Is Vaping Bad for My Teeth?

The common misconception that vaping is a better alternative to other forms of tobacco usage can actually be quite a dangerous falsehood. Not only can vaping be just as harmful to your oral and overall health as smoking – it can be worse. With over 15 years of industry experience, our Newport Beach cosmetic dentist, John Cross, DDS, shares information about the impact of vaporized nicotine products — such as e-cigarettes — and the restorative methods available should dental issues occur.

Despite the appearance and scent of a vaping device, the health dangers posed by inhaling nicotine remain the same even when products are vaporized. Exposure to nicotine in this form can still cause periodontal disease, gum inflammation and recession, and tooth discoloration, as well as stimulant-induced teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The addition of toxic ingredients used in vaping products has also been found to lead to other concerns, including:

  • Harmful bacteria growth in the mouth from the heated chemicals
  • Decay and plaque from the chemicals coating the enamel and soft tissues 
  • Cavities, dry mouth, increased cravings, and faster deterioration of the teeth and gums due to artificial chemicals and sugars in flavored vape cartridges
  • Poor bone density caused by contact with hazardous substances (carcinogens) 
  • A risk of oral cancer as the chemicals in the vapor alter or damage cells

Fortunately, there are ways to help repair and treat damage caused by tobacco use from vaping and smoking. At OC Lifesmiles, Dr. Cross offers comprehensive periodontal care to treat and protect against gum disease and other conditions. In addition, professional cleanings, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), and laser treatments can be utilized, if needed. For more severe damage that may have advanced to failing teeth or tooth loss, Dr. Cross is also highly trained in performing a permanent tooth replacement procedure known as dental implants. This restorative option implants a titanium post to inhabit the root area, which is secured to a custom-made porcelain crown that acts as the new tooth.

To learn more about the effects of vaping on your oral health, or to schedule a comprehensive evaluation and consultation for dental care services with Dr. Cross, please contact us today.

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Dr. Cross has done such a fabulous job in the 8+ years I’ve been his patient, it leaves him with very little work to do on me these past few years. I appreciate how he embraces and has mastered cutting-edge technology. It’s also comforting that he remembers minor details about the condition of my teeth without even having to refer to my chart. The girls at the front desk have an equally impressive memory and are so sweet and friendly.

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