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E-Cigarettes FAQS: Vaping and Dental Health

E-cigarettes 101: Dentists take on Electronic Cigarettes

Quick Summary:

What is an E-Cigarette?

An electronic cigarette is a battery-operated cigarette device that emits shots of vaporized nicotine, or non-nicotine solutions, for the user to inhale. It provides a similar sensation to inhaling tobacco smoke but just without the smoke. They use vape juices in different flavors. Some juices have nicotine percentage and some are zero nicotine e-liquid. E-Cigarettes is an attempt to replace or to assist the smokers to quit smoking cigarettes.

Are electric-cigarettes the same as vaping?

Yes. Vaping is the process of breathing water steam through a special vaporizer or electric cigarette. How does it work? First, the user will inhale in the equipment. Then, the battery ignites the liquid. Lastly, it will be atomized into an inhalable mist.

Breathing in vapor is the simple act of inhaling and exhaling the flavored fog-like smoke from an electronic cigarette or similar devices; just like what you see on a vaporizer or vape pen. The equipment heats e-liquid into an inhalable vapor, comparable to how steam is condensed.

What are the adverse effects of electronic-cigarettes?

Most of the people claim that using e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco sticks or cigars. But the juice used when vaporizing still have nicotine content. It isn’t completely safe but compared to cigarettes the nicotine content is really smaller.

Yes. Nowadays, there are zero nicotine juices available. So you think that you can still be healthy. But if you think about your oral health; and the fact that your teeth and whole mouth are always exposed to the cloud-formed fumes; then there will really be effects in the long run.

Nicotine in e-cigarettes may have some negative health effects too. Prolonged nicotine exposure may lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, although this peril may be offset by the well-known appetite suppressant effects of nicotine. Inhaled Nicotine elevates heart rate and blood pressure.

Is vaping harmful to your lungs and overall health?

Compare to the long distinguished list of harmful and toxic chemicals in cigarettes, vapourizing is almost positively less dangerous to your health. But don’t be fooled into thinking that e-cigs are without hazards or that you should now be able to vape to your heart’s content. Or that they’re purely healthy.

Since they were advertised as “safer alternative to traditional cigarette smoking”, the demands of high-tech cigs have increased!

Studies showed that: e-cigarettes, and the chemicals used in the device to “vape,” are still associated with serious side effects and complications. Some of the secondary adverse effects can be deadly, including nicotine poisoning, a serious lung disease called popcorn lung, certain cancers- such as myeloid leukemia; and chemical burn wounds resulting from faulty batteries.

The chemicals that are presented in many E-cigarettes are nicotine, artificial flavors, glycerin, propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, tiny amounts of potentially known carcinogens, heavy metals and irritants.

Your Dental Health with Vape

What really happens to your mouth when you vape?

Stained Teeth

Let’s take a look at inhaling mist and how vaping can affect your dental health. For many smokers, yellow stained teeth are just the beginning of their dental problems. It’s really true. When you smoke tobaccos, the tar and ash can cause plaque to form on and between your teeth, not to mention they are dangerous.

E-cigs use a liquid mix of nicotine, purified water, flavoring ingredients, and a few other chemicals that turn it into vapor when inhaled. These liquid components will not begin any teeth discoloration, plaque accumulation, or bad breath.

Bottom line: e-cigarettes are somewhat safer than real cigarettes, but not 100%.

Bad Breath

They say that vaping can also reduce nearly all the negative side effects of smoking, including carcinomas, lung disease, and halitosis. And while e-cigarettes take the smoke out of smoking, they do not remove the nicotine, which may still cause having a bad smell in the mouth.

Oral Cancer Risk

Oral cancer risk may still present using E-cigarettes. Conventional cigarettes are the number one cause of Oral cancer and other cancer. The E-cigarettes have chemicals that can cause cancer in human. Potential long-term use of E-cigarettes may not yet have clear links, but exposing our mouth with these known chemicals is certainly problematic

Tooth Decay

Vaping can cause reduced blood circulation and salivary flow, leading to dry mouth. Dry mouth is number one cause for tooth decay. Reduced blood circulation also inhibits the mouth’s natural ability to fight against bacteria. Infection, decay rates, and other problems all can be accelerated. Therefore, the answer to this point is that it increases the chance to develop decay.

How Madison Avenue Dentists Can Help You

Nicotine dependence requires psychological and physical factors, so ending smoking requires a systematic approach as we believe.

Smoking recession could be one of the most challenging treatments a smoker-dependent individual has to face. Perhaps, E-cigarettes are helpful in short-term use in an attempt to stop smoking.

However, we need to be careful of abusing E-cigarettes because of the possible addictive and toxic nature. E-cigarette users should discuss these practices with their physician and dentists.

Dentists are in an uncommon position to help one early on; as they can actually see the damage cigarettes does to the mouth. The dentists can detect early symptoms of oral diseases as well as signs of serious overall health issues. Dentists will let you know the possible diseases linked to your smoking habit especially if tobacco use is associated with mouth cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay.


By booking dental appointments for regular check-ups, our dentists will be able to monitor your oral health!

Dr. Stella Oh Dr. Stella Oh is a highly accomplished surgically trained prosthodontist who practices at Madison Avenue Dentists, PC. Dr. Oh provides all levels of dentistry, from routine care to full mouth reconstructions involving dental implant surgeries. She has completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from NYU College of Dentistry and further finished a 3-year prosthodontic residency and 2-year Dental Implant Surgical Fellowship. Furthermore, she has taught at NYU College of Dentistry for numerous years while maintaining a private practice. "Learning should never stop" according to Dr. Oh, "and educating patients about dental care is important." Dr. Oh continuously researches new science and technology in dentistry to improve patient care and the successful outcome of her treatments. She implements a cutting edge scientific approach with an integrative concept in mind. "Mouth is not a separate part of one's body," says Dr. Oh, "but it should consider as an important part of overall health."

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