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ASK THE DOC: How Vaping affects your teeth

Vaping is a thing… a big thing.

It’s a $10 billion industry that is targeting high school students across the world.

It seems harmless, right? It’s just vapor.

Wrong.

While it has long-term affects to your body, here’s what happens to your teeth.

Does Vaping Differ from Cigarette Smoking?

When vaping was a new phenomenon, it was touted as being a healthy alternative to smoking. However, people that have switched to it are still coming to their dental care providers with oral health complaints. The bottom line is that vaping still introduces nicotine in to the body. This is the addictive substance, which make people get hooked on traditional cigarettes.

The Effect of Nicotine on Oral Health

When nicotine is introduced into the body, it causes vasoconstriction, or the narrowing of the blood vessels. When the blood vessels narrow down, they are unable to transport as much oxygen as they should to the different parts of the body.

This means that the mouth and the gums will not be getting the supply of oxygen that they need. With time, this leads to a series of oral health problems, with the most common being receding gums.

Ever seen this? It’s gross. This can cause a variety of problems, some of which can lead to invasive and expensive treatment including weakened enamel leading to sensitivity and decay; bite changes and loosening of teeth; recession of gums causes sensitive teeth and appearance of aging and stained or yellowing of the teeth.

Dry mouth is another drawback to vaping. It can lead to the mouth staying in the harmful acidic state after each meal or drink.

Bad breath? Yes, indeed. Not to mention that oral cancer rates are on the rise due to vaping.

In conclusion, vaping tears up your gums, gives you bad breath, weakens your teeth and changes your bite.

You’ve been warned.

By Ryan Comeaux, DDS... Click here to learn more about ComeauxDentistry.

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