The oral health risks associated with traditional cigarette smoking are widely understood:
- Smoking increases periodontal disease risk by 7 times
- People who smoke are twice as likely to lose teeth
- Smokers increase their oral cancer risk by 5 to 10 times
Technology DOESN’T Change Everything
E-cigarettes are being marketed as a cleaner, healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. And while it’s true that a couple of unsavory side effects aren’t present (like smoke and stained fingers) e-cigs still pose risks to your teeth and body.
E-Cigs Still Contain Nicotine
Nicotine is a “vasoconstrictor” that restricts blood flow, inhibiting our mouth’s natural cleaning and disease-fighting functions. Nicotine also reduces our body’s ability to heal and create new healthy tissues and cells. E-cigs contain vaporized nicotine, derived from tobacco. And when a person uses nicotine, gum disease is more likely to thrive.
E-cigs can also contain MANY other chemical substances. France’s National Consumer’s Institute recently conducted a study that found 3 out of 10 e-cigs contain hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde and diethylene glycol.
- If you’re a smoker trying to quit, e-cigarettes may be a transitional help.
- If you don’t smoke, don’t get lured in by this trend. Signing up for a nicotine addiction is dangerous—in any form.
- If you’re a parent, share this post with your children. Since e-cigs are not technically tobacco, in many states children can purchase them and the companies that sell them are marketing to teenagers.