THEY’RE SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS “e-cigs” or “vapes”. Regardless of what they’re called, they’re not good for your health—or your smile.
Now, we know that this doesn’t have much to do with braces, but we’ve been watching these things become more and more popular, and we think it’s important for our patients to know the risks involved.
A New Twist In The Same Ol’ Story
The oral health risks associated with traditional cigarette smoking are widely understood and accepted:
Smoking increases periodontal disease risk by 7 times
People who smoke are twice as likely to lose teeth
Smokers increase their oral cancer risk by 5 to 10 times
Technology DOESN’T Change Everything
E-cigarettes are being marketed as a cleaner, healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. And while it’s true that a couple of unsavory side effects aren’t present (like smoke and stained fingers) e-cigs still pose health risks to your teeth and body.
E-Cigs Still Contain Nicotine
Nicotine is a “vasoconstrictor” that restricts blood flow, inhibiting our mouth’s natural cleaning and disease-fighting functions. Nicotine also reduces our body’s ability to heal and create new healthy tissues and cells. E-cigs contain vaporized nicotine, derived from tobacco. And when a person uses nicotine, gum disease is more likely to thrive.
E-cigs can also contain MANY other chemical substances. France’s National Consumer’s Institute recently conducted a study that found 3 out of 10 e-cigs contain hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde and diethylene glycol.
Learn More About E-Cigarettes:
The Takeaway Message…
If you’re a smoker trying to quit, e-cigarettes may be a transitional help.
If you don’t smoke, don’t get lured in by this trend. Signing up for a nicotine addiction is dangerous—in any form.
If you’re a parent, share this post with your children. Since e-cigs are not technically tobacco, in many states children can purchase them and the companies that sell them are marketing to teenagers.
Let Us Know What You Think
Do you have experience with, or questions about this trend? If so, let’s visit. If you’re a smoker (in any form), or if someone you care about smokes, remember that it’s even more important to schedule regular cleaning and checkup appointments with your dentist.
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