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4 Ways Vaping Can Ruin Your Teen’s Smile




Because the hazards of smoking cigarettes have long been known, it’s logical that smokers searching for a “healthier” method to obtain their nicotine fix have turned to vaping. This nicotine delivery technology use electronic cigarettes to convert e-liquid or “vape juice” into an inhaled aerosol mist. 

Hon Lik, a Chinese entrepreneur who lost his father to lung disease, invented the current e-cigarette gadget to assist smokers stop smoking. Nonsmokers, including an increasing number of teenagers, have begun vaping due to the assumption that vaping is a harmless alternative to traditional tobacco products and the alluring flavors that may be added to the juice.

According to a recent poll, 37% of high school seniors and more than 17% of eighth-graders vaped in the previous year.

Some parents may be unconcerned by this figure; after all, they don’t smoke, right? The issue is that not only are children who vape more likely to smoke regular cigarettes in the future, but they are also causing lasting harm to their gums and threatening tooth loss. The following are four ways why vaping is bad for your teeth:

1. Nicotine consumption can cause gum disease and tooth loss.

While vape juice contains far less nicotine than traditional tobacco products (and may include none at all depending on the user), nicotine’s harmful effect on gums is widely documented. Nicotine not only reduces blood flow to the gums, but it also interferes with our mouth’s natural capacity to fight infection and rebuild connective tissue, increasing the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.

If the prospect of tooth loss does not prevent you from smoking or vaping, remember that gum disease can lead to other, more serious disorders. Even when nicotine is not present, other substances in vape juice might harm dental health.

2. Propylene glycol is harmful to soft tissue and enamel.

Propylene glycol, which is safe to consume and inhale but breaks down into acids that erode enamel and propionaldehyde, which irritates soft tissue, is one of the major constituents in vape juice. PG also promotes dry mouth, which depletes necessary saliva, resulting in cavities and gum disease.

While drinking water can help rehydrate the mouth, it is not a substitute for saliva, which includes substances that protect teeth from Streptococcus mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay. Worse, kids are more prone to drink soda or energy beverages to relieve dry mouth.

3. Vegetable glycerin and flavorings aid in the adhesion of microorganisms to teeth

Vegetable glycerin is a somewhat sticky liquid sweetener that aids in the adhesion of Streptococcus mutans to grooves on tooth-biting surfaces. Furthermore, when combined with the flavorings that entice kids to vape, the combination causes four times as many bacteria to adhere to teeth and doubles the creation of biofilm. Flavorings also reduce tooth enamel hardness by 27%.

When paired with the harm produced by nicotine, VG and flavorings provide the ideal environment for dental decay, gum infections, and tooth loss. That is not acceptable.

4. Lithium batteries are prone to overheating and exploding.

While adults who vape are rolling their eyes, the lithium batteries in a certain form of e-cigarette known as a “mechanical mod” have been known to explode and cause serious harm to the lips and face.

Although not extremely common, they are mostly triggered by the device being misused or improperly cared for. Given that kids are likely to be less careful with their e-cigarette equipment, it’s logical to think they are more likely to be hurt than most adult vapers.

It might be tough to persuade an adolescent who wants to fit in that the bad oral health impacts of vaping and smoking cigarettes are worth stopping. However, considering the influence a healthy grin has on your teen’s self-esteem and potential professional success, the case is legitimate.

Here’s what we know thus far.

Lung cancer and its complications

Because you are breathing nicotine or tetrahydrocannabinol through e-cigarettes, the primary danger is to your lungs. Vape oils include a variety of chemicals and metals that may be damaging to your lungs, including nickel, tin, lead, flavorings such as diacetyl, and other ultra-fine particles.

Excessive e-cigarette use may cause difficulty breathing, excessive coughing, chest pain, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and even fever. In more severe circumstances or with persistent use, you may require hospitalization.

Here’s what we currently know.

Lung cancer and related problems

The biggest risk of using e-cigarettes is that you inhale nicotine or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Vape oils include a variety of compounds and metals that are potentially dangerous to your lungs, including as nickel, tin, lead, flavorings such as diacetyl, and other ultra-fine particles.

Heavy e-cigarette usage may cause respiratory difficulties, excessive coughing, chest discomfort, nausea, exhaustion, vomiting, and even fever. In more severe circumstances, or if you continue to use the product, you may need to be hospitalized.

Brain damage

Dopamine, whether in a regular cigarette or an e-cigarette/vape, is a dangerous drug, especially for teens. Its usage can be detrimental to the areas of the brain that regulate mood, learning, attention, and impulse control. Nicotine has a deleterious impact on the formation of synapses, or interconnections between brain cells. Many gadgets also emit lead vapor, which can cause brain damage.

“Injury affecting stem cells reduces the brain’s potential to repair damage for the rest of a person’s life,” says board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Marc Arginteanu. “In this way, vaping may hasten the aging process and render the brain more vulnerable to neurodegenerative illnesses.”

Gum/mouth illness

Your mouth might be a good sign of your overall health. It’s simply not a good method to take care of yourself when you’re damaging beneficial bacteria and tissue in your mouth. “Nicotine can restrict blood flow and nourishment to your gums, which require those nutrients to be healthy.