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Can Vaping Hurt Your Teeth?

Can Vaping Hurt Your Teeth?

Vaping — the kindler, gentler smoking. Although studies show that e-cigs are anywhere from 80-95% less harmful for your body than traditional cigarettes, what does it do to your teeth?

Vaping Stains Less Than Smoking

Not only does smoking give you bad breath and discolor your fingernails, it also stains your teeth. The good news (for vapers) is that it’s the tar and ash from traditional cigarettes that causes teeth to take on a yellowish tinge. And those are two ingredients largely absent from vapes — although some do contain tar or brightly colored flavoring. But although vaping is way better for whiter teeth than smoking, it’s not going to keep your pearly whites totally white. While vapor is mostly steam, it does contain nicotine. And when nicotine combines with oxygen, it can take on a yellowish hue, which in turn, can stain your teeth.

But What About Your Overall Oral Health?

So it might not stain as much as smoking, is vaping better for your overall oral health? Unfortunately, no. The active ingredient in vapes are nicotine. Nicotine can cause tooth decay, receding gums and an increased risk of developing gum disease. Not only that, but nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it limits blood flow. With a restricted blood flow, symptoms like bleeding gums are not as prevalent in nicotine users, making it harder to diagnose the disease.

Does That Mean You Should Start Smoking Again?

In a word, definitely not. Okay, that’s two words. Dr. Heller would prefer his patients stay away from both smoking AND vaping. But if forced to choose between the two, smoking an e-cigarette is going to be way less harmful to your teeth and gums than a traditional cigarette.





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