It is no secret that tobacco use of any kind is hazardous to your health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting it to cause 6 million deaths per year around the world. As an alternative, many have turned to vaping, believing that is a safer option. However, while the harmful chemicals found in e-cigs are 9 to 450 times lower than a traditional cigarette, they can still cause health complications, like heart disease. In addition to your general health, your dentist in Tyler heads their own warning about the implications they can cause for your oral health.
Oral Health Complications from E-Cigs
Overall, e-cigs are viewed as being a safer option than traditional cigarettes because they contain fewer chemicals, like tar. This does offer certain benefits to your oral and general health. The lack of tar means that you do not have to worry about tooth discoloration, like that associated with tobacco. If you choose vaping, you can restore a bright smile without having to worry about new tobacco stains developing after your teeth whitening treatment.
In addition, vaping appears to produce less plaque buildup. However, they still contain nicotine, which inhibits the production of saliva. This causes an accumulation of bacteria due to try mouth, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Tooth decay is not the only concern as they contain aerosol, which includes many toxins, like diethylene glycol. When it comes into contact with the oral cavity, it is at its hottest temperature. This has shown to produce the same harmful effects as traditional menthol cigarettes. They negatively impact the epithelial cells and the fibroblasts within the periodontal ligament.
The exact effects of their use can vary considerably; however, there are many cases where chemical burns in the oral cavity have resulted from -cigs, as well as ulcers on the palate and stomatitis, which appears as dark pin pricks.
Are E-Cigs Safer?
There is no simple answer to this question. Although there are several risks involved with vaping, they are far fewer than those associated with traditional tobacco use. Not only do studies show that they are a safer alternative, but also a considerably less harmful one. While there are still concerns about their safety, if you use tobacco, you may want to consider vaping to reduce the complications to your overall and oral health.
However, the best option is always to stop tobacco use in any form as soon as possible to prevent damages to your oral and overall health. If your teeth and gums have already been compromised from tobacco use, your Tyler dentist can rehabilitate your dental health.
About Dr. Keith O. Gerber
Dr. Keith O. Gerber is committed to remaining current with the latest dental advancements and studies to deliver superior services to his patients. He provides high-quality solutions to promote your oral health. If you have any questions about the effects of vaping on your dental health, contact Gentle Dental Care to speak with a member of our team.