Vaping has become a very popular activity – for teens and adults. And while some people use vaping as a substitute for smoking cigarettes, many other vape for fun. However, there is no doubt that vaping is bad for your dental and oral health – although it is likely less toxic than smoking. Here is a quick overview of how vaping can affect your teeth, gums, and other mouth tissues.
Negative Effects of Vaping
Vape pens and e-cigarettes create a thick vapor by heating up liquids, or “vape juice.” There are thousands of different juices on the market that contain a range of ingredients. Some types contain Nicotine, an addictive ingredient found in tobacco and cigarettes. Other common ingredients are water, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavorings, and many other possible additives and chemicals.
When vaping, these vapors come into contact with your teeth, gums, throat, and lungs. The chemicals can be retained in in oral tissues, are carcinogenic, and can cause a wide range of dental issues, including:
- Cavities and tooth decay
- Dry mouth
- Yellow, stained, or discolored teeth
- Gum disease
- Receding gums
- High bacteria levels
- Mouth pain and irritation
- Bad breath
- Gum inflammation
The Path Forward
Of course, the best way to avoid dental damage caused by vaping is to stop vaping. However, if you still plan to vape or are curious on how you can address damage that has already been done, a dentist is the best place to turn.
You might be concerned your dentist will judge your habits; however, it’s your dentist’s primary concern to ensure that your mouth is clean and healthy and to provide you with the tools, treatments, and education necessary to care for your oral health.
If you are vaping, it’s even more crucial you take good care of your teeth on a daily basis, see your dentist for frequent cleanings, and get treatment for any existing decay or gum disease.Read More on Vaping and Dental Health