A recent study on the impacts of e-cigarettes on oral health has more dismal news for people who believe vaping is less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, scientists determined that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and permanent cellular degeneration. These conditions, in turn, can result in periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss.1
Why is this article appearing on a pediatric dental blog? Unfortunately, many youth in the Beverly Hills area have taken up vaping. It has become an issue for dentists who provide care for adolescents.
As defined by the FDA, “E-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.”2
Before e-cigarettes appeared on the scene in 2005, the number of individuals who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unanticipated rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has resulted in widespread health risk, especially for the nation’s teenagers.
“Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes.”2
Hi, I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman of Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. My experienced team treats patients suffering from smoking-related oral health ailments with expertise and compassion. We also work to offer accurate information about public health issues. We add our voice to the healthcare professionals who are working to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes and clear up the misconception that they are somehow less harmful than traditional cigarettes.