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E-Cigarettes and Your Oral Health

April 11, 2017

The hazards surrounding vaping ( using E-Cigarettes) are not entirely clear. First, we do know that they can cause burns to the face and even can explode causing significant injury!  Secondly, with this being a fairly new product, more research is needed in this area. But, we found a recent study that indicates E-Cigarette vapors could be damaging to your mouth. Here’s what you need to know….

The E-Cigarettes Vapor Ingredients

Electronic Cigarettes are not regulated in the same way tobacco cigarettes are. This means their contents can be inaccurately labeled without any oversight. Contents that e-juice usually contains are the following:



Chemical Flavoring

Propylene glycol

Some of these substances are safe in food, such as chemical flavors, but the effects of them being inhaled are not well researched. Heating these chemicals can form dangerous carcinogens such as formadehyde. E-Cigarettes might also include tiny metals and particles that you inhale while smoking.

What Does this Mean for Your Mouth?

A recent study from UCLA found that vapors from an e-cigarette can kill the cells in your oral cavity. This means any tissue from your mouth, beyond your teeth and gums.  The study placed oral cells in an environment where electronic cigarette smoke was produced for 24 hours. This had a machine simulating how a person would smoke. During the test, 85% of the cells died. According to the study, they plan to move forward to test the impacts on humans.

These cells are your mouth’s defense by helping to release antioxidants. As cells die off, they become less effective. Your mouth then, becomes more vulnerable to oral disease.

Another study by the University of Rochester Medical Center concluded e-cigarettes are just as bad for your gums as the real tobacco cigarettes. Nicotine, which both types of cigarettes contain is a known factor in contributing to gum disease.

Steps You Can Take

Since the E-juice industry is largely unregulated, it is best to avoid electronic cigarettes. The carcinogenic ( cancer causing) contents pose serious risks to your health, but especially to your mouth. Your mouth relies on the functions of those cells to defend itself against bacteria and other substances. Without your mouth’s natural defense system, you open yourself up to oral disease.

Make sure you are regularly visiting our office. This is especially true if you are a smoker of either type of cigarette. Our experienced dental team will perform a complete oral cancer examination. We will check for any other oral disease too.

Being PROACTIVE is the best defense against combating oral disease.

Call our office to schedule your oral cancer check today! 920 – 733 – 2445.