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How Vaping Affects Your Oral Health

Posted on 2/21/2022 by Advanced Dental Specialty Group
How Vaping Affects Your Oral HealthMany people use e-cigarettes because they believe they are less dangerous than smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, vaping can be detrimental to your oral health. When heated with high-voltage batteries, e-cigarettes emit formaldehyde. Nicotine, ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, chemicals linked to lung disease, volatile organic compounds, cancer-causing chemicals, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead can all be found in the aerosol or vapor that users inhale.

What Vaping Does to You

Exposure to e-cigarette aerosol can result in an increase in bacteria in the mouth, which is linked to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. It can also result in dry mouth, inflamed gums, and other problems. E-cigarette flavoring capsules can cause cavities and increase the risk of developing chronic lung diseases. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is known to be addictive. Nicotine has extremely negative effects, particularly on the adolescent brain. It can wreak havoc on brain development, which occurs until your mid-20s. It has an impact on areas of the brain that regulate attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. Nicotine activates the "pleasure center," and the sensation is highly addictive - more so than alcohol and cannabis, and like cocaine. Vaping causes faster nicotine absorption and thus provides users with that "high" faster than cigarettes, leading to even greater addiction.

Quit Vaping and Save Your Health

While there is no single, proven method for assisting adolescents who want to quit vaping, we must work together and be proactive now or the problem will worsen. The first step toward reversing the epidemic is to allow for an open discussion about the effects of vaping and e-cigarettes. And there are numerous resources available to assist in starting that conversation. Currently, the FDA regulates e-cigarettes minimally, with few standards governing the level of contaminants and carcinogens contained within the devices. There has recently been an outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping. If you vape, you should think about quitting to protect your oral health. Consult your dentist about the best smoking cessation method for you.

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