The negative effects of smoking cigarettes have been noted for years, in both overall and oral health. Many people have switched to vaping thinking that it is safer than smoking. The research is still out on that debate but we do know that it can damage your oral health.
A study published in 2016 in the journal Oncotarget, indicated that the vapors caused the release of inflammatory proteins in the gum tissue. This puts stress on cells which could lead to oral diseases, such as periodontitis. Many e-cigarettes also contain nicotine which constricts blood vessels. This can impact cellular regeneration and the ability to fight off bacteria in the mouth, leading to disease.
Vaping normally does not stain teeth, which might cause smokers to delay dental hygiene visits. Regular dental screenings should be a priority however, to address any mouth issues. It is extremely important to maintain the highest level of oral hygiene including good brushing and flossing daily. Patients concerned about their oral health should know that abstinence from smoking of any kind is the safest way to maintain their optimum oral health.
Dentistry in Paradise is here to help you keep your mouth healthy. Please let us know if you are using cigarettes or vaping, so that we can be aware of any changes in your gums or teeth.