More research studies are finding that e-cigarettes are not as reputable as companies have shown, and can still have ill effects on human health. In fact, these studies have shown that vaping could be just as harmful to cells in our mouths as smoking an actual cigarette. Those who use e-cigarettes may believe that they are experiencing more health benefits than those who smoke cigarettes, but the truth of the matter is that they are still susceptible to oral health problems such as tooth loss, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
In fact, a particular study showed that e-cigarette vapor actually worsens the damage to gum tissue cells, causing the cells to release inflammatory proteins. These proteins cause stress on cells in the mouth, resulting in damage that causes oral disease. Another study that coincided with these studies showed that, after 3 days, e-cigarette vapor killed 53% of mouth cells. With enormous results in just a few days’ time, it’s no wonder that scientists and physicians are worried about the state of health in those who have switched over to vaping as a supposed “healthy alternative.”
With e-cigarettes proving to not be as safe as many once thought, it comes as no surprise that they also cause ill effects on various dental procedures. For instance, it has been shown that smoking e-cigarettes impair the body’s ability to grow bone, which could lead to dental implant failure. It also causes tooth loss, which is one of the major reasons dental implants fail for patients.
The adverse health effects caused by e-cigarettes is especially concerning to oral surgeons, as they could cause complications during and after oral surgery. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has found that smokers who have smoked e-cigarettes have reactive airways and could start coughing during their medical procedure. For the most invasive procedures, this could have an impact on the oral surgeon who is using certain tools inside the mouth. Nicotine is also a danger to the state of a person’s organs, especially impacting the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to other organs. This means that, after you have had surgery on your mouth, you may be at increased risk for infection.
Of course, these aren’t the only ill effects that e-cigarettes can have on a body: they also cause health effects like an increased risk of pneumonia, congestive heart failure, seizures, and burns if your device happens to explode. Many other oral effects are waiting to be discovered, as e-cigarettes are still relatively new, but oral health research is being conducted to this day.
Because oral surgery can come with a variety of complications if you are an e-cigarette smoker, more oral surgeons are telling patients to wait to smoke after they have had a procedure. Patient education is a vital way of allowing patients to see the benefits of quitting smoking, no matter if they are a cigarette or e-cigarette smoker.
At McBride Dental, we believe that a healthy smile leads to a healthy life and want to keep you informed on how you can keep up with your dental health. We also believe in quality dentistry and an experience that will give you confidence in your smile. If this is an experience you’re looking for, call us at McBride Dental to set up your appointment.
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