Are E-cigs bad for your teeth? 

E-cigarettes have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. Research has shown that e-cigarettes are 95% healthier than cigarettes as they do not contain and they are much better for your oral health than the traditional counterparts. 

E-cigarettes were first developed in 2003 and current research shows that since e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco or the chemicals and carcinogens associated with it, they do not pose a grave health risk. Thus, vaping has been touted as a much healthier substitute to smoking. Even Public Health England (PHE), which advocates for a smoke-free generation by 2025, shows favourable support for e-cigarettes with some suggestions to use them in the NHS. 

Benefits & functions of vaping 

The benefits of vaping are numerous: they are cheaper, the lack of tobacco creates fewer health risks and environmental hazards, they cut down on waste, and they do not have a strong odour. Research has shown that e-cigs could be an effective tool for quitting smoking. Additionally, e-cigarettes reduce the possibility of oral health complications and offer an array of fun designs and flavours. 

E-cigarettes function like a traditional one – as a user inhales, the small battery inside heats the liquid nicotine which then produces a vapour and a smoke-like appearance. One 10ml bottle of TRUVAPE e-liquid should last for up to a week for a 15 a day smoker. In comparison, you would have to buy 5/6 packs of traditional cigarettes in this time. The main ingredients, in addition to nicotine, include water, a flavouring and propylene glycol (a chemical that is generally considered safe and even used in foods such as ice cream). 

Using e-cigarettes to improve oral health 

Significant research has proven that traditional cigarettes are detrimental to oral health and one’s overall health. Smoking can cause teeth discoloration, tooth loss, yellow stains, gum infections, bad breath, plaque build-up and cancer. The smoke alone contains chemicals like carbon monoxide, acetone and ammonia, which leave behind a residue and, over time, lead to yellowing of the teeth. According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), more than a quarter of all cancer deaths, including that of the mouth, lip and throat, are attributed to smoking. 

There are multiple factors to take into consideration when determining whether or not e-cigs are harmful. However, it is generally regarded that e-cigarettes are around 95% safer than cigarettes. 

Instead of smoke, e-cigarettes produce vapour. They do not contain tobacco and, the main ingredient, nicotine, is not considered a carcinogen. As a result, vaping doesn’t produce harmful chemicals or lead to bad breath, teeth discoloration, and plaque build-up or affect one’s sense of taste and smell. 

Overall, experts say that your teeth fall out at double the rate as a smoker, with males losing around three teeth every 10 years due to cigarettes. So, by trading the traditional sticks for vaping you can say goodbye to yellow teeth, not have to worry about bad breath and keep your dentist happy with less tooth decay and disease.