Vaping and Your Teeth
I think it is safe to assume that we all choose to vape as a better, healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. And the facts and studies speak for themselves. For the most part, from what we know, vaping is better for your health in just about every way imaginable. However, there is much controversy, due to the fact that vaping is relatively new and smoking studies have been around for decades. One thing is for sure and that is that smoking is harmful to your health in every respect.
We certainly cannot be naïve and think or fool ourselves that vaping is good for you, your health or your teeth. But we can try to discover if vaping is, in fact, less harmful than smoking. It is. Let’s see why.
Vaping is a Healthier Choice than Smoking
Firstly, vaping eJuice does not contain anywhere near the number of chemicals that a tobacco cigarette does. In fact, eJuice only contains two or three FDA approved ingredients that do not cause cancer. Tobacco cigarettes, on the other hand, contain over 4000 chemicals and at least 400 known carcinogens. Put that in your pipe and see how your smile looks. Cigarettes yellow and blackened teeth from the tar and other harmful chemicals. So, far there is no study that shows the same for eJuice.
Aside from not being nearly as harmful to your teeth, the other health benefits are enormous. Take it from a person who vapes daily and used to smoke cigarettes for decades. I can breathe again. I don’t need a medical doctor to study my body. I know. Ask any ex-smoker who now vapes. They will tell you they felt better in only a matter of days. And the biggest thing is cancer. Smoking Cigarettes causes cancer, plain and simple. Vaping does not. So, what about your teeth?
What about my Teeth?
There are no health benefits to vaping and no benefits to your teeth. But when put it up against cigarette smoking it’s really no contest. No Studies have shown serious negative effects from vaping. This is new territory in all fairness, but so far so good. Dentists have reported that vaping can cause dry mouth. And dry mouth can lead to tooth decay. So, make sure you hydrate when vaping.
Vaping with nicotine can have negative side effects for your teeth. Nicotine can cause gums to recede. This causes less blood flow and oxygen to the soft tissue. This can result in tooth decay. Also, vapour can cause inflammation of the gums that could result in periodontitis.
Finally, reduced blood circulation in the mouth may aid in bacteria growth, which in turn could result in tooth loss or other oral health issues. These are a bit extreme and for the most part unlikely. But the risk does exist. However, it pales in comparison to the damage that tobacco cigarettes cause.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Dentist Away
The simple conclusion that can be drawn here is that vaping is far less dangerous for your teeth than smoking. What can you do to protect yourself? Go see your dentist. If you vape or smoke you should really get a cleaning twice a year. This is the best sort of maintenance and preventative action you can take.
A dentist will easily be able to detect any issues with your teeth and more importantly your gums. Your gums will indicate the condition of your teeth and chances of tooth loss or oral health issues. Brushing and dental cleanings are pretty much all you need to stay ahead of the game. So, vape with these things in mind and let me see that smile.