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Which is Better for Your Oral Health: Vaping or Smoking?

 

If you want to protect your oral heath, should you: 

A) Vape

B) Smoke

The answer is “None of the above."

Although vaping has been found to be safer than smoking for your overall health, that’s not the case when it comes to your oral health.

A recent report in Public Health England found that most of the chemical causing smoking-related disease are absent in vaping.  However, e-cigarettes can nonetheless cause trouble for your oral health.

E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which has been linked to gum recession, bad breath, and grinding of teeth.  What’s worse, is that nicotine also masks symptoms of gum disease.  What you don’t see may be harming you.

Similarly, the risks of smoking to your oral health are numerous, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Smokers have twice the risk for gum disease compared with a nonsmoker. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the greater that risk for gum disease.
  • Smoking weakens your body's immune system, making it harder to fight off a gum infection, as well as for your gums to heal if you do develop gum disease.

Bottom line, don’t vape or smoke.  But if haven’t kicked the habit yet, be sure to discuss your smoking and/or vaping with your dentist. They can offer great advice and support as you work together to protect your oral health.

 

 

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