Cigarettes have been around for decades. But recently, many people have replaced their beloved cigarettes with an e-cigarette. Vapes are believed to be healthier for smokers and the people around them. But how healthy are they really? How does smoking and vaping affect your teeth and gums?
The difference between vaping and cigarette smoking?
The main difference between a cigarette and an electronic cigarette is that a cigarette produces smoke, while an e-cigarette produces vapor. An e-cigarette includes a heating element to heat “vape juice” where the nicotine and other elements are housed.
The impact of vaping on your oral health
Vapes are believed to be healthier for non-smokers because it does not produce secondhand smoke. However, for smokers there are still some health threats involved. E-cigarettes may not result in tooth discolouration, plaque buildup or bad breath like normal cigarettes, but there are a other negative factors to keep in mind. Nicotine causes blood vessels to restrict and decreases blood flow. This impacts your mouth’s natural ability to fight off bacteria which can lead to severe gum infection.
Additionally, electronic cigarettes can release inflammatory proteins into your gums which could lead to serious oral diseases. Some e-cigarettes even use flavoring that can cause cellular damage in your mouth. Lastly, just like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes can lead to respiratory problems.
The impact of smoking on your oral health?
As most people know, smoking traditional cigarettes has a very negative impact on our lungs, hands and teeth. When you smoke, your teeth and mouth are the first parts of your body to come into direct contact with nicotine and tar which causes them to be damaged the most. Cigarettes cause yellow stains on your teeth (which can be resolved with teeth whitening) and weaken the enamel. Because of this, your teeth become more susceptible to bacteria that cause your teeth to rot.
Also, smoking increases your chance of getting gum disease due to the buildup of bacteria. This causes your gums to recede and compromises the stability of your teeth. Lastly, tobacco smoke consists of chemicals that are known to cause cancer.
Symptoms that should concern vapers?
When should you start worrying about certain symptoms caused by vaping? The longer you vape, the more likely you are to suffer from health complications.
Soms symptoms you should watch out for are:
- Recession of gum tissue
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose or loss of teeth
- Tenderness or swelling of gums
- Red, irritated or bleeding gums
Are you concerned about your oral health? Then be sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Visit your dentist
In any case, but certainly when you smoke or vape, it is very important to visit you dentist regularly. Check-ups, dental cleaning and using our teeth whitening service can help you protect your teeth and gums.