Contrary to popular belief, vaping may not be safer than smoking cigarettes. According to the latest research, vaping is not a healthier option for your teeth and gums and can be just as damaging as cigarettes.
What is Vaping? Vaping is a highly popular and addictive option besides cigarettes. Vaping is inhaling “vapor” from an e-cigarette. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that have a cartridge filled with a liquid that contains nicotine and chemicals. These liquids are often flavored which makes them more appealing to people. The liquid is heated using the battery which causes the vapor that you inhale. This is why they call it vaping. But, it is important to remember that this liquid is filled with chemicals and very small particles that are inhaled into your mouth and lungs.
While the main appeal is the taste and smell of vaping, there are many pieces of research that show these chemicals can lead to health problems. One Ohio State study found that vaping disrupted the normal balance of microorganisms in the mouth known as the oral microbiome. This imbalance could make it easier for disease-causing bacteria to proliferate, particularly those most responsible for periodontal (gum) disease. And, the gum tissue showed cell damage caused by the vapor in e-cigarettes, according to another study by The University of Rochester. Some of this damage seemed to result from the flavoring agents used in the e-cigarette liquid, as well as nicotine.
Another study from Quebec, Canada appears to concur with the New York study. These researchers found the damage caused by e-cigarette vapor might substantially increase the rate of cell death in oral tissues by as much as 50% over a short period of time. This kind of damage can lead to higher risks of dental diseases like gum disease or tooth decay.
Vaping hasn’t been around that long so no one truly knows the long term effects that it can cause. As research comes out, the more we learn about the issues that vaping can cause. If you think vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, you may be wrong. Both can affect your overall oral health. Quitting is the only safe way to protect your gums and mouth. If you have any questions or need help quitting, contact us. We can help get you back on track to good oral health. Schedule an appointment, today.