10 Aug How Does Vaping Affect My Oral Health?
Electronic cigarettes are becoming more and more popular in the United States. In 2015 alone, over 9 million adults were vaping regularly in the United States. Although e-cigarettes have been advertised as a healthy solution for getting tobacco users to quit, e-cigarettes still have a wide array of negative effects that are harmful to your oral health. Dr. Jeffrey Clark, your dentist at Scottsdale Dental Excellence, wants you to know the harm and potential threats of participating in the vaping trend.
What is a “Vape”?
Vaping devices, also known as electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs”, are handheld devices that contain flavored liquid and nicotine, which is then vaporized and inhaled by the user. There is still a lot of research to be done on vaping to know exactly how it’s damaging to your overall health, but there is enough research to show dentists its negative effects on oral health.
How Does It Affect My Oral Health?
The chemicals alone that have been found in vapes and e-cigarettes are frightening, including antifreeze, lead, and chromium. Some dentists have reported seeing chemical burns on the inside of patients’ mouths, which resulted in xerostomia and a dry cough. Xerostomia can lead to more dangerous oral health problems and increase the decay rate of your teeth.
Since e-cigarettes and vapes still deliver nicotine, even if it is in smaller doses than traditional cigarettes or chewing tobacco, vaping can cause gum recession and other oral health problems.
What Does This Mean?
In the end, there is still a lot of research to be done on the long-term impact of vaping and oral health. But from what we know so far, putting down the vape is the smartest choice to make if you want to avoid oral health problems in the future. Dr. Jeffrey Clark at Scottsdale Dental Excellence understands the potential threat and risks of vaping. If you have more questions about vaping, contact us, your North Scottsdale dentist, and we’ll be glad to discuss it with you.
Here’s to your ongoing dental health!