What Is Vaping?
When vaping burst onto the scene a few years ago, it was heralded as the healthy alternative to smoking. It sounded too good to be true, and it was.
While vaping might be a little better for your lungs than cigarettes at first glance, it’s just as bad or worse for your teeth. The term “vaping” refers to the act of smoking electronic cigarettes like e-cigs, juuls, or just “vapes.” These devices use a battery to heat ‘vape juice,’ which contains nicotine and provides the same desired effect as a cigarette. Even though this seems better, in theory, the side effects can still be life-threatening.
Why Is Vaping Bad For Your Teeth?
The main issue with vaping is that people are still coming into contact with nicotine which reduces blood flow in the mouth. This can negatively affect the soft tissues in your mouth, and cause rapid recession of your gum line. But, it gets worse.
Reducing blood flow to the mouth not only causes the gum line to recede, but it also reduces the mouth’s ability to fight bacteria. This can rapidly increase the risk of infection and decay, and eventually cause tooth loss, cavities, and even cancer in some situations. These are the most serious side effects, but there are others that can be less life threatening but just as troublesome.
Vaping and Halitosis
Vaping can even cause one of the most undesirable social conditions imaginable: halitosis. Halitosis is the term used for chronic bad breath that you can’t get rid of, even with the strongest mouthwash, gum, or toothbrush. This doesn’t help when trying to make a great first impression at home or in business. Gross!
If you still feel you have to vape, especially if you’re trying to quit smoking, be sure to consult your dentist further about the potential health risks involved.