E-cigarettes, while not risk free, are much less harmful than smoking. The E-cigarette may contain nicotine but not many of the harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar or carbon monoxide.
Research suggests that vaping poses fewer oral health risks than smoking cigarettes. Research is ongoing and more needs to be done to understand both the short- and long-term effects of vaping and oral health. We would like to highlight some things to consider if you do choose to vape.
E-liquid ingredients known to have negative effects on oral health include:
- propylene glycol
- vegetable glycerine and flavourings
Limiting or eliminating these ingredients may help reduce your overall risk for side effects.
Negative effects of vaping on your teeth and gums:
Excess bacteria Excess bacteria is associated with tooth decay, cavities, and gum diseases.
Dry mouth some e-cigarette base liquids, particularly propylene glycol can cause mouth dryness. Chronic mouth dryness is associated with bad breath, mouth sores, and tooth decay.
Inflamed gums ongoing gum inflammation is associated with various periodontal diseases.
Overall irritation Vaping can cause mouth and throat irritation. Gum symptoms may include tenderness, swelling, and redness.
If you vape, the following may help reduce your risk for side effects:
- Limit your nicotine intake. Opting for nicotine-free juices
- Drink water after you vape. Avoid dry mouth and bad breath by rehydrating
- Brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing helps remove plaque
- Floss before bed. Like brushing, remove plaque.
- Visit a dentist on a regular basis. See a dentist every six months for a check up
If you want to talk to us or need advice to help quit smoking contact us today on 01908 610536