Are E-Cigarettes Bad For My Teeth And Gums?
What are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes produce vapor while conventional cigarettes, cigars, and pipes produce smoke. The heating element in the unit heats up the liquid where nicotine and other vaping elements are stored. In the beginning, most people thought the vapor was smokeless and would be better than tobacco smoke. However, vaping is fairly new with no long-term studies conducted.
How does it affect my dental health?
Vaping is better for people who do not smoke as it does not produce secondhand smoke, but there are no benefits whatsoever for dental health. Because e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the blood flow will be drastically reduced. Nicotine restricts and decreases the flow of blood to the blood vessels, which in-turn restricts the blood flow to the gum tissue. Because a reduction in blood circulation reduces the mouths ability to fight infection and bacteria, decay rates and gum disease will accelerate. Over time, tooth loss and additional health problems could be an issue with e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes can also mask periodontal disease symptoms, which is why it’s important to let us know if you vape regularly.
What should I watch for if I vape?
If you vape you may not develop gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. However, the more you vape, the more likely you are to develop serious mouth and overall health problems.
You may want to note any issues with your teeth and gums including:
•Red or irritated gums
•Chronic bad breath
If you vape, it is important to schedule regular dental appointments with us at Hannon & Sandler. Keeping a close eye on your teeth and gums will help prevent any problems from occurring in the future.