Oral health and E-Cigarette?
The debate of whether or not E-cigarette is safer and better has been often carried to our Burnaby dentist. Users often think of E-cigarette to be a healthier choice. It is believed that they satisfy the nicotine cravings of the users and are convenient in terms of health. But have you ever thought about the negative side of this cigarette?
What are E-Cigarettes all about?
These are battery powered devices that mimic cigarettes. They come in a different range of colors, shapes, and sizes. These cigarettes do not contain tobacco but have a liquid which produces a vapor that gives the sensation of smoking. Smoking an E-cigarette is also regarded as Vaping. This glows similar to that of a traditional smoke. These cigarettes contain different flavors and chemical compounds like propylene, nicotine and other such ingredients.
In many countries, these cigarettes are illegal as considered unsafe by Health department. It is often discussed that these cigarettes can be a cause of oral cancer caused by the liquid it contains. Although it is not discouraged, but the harmful effects seem obvious. The harmful effect includes:
– It reduces the production of saliva which results in having a dry mouth. The lack of hydration can cause multiple oral problems. It breeds bacteria.
– Saliva is natural cleansing agent which prevents enamel erosion and contributes to the prevention of bad mouth odor. Dry mouth is a cause of enamel erosion.
– Dry mouth also causes tooth decay, loss of teeth, gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Some of these cigarettes also contain a little amount of nicotine which damages the tongue, gums, and mouth
So should you smoke it?
If you have little knowledge about the actual effect of these cigarettes, it is best to avoid using it. The artificial flavoring and chemical compounds can sit between your teeth for a long time which eventually starts eroding your teeth. Smoking in all forms is dangerous for health, and especially for the oral health. The long-term use of these apparently assumed smoking alternative can have equally adverse health effects. Another study also reported that it reduces the ability to tongue to detect taste. The taste buds (neurons) start to slow down which later becomes a cause of cancer and other mouth related tumors. Therefore our Burnaby dentist provides that it is best to avoid it to prevent different oral diseases.