If you are a cigarette smoker who has been contemplating the switch to electronic cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” you might think you would be doing yourself—and your oral health—a favor. But you might want to think again.
According to a recent study published in the medical journal Oncotarget, researchers have found that the chemicals in e-cigarettes are equally as damaging as those found in regular cigarettes. Although e-cigarette liquids don’t contain tobacco like cigarettes, they contain nicotine and other dangerous chemicals.
Talk to your dentist in Lewes about your smoking habit before you switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes. Your oral health—and your overall health—will still be at risk.
Traditional Cigarettes and Your Oral Health
Smoking cigarettes are harmful to your oral health for a number of reasons. It can cause your teeth to become yellow and discolored. It causes bad breath. It contributes to the buildup of plaque. It puts users at a much higher risk of developing oral cancer.
The smoke from the tobacco is bad enough, but add in chemicals like ammonia, carbon monoxide, and acetone, and you are essentially breathing in chemicals. This is bad enough for your lungs, but when you breathe in these chemicals, they can leave a residue on your teeth.
E-Cigarettes and Your Oral Health
Smoking e-cigarettes is different in that there is no smoke produced, only vapor. There is no tobacco in the vapor, but e-cigs use a liquid mix of nicotine, water, and other chemicals that turn into a vapor when inhaled.
One of the most harmful effects of this mix is that nicotine use reduces your ability to produce saliva. Dry mouth contributes to bacteria buildup in your mouth, as well as tooth decay.
The best choice for smoking when it comes to your oral health is not to do it. If you have questions about the impact of smoking or vaping on your teeth and gums, ask your dentist in Lewes. Call the Dental Group at Carpenter’s Crossing today!