Over the past couple of years we’ve seen an upswing in the numbers of people “vaping” or using electronic cigarettes.
It’s easy to think that because there’s no smoke involved (and sometimes not even any nicotine) vaping is harmless.
But is that really the case?
Effects Of Vaping
Studies have already shown that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes triggers inflammation in the lungs that reduces their functioning capacity. While the damage isn’t the same as that caused by tobacco smoke, it’s enough to weaken your lungs.
Weak lungs are prone to bacterial infections (like with plaque biofilm spreads from your mouth.) Take one lab study, for example. Mice exposed to vaping died after catching a common flu virus. The non-vaping mice recovered just fine.
Vaping: The Mark It Leaves In Your Mouth
While an e-cigarette or vape pen won’t leave nicotine or tobacco stains, it can still cause some damage that your dental hygienist will notice. The hot vapor can actually cause mild burns and irritation called “stomatitis.” More notably is how vaping contributes to dry mouth.
Dry mouth increases your mouth’s susceptibility to problems like gum disease and cavities. Vaping can lead to the need for periodontal treatment and fillings.
Never Smoked? Never A Need To Vape
E-cigarettes were designed to help wean people off their nicotine addiction minus the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. No one yet knows the long-term effects of vaping in humans. Taking up vaping when you’ve never smoked is an unnecessary step backwards and could pose some serious risks to your health.
Why take that chance?
If you use nicotine in any form and want to learn about how to quit or how it’s already affected your oral health, contact your local dental office.
Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
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