Bloor Dental Health Centre

415 Bloor Street West
Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1X6

Phone: (416) 538-8883
Fax: (416) 538-9906

 

 

Office Hours
Monday
10am - 7pm
Tuesday
10am - 7pm
Wednesday
8am - 4pm

Thursday

8am - 4pm
Friday
Closed





    What You Don't Know About E-cigarettes

 
E-cigarettes are on the rise. It has been estimated that within 10 years e-cigarettes will outsell tobacco products since they are considered a safer and less expensive alternative to smoking. Smoking has been linked to cancer and heart disease but that doesnít mean e-cigarettes are not hazardous for your health. There has also been concern that e-cigarettes are quickly becoming a gateway drug for nonsmokers and teens.

What Are E-Cigarettes?

The battery powered electronic device contains a cartridge with e-juice (made up of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and liquid nicotine) and a heating element to produce vapor. Since vapor is produced rather than smoke, the amount of toxic chemicals emitted are significantly reduced. This battery powered device also reduces the odor that normally accompanies smoking.

Artificial flavors can also be added to produce pleasant scents like bubble gum and pop tarts. But is it safe?

How Vaping Affects Your Oral Health

Unlike smoking a cigarette which can cause yellow teeth, plaque buildup, and lung cancer, the ingredients contained in e-cigarettes donít contain harmful chemicals that can cause tooth discoloration. The mixture of distilled water, artificial flavor, and liquid mix of nicotine turns into a vapor that wonít contribute to tooth decay however, nicotine does reduce your saliva production which can lead to other side effects.

Nicotine Can...
  • Cause dry mouth or halitosis (bad breath)
  • Increase chance for tooth decay
  • Make you more susceptible to cavities
  • Cause periodontal disease
  • Chronic cough
  • Inflammation of the gums and bleeding
However it still remains unclear if vaping is safer than tobacco. It still contains nicotine which can cause irritability and anxiety for those who are in withdrawal. And itís also debatable whether or not propylene glycol is safe for inhalation.

Itís also important to remember that since e-cigarettes are still relatively new to the scene there arenít many studies that can speak to its long term effects on our oral health. While itís a better alternative for smokers, non-smokers who are curious about vaping should keep in mind that this recreational activity that can contribute to some major health concerns and the effects of vapor exposure arenít largely known.

If you have any other questions about e-cigarettes please contact us for additional information.