Smoking is bad for your health. It’s also terrible for your teeth, and can lead to a root canal procedure or even worse, gum disease. If you’re still smoking after having a root canal procedure done, then it’s time to find out what the risks are of taking in tobacco smoke particles and how much they could affect you. In this blog post we’ll discuss some of the dangers associated with smoking after having a root canal as well as why quitting is so important if you have had one recently.
First, let’s talk about why smoking is bad for you in general. Smoking doesn’t just kill your taste buds and cause some nasty smelling breath, it causes lung cancer and other illnesses like emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The rates of COPD are higher among smokers versus people who have never smoked before. Your mouth can also be affected by smoking because the particles from cigarettes will get into your gums, causing inflammation which can then lead to gum disease or periodontitis. If this isn’t enough motivation to quit yet, then consider that a root canal procedure might not work as well if you’re still smoking after having one done. It could even make things worse since tobacco smoke contains toxins.