Now, E-cigarettes are all the rage, claiming to be a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, but are they better for your teeth? Although many tend to believe that they will not cause the same damage, the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that they are equally as harmful. In fact, according to a recent study, research shows that they have the same negative consequences on your dental health on a cellular and molecular level.
Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes
Over recent years, the popularity of electronic cigarettes has grown tremendously among younger generations and long-term smokers because they are often perceived as being a healthier choice. The devices use a battery, heating device, and a cartridge to operate. The liquid is heated and released as an aerosol, which is then inhaled. According to a study published in Oncotarget by Irfan Rahman Pd.D. professor at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, contrary to common belief, they are not a safer alternative.
According to the research, the vapors from the electronic cigarettes cause cells to release inflammatory proteins when they are burned. This then causes aggravated stress within the cells. This can lead to several oral diseases, like gum disease.
A large influential factor in the damage caused involves the flavorings used in the electronic cigarettes. While the flavors may make them taste better, they can cause more extensive damage to cells. Not to mention, they still contain nicotine, which is a large contributing factor to the development of gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection that occurs in the gum tissue, which causes destruction of the connective tissues and supporting structures of the teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss and serious overall health complications as the bacteria can enter the bloodstream.
With significant overall and oral health complications linked to gum disease, e-cigarettes are not necessarily the healthier alternative as they are also connected to negatively impacting the cells in the lungs. To protect your health and your smile, it is best to stop using either form of cigarettes as soon as possible.
Protect the Health of Your Teeth and Gums
E-cigarettes are still a fairly new product that has yet to undergo extensive studying to fully understand the risk factors that are associated with their use. While many know about the dangers of traditional cigarettes, few know that there are also risks associated with the electronic option. As more research is conducted, there are growing concerns about their potential to not only negatively impact overall health, but dental health as well.
To protect your body and mouth, it is best to take proactive steps to stop using tobacco products all together. To reverse the complications that have occurred from cigarettes, schedule an appointment with your dentist to rehabilitate your oral health.
About Dr. Barry Polansky
Dr. Barry Polansky has provided comprehensive dental care for more than 35 years. Supported by extensive training and qualifications, he can rehabilitate oral health. If you have any concerns regarding the damages of tobacco products, contact our office today to speak with Dr. Polansky.