Vaping and dental health
We all know the health risks of smoking tobacco. With its negative impact on the heart, lungs and general well-being, smoking tobacco in any form increases the dental problems including increased deposition of plaque, chronic bad breath, staining, gum diseases affecting the teeth and its supporting structures. Smoking tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancers as well.
Considering the ill effects of smoking tobacco, in the last few years E-cigarettes or vaping havegained a lot of popularity as a tobacco-free alternative to traditional smoking. Before discussing the mechanism of vaping in detail, here are a few reasons why young and adolescents are choosing to vape:
- Trying to quit smoking
- Thinking of vaping as a less harmful alternative
- Circumvention in smoke-free areas
- Recreational enjoyment
A study by the FDA has reported an increase in the use of E-cigarettes in high school students from 1.5% in 2011 to 20% in 2018. Even worse, 5% of middle school students across the country reported using e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes, supposed to be a substitute for adult smokers trying to quit, have rapidly become a serious threat among adolescents and young kids.
Here’s what you should know about vaping and dental health:
Unlike traditional cigarettes, E-cigarette or vaping works by heating a liquid to generate vapour or aerosols to deliver nicotine to the lungs. The fluid in E-cigarettes, contains propylene glycol, benzene, formaldehyde, flavoring agents, and other harsh chemicals that are extremely harmful to the mouth as well as for the throat, lungs, and heart.
Harmful effects of vaping on oral health
Nicotine whether smoked or vaped, restricts the blood flow to the oral cavity, causing several problems with the periodontium affecting not just the gums but also the bone and other supporting structures. It can also cause dry mouth and chronic bad breath and other issues. Ultrafine particles inhaled deep into the lungs, contains volatile organic compounds, cancer-causing chemicals, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
Most of the E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is well known as an addictive substance. Nicotine has very serious effects, especially on the brain tissues. It can harm brain development, mainly affecting the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and behavior. Nicotine activates the pleasure centers in the brain and become highly addictive in a short time. Absorption of nicotine happens faster with vaping, thus giving users a quicker high than traditional cigarettes, causing greater addiction.
Importance of family, society, and your dentist:
There is no single proven method to help adolescents and young adults who want to quit vaping. It is important to work together, as a team. At Channel Island Family dental office dentist in Oxnard, we always guide our patients and their families about the effects of vaping and E-cigarettes and to have an open conversation to understand them better.
At the Channel Island Family Dental office, we provide a wide range of dental services at our various branches. Improve your smile and health with us. Feel free to call and book your appointments today with our dentist in Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme.