This post from Priority Dental in Casper WY takes a hard look at an increasingly popular practice, mostly in young people.
A recent study on the influences of e-cigarettes on oral health has more troubling information for anyone who believes vaping is less dangerous than traditional cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, analysts concluded that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and permanent cellular degeneration. These conditions, in turn, can result in gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss.1
Why is this article appearing on a dental blog? Unfortunately, many adolescents have taken up vaping. It has become an issue for dentists who provide care for adolescents.
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 smoking traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unanticipated rise in popularity of e-cigarettes has launched a substantial health risk, especially for the nation’s 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 Priority Dental in Casper WY, we want to sound the alarm against vaping – and ordinary cigarettes, for that matter. The effects on oral health can be devastating. So if you use either, please quit. And be sure to see us every six months for a cleaning and checkup. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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, https://www.oncotarget.com/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, https://www.lung.org/quit-smoking/e-cigarettes-vaping/lung-health, accessed April 25, 2017
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