How e-cigarettes and vaporizers affect dental health
The use of e-cigarettes and so-called vaporizers has increased sharply in recent years, which appears to be detrimental to the oral health is. That’s how it rises risk of tooth decay.
In a new study involving experts from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Associations between the risk of tooth decay and the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers examined. The results can beJournal of the American Dental Association“ (YES THERE) can be read.
Data from more than 13,000 people evaluated
The investigation included data from over 13,000 people in old age over 16 yearswho were treated in the Department of Dentistry clinics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
The vast majority of participants stated that they did not use e-cigarettes or vaporizers. These individuals served as a control group. 136 participants used vaporizers or e-cigarettes.
Increased risk of caries
The researchers found that vaporizers and e-cigarettes increase the risk of tooth decay. So pointed about 79 percent of the users high risk of tooth decay up compared to scarce 60 percent of the people in the control group.
The study did not further differentiate what was vaporized in the e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
Tooth enamel damage?
Previous dental research has already found a link between e-cigarette use and increased signs of e-cigarettes gum disease and the Damage to tooth enamel found, explains the author of the study Karina Irusa in a press release.
Be it contained sugar and the Viscosity of the vapor solution, which is inhaled through the mouth and sticks to the teeth, a possible cause for the link. Also will the oral microbiome altered, making it more attractive to tooth decay-causing bacteria.
In addition, vaping also appears to promote the development of tooth decay in areas of the mouth where usually no tooth decay occurs, for example, on the lower edges of the front teeth, so Irusa.
Negative effect on oral health
The results of the new study also confirm an already published in 2020 in the English-language journal “iScience“ published study on the negative effects of e-cigarettes on oral health.
This revealed that E-cigarettes promote tooth decay, bad breath, infections and even oral cancer.
Despite the increasing evidence that e-cigarettes and vaporizers have an adverse effect on oral health, the connection has not yet been 100 percent conclusively explained, emphasizes Irusa. Therefore, the expert is already planning further studies in which the effect on the Microbiology of the saliva is examined.
Problems in treating tooth decay by vaping
The treatment of tooth decay is very time consuming and costly and if treatment and fillings have been done, e-cigarettes and vaporizers could increase the risk of secondary caries increase, warns Irusa.
The use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers should be routine dental history questionnaire be included and taken into account as a factor that increase the risk of tooth decay. (as)
Author and source information
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- Karina F Irusa, Matthew Finkelman, Britta Magnuson, Terence Donovan, Steven E Eisen: A comparison of the caries risk between patients who use vapes or electronic cigarettes and those who do not; in: Journal of the American Dental Association (published Volume 153, ISSUE 12, P1179-1183, December 01, 2022), YES THERE
- Tufts University: Using Vapes May Set the Stage for Dental Decay (published 11/23/2022), Tufts University
- Smruti Pushalkar, Bidisha Paul, Qianhao Li, Jian Yang, Rebeca Vasconcelos, et al.: Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Modulates the Oral Microbiome and Increases Risk of Infection; in: iScience (published February 26, 2020), iScience
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