A: It’s too soon to say how e-cigarettes (also known as vapes, mods, tanks or JUULs) affect your health long term. E-cigarettes may not stain your teeth, increase plaque and worsen bad breath as much as regular cigarettes. However, a few studies show the aerosol in e-cigs may have the same effects on teeth as refined sugar. Similar studies on e-cigarettes show aerosol may make your teeth enamel 26% weaker. E-cigarettes also contain nicotine, which is known for its serious harm to dental health. Nicotine interrupts blood flow, potentially causing inflamed and receding gums. Nicotine also activates the muscles, which may make teeth grinding worse.
Another problem with e-cigs is nicotine levels vary between brands. Some of the most popular e-cigs on the market may have as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes. In a few cases, unregulated or poorly manufactured e-cigs have even exploded on users.
Vaping is a new trend we are still learning about. If you choose to vape, you should understand there’s a chance you’re putting yourself at risk without knowing it. When cigarette smoking first became popular, it took about 20 to 30 years for clinical research to catch up, proving cigarettes cause cancer and a list of other issues.
If you’ve been vaping for a while, and you’re concerned about how vaping is affecting your dental health, contact us for a dental checkup. One of our dentists will check your teeth and gums for any issues your vaping habit may have caused. Early detection is your best bet to reverse any issues. With two clinics in Winnipeg, it’s easy to book an appointment at our St. Vital Centre location and Garden City Shopping Centre location.