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Is Vaping Bad for Your Teeth?
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Posted on 6/5/2023 by Dr. VanBrunt
Image of a vape.It is no secret that the popularity of vaping is growing. According to recent research, as many as one in every five American adults currently vape on a regular basis. Although the health advantages of vaping are still being researched, many individuals believe it is a safer option than smoking cigarettes. But how about your dental health? Is it safe to vape with your teeth and gums? Here's what you should know.

What Is the Connection Between Vaping and Oral Health?

Vaping is the inhalation and exhalation of the vapor created by an electronic cigarette or other similar device. When heated and evaporated, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, which are both safe for human ingestion, are converted into vapor. While there is no conclusive research on the short and long-term effects of vaping, there is no denying that it can be harmful to oral health. The primary cause for this is that vaping exposes teeth and gums to high nicotine levels as well as other toxins. This can cause inflammation and damage to the gum tissue over time. In addition, recent research has shown that vaping increases the risk of developing gum disease. It is likely because vaping can dry out the mouth, making it harder for the body to fight off infection. As a result, anyone considering vaping should be aware of the potential risks to their oral health.

Taking Care of Oral Health While Vaping

Vaping is not completely harmless to your teeth and gums. To keep your oral health on track when vaping, you must be aware of a few things. First and foremost, staying hydrated is critical. It will keep your mouth moist, lowering your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, you should avoid using flavored e-liquids because the sugars in them can increase dental decay. Finally, adopt proper oral hygiene routines such as brushing and flossing on a regular basis.

If you have any concerns about the effects of vaping on your oral health, please consult with our dentist. They can answer any questions you have and assist you in maintaining the condition of your teeth and gums.

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