E-cigarettes contain a liquid which is burned and inhaled, but they may pose as much risk to oral health as traditional tobacco products. Anyone who engages in vaping should keep to regular dentist check-ups.
- The main ingredient is propylene glycol to which saliva can bond, leading to dry mouth which can increase the risk of gum disease.
- The combination of vegetable glycerin and flavorings used increases levels of bacteria adhering to teeth enamel.
- It is known nicotine harms gums and e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, even if in much-reduced amounts.
“The viscosity of the e-liquid also allowed Streptococcus mutans to adhere to pits and fissures. In other words, e-liquid allows more cavity-causing bacteria to stick to a softer tooth and can lead to rampant decay.”
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