Vaping and Your Teeth

Is vaping an appropriate replacement for actual cigarettes or are they just as dangerous? 
The dangers of vaping are becoming more apparent by the day. Their alarming dangers causing sickness and death that none of ever really imagined possible. For the longest time, many people believed that e-cigarettes were a safer option for your body than actual cigarettes. But with more alarming facts proving that to not be the case, it looks to be like neither are a good option. These facts are going beyond just beyond general health, it looks like vaping is also an incredible danger to your oral hygiene as well.
  • E-cigarettes provide heat to the mouth when they are being used. This heat changes the bacterial presence found in your mouth. This causes the mouth to dry out. Which, as we learned from our last blog, can lead to the damage of your enamel and promote the growth of bacteria in the mouth. This can lead to cavities, sores, and other painful issues.
  • Vaping has been proven to cause not only cavities but also bone loss and inflamed gums!
  • This inflammation in your mouth can also leave your mouth to become an easy target for infection and disease.
  • The temperature rising in your mouth, due to the use of these e-cigarettes, can dramatically increase tooth decay.
  • They can also cause a darkening of the teeth. This is caused by the nicotine still found within an e-cigarette. They don’t have tar in them, but they still have nicotine. Nicotine likes to stick to your enamel and weaken it. This build-up causes the tooth to attract plaque and other coloring agents to the teeth to speed up the discoloring process.
  • E-cigarettes are indeed no better than actual cigarettes. Both should be avoided to have optimal dental health.
  • Although not directly proven and is still being researched, there an argument that the flavors found in vaping oils are also a leading cause of damage to the mount. But until further research, this is still speculation.
At the end of the day, stay on your path of good oral hygiene and avoid smoking of any kind. There is no healthy replacement for it, and after it does it damage there won’t be any natural replacements for your teeth either. Stick to a healthy diet, good oral hygiene habits, and avoid smoking. Your teeth will thank you many years from now for doing so!

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Our after-hours telephone number is 843.873.7326 If you have a dental emergency, please call our after-hours telephone number and follow the instructions on our out-going message. Please note that medications will only be prescribed for patients who have recently been seen in our office. Recommendations for care for certain emergency situations, such as what to do if your tooth is knocked out, are available on our website. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

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