A recent study on the effects of e-cigarettes on oral health has more dismal information for men and women who believe vaping is less dangerous than smoking traditional cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, analysts concluded that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and permanent cellular weakening. These conditions, in turn, can result in gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss.1
Why is this article appearing on a pediatric dental blog? Unfortunately, many youths in the Indianapolis area have taken up vaping. It has become an issue for dentists who provide care for adolescents.
As defined by the FDA, “E-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.”2
Before e-cigarettes came out on the scene in 2005, the number of men and women who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unexpected rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has launched a widespread health risk, especially for the nation’s teenagers.
“Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes.”2
Hi, I’m Dr. Dale Behner of Dental Care Today PC – E. Dale Behner DDS. My experienced team treats patients suffering from smoking-related oral health conditions with expertise and compassion. We also work to offer trustworthy information about public health issues. We add our voice to the healthcare professionals who are working to inform the public about the hazards of e-cigarettes and clear up the misconception that they are somehow less dangerous than traditional cigarettes.
1Isaac K. Sundar, Fawad Javed, Georgios E. Romanos, Irfan Rahman, “E-cigarettes and flavorings induce inflammatory and pro-senescence responses in oral epithelial cells and periodontal fibroblasts,” Oncotarget, 2016, http://www.impactjournals.com/oncotarget/index.php?journal=oncotarget&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=12857, accessed April 24, 2017
2 “E-cigarettes and Lung Health” The American Lung Association, http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/e-cigarettes-and-lung-health.html, accessed April 25, 2017