We know that smoking tobacco affects our oral health, but did you know that vaping does, too? Vaping may seem like a healthier alternative when it comes to nicotine addiction. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Even though not a lot is yet known about the adverse effects of vaping, we do know some things in the oral health world.
What is Vaping?
Even if you don’t know what vaping is, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term tossed around a lot these days. Vaping is smoking an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette.) An e-cigarette still delivers nicotine to your system, but it does so by using an aerosol instead of tobacco smoke. That’s why using e-cigarettes, or vaping, hasn’t been banned in many places. Instead of clouding the area, or stinking it up with actual cigarettes, e-cigarettes only give off a mist of vapor. This leads to a false sense of security when it comes to our oral health.
Why Vaping is Bad for Oral Health
Just because someone isn’t producing smoke when they exhale doesn’t mean that an e-cigarette is healthier or less risky. Research actually indicates the exact opposite: Vaping is as bad for your teeth as smoking.
When the nicotine is produced via the e-cigarette, the vapor that goes into your mouth is still filled with the same toxic chemicals. They’re simply delivered in a different way. The chemicals are part of the ultra-fine aerosol mist, and they have been linked to heart disease, respiratory disease, and even cancer.
Vaping and Your Teeth
Now that we’ve established that the body is still getting hit with the dangerous chemicals, let’s look at what vaping actually does to your teeth.
- Tooth decay. Vaping reduces the amount of saliva your mouth produces. When there is a lack of saliva in the mouth, your oral health suffers. Not producing enough saliva can lead to a buildup of plaque, tooth decay, and increased bacteria. Yuck!
- Receding gums. The bottom line is that nicotine changes our DNA. It also prevents healthy blood flow to our bodies, which affects our teeth and gums. When proper blood flow is missing, your gums begin to lack nutrients and oxygen, causing your gums to recede and damaging gum tissue.
- Tooth damage. Nicotine is a stimulant. It makes our heart beat faster and gives the body a kind of rush. This can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), or jaw clenching, which can ultimately lead to cracked or chipped teeth.
We understand that many people are hopeful that vaping is a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. However, if you’re having trouble dropping the habit, call us today at 317-745-4400, and we’ll start a treatment plan and get you on the road to excellent oral health.
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Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.