How Vaping Negatively Affects Your Oral Health

How Vaping Negatively Affects Your Oral Health

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Vaping and e-cigarettes have spread quicker and faster than coronavirus did. Ok, maybe not as fast, but these days it is hard to go in public and not see someone holding their Juul. Vaping has become an alternative to cigarettes, which eliminates the health concerns that come from tobacco. However, vaping and e-cigarettes might have even more health concerns due to the unstudied chemicals that do not have the long history of health effects that cigarettes do have. To say it simply: the unknown factors of vaping makes it even more dangerous. There have been more recent studies about how vaping affects your oral health, which Cakmes Dental Studios has been paying attention to. Here are some adverse effects that vaping has on oral health.

Receding Gums

Nicotine reduces blood flow, which in turn affects your gums more than you may think. Without enough blood flowing through your veins, your gums don’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Vaping causes the death of gum tissues, which in turn causes gum recession. 

Tooth Decay

Studies have evaluated that e-cigarette aerosols have similar physio-chemical properties as high-sucrose, gelatinous candies, and acidic drinks. Data suggests that the combination of the viscosity of e-liquids and chemicals in sweet flavors may increase the risk of cariogenic potential. Cariogenic potential in non-scientist talk is the potential for tooth decay.

Bruxism

Nicotine inhaled during vaping acts as a muscle stimulant. This can cause you to grind your teeth, which is also known as bruxism. Grinding, chewing, or clenching your teeth regularly leads to tooth damage, severe pain, and other oral complications. 

Cell Death

According to a 2018 review, studies of live cells from human gums suggest vaping aerosols can increase inflammation and DNA damage. This can lead cells to lose their power to divide and grow, which can speed up cell aging and result in cell death.

These are just a few of many health concerns scientists have uncovered about vaping and its relation with oral health. If you are an e-cigarette user, you must have regular check-ins with your dentist to make sure you can prevent as much damage as possible. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer many services to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Call (865) 584-6163 and schedule an appointment if you have any concerns.

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Negative Effects of Being a Coffee Addict – A Dental POV

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Coffee is essential to most peoples’ lives. It has become a part of the adult culture that you cannot survive the day without coffee. Coffee is listed to have many positive health effects, like boosting energy and improving physical performance. Dentists love coffee too, do not mistake that, but they have some concerns to tell their patients about the hot beverage’s effects on your teeth.

Coffee Stains your Teeth

Coffee is known to be one of the most prominent teeth stainers out there, as far as drinks are concerned, at least. Coffee contains dark pigments that stick to the enamel of your teeth, and over time this pigment can cause teeth to turn yellow and darker when you smile. How can you protect yourself from coffee stains? Drinking water directly after your coffee washes away the dark pigments and will protect your teeth from stains. 

Weakens Tooth Enamel

Coffee is acidic. When the pH of your teeth drops to around 5.5, your teeth begin to demineralize, creating the perfect conditions for cavities to develop. Coffee is a five on the pH scale, which means the acid lightly wears away at the enamel in your teeth and can aid in tooth decay. A way to prevent this from happening is to avoid your cup of coffee’s contact with your teeth. Drinking through a straw will limit the contact with your teeth, so maybe it’s time to become an iced coffee lover! Additionally, by drinking your coffee quickly instead of sipping for hours, you can avoid prolonged exposure of acid to your teeth.

Caffeine Causes Teeth to Clench

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. Bruxism can cause headaches, earaches, sleep disruption, tooth wear, and tooth breakage. The moral of the story is clenching, and grinding your teeth does not end well. Sadly, caffeine is a cause of bruxism, and coffee contains high amounts of caffeine. The solution here is to know your body and understand the intake of caffeine in a day that gives you energy but does not cause you to grind your teeth.

At Cakmes Dental Studios, we do everything we can to give our patients the healthiest and whitest smiles. If having a coffee addiction has hurt your teeth, call and inquire about teeth whitening or teeth cleaning to make sure your teeth are up to par. We hope the information we provide can help your oral health in the future, and if you ever have any questions, please contact us!

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