What Does Vaping Do To Your Teeth?

What Does Vaping Do To Your Teeth?

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Mar 18 2019, 11:59 PM

What Does Vaping Do To Your Teeth?

Vaping is a form of e-cigarettes that was first introduced as a safe and helpful way for smokers to quit their nicotine habit. However, many questions are being raised about its safety. It has become clear that vaping is harmful to your oral health and it is also probably linked to severe heart and respiratory problems.

What Is Vaping?

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapor released by a vaping device. Many devices produce these vapors, including vapes, electronic cigarettes, and electronic nicotine delivery systems. The latest vaping devices resemble smartwatches, hoodies, or other similar items.

A vape device consists of a battery, mouthpiece, heating component, and cartridge for the e-liquid. The battery fuels the heating component when a vape is smoked, turning the e-liquid into an aerosol. This vapor is then inhaled and exhaled. The liquid is composed of flavors, chemicals, and sometimes nicotine. The toxic chemicals of the liquid are increasingly being believed to cause respiratory and cardiac problems.

Oral Health Effects of Vaping 

Vaping can pose many threats to your oral health. These include:

  • Dry mouth and excess bacteria
  • Gum disease
  • Cavities & inflamed gums
  • Mouth sores & irritation
  • Thickened saliva
  • Bruxism
  • Receding gums
  • Irritated, red, or bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath or halitosis
  • Swollen or tender gums

Does Vaping Stain Teeth?

Advertisers promote vaping to be a healthier alternative than smoking or marijuana. But there are still many health benefits connected to vaping. Luckily, one of the positive factors about vaping is that it does not stain teeth or cause bad breath. On the other hand, smoking cigarettes lead to yellowed and discolored teeth. 

Can Chemicals in Vapes Cause Oral Cancer?

Studies indicate that vaping can cause oral cancer. The chemicals in vaping products such as formaldehyde, methylglyoxal, and acrolein are carcinogenic and can alter a person's DNA. The aerosol components in the vapors are linked to an increased possibility of developing cancer.

Recommended Oral Hygiene for Vapers

A hydrated mouth will keep your mouth from becoming dry and help you maintain your dental health. In addition, brushing and flossing twice a day can be a positive step in minimizing your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disorders.

Regular visits to your dentists once every six months will help ensure your oral health is in peak condition. As a precautionary measure, undergo screening for oral cancer to check for lesions or inflammation on your tongue, gums, or other areas in your mouth.

If you are worried about vaping and its effects on oral health or notice changes in your mouth, visit our office, Arden Dental Care, at 1832 Avondale Ave Ste 1, Sacramento, CA 95825. You can also reach us at (916) 481-2001.

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