Vaping devices, also called e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that are used to inhale an aerosol, which contains nicotine, flavourings, and other chemicals. Although e-cigarettes are thought safe to use and a healthier alternative to smoking, these are dangerous and are not safe for youth, young adults, and pregnant women. At Horizon Dental, we strive to educate you about E-cigarette or vaping damage in Terrace.
Vaping devices are popular among teens and are now the most commonly used form of nicotine among youth. One of the most common reasons for the increase of youth using vaping is due to irresponsible advertising. Research suggests that use of e-cigarette has increased by over 78% among high school children.
Propylene Glycol is a clear, colourless, slightly syrupy liquid at room temperature. It is used as a solvent for food colours and flavours, and in the paint and plastics industries. This is used in the e-cigarette and is known to be harmful for gums and tissues. It also causes dry mouth and leads to gum diseases and cavities.
The vapour fluid, also known as e-liquid, contains flavouring. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are the most common base fluids. Although flavourings are generally recognized as safe for oral consumption, some of the ingredients are known to cause irreversible lung damage. Vegetable glycerin may also increase cavity causing bacteria and lead to tooth damage.
Nicotine is the primary agent in cigarettes and e-cigarettes. It raises blood pressure and spikes adrenaline, increases your heart rate and the chances of having a heart attack. In addition to this, nicotine also causes severe damage to your teeth. It leads to gum diseases, cavities and loss of teeth.
An e-cigarette has a cartridge containing a liquid and a battery that powers the heating element. Lithium-ion batteries are suitable for e-cigarettes as they are rechargeable and have high levels of energy density and voltage. There are many cases where these batteries have failed and exploded. This can have serious implications on your health.
Vaping has negative effects on oral health. Studies suggest that exposure to e-cigarette aerosol makes teeth prone to developing bacteria and increases the risk of cavities. It may also lead to gum inflammation and periodontal diseases. Vaping also causes damage to oral cells and tissues. If you are suffering from cavities and damaged teeth due to vaping, call our dentists now.