Vaping has been a subject of scrutiny for a number of reasons since the cigarette alternative hit the market, but a new study suggests another potential side effect of it. According to the American Dental Association, a new study shows that there may be a link between e-cigarettes and cavities. This article will discuss some of the findings of this study, and how you can improve your oral health to combat this.
Vaping and Tooth Decay
Many vaping liquids include sugars or sugar substitutes, which help make the vapors taste better. However, these ingredients, along with others, cause the formation of a sticky, sugary coating to form on the teeth and gums. The sugary substance can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which may feed on the sugary compounds. This film can also be harder to remove with traditional brushing, especially if you vape throughout the day. Bacteria on your teeth and gums can lead to tooth decay, cavities, gum damage, and even tooth loss.
In fact, a previous study from 2020 may suggest that vaping affects your oral microbiome faster than smoking does. In this study, researchers looked at the DNA of people before and after they started vaping. According to their findings, researchers saw a drastic change in the microbiomes of the subjects in as little as 6 months.
Vaping and Teenage Oral Health
Vaping has been on a fairly steady rise among teens since the products hit shelves. According to the CDC, roughly 2.5 million teenagers in America vape, or have tried vaping. Over 14% of high school students reported current e-cigarette use. This may mean that younger generations will face a higher risk of oral health issues in the near future.
Reducing the Risk of Cavities
You can work to reduce your risk of cavities and tooth decay by practicing good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist regularly. In the event that you form cavities, your dentist will be able to help you fill in or cap your cavities. Seeing your dentist regularly is a great way to reduce the risk of cavities, and repair your teeth as cavities begin forming.
If you or a loved one wants to quit vaping, there are several resources that can help. Consider contacting the NY State Smoking Quitline or call 1-866-NYQUITS. For information on discussing vaping with your child or teen, check out the Partnership to End Addiction page here.
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