E-cigarettes have been marketed as a healthier option for smokers, but recent studies are showing the level of risk is not that different.
As of 2019, more than 2,500 Americans had been hospitalized with injuries caused by vaping and 54 people died. Clearly vaping is dangerous for your lungs, but there are several areas of concern when it comes to oral health, too.
In a recent study 43% of vapers had some type of oral infection in their teeth or gums. Deepak Sasena, a professor of science and craniofacial biology at NYU and lead author of the study, says that cells exposed to vaping are more susceptible to infections. This includes cells in the mouth, throat and lungs.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to many serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and more. Also, once areas of the mouth are inflamed, they are more likely to develop white patches called leukoplakia that can become cancerous. Your immune system may also be less effective if it’s resources are being used for inflammation and infection in your mouth.
Saliva samples of people who vape show that the oral bacteria changes and becomes more like the microbiome of people who smoke tobacco. It is not known what impact this will have, but we do know that maintaining a healthy microbiome is important for both oral and overall health.
We encourage you to avoid e-cigarettes and take care of your health. If you already vape, here is a resource that can help you stop. How to Quit Vaping: A Practical Guide
And, if you are concerned about the impact e-cigarettes have had on your mouth, please give us a call to schedule a comprehensive exam.
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