Vaping Has Become Popular – But Not Safe

The Ill effects of E-Cigarettes on Your Oral Health

Not long ago, vaping became popular. It was promoted as being a safer alternative to smoking and possibly even as an instrument to help people quit smoking. This type of advertising has led many people to jump on the bandwagon even before the product and its long term effects had been tested. Now, many of the results have come in and it does not look good for oral health.


Nicotine – the Key Ingredient

No matter how you look at it, there is nothing good about nicotine. It cannot be rendered harmless. This means that even the smallest amounts can damage tissue and all your organs. Some e-cigarettes allow the user to increase the amount of nicotine that is delivered, making it possible to get even more nicotine than what is in a regular cigarette.


Fewer Chemicals

In some ways, it might be admitted that e-cigs are better than traditional cigarettes. An e-cigarette and its liquid do not have as many chemical compounds in it as cigarettes – which have more than 7,000 of them. However, this can also be said of e-cigs and the vapor it produces. When the heating element heats up the liquid, it may be adding some metal vapor into the mixture – and the metals used are known to be carcinogenic.


Addicting

One of the reasons why people feel they need a nicotine kick is because nicotine is highly addicting. This drug helps ensure that people will continue to use it in one form or another. Even though e-cigarettes have been touted as being able to help people quit smoking, it has not yet been proven to actually help.


The Danger to Your Oral Health

The proof that there is not much difference between regular cigarette smoking and vaping is that both produce the same effect to your teeth and gums. The damage is seen in three different ways.


  • It Reduces the Oxygen Levels in Your Blood

The threat to your oral health starts when the nicotine reduces the flow of blood in your gums. This will hurt your gums in two ways. First, it will cut back on the amount of oxygen in your gums; and secondly, it will reduce the flow of nutrients that can help your gums stay healthy.


  • It Can Cause Receding Gums

As the flow of blood is reduced and the blood vessels decrease in size, your gum tissue starts to die, causing them to get smaller and recede. When the gums recede, it exposes the roots of your teeth to the bacteria in your mouth – and cavities can easily form. Another reason that the nicotine will lead to receding gums is that it causes inflammatory proteins to be released.


  • It Will Reduce Your Immune System's Effectiveness

Your gums are constantly fighting many types of bacteria in your mouth to prevent gum disease. When your blood flow is reduced, this enables the bacteria to get the upper hand. Before long, the bacteria that had been kept in balance is now out of control and your dental health will rapidly decline.


  • It May Worsen Teeth Grinding

Nicotine takes the part of a stimulant that makes the muscles want to move. If you already have the habit of grinding your teeth, the nicotine will make it worse. If you do not have this habit, it could lead you to start. Teeth grinding damages teeth by causing chipped and cracked teeth, and it also shortens them.


About Periodontal Disease

Nicotine and other chemicals in both cigarettes and in an electric smoker can lead to periodontal disease. This disease is a serious problem and it has wide-ranging effects – but it often works quietly – for a while.


The bacteria in your mouth get into your gums and an immune reaction is started. This becomes an autoimmune problem, and your immune system starts attacking the bacteria, the support structures for your teeth, and your jawbone. Before long, some of your teeth will start to become loose, and some could even fall out.


The Remedy for Periodontal Disease

When you suddenly realize that vaping or smoking has given you this horrible disease called periodontitis and you want it stopped – it is going to cost. Once you have periodontitis, you cannot stop it yourself – it is too late. You will need the help of a periodontist because the bacteria are in the gums and flowing through your bloodstream – where it is also causing other serious damage.


If you are vaping, chances are good that you may already have gum disease – especially if you have been using e-cigarettes for some time. When you need help to eliminate gum disease and its damaging effects to your mouth, Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist, can help you. He provides all levels of gum disease treatment for periodontitis and for better dental health. Most dental health plans are accepted at his dental offices, which are located in the Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or dental checkup, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.


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