Use E-Cigs? What You Need to Know about the Effect on Your Oral Health
Vaping has become a highly popular alternative to tobacco, and the Centers for Disease Control estimate that in the US alone, about 9 million people today are using E-cigarettes.
One reason for their popularity is that E-cigarettes are seen as a safer alternative to smoking, although studies in this area are not conclusive. They also tend to be less expensive than smoking tobacco and, since e-cigarettes produce vapor and not smoke, they can be used nearly anywhere.
Nicotine and Your Oral Health
Research conducted In 2014, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that more research needs to be done on the long-term effects of e-cigs on your general health. But we can use the information we currently have to share the potential negative impact. For instance, we already know that tobacco use does have a negative effect on the health of your mouth, gums, and tongue.
Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that narrows blood vessels and inhibits blood flow. We need a healthy supply of blood to supply nutrients that keep our gums healthy. When gums don’t get sufficient blood flow to survive, the soft tissues deteriorate and ultimately lead to gum recession and possible tooth loss.
Another problem with e-cigs is that nicotine inhalation suppresses your body’s ability to produce saliva. This makes your mouth prone to bacteria buildup, dry mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Please Call our Hershey Dentist to Learn More
At the office of Wes Davis DDS, we’re committed to helping you achieve your goal of a healthier smile. Dr. Davis continues to stay current with the latest trends and research in dentistry so we can provide you with updated information that has an impact on your oral health.
Whether you smoke cigarettes or enjoy the benefits vaping, our team encourages you to be proactive with your dental care by giving us a call to schedule a checkup. When we see you for regular visits, we can stay a step ahead of any conditions that result from these habits