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Are E-Cigarettes Healthy For Your Oral Health?
Posted on 9/5/2022 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
Over the last decade, electronic cigarettes have been booming. These cigarettes are often shown in TV commercials and you can see people using them as they walk down the streets. Though electronic cigarettes have become popular, are they any better for your oral health than regular cigarettes? Let's take a look at how these e-cigarettes impact your oral health.
Insufficient Research on the Oral Impact of E-Cigarettes
We may admit that there is little research touching on electronic cigarettes and their impact on oral health. But we should not take this situation for granted. The lack of research could be that electronic cigarettes are pretty new. Research organizations and researchers have not had adequate time to do proper research and studies on how electronic cigarettes affect our oral health. However, this doesn't mean that there is no information available regarding the same. Dentists and healthcare professionals can still use the knowledge they have acquired from the use of tobacco-based cigarettes and perhaps relate it to electronic cigarettes.
Many people opt for electronic cigarettes since they are touted as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking. Although it is true when it comes to the health of the lungs, it may not be so when it comes to oral health.
E-Cigarettes can Harm Your Oral Health
E-cigarettes may not contain tar that impacts your lungs, however, they do contain nicotine and other chemicals that harm your oral health. As a vasoconstrictor, nicotine tends to reduce blood flow through blood vessels in the body, including those in the gum tissue. As such, your gums do not get the oxygen and nutrients they need for proper functioning. You may have problems like bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis, shifting teeth, and even loss of teeth.
Also, nicotine, as a stimulant, when you consume it, tends to cause muscle jerking, which can lead to teeth grinding. And grinding of teeth leads to the wearing down of enamel, thus making you prone to cavities and sensitivity.
Contact us to get more information about the impact of cigarettes on oral health or get treatment for your teeth and gums.
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