The correlation between smoking and poor oral health has long been understood. Because of the lower health risks thought to be associated with vaping, many people have turned to it as an alternative to regular cigarettes. But it turns out that vaping may also cause damage to your teeth and gums. Vaping may, in fact, ruin your chances of successful treatments by your New York, NY orthodontist due to the damage it can wreak on your teeth and gums.
How Do E-cigarettes Work?
An e-cigarette works using an electronic device to heat a liquid called vape juice. Once it gets hot, it turns into a vapor, which is then inhaled. The vape juice is a blend of several ingredients, including water, glycerin, propylene glycol, and flavorings. It does not contain tar, but many varieties do contain nicotine. If you’ve been around someone who was vaping, you probably noticed the sweet aroma it produces. This is because of the flavorings used in the vape juice. This is one thing that makes them so appealing. But the flavorings contain the same properties found in sugar-filled candies and drinks. These properties are just like eating candy and can lead to a higher risk of developing tooth decay and cavities.
Vaping and Gum Health
E-cigarettes may not contain tobacco or tar like regular cigarettes. However, some varieties of vape juice do still contain nicotine. Nicotine is linked to numerous health risks for your mouth and gums. Nicotine can reduce the blood flow in your mouth, which can cause the gums to recede. In severe cases, it can cause gum tissue to die. The chemicals commonly found in vape juice can cause numerous other problems affecting the outcome of orthodontic treatments.
Vaping can cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Sometimes users experience bleeding gums or their gums develop pockets. Receding gums, bleeding gums, inflammation, and pockets in the gums are all early signs of the onset of periodontal disease. Some of the chemicals in vape juice can increase the risk of cavities, lead to sensitive teeth, and eventually cause the loss of teeth.
Other Dangers of Vaping
The chemicals used in vape juice combined with the heat from the e-cigarette can cause damage to the teeth and gums. Users can develop dry mouth due to the natural moisture that is removed by vaping. This can lead to painful sores and chronic bad breath. When the saliva is lacking in the mouth, it removes a natural barrier to bacteria. This causes increased bacteria growth, which leads to a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities, especially if good hygiene is lacking.
How Vaping Affects Orthodontic Treatments
One of the first things Dr. Vaysman,and Dr. Jahn’Shahi look for in a good candidate for undergoing orthodontic treatments is healthy gums and teeth. Before the treatments can begin, either your general dentist or a periodontist will need to examine you to be certain your mouth is in good shape. When vaping causes gum damage, the teeth and gums cannot respond as they should to orthodontic treatments. Another problem can be the tendency of the teeth to move back to former positions after treatment. This is because of the increased risk of periodontal disease.
Contact Upper East Side Orthodontics
Please contact us at Upper East Side Orthodontics in Manhattan, NY if you have questions about vaping and orthodontic treatments. If you have already tried vaping, we can examine you to determine if any damage has been done to the teeth and gums, or if you are still a good candidate for orthodontic treatments.