Vaping is just as harmful to your oral health

Vaping is just as harmful to your oral health

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Electronic cigarettes are often marketed as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. When it comes to oral health, however, new research suggests vaping may be just as harmful as smoking.

In a study, researchers found that the chemicals present in electronic cigarettes vapor were equally as damaging – in some cases, more damaging – to mouth cells as tobacco smoke.

Such damage can lead to an array of oral health problems, including gum disease, tooth loss, and mouth cancer. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices containing a heating device and a cartridge that holds a liquid solution. The heating device vaporizes the liquid – usually when the user “puffs” on the device – and the resulting vapor is inhaled.

While e-cigarette liquids do not contain tobacco – a highly harmful component of conventional cigarettes – they do contain nicotine and other chemicals, including flavoring agents. Flavored vapors, specifically menthol flavor, ┬ácan damage your gum tissue cells.

What do we suggest? Avoid vaping as well as smoking cigarettes. It is not worth the risk of losing your smile!

 

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