Vaping and Dental Care: What You Should Know

March 28, 2019 by Dr. Andrew Smyth

 Published July 13, 2018  123Dentist Dental Health, Patient Education

By now, you’re likely aware of the negative impact smoking has on your health. However, you might not realize the serious effects smoking has on your overall dental care. Since your mouth is the starting point for all cigarette damage, you’ll deal with some significant oral health issues when you smoke. Even vaping, which is the latest trend pushed as a healthier alternative to smoking, has an impact on your health. Discover how smoking and vaping affect your dental care.

The Effects of Vaping on Oral Health

Vaping, which is when you inhale the vapours produced by e-cigarettes, has been pushed as a healthy alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. While research is still ongoing, what scientists have discovered so far isn’t promising. While e-cigarettes don’t result in bad breath, tooth discolouration, and plaque build up like traditional cigarettes, you still inhale nicotine if you choose a variety that has a nicotine cartridge. Nicotine reduces blood flow, which impacts your mouth’s ability to fight off bacteria. In turn, this can lead to a serious gum infection called periodontal disease.

Additionally, e-cigarette vapours can release inflammatory proteins in the gum tissue that can lead to critical oral diseases. Some e-cigarettes use flavouring that can also lead to cellular damage in your mouth. Lastly, research done at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine shows that e-cigarettes lead to the same, and sometimes even broader, suppression of key immune genes in your respiratory system and nasal passages as traditional cigarette smoking. This means e-cigarettes could be just as harmful as regular cigarettes to your respiratory system.

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