Vaping can have a detrimental effect on one’s overall oral health.
Vaping is a popular alternative to smoking, but there are still some questions about the safety of this habit. Is vaping bad for your teeth and your oral health in general? While smoking cigarettes appears to pose more oral health risks than vaping, it is important to know that vaping can also have a harmful effect on your teeth. Read on to find out more about the impact of vaping on your oral health according to the research so far…
How does vaping affect your oral health?
Although studies related to vaping are still fairly limited, research suggests that vaping can have a number of detrimental effects on your teeth and gums. Some of the possible side-effects of vaping include excess bacteria in the mouth, which has been linked to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease; chronic dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay; and gum inflammation.
Research also suggests that vaping may cause irritation of the mouth and throat, often leading to tender, red and swollen gums. When inflammation increases in the body, a certain level of DNA damage can occur, which can even lead to cell death over time. This, in turn, can contribute to several oral health problems, including tooth decay; bone loss; gum disease; tooth loss and bad breath.
How do cigarettes compare?
According to research, vaping is associated with fewer oral health risks when compared with cigarettes. However, it is important to understand that more research is necessary, and that this information may change with time.
Although smoking cigarettes is well-known for its unhealthy side-effects, vaping also appears to be a harmful habit. Vaping a fluid that contains nicotine can be particularly detrimental as it can lead to an increased accumulation of plaque; stains and discolouration on the surface of the teeth; gum disease; and receding gums. So, while vaping in general has been linked to several oral health-related issues, some studies suggest that vaping nicotine may further aggravate some of these side-effects.
Can you minimise the side-effects of vaping?
If you do choose to vape, there are a few things you can do to minimise the effects of the habit on your oral health. Try to choose nicotine-free fluids as much as possible and be sure to drink some water after you have finished vaping each time — this will help to rehydrate your mouth and prevent bad breath.
It is also advisable that you practice proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans. By attending regular routine dental visits, any potential problems can be identified and addressed early.
If you notice any of the possible symptoms of an oral health concern, such as bleeding gums, toothache, or chronic dry mouth, be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible.
How can we help?
Whether you vape or not, we encourage you to come in and see us for regular routine check-ups and cleans. The new year is the perfect time to check that your oral health is on track, so if it’s been a while since your last dental visit, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
At Crown Dental Group, we offer a range of general dentistry services and understand that visiting the dentist regularly is a key part of maintaining a fresh and healthy smile. Even if you have excellent hygiene habits at home, you may still be at risk of health issues, and your dentist can help to identify any problems before they become complicated.
Some of the general dentistry services that we offer include professional cleans and polishing; oral hygiene care education; dental examinations and x-rays. To find out more about our preventative and general care, please have a look here.
If you would like to come in and see us, book an appointment today.