Vaping is considered safer than smoking or chewing tobacco, but is it safe for your teeth and gums?
If you follow my dental blog, you will know how dangerous tobacco is for your teeth and gums and your overall health, however, according to new studies, vaping could be harmful to your oral health as well.
How Vaping Affects Teeth and Gums
Conventional cigarettes, cigars, and pipes produce smoke while e-cigarettes produce vapor. The heating element in the unit heats up the liquid, or juice, where nicotine and other vaping elements are stored.
In the beginning, most people thought the vapor was smokeless and would be better than tobacco smoke. However, as a dentist, I tend to disagree and have seen the evidence.
While vaping is better for people who do not smoke as it does not produce secondhand smoke, there are no benefits whatsoever for dental health. Because e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the blood flow will be drastically reduced. This restricts blood flow to the gum tissue.
Vaping Makes it Hard to Fight Bacteria
Nicotine causes gum recession. Nicotine restricts and decreases the flow of blood to the blood vessels. As a result, your gums will pull away from the roots of your teeth leading to gum disease and eventual tooth loss. E-cigarettes can also mask periodontal disease symptoms.
Because a reduction in blood circulation reduces the mouths ability to fight infection and bacteria, decay rates and gum disease will accelerate. Over time, tooth loss and additional health problems could be an issue with e-cigarettes.
Dental Symptoms to Watch for if You Vape
If you vape you may not develop gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. However, the more you vape, the more likely you are to develop serious mouth and overall health problems. After all, vaping is new with no long-term studies conducted.
Other Problems You May Encounter with E-Cigarettes Include:
- Red or bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Wobbly teeth
- Tooth loss
- Gum recession
- Periodontal disease
If you vape, it is important to schedule regular dental appointment with my Downtown Portland Dental Center. Keeping a close eye on your teeth and gums will prevent any problems from occurring in the future.