E-Cigarettes: Vaping And Dental Health
Bad breath, cavities, yellow teeth are closely linked to smoking cigarettes. But, does this rule applies to e-cigarettes? In the last couple of years, people have begun experimenting with the tobacco made products and now more, and more of them are switching to e-cigarettes.
The actual sale of traditional cigarettes has drastically fallen over the last decade, while sales of e-cigarettes have increased significantly. Many people see them as a healthier alternative to smoking, and since there is no tobacco, they believe that cancer and other tobacco-related diseases don’t pose a threat.
So, let’s break down the fats and see whether is vaping bad for your teeth.
What is vaping?
Just said, vaping means smoking e-cigarette. It uses the aerosol, or vapor to deliver nicotine into lungs. The term vaping, instead of smoking, is used because electronic cigarettes don’t make tobacco smoke. They produce an aerosol, which is often mistaken for water vapor, but, that’s not the same. In some case, aerosol contains harmful particles and toxic chemicals that can damage your health and are linked to many dangerous conditions.
Health risks of vaping
Products without tobacco don’t mean they don’t contain nicotine. Considering that nicotine is delivered through vaping, all of the nicotine-related illnesses are still there. Nicotine is an addictive substance, and it’s also a carcinogen. A carcinogen is a substance known to cause cancer.
Based on many studies nicotine can promote tumor growth in the following: lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer. However, we still don’t have enough evidence to make definite claims. So far, vaping can impact the health of your lungs, damage blood cells, increase the risk of heart disease and negatively impact your immune system.
Dental health risks
Keep in mind that nicotine isn’t your friend, regardless of the shape and form you take it. Besides the general health, it also carries dental health risks.
First of all, nicotine reduces the amount of blood that can flow through your veins. Without sufficient blood flow, your gums won’t get enough oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy. In a way, this substance chokes out the tissue in the mouth from the blood it needs to survive, causing the severe damage if the gum tissue. This is one of the ways how your gums recede.
Nicotine also prevents your mouth from producing enough saliva. If there is not enough saliva, it leads to bacteria build-up, dry mouth, and tooth decay. That’s why people who vape, often need to drink a lot of water, to stay hydrated.
Nicotine also acts as a stimulant that fires up the muscles. If you have ground your teeth, then nicotine can make it worse. On the other hand, if you aren’t a teeth grinder, then you may start. Bruxism is a condition in which your regularly grind or clench your teeth. This can lead to further oral health complication and tooth damage.
You should keep in mind the common gum disease symptoms such as bad breath, red, irritated gums, tender and swollen gums, wiggly of loss of teeth and recession of gum tissue.