With the popularity of electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes, e-cigs, or vapes), many people are asking questions about the health risks that might be associated with them. With the information that’s currently available, the use of e-cigs can have some benefits for individuals who are trying to quit smoking. In general, the health risks of e-cigs are massively lower than those of normal cigarettes.
E-Cigs and Your Teeth
In essence, e-cigs provide nicotine without the tar and smoke associated with cigarettes. Since tar is the main culprit behind the health dangers of smoking, e-cigs are generally a preferable option to traditional cigarettes.
Nevertheless, they aren’t completely harmless. The ‘vapor’ produced by e-cigs contains a number of harmful substances, including chemicals found in anti-freeze, and while the levels of these toxins are many times lower than in tobacco smoke, they can still pose some minor threats.
In addition to the usual toxic substances, vaping involves inhaling heated aerosol, leading to dryness and irritation in the mouth. This means less saliva in the mouth, making it harder to deal with oral bacteria. Naturally, this puts your mouth at risk for a variety of problems, including infection, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Nevertheless, if you smoke, it can be worthwhile to switch to an e-cig since it can dramatically reduce the damage done to your oral health. The smoke from tobacco is known to contain thousands of chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer, and many of which are bad for your teeth. Switching to an e-cig can dramatically reduce the damage done by smoking, even if there are some oral health concerns.
Consulting with Your Dentist
If you currently smoke, you should talk to your dentist about your options when it comes to your dental health. Dr. Lynn can help you determine the best plan when it comes to keeping a healthy smile, so contact the office of Lynn Dental Care to schedule a consultation.