You’ve probably heard the headlines in recent weeks about vaping and the related lung illnesses found in young people. Unfortunately, the so-called “healthier” alternative to smoking also poses an enormous threat to oral health as well.
The Scoop in Vaping
Vaping refers to the use of electronic cigarettes to smoke. E-cigarettes heat a liquid to create an aerosol. The user inhales that aerosol, which typically consists of propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, water, and nicotine. These chemicals create a dangerous cocktail that put users at serious risk, even though it seems “safer” than smoking cigarettes.
The main ingredient in vaping is a liquid sweetener called propylene glycol. While its taste is appealing, the ingredient breaks down into acetic acid, lactic acid, and propionaldehyde — all of which degrade tooth enamel and the soft tissues of the gums.
Glycerin and e-cigarette flavorings have the same effect. Although they’re odorless and colorless, these ingredients cause microbes to latch onto tooth enamel and break it down. This means that cavity-causing bacteria sticks firmly to the softening teeth of people who vape and trigger widespread tooth decay.
Oral Side Effects of Vaping
If you vape or know somebody who does, it’s important to understand the oral health risks e-cigarettes can cause. Even if the symptoms appear gradually, vaping can be just as damaging to the mouth as smoking traditional cigarettes:
- Dry mouth
- Inflamed gums
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth and bone loss
- Bad breath
- Advanced tooth decay
Combined with the effects of vaping on the heart, brain and lungs, cessation is really the way to go!
Comprehensive Dental Care
Quitting vaping is the most important step toward a healthier mouth, but don’t forget to get us involved as well. THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® offers extraordinary and comprehensive dentistry to help you overcome the effects of vaping and keep your teeth and gums healthy and vibrant.
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