How do e cigs or vaping effect teeth ?

E-cigarettes or vaping can have a negative impact on oral health, including the health of teeth and gums. Some ways that e-cigarettes or vaping can affect teeth are:

  1. Dry mouth: Vaping can cause dry mouth, which means there is less saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to wash away food particles and neutralize acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. Without enough saliva, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease can increase.
  2. Gum inflammation: Vaping can cause inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis. This is because the chemicals in e-cigarette vapors can irritate the gums and cause them to become red, swollen, and bleed.
  3. Tooth sensitivity: E-cigarettes or vaping liquids may contain acidic substances that can erode tooth enamel over time. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and a higher risk of tooth decay.
  4. Discoloration: The nicotine in e-cigarettes or vaping liquids can cause teeth to become stained and yellow over time.
  5. Oral cancer: While the long-term effects of e-cigarettes or vaping on oral health are still being studied, some studies have suggested that they may increase the risk of oral cancer.

In summary, e-cigarettes or vaping can have negative effects on oral health, including tooth decay, gum inflammation, tooth sensitivity, discoloration, and a potential increased risk of oral cancer. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist regularly if you use e-cigarettes or vape.

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