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E-cigarettes are part of a recent trend in the tobacco world. Supposedly a safer alternative to harmful cigarettes, vaping using an e-cigarette is becoming more and more popular here in the U.S. Research suggests, though, that these devices are just as dangerous as traditional tobacco products. Though the damage might not be as apparent in your lungs, it’s unmistakably present in your mouth.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that vaporize a liquid solution, which usually contains a mix of tobacco and other toxic chemicals and flavoring agents. Users puff out a clear cloud of vapor instead of a black cloud of cigarette smoke. Sounds safer, right? Wrong. Not much is known about the long-term effects of e-cigarette use on the lungs and heart, but the immediate effects on tissues in the mouth are alarming.
One study done by researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles found that the chemicals in the vapor of e-cigarettes dramatically reduce the level antioxidants in the mouth. Antioxidants are the disease-fighting agents in our bodies. Without them around to protect cells in the mouth, the tissues that make up your cheeks, your tongue, and your throat won’t be sturdy for much longer. It’s certainly important to prevent smoke damage to your lungs, but chemical damage to your mouth is equally as dangerous in terms of health risks. Not much is know about these devices because of their newness, but the little research available denies their supposed safety.
In terms of oral health, no tobacco is the best tobacco. Whether it comes in the forms of chew or vapor, tobacco products are not good friends for your mouth. Don’t be fooled–the liquid used in e-cigarettes is often still full of nicotine, too! You may find “tobacco-free” liquids for use in the vaporizer, but those liquids still contain harmful chemicals. If you have questions about the safety of your product for your teeth, ask Dr. Carter when you stop in for your next appointment. It’s never too late to take steps to protect your mouth!