Connor Hughes is weighing the harmful effects that smoking and vaping can have on oral health.
It is currently well known that smoking can have serious detrimental consequences for your oral hygiene, and despite constant reminders from dentists and medical professionals, millions of people still smoke today.
Although it is now illegal to actively advertise smoking in most countries and around the world (and in Bulgaria), people still choose to live a nicotine-fuelled life.
Of course, there are ongoing campaigns to help people stop smoking, including nicotine patches, chewing gum and the highly controversial "substitute" of smoking.
In this article, we will look at the effects that smoking and vaping have on your oral health and whether vaping is actually a better substitute for smoking.
Smoking against vaping: three factors to pay attention to
Let's start with smoking, as it has existed for a longer time, which means that there is much more information about the long-term effects.
Bacteria: smoking damages your teeth in different ways, the worst being the way it shuts down your mouth's ability to effectively deal with infection. This means that if you come across an infection, your mouth literally does not have a protective mechanism, which means that the bacteria spread freely and remain in your mouth. Over time, this can lead to serious problems, which we will address below.
Tooth staining: the longer bacteria stay in your mouth, the more susceptible your teeth will become to staining and yellowing. This can eventually lead to tooth loss, which will require additional payment and operations.
Poor circulation: bacteria forming in your mouth can also stop blood flow and oxygen from entering your mouth effectively. So, all the grit and tobacco you inhale will rub and crush on your teeth. This is not only physically uncomfortable, but your enamel will become weaker every day, leading to additional problems.
More people than ever are switching from smoking to vapingto help them quit smoking once and for all. We found some interesting statistics that suggest that vaping may not carry the same long-term effects as smoking.
Bacteria: tar and nicotine remain in the mouth and around it for a long time, usually until you clean your mouth properly or stop smoking at all. Vaping, however, does not produce particles, meaning bacteria are less likely to be produced. The main ingredients present are water, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin and nicotine, if desired.
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Staining teeth: what makes teeth yellow or stains teeth is nicotine and tar. The problem with vaping is that it's up to you how much nicotine you decide to smoke. Vaping also contains no tar. So what if you had to vape without nicotine?
It seems less likely that your teeth will stain. Simply put, the greater the nicotine intake, the more susceptible your teeth are to staining. It is believed that those who evaporate with zero nicotine are at lower risk of tooth discoloration.
Poor circulation: bacteria are the cause of poor circulation when smoking. In vaping, neither tobacco nor grit should be present. Since you can choose to use nicotine-free vape devices, logic suggests that your bloodstream won't do as much damage as smoking.
So, what's the verdict?
Well, we still need a few more years to get more evidence about the overall safety of vaping.
What we do know, however, is that vaping does not contain tar and should not contain nicotine – these are two of the largest elements that cause diseases of the teeth and gums.