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Vape and Mirrors: The Deceptive Effect of Vaping on Your Oral Health

January 26, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — S. John salivonchik @ 2:50 pm
Man vaping despite its affect on oral health

In recent years, vaping has gained popularity as a “clean” alternative to traditional smoking, leading many to believe it’s healthier. However, emerging research suggests that vaping poses many of the same risks to your health as smoking cigarettes. This includes several conditions that affect your mouth specifically. Read on to learn four ways that vaping can affect your oral health.

1. Dry Mouth

Saliva is important to the health of your oral ecosystem. It washes away food particles and protects your teeth from bacteria and acids. However, the chemicals in some vapes are known to dry out your mouth which can halt saliva production. Without it, your teeth are far more vulnerable to bacterial plaque which causes cavities and periodontal disease. 

2. Gum Irritation and Disease

Studies performed at the New York University School of Dentistry have revealed a link between vaping and gum disease. The chemicals in most vaping liquids can irritate the gums and increase the number of bacteria present in the mouth. This ultimately leads to inflammation, gum recession, and even periodontal disease which can worsen tooth decay and cause tooth loss.

3. Increase of Cavities

Speaking of tooth decay, many vaping liquids also contain high levels of sugar and acidic compounds. These harmful chemicals, especially when turned into vapor, cling to your teeth and erode the enamel. Over time, this will form many cavities in the spaces between teeth where the vapor can easily gather.

4. Risk of Oral Cancer

Although further research is needed to fully understand the long-term effects, studies show that vape juice chemicals can damage DNA. One meta-analysis by Manveer Singh Chhina of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital suggests that vape chemicals are known carcinogens. In addition, vaping seemed to show an increase in chemotherapy resistance and an altered immune system. All of this is a perfect storm for the formation of oral cancer and a worsening of its related symptoms.

So, if you currently vape, it’s best to put down the pen. There are many risks associated with the practice found and others still being discovered that it’s not worth it. If your having trouble quitting altogether, take small steps toward that goal.

In the meantime, be sure to brush twice per day and floss regularly to keep your teeth pristine. If you need help with this, reach out to your dentist. They’ll be happy to help you clean your smile and keep your oral health in check.

About the Author

Dr. John Salivonchik is a friendly and talented dentist who is passionate about helping his patients with whatever is bothering their teeth. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine at Temple Dental School, Dr. Salivonchik went on to expand his knowledge through multiple continuing education curriculums and professional organizations. Call (610) 502-1545 to schedule an appointment at S. John Salivonchik, DMD, PC, or visit the website to explore other services.

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