E-Cigarettes and Oral Health

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Mon, 02/13/2017

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals – at least 10% of which are known to cause cancer. While not all cigarette chemicals are cancer causing, even non-carcinogenic chemicals can have a profoundly negative impact on oral health.

Cigarette smoking is linked to:

E-cigarettes are not safer for oral health than manual alternatives. To learn how we can help reverse damage, call our Fresno office at <a href=559-224-0103 today." src="/sites/www.smilesbymiyake.com/files/Are%20E-Cigarettes%20Better%20for%20Oral%20Health-.png" style="width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" />Many people believe that e-cigarettes, free from many of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke, are safer for oral health. New research shatters this misconception – showing that chemicals in e-cigarettes are just as dangerous to the oral cavity as tobacco cigarettes. In some cases – particularly in vape mixtures containing flavoring agents – e-cigarette chemicals are actually worse.

For this study, researchers from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York conducted a series of tests on tobacco flavored “vape juices,” both with and without nicotine. What they found was surprising. Even those mixtures without nicotine caused damage to gum tissue on a level consistent with smoked tobacco.

Over a three day period, e-cigarette users experienced a 53% increase in gum cell damage and death, compared to 2% among nonsmokers. Researchers also found increased risks of gum disease and oral cancer among e-cigarette users similar to rates among smokers, leading them to conclude that e-cigarettes are not, in any way, safer for oral health than tobacco cigarettes. Even tooth staining among the two products is similar, meaning e-cigarettes don’t even offer aesthetic benefits for your smile.

Your best bet is to avoid both manual and electronic cigarettes if you hope to achieve optimal oral health and beauty. During your next visit to our Fresno cosmetic dentist, tips on accomplishing this goal can be discussed along with both restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments that will be needed to begin reversing the damage tobacco has already done to your smile.

To schedule your appointment, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Located in Fresno, we welcome men and women from all surrounding Northern California communities.