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مُساهمة من طرف amalgam في 18/10/2008, 6:16 pm

According to a recent report from the American Dental Association,
males that smoke cigarettes are almost twice as likely to need root canals based on news reports about an extensive study listed to appear in the Journal of Dental Research in April 2006.
The lead author of this study, Boston University’s Dr.Elizabeth
Krall Kaye, presented the findings in New York City at a special media
briefing hosted by the American Dental Association as well as the
American Medical Association.

The Study
This long term study began in 1968, where researchers collected
data from aging men in the Veterans Affairs. The participants were all
males, whose progression of oral health was tracked for nearly three decades. The study states that these male participants were evaluated every three years for gum disease, tooth mobility, cavities, restorations and calculus. Other risk factors for root canal treatment such as cavities,
presence of crowns, age, signs of periapical infection and bone loss
were also taken into account and adjusted for by the researchers.

Risk Factors
Even though the study did find that the incidence of needing
root canal treatment was higher in smokers than non smokers, the length
of time that a participant spent smoking was also a clear factor. The
risk factors of needing root canal treatment
decreased with the extent of time that the participants had refrained
from smoking. While no female smokers were involved in this research,
the study did suggest that, “similar conclusions could likely be
reached for female smokers.”

Cigarette smoking has long ago been established as a key risk factor, of both men and women, for oral cancer, lung cancer, heart disease and other medical and dental problems.
The findings of this extensive study not only shows data indicating the
link between male cigarette smokers and the risk factors of needing
root canal treatment, but also reinforces the importance of prevention
and overcoming tobacco addiction.



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