Tobacco negatively impacts your oral health—whether its vaping, chewing tobacco or smoking. Your dentist in Fayetteville, AR urges you to refrain from tobacco use in all forms.
According to Chad Gehani, DDS, president of the American Dental Association (ADA): “Vaping is not a safe alternative to cigarettes or other tobacco products. When it comes to your teeth and gums, vaping could be just as dangerous as cigarette smoking.”
The ADA called for a total ban on vaping in December of 2019.
Vaping, Smoking, and Your Oral Health
Tobacco use has long been linked to systemic health issues like cardiac disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, but it is also detrimental to your oral health.
Vaping also elevates your risks for dental decay, dry mouth, and gum disease. Nicotine leads to gum inflammation, swelling, and dry mouth—creating the perfect environment for these dental health issues and even oral cancers.
Gum disease (or periodontal disease) means you have gum tissue infections. These infections lead to gum pocketing, loose teeth, tooth loss, and even body health issues like cardiac problems and sudden stroke. Recent studies also link gum disease to Alzheimer’s and autoimmune arthritis.
Vaping is not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking but simply another way to smoke tobacco. Quitting smoking in all forms is one of the best things you can do for your oral and systemic health. Ask your health care professional for tips and strategies to give up tobacco for good.
Visit Your Dentist in Fayetteville for an Oral Health Screening
If you use tobacco—or even if you have recently given up tobacco— we encourage you to visit our dental office for a comprehensive exam. Your dentist in Fayetteville, AR will look for signs of gum disease, take x-rays, and provide an oral cancer screening.
We look forward to helping you realize optimal oral care.