Cherry, strawberry shortcake, blueberry bliss, and mint chip; the flavors of vape juice are completely endless and appealing. The trend seems fun and exciting for many, with so many flavor combinations and accessories. Even though many of these flavored vape juices have been banned, many manufacturers have found loopholes to dodge being shut down — including creating synthesized tobacco. Why? Because the profits and estimated growth in this trend, especially in middle school and high school aged teenagers and Millennials, is just too appealing to pass up, even though they’re causing irreversible harm to their customers’ bodies.
People are vaping all around the world … The global e-cigarette and vape market size was valued at $18.13 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 30.0% from 2022 to 2030. Here are some more staggering statistics (cited from ModernGentlemen.net):
However, with more information emerging about the health dangers of vaping, it’s not surprising to learn that vaping has some major negative effects to your oral health as well.
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The ingredients in vape juice, when warmed up in a vaping or e-cigarette device, can cause up to four times the normal amount of bacteria in the mouth, according to Dentistry Insider. When there’s an above-average amount of bacteria sitting in the mouth, decay begins to happen, and cavities are in the near future.
A similar thing happens after ingesting a sugary drink – bacteria counts spike because of sugar. Vaping is an oral health risk … without brushing after vaping, bacteria will begin multiplying in the mouth and create plaque. When plaque is created and not scraped off the teeth, cavities and gum disease begin to form. Studies have also confirmed that vaping speeds up cell aging and damage, further putting your oral health at risk.
Learn more about cavities, gum disease, and how they can harm your overall health: What Does Oral Bacteria have to do with a Pretty Smile?
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The truth is, some teenagers don’t even know what exactly their vaping and may be unknowingly ingesting nicotine and other substances that are addictive and harmful. In 2018, 4.9 million teenagers and school-aged kids confirmed their use of vape and e-cigarette products.
Dr. Crystal Stinson, assistant professor in public health sciences, spoke with Dentistry Insider on the dangers of vaping and oral health. She said, “The flavorings and components of e-cigarettes change the oral microbiome and the pH of the saliva. Those two things can increase the risk of caries and periodontal disease. If you ask most kids what is in [e-cigarettes], they don’t even know it’s nicotine. Most people think it’s just water vapor.”
Vaping works by inhaling an aerosol that has been produced by an electronically heated up a liquid; while vape pens have their advantages over cigarettes—fewer toxins, low risk from secondhand smoke, cheaper after the initial investment of the e-cigarette—the chemicals inhaled are still dangerous.
Studies have already shown that the nicotine in vape liquid and the way it is absorbed into the body is damaging to teens’ brain development and overall health. Nicotine and the other chemicals—propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin and flavorings—inhaled while vaping are also damaging to your and your teen’s oral health.
The rebel factor of smoking along with the ability to carry what looks like a flash drive or some other technological device that parents may not recognize contribute to the high rate of use. The variety of tasty flavors appeals to youth use too. Vaping tastes good, gives teens the addicting hits of nicotine, and makes them feel cool.
Read more from this article on vaping risks from ScaryMommy: Vaping is Risky: But Doing this Could Make it Even More Harmful
We’ve all seen the commercials about how bad smoking is for you. But did you know that vaping has the same negative effects on your teeth and gums as smoking does? Since e-cigarettes and vaping often doesn’t include tobacco, it’s often seen as the healthier alternative, but your oral health suffers just the same. Vaping is an oral health risk … so, let’s discuss vaping vs smoking.
About one in 5 adults smoke, and it’s one of the main factors of gum disease. Let’s take a look at some of the harmful effects of vaping and smoking.
Vaping and smoking have also directly been linked to:
Basically, smoking affects your immune system and weakens its defenses against bacteria and other outside sources. If you’re smoking, it’s much harder to keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria. When your mouth isn’t getting rid of that surplus of bacteria, it can develop issues like gum disease. If you smoke/vape:
Vaping is an oral health risk. The main thing you can do to greatly reduce that risk of gum disease is to stop smoking/vaping and keep up with a good oral health routine. When gum disease isn’t treated, it can cause tooth loss, painful chewing, swollen gums, gums that pull away, etc. According to the American Cancer Society, “Smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S. It takes more than 480,000 lives each year. That’s one of every five deaths.” No smoking is safe. Learn ore about Gum Disease: How can I prevent it? How does it affect my body?
At Adams Dental Group, we want your oral health to be in great shape and love helping our patients achieve their dream smile. For questions on vaping and smoking, please give us a call. If you are vaping and are experiencing swollen or irritated gums, please call us and we would love to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to restorative procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 or our East location (913) 621-3113 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Travis A. Roberts, DDS April 26th, 2022
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