Following a recent article from Dentistry.co.uk, it transpires that the effects of vaping for your oral health is potentially as harmful as smoking tobacco cigarettes.
*The article confirms:
“Chemists at the University of Connecticut used a novel 3D-printed device to test the effects of e-cigarettes and the nicotine-based liquid within them.
The researchers found that the nicotine liquid is potentially as harmful as unfiltered tobacco cigarettes where DNA damage is concerned.
Furthermore, they found that the vapour from non-nicotine e-cigarettes caused as much DNA damage as filtered cigarettes, possibly due to the many chemical additives present in e-cigarette vapours.
Cellular mutations caused by DNA damage can lead to cancer.”
**The effects of smoking on your gums and teeth
People who smoke are more likely to produce bacterial plaque which leads to gum disease and smoking therefore can worsen gum disease. Smoking results in a lack of oxygen in the blood stream and therefore the infected gums do not heal. It has been shown that for people who smoke and have plaque and gum disease, this will get worse more rapidly than for people who are non-smokers. Gum disease is still a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
How does your dentist treat gum disease?
Your dental team will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and give you instruction as to how you can successfully remove plaque yourself. Depending on the level of plaque and tartar this may take a number of sessions to complete. Ensuring you have a good oral care routine at home is important to help prevent the gum disease to get any worse.
Once this has been done, your dentist may need to treat the roots of your teeth to ensure that all bacteria has been removed. This is called “root planning”.
*for the full article please visit http://www.dentistry.co.uk/2017/08/24/vaping-harmful/
**Information sourced from https://www.dentalhealth.org/