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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.
The oral health risks associated with traditional cigarette smoking are widely understood and accepted:
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.
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.
The Takeaway Message…
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.