Link between Secondhand Smoke and Dental Cavities
It has long been known that secondhand smoke can cause serious health issues in those who are exposed to it. A recent review of several different studies in Japan has found that there may also be a relationship between secondhand smoke and the development of cavities in young children.
The researchers conducting the review analyzed the data from fifteen different studies and published their results in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The studies collectively indicated that there was moderate evidence showing that secondhand smoke causes cavities in primary teeth. It should be noted that there was only weak evidence that secondhand smoke causes cavities in secondary teeth.
While there needs to be more research done to prove a definite causality between the two, there is at the very least a correlation that exists between secondhand smoke and dental cavities. If there was found to be a definitive link, then it would be another reason why smokers should consider quitting their habit. Most people are unaware that many dentists offer smoking cessation as one of their services. Dentists are in a unique position to advise you on the benefits of quitting smoking.
The correlation that was found between secondhand smoke and dental cavities at the very least serves to suggest that the oral health of children exposed to secondhand smoke should be closely monitored. If you believe your child has developed a cavity, whatever the reason may be, contact our root canal dentist in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.
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