The debate over whether E-cigarettes are significantly better than regular cigarettes has been raging ever since their advent. Research continues on the subject, yet failing to come up with definitive conclusions on the ill effects of E-cigarettes. This much we know for sure though, while E-cigarettes certainly aren’t good for your health in anyway, they do reduce the adverse effects experienced by smokers who consume regular tobacco smokes.
E-cigarettes were introduced almost 10 years ago with one main difference when compared to traditional cigarettes: they are tobacco-free. E-cigs use vaporizers instead of burning actual tobacco. The liquid in the cigarette turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or “vaped.”
Electronic Cigarette Safety and Effect on Teeth
The effect of nicotine
Inhaling nicotine generally has a negative effect on the body, especially the mouth. The problems can range from simple bad breath or a tooth ache to various types of cancer, including but not limited to mouth, lunch, pancreatic, and blood cancer. Increased nicotine intake results in decreased saliva production, which causes dry mouth and teeth, which further predisposes your mouth to buildup of harmful bacteria. This is naturally followed by an exacerbation in medical and health problems overall.
Even though conventional and electronic cigarettes both contain nicotine, the e-cig lets you choose the content of nicotine in the contained. This allows you the freedom to limit your nicotine concentration, and therefore the effect it has on your teeth. Now why would you want to limit your nicotine intake? Nicotine, regardless of the concentration, is a vasoconstrictor, which causes reduced blood flow to your mouth. This causes a decrease in white blood cells around your mouth region, which further causes high amounts of bacteria to buildup and therefore a higher risk of infection to develop.
Glycerin and Propylene Glycol
These two ingredients are also found in your toothpaste. When smoking an E-cig, these two substances are released into your mouth to form a coating over the surface of your teeth. They help prevent water loss, therefore preventing dry teeth and buildup of bacteria.
Yellow and stained teeth
Chronic use of cigarettes can result in yellow and stained teeth, generally overcome by visiting your dentist. Because E-cigs don’t release the various chemicals that conventional cigarettes do, you automatically overcome this problem.
Increased rate of recovery
Smoking causes the recovery process in the mouth to slow down after infection, treatment, or surgery. E-cigs don’t have such an effect, and are therefore safer to use after your visit to the dentist.
Even though we’ve discussed the positive points of switching from a conventional cigarette to an e-cig, it’s still not a safe habit. Like we mentioned before, e-cigarettes still have nicotine in them, and nicotine has it’s own serious consequences on overall health. But as far as overall dental health goes, e-cigarettes are probably a safer choice.