Vaping and gum disease
Cigarette smoking has been know to promote gum disease for years, but what about the dangers of vaping on the teeth and gums?
We are learning that the bacteria in the mouth from vaping is almost the same as those who smoke cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes and vaping can both upset the bacterial balance of the mouth. This in turn can make it more prone to inflammation and infection.
While cigarette smokers showed more gum disease than those who just vaped, both were significantly higher than in those who did not.
Even though there is not tobacco in the vape devices, what seems to be most damaging to the cells in the vaping devices is the heating up of the liquid that contains nicotine and other substances, like propylene glycol, glycerol and flavoring. The heating creates a “vapor” and additional toxic chemicals that are inhaled.