By now, we all know that smoking tobacco is bad for our oral health. It has been well-proven that smoking drastically increases your risk for oral cancer, cavities, and gum disease. Then there’s the fact that almost all smokers will develop chronic bad breath, or halitosis, at some point in their lives.
So, are e-cigarettes any better? Unfortunately, most signs currently point to “no”. Even though most smokeless cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they are still damaging to your teeth, mouth, and body. Below are some reasons why, if you’re hoping to preserve the health of your teeth, you’re better off quitting smoking altogether.
In order to help you understand why vaping is bad for your teeth, it’s important to first take a look at the mechanics involved. E-cigarettes use an aerosol to deliver nicotine into the lungs. Since this aerosol is commonly referred to as “vapor”, it’s often mistaken for a harmless water vapor. However, e-cigarette vapor contains not only nicotine, which is bad for the teeth and body on its own, but also ultra-fine particles of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Many of these chemicals are linked to cancer, respiratory disease, and heart disease.
Since e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, they are still a vehicle for an addictive substance, and they still cause all the health problems caused by nicotine. Studies have shown that the nicotine inhaled through vaping promote tumor growth in the following types of cancer:
It has also been shown to damage your blood cells, increase your risk of heart disease, and negatively impact your immune system.
Studies suggest vaping also increases your risk of gum disease. The nicotine from vaping causes gum inflammation, swelling, dry mouth, and increased bacteria–a perfect recipe for gum disease. Frequent vapers may develop these common symptoms of gum disease:
The bottom line: Although e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, vaping still poses significant health risks. It is a misconception to believe that e-cigarettes are healthier than tobacco cigarettes, or that vaping isn’t bad for your teeth. If you’re a smoker or vaper in Hickory NC, be sure stay on top of your oral health and schedule a dental checkup at our Hickory dentist office.