Trends and fads come and go. And vaping is one of those hip and trendy fads on today’s scene. Many people choose to vape in an effort to quit smoking tobacco. And quitting tobacco is a good thing! Since it generates a smokeless vapor, many believe it’s better for you. But when it comes to your good oral health, there are things you should know about vaping.
What is Vaping?
Vaping is an alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes. It produces a smokeless vapor using an electronic cigarette (e-cig).
Does Vaping Affect Your Teeth and Gums?
If you vape, it doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to develop gum disease. But you should know that there are risks and health symptoms associated with it.
Nicotine is not a friend to good oral health. And vaping still provides nicotine to your system.
So how can nicotine contribute to unhealthy teeth and gums?
- It restricts blood vessels which decreases blood flow to the gums
- Blood flow is reduced, restricting the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the soft tissues in your mouth
- Your mouth’s natural ability to fight against bacteria is limited which can cause your gums to recede
- You are more susceptible to infection
- It increases your risk for decay and other oral problems such as tooth loss
Vaping can cause dry mouth. And dry mouth leads to tooth decay.
Inflammation is never good, and vaping causes inflammation. When e-cigarette vapors burn, inflammatory proteins are released into your gum tissue. The result? Oral diseases such as periodontitis.
If you choose to vape, you should be aware of the common symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Red, irritated, or bleeding gums
- Tender or swollen gum tissue
- Wobbly teeth or tooth loss
- Receding gums
Schedule Regular Check-Ups and Dental Cleanings if You Vape
Be aware of the risks of this alternative to smoking. Understand that vaping, like traditional smoking, can be detrimental to your oral health. And it hasn’t been proven to be 100 percent safe. So regular checkups and dental cleanings are a must.
Protect your teeth and gums. Call Davis Dental at (307) 634-3488 today. When gum disease is detected early, treatment is much more likely to be successful. And early treatment is more likely to prevent tooth loss, too.
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