Bad News – Your E-Cigarette is Just as Bad for Your Oral Health as Tobacco

Bad News – Your E-Cigarette is Just as Bad for Your Oral Health as Tobacco

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E-cigarettes are a great alternative to tobacco cigarettes, if you are concerned about the environment.  With aerosol vapor instead of tobacco smoke, your impact on the environment and the health of those around you via secondhand smoke is significantly less. They’re also great for saving money since they’re rechargeable and the solution they take, called “e-juice,” can be made inexpensively. Yes, e-cigarettes seem to be a great alternative – IF you’re completely unconcerned about your own oral health.

Whether you prefer tobacco or e-cigarettes to conventional cigarettes, you are still inhaling nicotine directly through your mouth. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it constricts your blood vessels, thereby increasing your blood pressure and significantly lowering the amount of blood being pumped into the area. Your blood is then unable to provide enough oxygen and nutrients to the surrounding tissue. When this happens in your mouth due to nicotine inhalation or chewing, you will most likely experience gum recession, as the gum tissue slowly decays away.

Due to the vasoconstricting nature of nicotine, it is also dangerously effective at concealing the presence and signs of gum disease. When you have gum disease, your gums swell with blood and they can readily bleed at the lightest pressure. This alerts you to see Dr. Binder, and in turn Dr. Binder will be able to begin the appropriate treatment right away. Since nicotine actively restricts blood flow to your mouth, you will not experience the initial symptoms of disease that would alert you to take immediate steps to be treated.

Those should be some pretty convincing reasons to drop the habit in all of its forms for good. If for some reason you do need more convincing, know that nicotine also causes rancid breath. Your body becomes unable to produce enough saliva to keep things clean and protect your teeth. Without enough saliva, your mouth can become as smelly as the trash bin you throw away your food scraps in. Nicotine is also a stimulant that triggers your jaw muscles, and can make you grind your teeth, which can damage the structural integrity of your teeth.

Here at Binder Family Dental Group, we are concerned with your overall health and can provide you with resources to help you quit e-cigarettes or any other form of tobacco, as well as provide teeth whitening services after you quit tobacco. Scheduling more frequent dental examinations with Dr. Binder and our friendly team of hygienists is a great way to keep a keen eye out for gum disease or other complications while you’re still using tobacco. Schedule your next appointment online or call our Eugene dentist office at (541) 689-1645 today.