Smoking Cigarettes as we all know is bad for your respiratory system but the damage it does to your oral health is alarming. Many who switch from smoking cigarettes notice drastic changes for the better. One of them is how their teeth look and feel. Let’s peek at just what changes you might expect to see, and talk about some important considerations after you make the switch.
It is a hard fact that switching from tobacco to vaping shows it is 95% safer for respiratory issues and cancer. When we look closer at these other findings it becomes clear. Vaping is better than smoking cigarettes, not only for your oral health but your overall health too.
- Staining and severe tooth discoloration are caused by smoking cigarettes.
- Grit in tobacco can also rub teeth and wear away their protective coating of enamel.
- Tartar buildup becomes a major issue because your body can’t battle a potential infection when you smoke cigarettes.
- Tobacco cigarettes have over 7,000 chemicals, 400 toxins, and at least 69 cancer-causing compounds. Oral cancer is a serious concern, along with lung cancer, heart disease, and a large list of other medical conditions.
If you already vape, good for you keep up the good work but also keep reading. If you are looking to switch to vaping from smoking cigarettes there are still things you need to consider. While the harmful effects of smoking are vastly reduced, if you are still ingesting nicotine you will want to take some careful notes. Avoid problems before they are on, is solid advice given from many dentists.
After all, you only are born with one set of teeth and dentist cost a lot of money. Avoid problems today by being aware and ready to act if any problems should arise. It is often said that smokers avoid going to the dentist to avoid lectures. Don’t make that costly mistake if you vape too.
- Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which constricts the arteries and can reduce the amount of nutrient and oxygenated blood that flows to the gums. Studies indicate that nicotine does cause recession of the gums and make them more susceptible to gum disease including periodontitis and gingivitis. This is true no matter what form.
- Nicotine has also been identified as a muscle stimulant, which can cause teeth grinders to intensify that harmful activity, especially at night. Look for flattening of the tooth, pain the jaw, tooth sensitivity, and headaches. Both smoking and vaping can lead to this problem.
- Smoking cigarettes and vaping can lead to xerostomia or dry mouth. Vaping can cause this too but the severity is far less.
- Nicotine vaping is significantly less than cigarettes. The particles contained in the vapor are much larger than cigarettes, they do not penetrate as deeply into the lungs, and are absorbed at a much lower rate. It is estimated 1 mL of 18 mg e-liquid used in a vape is equivalent to roughly one cigarette.
It is important to recognize that the health of your gums is important and you should take the step to switch today. If you already have made the switch, your brighter whiter smile is a billboard. However, be sure to still be mindful about the damage nicotine can do when your vape. When a nicotine product passing your lips, the chance it will absorb into your gums increases.
Heat and nicotine are the real enemies of your teeth. When you smoke they are heated up. When you vape it is a lower temperature but there is still a rise. Lower the wattage to reduce the heat and try to reduce the amount of nicotine you vape over time. As always, if you notice problems talk with your dentists about treatment and prevention.
A good common sense approach to your oral health will go a long way. Remember to always brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly for good oral health. Vaping is less harmful than smoking, but you still need to take good care of your teeth.