The Glen Dental Center in Glenview explains that E-cigarettes and vaping have taken the planet by storm with former smokers and non-smokers picking up the pen to enjoy flavored liquids that are heated before being inhaled.
While there have been no long term studies conducted on E-cigarettes, dentists have seen gum damage and tooth decay as a result of vaping.
Stained Teeth and Vaping
Just like regular tobacco, vaping can stain your teeth, especially if you vape with nicotine. Nicotine causes teeth to yellow and is difficult to remove.
Bad Breath and Vaping
Everyone knows that smokers and people who chew tobacco suffer from bad breath. Consequently, E-cigarettes do the same thing. Smokers are notorious for chronic halitosis. The chemicals and particles in the smoke will remain on your lungs and in your mouth for quite some time.
Because the liquid is heated before inhaling, the hot gas can cause dry mouth. This helps oral bacteria grow as your saliva has been reduced. Dry mouth can also lead to tooth decay.
Gum Recession and Vaping
Gum disease is a serious problem that affects billions of people all over the planet. People who smoke have a higher risk of gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease. Some people have reported gum recession for E-cigarette use. In addition, vapers may also experience red and swollen gums.
Tooth Sensitivity and Vaping
Vaping may cause tooth sensitivity. The heat of nicotine increases your risk of tooth sensitivity as E-cigarettes can cause gum recession. If your gums recede, the underlying root structure of your root will be exposed making it softer and more susceptible to hot and cold.
To vape or not to vape is a personal choice, and with E-cigarette proponents claiming it is 98 percent safer than tobacco, it is a better alternative. However, more studies need to be conducted to determine how safe or harmful vaping really is.
If you would like a dental checkup to determine if vaping is causing you problems, call or click and talk to Dr. Jeffrey Gilmor from the Glen Dental Center today.