A recent study on the influences of e-cigarettes on oral health has bad news for those who believe vaping is safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. Mason Dental in Grapevine shares this for the physical and dental health of our patients, and anyone else who vapes.
In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, analysts determined that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and permanent cellular damage. These conditions, in turn, can lead to periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss.1
As defined by the FDA, E-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.2
Before e-cigarettes appeared in 2005, the number of people who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes has generated an alarming health risk, especially for teenagers.
“Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes.”2
At Mason Dental in Grapevine, we sound the alarm on anything that is a threat to the public health, and e-cigarettes definitely fall into that category. The dental health of each patient is important to us. Ours services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.
1Isaac K. Sundar, Fawad Javed, Georgios E. Romanos, Irfan Rahman, “E-cigarettes and flavorings induce inflammatory and pro-senescence responses in oral epithelial cells and periodontal fibroblasts,” Oncotarget, 2016, http://www.impactjournals.com/oncotarget/index.php?journal=oncotarget&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=12857, accessed April 24, 2017
2 “E-cigarettes and Lung Health” The American Lung Association, http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/e-cigarettes-and-lung-health.html, accessed April 25, 2017