Smoking has jumped on the digital wagon by introducing electronic cigarettes. Popularly known as e-cigarette or e-cig, the handheld electronic device is becoming more and more popular especially as substitute to the conventional cigarettes which are known for their adverse on peoples’ health including the oral health.
And so the question remains:
Is vaping bad for your teeth?
The answer is yes. Although not as harmful as its predecessor, e-cigarettes are not risk-free.
Vaping can cause gum disease
Just like smoking cigarettes, vaping can cause gum problems due to the ingestion of nicotine.
Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor compound, meaning it has the potential to prompt the muscular wall of the blood vessels to contract. These contraction can lead to reduced blood flow which will eventual lead to a higher risk of gum disease development as a result of the prolonged decline of oxygen and nutrient supply.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Persistent bad breath
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Redness, tenderness, or swelling of gums
- Loose or wobbly teeth
- Gum recession
- Tooth loss
Does vaping make your teeth yellow?
Luckily for those who vape and are conscious of stained teeth — Vaping does not discolor the teeth.
How bad is vaping to overall health?
Aside from its negative implication on the gums, using e-cigarettes is bad to other parts of the body including the throat, heart, lungs, among others.
Have you ever wondered:
Why does vaping hurt your throat?
Unlike cigarettes where the concentrated amounts of nicotine combined with the tar found in cigarettes help increase saliva production as your body’s way of protecting your mouth’s epithelial cells from the heat, e-cigarettes do not do the same. Instead, vaping does the opposite because of the propylene glycol, a synthetic organic compound which is colorless, nearly odorless, and has a faintly sweet taste.
Propylene glycol gather up the air moisture as well as in the mouth when you inhale that a sore or dry throat and mouth with a slight mouth may be experienced. This condition is common among new users of e-cigarettes who are trying to quit smoking.
Does vaping cause cancer?
According to a research published in the Pediatrics journal, smoking e-cigarettes can deliver cancer-causing chemicals into the body. In the research conducted by a team of researchers from the University of California, it was found that high levels of cancer-causing chemicals are present in the bodies of those who vape than nonsmokers.
Can vaping affect your lungs?
Moreover, diacetyl, a cancer-causing chemical blamed for “popcorn lung”, a nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans, was found in e-cigarette vapor. “Popcorn lung” damages the smallest airways of the lungs, causing cough and shortness of breath.
However, be reminded that e-cigarettes and vaping are relatively new and studies on them remain limited. Extensive study and research on the health effects of e-cigarettes and vaping are needed to fully establish its effects on the body.
How Does Vaping Work?
With all the health impacts that vaping can cause, it is best to know how e-cigarettes work to better understand the implications.
Electronic cigarettes are powered by a battery. Its intricate mechanism is comprised of a heating component and a cartridge where nicotine and other flavorings are lodged. The battery heat the liquid which will then be vaporized and turned into an inhalable vapor.
Rather than the conventional combustion system of analog cigarettes that involves tobacco, fire, and the emission of harmful chemicals, e-cigs automatically converts nicotine into vapor. The extenuated term used for the use of e-cig is called “vaping”.
The manufacturers and retailers of e-cigarettes claim that the product is a cleaner and healthier therapeutic alternative to help smokers kick the habit. In the absence of any proven scientific study to back this contention, it is always ideal to avoid smoking or vaping altogether and just stick with FDA-approved anti-smoking strategies.
Regardless of whether it poses less harmful effects to one’s health than conventional cigarettes, experts concur that they are by no means safe. Nicotine inhalation puts the person’s dental health and overall well-being at risk.
If you have any question about how e-cigarette specifically can affect your gums, teeth, and that beautiful smile, consult your dentist right away. Your trusted professional will be your partner in making sound and informed dental decision.
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Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.
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