We’re all well-aware of how bad smoking is for our health. It can lead to heart disease, cancer, and emphysema.
Smoking can also lead to dental problems.
But what about vaping?
Are e-cigarettes bad for your teeth, too?
Actually, some studies are showing that vaping can be just as bad for your teeth as regular cigarettes.
Are e-cigarettes bad for your teeth and gums?
In 2016, a study was performed by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to determine whether or not e-cigarettes are bad for your teeth. In fact, this study was the first of its kind.
The results were astounding and worrisome.
The study showed that as the vapors from the e-cigarette are burned, the body’s cells release inflammatory proteins. This causes stress within the cells, and this type of stress can damage the oral tissues and lead to disease.
Not only do the vapors cause trauma and disease, so do the chemicals used to flavor the vapors. These chemicals can damage the cells of the soft tissues of the mouth.
It’s also important to remember that e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, too. Many studies have been done that link nicotine to gum disease.
According to Irfan Rahman, the professor in charge of the study, “how much and how often” someone is vaping determines the extent of the damage to oral tissues.
Can’t give up your e-cigarettes? How to maintain your oral health while vaping
I understand how disappointing it can be to find out about the adverse effects of vaping.
For many people, this form of smoking has been perceived as a healthier version of conventional smoking. It has helped many people give up their smoking habit, even after decades of daily cigarette smoking.
Unfortunately, e-cigarettes aren’t proving to be much better for our health – including our dental health.
One of the things that worries me the most, besides oral cancer, is that you can get gum disease from vaping.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and has been linked to heart disease. I want to help all of my patients avoid this, if at all possible.
That is why I have come up with some helpful tips for my vaping patients. These tips will help you care for your teeth and gums so that you can avoid getting gum disease or other diseases of the mouth.
1. Watch for the warning signs
The first thing you want to do is keep an eye out for the warning signs that e-cigarettes are severely harming your oral health.
If you experience bleeding gums or notice that your gums are starting to recede, it could very well be due to vaping.
The nicotine in the vapors reduces blood flow within the body. This makes it difficult for the organs and soft tissues of the body – including those in the mouth – to receive nutrients, as well as oxygen.
When this happens in the mouth, the result is receding gums.
Other signs to watch for include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth.
2. Reduce how much and how often you vape
If it is at all possible, gradually decrease the amount of time you spend vaping. I’m not saying you have to give it up. However, if you can reduce your exposure to the vapors, chemicals, and nicotine – you’ll reduce your chance of getting oral diseases.
3. Practice optimal home care
Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice every day. Additionally, flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease. You should floss at least once a day, preferably at night.
Make regular visits to my Calgary SE dentist office a priority
While I would love it if everyone could give up habits that adversely affect their health – like smoking and vaping – I’m well aware this isn’t always possible.
Some people struggle with tobacco addiction, while others simply don’t want to give up their habit. In these cases, the best thing I can do for these patients is educate them and help them care for their teeth.
If you’re not willing to give up your e-cigarettes, one of the best things you can do for your dental health is come to my dentist Calgary SE office on a regular basis. Coming in for regular cleanings and exams will help us reduce your chances of developing advanced gum disease, decay, and even oral cancer.
I can keep an eye on your dental health and make sure that if problems do arise, we can nip them in the bud.
Has it been a while since you’ve seen a dentist?
Contact my office to set up a comprehensive new patient exam and I’ll help you continue on the path to dental health and wellness.
Dr. Jay Patel - Dentist Calgary SE