Vaping has become an increasingly popular activity for those looking for a nicotine-based alternative to smoking. While it is true that vaping does not contain the same carcinogenic properties as cigarettes, there are still potential risks associated with this habit. In this blog post, we will look at how vaping affects your oral health and what steps you can take to protect yourself.
Vaping Can Stain Your Dentures
Dentures are made from acrylics which are porous and therefore easily stained by liquids or dyes. The liquid in e-cigarettes contains dyes that can discolour and stain dentures, making them difficult to clean and leaving a yellowish tinge on the surface of the denture. To prevent staining, denture wearers should avoid vaping or if they do vape, they should rinse their dentures thoroughly with water afterwards. This will help remove any residual dye that may have been left behind. Having clean dentures means you smile more often with confidence, and that’s important.
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Vaping Causes Dry Mouth
The vapours created by e-cigarettes contain glycerin and propylene glycol, both of which can contribute to dry mouth syndrome (xerostomia). Dry mouth is caused by a decrease in saliva production which can lead to an increase in plaque formation, tooth decay and gum disease. It is important for vapers to stay well hydrated throughout the day in order to keep their mouths moist and reduce their risk of developing dental problems.
Vaping Kills Oral Cells
E-cigarette vapours contain free radicals that can damage oral cells, leading to cell death and tissue damage in the oral cavity. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that attack cell membranes and DNA, causing oxidative stress which can cause long-term damage if left unchecked. To reduce the risk of cell death, vapers should avoid direct contact between the vapours and their mouths, when possible, by using a straw or holding their breath while inhaling the vapour.
Vaping Irritates Your Gums
Vaporized flavours released by e-cigarettes can irritate gums and cause inflammation around the teeth due to irritation caused by propylene glycol (PG) found in many e-liquids used in vaping products. PG can also cause hypersensitivity of gums resulting in pain when eating or drinking cold drinks or food items containing sugar or acidity levels such as coffee or tea. To reduce irritation from PG based liquids it is recommended vapers use vegetable glycerin (VG) based liquids instead as these do not cause irritation like PG does when vaporized. Additionally, users should saturate cotton balls with water before putting them into the atomizer chamber allowing for more dilution of PG before inhalation. Vaping has become increasingly popular among those seeking an alternative nicotine delivery system but there are serious risks associated with this habit which need to be taken into consideration before taking up vaping. These risks include staining of dentures, dry mouth leading to increased plaque formation , cell death caused by free radicals , as well as inflammation due to irritation from PG based liquids . By using vegetable glycerin (VG) based liquids instead, staying hydrated throughout the day, avoiding direct contact between vapours and mouths when possible, rinsing your dentures after each use and saturating cotton balls with water before putting them into atomizer chambers users may be able minimize some of these risks associated with vaping.
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