According to Anaheim Hills dentist, Dr. Jack Ringer, past President and Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, vaping can dry out your mouth constricting oxygen flow.
When this occurs, your salivary glands have a tough time producing saliva. This causes dry mouth. However, dry mouth isn’t the only risk that comes with e-cigarettes. Other Risks?
• Pink, irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums
• Chronic bad breath
• Wobbly teeth
• Tooth loss
• Gum recession
While vaping doesn’t produce second hand smoke, a real risk for non-smokers, there are no dental health benefits.
One of the biggest issues is that e-cigarettes still contain nicotine. Nicotine is what restricts the flow of blood to your gum tissue depriving it of much needed oxygen and nutrients.
Dr. Ringer explains that if there isn’t enough oxygen, your gums will begin to recede. Gum recession occurs when the gums pull away from the tooth roots. Vaping can also hide signs of gum disease, especially periodontitis.
Tooth decay is another issue for e-cigarette users. Over time, e-cigarette use causes decay, infection and other problems. The e-cigarette juice is also flavored with some containing sugar. Another risk for tooth decay. Without regular dental checkups, you could lose your teeth.
Conventional cigarettes produce smoke from burning tobacco, while e-cigarettes produce vapor as they contain a heating element. The juice is where the chemicals and nicotine are kept. People who are trying to kick the habit often turn to vaping to quit, and although smoke isn’t involved, there haven’t been enough studies conducted to determine the health risks.
Not all e-cigarette users will develop gingivitis or periodontal disease. Just be aware, the more you indulge, the bigger the health risk.
Although gum disease can be cured if discovered in the early stages, periodontal disease has no cure. Periodontal disease can be controlled with regular root planing and scaling.
While using an e-cigarette is completely up to you, you should be aware of e-cigarette risks. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings will protect your oral health.
Dr. Ringer, who has appeared on The Doctors and other television programs, will examine your teeth and recommend any smile improvements that will give you a beautiful and healthy smile.
If you vape or use tobacco, regular dental checkups are imperative for overall health. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. Ringer.