Is Vaping Bad for your Teeth?
Vaping and using e-cigarettes have become more and more popular over the past decade, especially among teens. Although they feel like they aren’t harming their bodies because they aren’t inhaling unhealthy tobacco smoke, there are other problems to consider- like the harmful effects of nicotine and other chemicals in the e-liquid create in the mouth.
Although there is no long-term research for vaping, the current research already shows that the effects are similar to regular cigarettes, if not worse. One major side effect is decreased saliva flow which can in-turn lead to several other issues including increased plaque and bacteria buildup, mouth sores, tooth decay, bad breath, and more. Another major issue is inflamed gum tissue resulting in recession, sensitivity, bone loss, and tooth loss. A more rare, but serious issue is injury to the teeth, mouth, and lips from explosions caused by the battery overheating.
Studies suggest that people who vape are more likely to get cavities and gum disease which means they are less likely to keep all their teeth long term. During orthodontic treatment, you are already at an increased risk for those issues so at Cardall Orthodontics in Bakersfield, California, Dr. Wes Cardall emphasizes the importance of great oral hygiene. Don’t be fooled into believing vaping isn’t as bad for you as smoking. Protect your teeth, keep them healthy, and smile!