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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, can 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!