We’ve been told practically all our lives that smoking is bad for us, which is entirely true. We’ve been told about the harmful side effects of smoking and the life-threatening diseases brought on by this bad habit, which is why when e-cigarettes were introduced, many people started using them instead. Vaping has become a popular method handling of nicotine withdrawal; however, in recent years, the use of e-cigarettes has changed, and you’d be surprised at its effects on oral health. Let’s discuss how vaping affects your smile.
What Is Vaping?
Originally designed as a means to quit smoking, vaping contains less harmful ingredients than cigarettes and mimics the feeling of smoking. Those who vape are inhaling and exhaling an aerosol mixture, many of which are combined with a nicotine compound. E-cigarettes are available with different levels of nicotine to help people who are trying to quit smoking “step down” gradually; however, this has drastically changed in recent years.
Instead of weaning themselves off of nicotine, many people are simply replacing traditional cigarettes for e-cigarettes, believing they are doing themselves a favor. It turns out that vaping isn’t much better than smoking traditional cigarettes.
Vaping and Oral Health
No matter which form nicotine takes, it’s harmful to the teeth and gums, which means that if your e-cigarette contains any level of nicotine, you’re harming your mouth. Even if there isn’t any nicotine present in the vapor, the ingredients in vapor alone haven’t been studied in-depth to determine if vaping without nicotine is safe.
Vaping damages the cells in the mouth and causes inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to gum disease, which destroys the tissue and bone that are responsible for keeping the teeth in place. This can result in tooth loss. Nicotine, even present in vapor, can wreak havoc on your health and is responsible for many serious issues, including:
- Lung cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gum disease
Unfortunately, the list goes on and on, which is why it’s best to weigh your options on whether or not you should continue vaping.
Protecting Your Smile
It’s best to avoid vaping altogether, even if there’s no nicotine in the vapor. The other miscellaneous toxins present in the vapor haven’t been fully studied yet, which means they may be just as harmful, if not more harmful, than cigarettes themselves. If you’re looking to quit smoking, speak with your doctor about healthy ways to quit. There are many products and methods available today that are safer than vaping, and in speaking with a healthcare professional, you’re able to get accurate information and find the right tool that works for you. If you’re vaping without nicotine, keep in mind that you may be putting yourself at risk as well.
You only get one smile. Treat it right by taking care of yourself and adopting good habits.
At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we’re ready to help you get a spectacular smile! Call (843) 4-BRACES to speak with our friendly experts today!