Dental Health and Vaping – Know Before You Vape
The Impact of Vaping on Your Dental Health is Raising Red Flags
For the past few years we have been told that vaping is a safer form of nicotine ingestion than smoking. While research is still out on the full negative effects of vaping on not only your dental, but overall health, early signs are showing that vaping has its own very real side effects and health concerns. Our Golf Links Dental team wants to make sure that you have all the information before you inhale.
While e-cigarettes don’t result in bad breath, tooth discolouration, and plaque build-up traditionally associated with cigarettes, you still inhale nicotine and other chemically-enhanced substances through the mouth, making your teeth and soft tissue the first point of contact. We do know that nicotine, regardless of how it is ingested, reduces blood flow, which negatively impacts your mouth’s ability to fight off bacteria and leads to chronic dry mouth, both of which put you at an increased risk for gum disease.
Some e-cigarettes use flavouring that can also lead to irreversible cellular damage in your mouth. While regulatory bodies have deemed these flavourings safe for oral ingestion, the problem is that they don’t know the effects of inhalation and early research indicates that it is not looking like a safer alternative to smoking.
Independent research conducted at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine shows that e-cigarettes lead to the suppression of key immune genes in your respiratory system and nasal passages, leading to the cases of respiratory disease we are hearing about on the news.
Impact of Smoking on Dental Health
Here’s what we know about the impact of smoking on your health.
The nicotine, tar, and other harmful chemicals found in cigarettes hit your teeth and mouth immediately upon lighting up inhaling, so it isn’t hard to understand why this is one part of your body that receives some of the worst side effects.
Beyond the unsightly yellow stains indicative of a smoker, smoking weakens the protective enamel on your teeth, which can leave your teeth more susceptible to bacteria causing tooth sensitivity and tooth rot. This build-up of bacteria can also lead to gum disease. What’s most frightening for most smokers’ loved ones is the increased risk for oral cancer. With more than 7,000 chemicals contained within tobacco smoke, research has found that more than 70 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.
Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?
While it may appear that on the surface vaping is a safer alternative to smoking, the truth is that the jury is still out. There is just not enough research on the impact of inhaling nicotine and the flavours associated with vaping to rule out any real dangers. In fact, early evidence points to real health concerns that, in some people’s eyes, make vaping just as bad as smoking.
If you are vaping, we hope that you let our Golf Links Dental team know. The more we know, the more proactive we can be in our approach to your dental health.
If you want a team that cares about your dental health as much as you do, and utilizes the most up-to-date technology to make your experience a positive one, give Golf Links Dental a call at (905) 648-9598. We are a family dental practice in Ancaster that welcomes and treats people of all ages.