In this post, we at The Dental Design Center in White Plains NY want to examine a recent study on the influences of e-cigarettes on oral health that has more troubling information for people who believe vaping is safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, analysts concluded that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and irreversible cellular deterioration. These conditions, in turn, can bring about gingivitis, oral cancer, and tooth loss.1
Why is this article appearing on a pediatric dental blog? Unfortunately, many teenagers in the White Plains 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 people who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unexpected rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has triggered an alarming health risk, especially for the nation’s youth.
“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
Our experienced team treats patients suffering from smoking-related oral health problems with expertise and compassion. Let us at The Dental Design Center in White Plains NY help you. We also strive 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 perils of e-cigarettes and clear up the misconception that they are somehow less harmful than traditional cigarettes. We serve patients from Scarsdale, Westchester County, and New Castle and also perform cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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