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E-Cigarettes and oral health

Although many people claim e-cigarettes to be a refined version of normal cigarettes and tout them to be healthier than them, in many cases, it has been found that they can do the same amount of damage as normal cigarettes to the human body. Recent studies have shown the detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on the teeth and gums as well as general oral health. We discuss about the health effects of e-cigarettes and how they cause harm to the teeth and the gums.

E-Cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are battery operated portable electronic devices and consist of a heating device along with a cartridge which contains a liquid solution. This liquid is turned to vapour when the user pulls through his mouth on one side of the e-cigarette and vapour is released. This vapour is generally flavoured and is inhaled by the user as a substitute for cigarette vapours. Smoking through e-cigarettes is also called vaping, and it is in huge demand among the young generation, who consider it to be a healthier alternative when compared to smoking.

While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they may or may not contain nicotine. Nicotine is a harmful substance in itself, causing a wide variety of issues if consumed, in addition to other flavouring agents which have their own set of side effects.

But, researches by different teams have found that the vapours generated using e-cigarettes cause the same amount of damage to the tissues in the mouth and then gums when inhaled. The vapours cause the cells in the tissues to release proteins which are inflammatory in nature in order to shield themselves from the toxins of the vapours. The cells are ultimately stressed out due to the release of these vapours and die, causing damage to the tissues and even burns. This damage, in turn can lead to oral diseases as well as increased risk for oral cancer.

The research teams also found out that that people who were used to vaping also had their mouth cells withering away, similar to those people who were used to smoking. The majority of the cells in the mouth ceased to exist due to the chemicals and the toxic oxides present in the vapours, which in some cases, were even more harmful than the toxic oxides found in cigarette smoke. They also caused discolouration of the teeth as well as formation of scales and tartar on the surface of the teeth, which then became an attractive breeding ground for pathogens and bacteria.

While more long term research is needed to further verify the harmful effects of e-cigarette smoke on the mouth and other parts of the body, it can be easily said that it is better to avoid vaping for a healthier lifestyle and a better oral health.

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