Vaping & Dental Health

CWD EditorOral Health

You may think that vaping is a better choice for your teeth and gums because of the lack of tobacco, but you would be surprised how much of an effect vaping has on your dental health. Cottonwood Dental is here to help!

Electronic cigarettes also referred to as “vaping” became a hot commodity in 2011-2012 in the United States. This device has been depicted as a healthier substitute for cigarettes. While e-cigarettes do not cause discoloration to the teeth or bad breath, research has recently shown that vaping can cause potential damage to the gum tissue.

Nicotine is known to compress blood vessels and decrease blood flow because it is also present in the e-cigarette cartridges it causes the same effects as cigarettes Some studies have correspondingly shown that the vapor can place stress on the gum tissue with the release of inflammatory proteins. Nicotine can also disturb the mouth’s ability to fight off bacteria which can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes red, swollen gums, bad breath and can lead to tooth loss.

If you are a serial vaper, contact Cottonwood Dental today for an exam and stay on track with your dental health.