Quitting smoking is a challenging task. The most popular method of “quitting” is switching to an electronic cigarette. This alternative claims to be healthier than smoking cigarettes, and smokers everywhere have jumped on the vape bandwagon. While e-cigarettes help eliminate some of the troublesome effects of smoking (like the smell and stained teeth), they can have serious implications on your overall oral health.
THE EFFECTS OF NICOTINE ON YOUR ORAL HEALTH
E-cigarettes have far less regulations than their predecessors. They offer a water vapour based alternative to tobacco; but, they often contain a mich larger amount of nicotine. Nicotine is known to cause oral issues like:
- gum disease
- tooth decay
- periodontal disease
- dry mouth
- tooth loss
Continual use of electronic cigarettes can have similar effects to cigarettes on your mouth. The consumption of nicotine can also have horrible implications on your overall health. It is a highly-addictive substance that quickly travels through your bloodstream and releases adrenaline that then restricts circulation, which increases your heart-rate and blood pressure. This lack of circulation can slow your body’s ability to fight off disease and produce new cells. This especially affects the gums and frequently makes them weaker.
MORE DANGERS OF E-CIGARETTES
Electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens that are just as dangerous as those found in cigarettes. This means that e-cigarettes also contain countless cancer-causing compounds. Some brands of e-cigarette fluids also contain an ingredient called diethylene glycol, which is predominantly used in anti-freeze and is known to cause cancer. Some other carcinogens in e-cigarettes include propylene oxide and glycidol.
While e-cigarettes pose a less dangerous alternative to cigarettes, they are definitely not good for you. For more information on oral health, schedule an appointment at HBDS.