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Even though vaping and e-cigarette devices have been more popular in recent years, vaping has also grabbed center stage as the most prominent public health concern in the press. Since the beginning of this year, over 800 hospitalizations and 12 fatalities have been linked to vaping, prompting a nationwide ban on e-cigarettes. While vaping is relatively new, and its long-term consequences are still being investigated, it has been shown to impact oral health compared to those smoking, making it a less safe option.
Vaping is inhaling an aerosol, often known as vapor, from a vape or e-cigarette device into the lungs and then expelling the aerosol. Airborne aerosols, which are sometimes mistaken for water vapor, contain different levels of hazardous compounds linked to cancer and respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
Ensure that your mouth is dry. Propylene glycol is included in several e-cigarette liquids, and it may cause tongue dryness in some people. In addition, like cigarettes, most vapes, and e-cigarettes release nicotine to the body, which inhibits the production of saliva by the human body. When you don’t have enough saliva, your mouth might become prone to bacterial accumulation and dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay.
Even though e-cigarettes do not contain tar, they do contain nicotine, which, like normal cigarettes, may cause tooth discoloration, foul breath, and the development of gingivitis in certain people. This is because nicotine decreases the volume of blood that flows through the veins. Your gums will not be able to get the oxygen and nutrients they need to be healthy if there is insufficient blood flow. This might ultimately result in the death of the gum tissue and the recession of the gums.
When you use vaping or e-cigarette devices, nicotine works as a stimulant, leading you to grind your teeth or make existing teeth grinding (bruxism) worse. Nicotine is also contained in tobacco products. Bruxism is defined as the habitual grinding and clenching of the teeth, which most typically occurs during sleeping. If left untreated, bruxism may cause dental attrition, which is the wearing away of the enamel, jaw discomfort, migraines, and the loss of teeth.
More research is needed to determine the precise mechanisms via which vaping harms teeth. One thing is certain: vaping is not a safer option for smoking than traditional cigarettes. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should contact our dentist in Katy: