Lately, we've seen a lot of news headlines heralding electronic cigarettes, also called "e-cigs" or "vapes," as a healthy alternative to cigarettes. But we here at Best Natural Smile have seen the data, and we're not so sure. We all know that traditional cigarettes come with a host of dangerous side effects:
- Smokers are 7 times as likely to get periodontal disease
- Smoking doubles the risk of losing teeth
- Smokers are 5 to 10 times more likely to develop oral cancer
While e-cigs certainly are an improvement over smoking, the reality is that they're still bad for your health, your mouth, and your smile. Despite the buzz in headlines, there are plenty of not-so-glorious aspects of e-cigarettes that their proponents aren't telling you.
Make no mistake; e-cigs still contain one of the world's most addictive substances, nicotine. Nicotine is a "vasoconstrictor," meaning it restricts blood flow and inhibits your mouth's natural cleaning and disease-fighting capacities. It also impairs the body's ability to heal and regenerate tissues and cells, making gum disease even more likely.
In fact, it's not just nicotine you need to worry about - e-cigs contain tons of other chemical additives. France's National Consumer's Institute recently found that 30% of e-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals like diethylene glycol and formaldehyde - something used to preserve dead bodies!
More Information on E-Cigarettes
In the end, e-cigarettes are definitely a potentially helpful transition aid for smokers trying to quit. But for non-smokers, they don't offer a healthful alternative: they're highly addictive and still dangerous. If you're a parent, we encourage you to review this information with your children and talk to them about e-cigarettes. Many states don't regulate vapes the way the regulate cigarettes, and e-cig companies often market them to teenagers.
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Have more questions about e-cigs or your dental health? We're happy to answer them. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Santa Monica, CA office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we'll see you back at this blog for more tips and info on maintaining excellent dental health.