Over the past few years, vaping has gained in popularity, with sales skyrocketing from seven to 41 million dollars from 2011 to 2018. Although it was first marketed as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, are there still some possible harmful side effects to vaping? Recent research suggests that it can negatively impact your oral health, but how? Read on as your dentist in Towson goes in-depth about the matter and explains how you can protect yourself.
How Vaping Works
The term ‘vaping’ refers to smoking an e-cigarette, which involves the usage of an aerosol (or vapor) to provide the nicotine rush that smokers look for. Because many people mistakenly assume that water is used instead of aerosol, they consider vaping to be harmless. The reality, though, is that just as is the case with smoking tobacco, vaping can place your oral health in jeopardy.
Here’s What Can Happen
In some regards, vaping may even be considered to be worse than smoking a cigarette. Here are two reasons why it can be so detrimental:
- Nicotine – The toxins contained in nicotine are known to contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.
- Fine Particles – The addition of aerosol introduces a new set of challenges because of the fine nature of the chemical particles and heavy metals that it’s composed of, both of which can contribute to a decline in dental and overall health.
As the above reflects, there doesn’t appear to be a “safe” way to consume nicotine. This naturally leads to the question, “How can people who use e-cigarettes limit the possible damage that the habit can lead to?”
The best form of protection is to abstain from any form of smoking, whether combustible or with an e-cigarette. However, if you plan to use the latter, it’s even more important that you maintain excellent oral hygiene habits. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily and visiting your dentist every six months for preventive care.
At these visits, you’ll receive a thorough cleaning to prevent any excess plaque and tartar buildup that could accelerate tooth and gum decay. Additionally, you’ll undergo a thorough dental examination that will identify any developing issues. Therefore, they can be addressed in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner possible.
Whether you use e-cigarettes or not, this is the perfect time to pay your local dentist a visit for a checkup. Not only can it revamp your oral health, but it also allows you to have greater peace-of-mind.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dr. Devon Conklin takes a careful and methodical approach to practicing dentistry. To further enhance her skillset, she has taken hours of continued education, which includes specialized training at the renowned Pankey Institute. Dr. Conklin provides exceptional dental care at Conklin & Ward Dental Group, and she can be reached for more information through her website.