection. The good news is that kicking the habit seems to reduce the risk.

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