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Vaping Increases Risk of Tooth, Gum Problems

August 27, 2022

Mountaineer News

Community Health

Dentists are noticing an uptick in problems with teeth and gums among people who vape. Experts say vaping can cause as much damage to oral health as traditional cigarettes. In addition to sore gums, grinding of the teeth and tooth decay, dry mouth and cavities are especially common among people who use vape products. If you choose to vape, be sure to drink plenty of water, brush twice a day and floss to help rehydrate their teeth.

Studies have shown that heavy vaping among young people potentially could increase risk for periodontal disease later in life, and also can cause mouth and tongue ulcers.

The American Dental Association has adopted an interim policy calling for a total ban on vape products that aren't approved by the Food and Drug Administration for tobacco cessation purposes. Minor issues can lead to more serious oral health problems if not treated. It's important that people see a dentist about every six months, and potentially more frequently if they're heavy smokers or e-cigarette users. The signs of recession are receding gums. Receding gums are sometimes a side effect of dry mouth, causing your gums shrink or pull away from your teeth which may result in a cavity. Last year, the American Dental Association called for best practices aimed at screening more patients for vaping and marijuana use. More than 60% of dentists nationwide say they already ask their patients about the use of vape products.

References: Research: Electronic Cigarettes and Oral Health Journal of Dental Research 3/25/2021 Report: Vaping: Bringing the facts to patients Dentistry IQ 7/22/2019 Development of best practices for managing patients under influence of marijuana American Dental Association 12/6/2021 Interim policy American Dental Association 2/6/2020

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