Are You Hurting Your Teeth and Gums If You Vape?
Vaping may be the safe alternative to tobacco, but is it really safer for your teeth and gums? Although e-cigarettes and the, “Juice,” hasn’t been around long enough to conduct any long term studies, dentists and doctors are now saying that vaping may not as safe as you think.
What Is Vaping?
According to the Center on Addiction, Vaping involves inhaling and exhaling vapor or aerosol. E-cigarettes do not use tobacco to produce the vapor, but instead use an aerosol.
E-cigarette aficionados’ are passionate about their vaping devices, which can resemble cigars, cigarettes, fountain pens and even canons. Vapers inhale the, “Juice,” which may or may not contain nicotine.
What Is An E-Cigarette?
A vaping device system consists of a heating component powered by battery, the e-liquid, and a mouthpiece. When used, the battery will heat up the component that warms the liquid. Once the juice has been converted into aerosol, it is inhaled.
What’s In The Juice?
The products used for vaping contain a vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol liquid that can be used with nicotine. People who are trying to kick the habit often start with a higher milligram product to help them ease the addiction to nicotine.
Medicinal marijuana users claim that vaping helps reduce pain and inflammation. Tobacco is never used in e-liquid.
Is Vaping Dangerous?
Although the jury has yet to make a decision, the health risks are yet to be fully studied. As with anything, use in moderation as some advocates are warning that the chemicals used in e-cigarettes and their juice could be dangerous.
What About Vaping and Teeth and Gums?
If you use nicotine in your juice be aware that it can constrict your blood vessels. Not only does this result in a decrease of blood flow, but it also increase the risk of periodontal disease. Allure Dental in Mountain View explains that vaping can also mask the signs of gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis.
Blood flow restriction can also affect your body’s natural ability to fight infection and bacteria and affects the body’s ability to generate new healthy cells.
Vaping and Your Gums
Nicotine can also inhibit bone formation. Sucking on a vaporizer weakens the gum tissue making the user more susceptible to gum disease.
If you vape schedule an appointment with the Allure Dental Center in Mountain View. Drs. Suzanna and Trinh Lee will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to make sure you are healthy.