Is vaping only a trendy alternative to smoking or is there more to it? Contradictory news about the potential side effects box mods may have on your overall health in general and oral health, in particular, is the cause of massive confusion among smokers and vapers alike. The truth is that vaping has surprisingly less negative effects than originally believed.
According to a recent study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, vaping is healthier than smoking and poses fewer oral health risks than traditional cigarettes.
Last generation e-cigs and vaping devices, such as the YiHi SX Mini G-Class vape mods with many features of regulation, are also much safer than the first models and are designed to protect you from the dangerous effects of cigarette smoke, especially if you use features like temperature control and puff counter.
If you’re still not convinced, here is a detailed look at the potential side effects of vaping on your oral health.
Vaping and Tooth Decay
So, is vaporizing bad for your teeth? Although most studies on vaping and its potential side effects are inconclusive, available research shows that vaping can hardly cause serious damage to your oral health. The main threats are not posed by vaping itself but by the substances contained in e-juices.
Since the FDA regulated the electronic nicotine delivery systems (aka vaping devices) in 2016, e-juice manufacturers had to comply with regulations and liquids at least theoretically became much safer. Heavy metals and harmful chemicals are not a concern anymore, and your only worry should be nicotine. Nicotine is not present in all e-juices, but if it is, it may have some impact on your dental health.
While vaping or nicotine don’t produce tooth decay directly, an excessive amount of the latter can cause gum recession, saliva inhibition, and bacterial proliferation in your oral cavity.
Bacterial proliferation can lead to tooth decay, but the odds of developing it due to vaping are not greater than the odds of developing tooth decay due to eating too much cake. However, good oral hygiene habits are essential for preventing disease.
Vaping and Bleeding Gums
We already mentioned that nicotine could cause gum recession, a condition that can cause bleeding gums, gum disease, and eventually periodontal disease. Considering the low nicotine level e-juices contain though, you should vape non-stop for several years to trigger these effects.
According to a pilot study published in the Medicine (Baltimore) Journal, the scientist concluded that switching to vaping may indeed have a positive impact on periodontal and overall health, maintaining a healthy gum tissue.
Furthermore, nicotine-free e-liquids pose much less risk at all and are a great alternative for those concerned about nicotine and bad health.
Vaping and Mouth Sores
One of the most controversial potential side effects of vaping regards mouth sores. While getting them through vaping was a real concern back in the days when liquids were made with formaldehyde and a series of other nasty ingredients, today’s reputable juices contain none of these.
All ingredients of modern e-juices are recognized as safe and reputable brands only include propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, non-oil food grade flavorings, and nicotine in their products.
Does Vaping Stain Your Teeth?
A yellow tinge on your teeth can look truly unflattering, but vaping has nothing to do with it, at least there are no official studies proving otherwise.
The fact that vaping stains your teeth is, in fact, nothing but a myth derived from the common misconception that nicotine causes yellowish stains. The truth is that the cause of unsightly stained teeth is cigarette smoke, which contains much more than nicotine.
Vaping aerosol, on the other hand, contains none of those substances that can stain your attractive white teeth.
Coffee, tea, and some foods can also cause teeth enamel stains, that’s why you might still struggle to get your teeth white even if you’ve stopped smoking.
Do E-Cigs Cause Dry Mouth?
Another common side effect associated with vaping an electronic cigarette is the syndrome of dry mouth. Once again, it’s not only vaping that causes it but the nicotine in the juice.
High levels of nicotine can reduce the production of saliva, a body fluid responsible for regulating the pH of your oral cavity. Lack of saliva means bacterial proliferation and halitosis, a condition commonly known as bad breath.
If you started vaping and have halitosis though, know that the condition is more likely caused by other foods and drinks you consume than by nicotine in e-juices.
Is vaporizing bad for your teeth, therefore? It’s highly unlikely. Indeed, vaping has a rather neutral effect, especially if you choose juices with a low level or free of nicotine. Poor oral hygiene and bad dietary habits are more common causes of oral issues. As long as you pick wisely your way of consuming nicotine and visit your dentist regularly, none of the potential side effects above should concern you.