A recent study on the influences of e-cigarettes on oral health has more bad news for people who believe vaping is less dangerous than smoking traditional cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, analysts concluded that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and irreversible cellular weakening. These conditions, in turn, can bring about gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss. This concerns us, at Staten Island Dental Care.1
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 came out on the scene in 2005, the number of people who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unexpected rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has triggered a substantial health risk, especially for the nation’s youth.
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
At Staten Island Dental Care, we treat patients with smoking-related oral health problems with expertise and compassion. We add our voice to the healthcare professionals informing the public about the risks of e-cigarettes. We are strong advocates of dental health, and provide general and restorative dentistry.
1Isaac K. Sundar, Fawad Javed, Georgios E. Romanos, Irfan Rahman, “E-cigarettes and flavorings induce inflammatory and pro-senescence responses in oral epithelial cells and periodontal fibroblasts,” Oncotarget, 2016, http://www.impactjournals.com/oncotarget/index.php?journal=oncotarget&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=12857, accessed April 24, 2017
2 “E-cigarettes and Lung Health” The American Lung Association, http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/e-cigarettes-and-lung-health.html, accessed April 25, 2017
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