A: It can be. Research shows that electronic cigarette vapor can be toxic to humans. While e-cigarettes do not produce smoke that burns your lungs, the vapor inhaled can diminish lung function, cause cellular changes, and create airway resistance. These have all been reported in patients who use electronic cigarettes. Lab results reveal that cells exposed to electronic cigarette vapor are showing similar unhealthy changes to those exposed to tobacco smoke. Vapor also boosts harmful bacteria in the body and increases overall inflammation of the body. Inflammation causes a weakened immune system creating a higher chance of autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, Rheumatoid arthritis and many more.
A: Absolutely. Liquid nicotine restricts blood flow to the mouth consequently leading to a dry mouth and foul breath by reducing the production of saliva. Without saliva, bacteria, sugars, and acids have a greater chance to settle on teeth causing decay and periodontal disease. If you have questions regarding e-cigarettes and your oral health, any of our skilled family dentists would be happy to address your concerns. Routine dental cleanings and exams along with oral cancer screenings are an excellent way to make sure you aren’t surprised by the effects of using tobacco or e-cigarettes.
A: The FDA has not approved any electronic cigarette as a safe alternative to smoking nor an effective method to quit smoking. In fact, research shows that nonsmokers who choose to use electronic cigarettes are more likely to begin using traditional cigarettes. On the other hand, there is no stable evidence stating that they are an effective method to quit smoking for existing smokers.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “U.S. Food and Drug Administration.” Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including Electronic-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah. FDA, 17 June 2016. Web.
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Dr. Brad Alderman
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