By now, we all know smoking tobacco is bad for our teeth and mouths. Smoking drastically increases your risk for oral cancer, causes more dental plaque, chronic bad breath, and an increased chance of gum disease.
But that’s why e-cigarettes were invented, right?
Sorry, but no. New research shows vaping is just as bad for your teeth as smoking traditional cigarettes.
Let’s highlight three areas of concern:
- Receding Gums
Nicotine reduces blood flow, which, in turn, affects your teeth and gums. Without enough blood flowing through your veins, your gums don’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Severely receding gums lead to tooth sensitivity, increased risk of cavities and, in some cases loss of teeth.
- Dry Mouth, Bacteria and Tooth Decay
Vaping also reduces the saliva in your mouth, which leads to dry mouth, plaque buildup, increased bacteria, and ultimately, tooth decay.
- Teeth Grinding
Nicotine inhaled during vaping acts as a muscle stimulant, causing you to grind, gnash or clench your teeth. Over time, this leads to tooth damage and other oral health complications.
If you are currently using e-cigarettes and want to stop, talk to your dentist or medical provider! They can offer resources and counseling to help in your journey to quit.
This is Liz Nguyen for Church Health Dental.