Is Vaping Bad For Your Teeth?

Vaping has become increasingly popular in the recent past, but research is still ongoing about the health consequences. While the safety and long-term health effects of vaping and using e-cigarette devices are still not well known, External link opens in new tab or windowcurrent research suggests that vaping can have various adverse effects on oral health.

 

This article explores the potential oral health consequences and everything you need to know about the subject. 

What Is Vaping?

Vaping is the practice of inhaling vapor created by an electronic cigarette (vape) through your mouth. The e-cigarette has a cylinder that contains liquids such as nicotine, sweet flavors, or a non-nicotine liquid solution. The inhaled vapor is emitted when the liquids are heated. Here are some types of vapes:

 

  • Pod mods

  • Vaporizers

  • Vape pens

  • Cig-a-like

  • Vape mod

How Widespread Is Vaping?

According to Euromonitor statistics (2018), there will be an estimated External link opens in new tab or window55 million e-cigarette users worldwide by the end of 2021. External link opens in new tab or windowThe Lancet company also predicts that the e-cigarette and vape products market will reach $40 billion in sales by 2023.

 

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) External link opens in new tab or windowreport shows that nearly 3.6 million youth used e-cigarette products, particularly flavored options. These statistics show a sharp rise in vape users worldwide in the past decade.


Is Vaping Bad For Your Teeth?

Yes, vaping is harmful to your dental health because it contains nicotine and other chemicals, the leading cause of dental diseases. The most common effects include:


Gum Disease

Vaping reduces the blood concentration in your gums because nicotine narrows your blood vessels. The tapered blood vessels cause your gums to weaken because of a limited supply of oxygen and nutrients in your gums.

 

Xerostomia (Lack of Saliva)

Your mouth is kept moist and safeguarded against harmful bacteria by saliva. However, vaping reduces saliva production, leading to dry mouth, thus increasing the risk of bacterial infections.

 

Cell Death ­

A External link opens in new tab or window2018 study shows that vaping aerosols can cause DNA damage and inflammation. This can lead cells to lose their power to divide and grow, speeding up cell aging and resulting in cell death. Cell death can cause oral health issues, such as:

 

  • Tooth decay

  • Bad breath

  • Dry mouth

  • Tooth loss

  • Bone loss

  • Periodontal diseases

Does Vaping Affect Teenagers More Than Adults?

According to External link opens in new tab or windowthe truth initiative, the number of e-cigarette users among teenagers has increased significantly in recent years. Additionally, the research showed that about one in five high school students had used a vaping product. Another External link opens in new tab or windowreport showed that only 0.5 percent of adults aged 65 used e-cigarettes. This information shows that youths are likely to be more affected than adults as they are more likely to use vaping products.

When To See A Dentist

Vaping causes adverse effects on your dental health. If you vape, you should ensure you properly take care of your oral health. However, you should seek immediate medical treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms:

 

  • Receding gums

  • Toothache or mouth pain

  • Mouth ulcers or sores that don’t seem to heal

  • Loose teeth

  • Swollen or bleeding gums

 

Make sure to External link opens in new tab or windowbook an appointment with your dentist if you experience any of the above symptoms.