E-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to the conventional cigarette. While avoiding traditional smoke may be useful, there is still some risk to using these alternative cigarettes. Using e-cigarettes may not be great for your overall health, and would you be surprised to learn that they can affect your oral health as well?
Even though you are not smoking them, e-cigarettes still allow nicotine into your body, and nicotine can—and will—contribute to receding gums, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Similarly, nicotine restricts blood flow to your gums, meaning they won’t receive enough oxygen—which can lead to a number of issues.
Nicotine can cause your blood vessels to constrict, which makes your gums more likely to swell, even if you have gum disease. In other words, if you have gum disease but you smoke, your gum disease may be more difficult to detect. In fact, if you smoke but have gum disease, a dental hygienist could even be fooled. To make matters worse, the longer gum disease goes untreated, the more damage it can do.
Finally, while your jaw is very powerful, it can be affected by the nicotine in an e-cigarette. In fact, nicotine can even cause you to grind your teeth, which can lead to a number of complications. Furthermore, E-cigarettes can also cause dry mouth, which can create a perfect habitat for bacteria to grow and form cavities.
If you would like to learn more about e-cigarettes, we can help. Our dentist, Dr Carrie Guernsey, and our team can help assess your mouth and determine your needs. To schedule an appointment with us, please call North Shore Family Dentistry at 781-662-1999. We look forward to hearing from you!