E-cigarettes And Teens

e-cigarettesE-cigarettes are especially popular among teens these days. The number of teens using e-cigarettes is rising. Dentists should be aware that teens who “vape” are more likely to try tobacco in the form of cigarettes, cigars and hookahs.

Nicotine is addictive and with adolescents it is especially dangerous because adolescence is a critical time for brain development.  Exposure to nicotine at a young age can cause lasting harm to brain development. Dentists who care for long term health of teens should be concerned. The effects of smoking on oral health include stained teeth and tongue and a dulled sense of taste and smell.  Not to mention the risk of oral cancer.

Read more about teens and the risks of vaping and e-cigarettes and how dentists can help them: Teens Who “Vape” More Likely to Try Tobacco

Secondhand Smoke: Risk Factor For Periodontitis

secondhand smokeWe are all aware of the fact that smoking is bad for our health. There have been thousands upon thousands of newsletters, videos, articles and documentaries that have been created to inform us that smoking can be dangerous and can cause various ailments. One of the leading causes for lung cancer and oral cancer is tobacco smoking. This is because of the nicotine present in tobacco smoke. Nicotine is a known carcinogen (one that causes cancer). Studies have reported that passive smoking, more commonly known as secondhand smoking, can be equally harmful to one’s health. This is because the destruction caused in the lungs from tobacco is almost the same in a nonsmoker and a smoker.

Recent studies have revealed an astonishing fact that the risk for development of periodontitis is higher in nonsmokers who inhale secondhand smoke compared to those nonsmokers who do not come in contact with smoke at all. Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums and the supporting tissues. It has very debilitating effects on the mouth and teeth. The common signs of periodontitis are swollen and bleeding gums, periodontal pockets, furcation involvement, gum recession, tooth sensitivity due to receding gums and bone loss. In cases of severe periodontitis one may have periodontal abscesses, loose teeth due to excess bone loss and even tooth loss. Periodontitis is a serious dental problem because one tends to lose healthy teeth due to lack of support or anchorage from the supporting tissues.

To evaluate the effects of secondhand smoke on periodontitis a study was conducted by researchers of the University of North Carolina. These researchers recorded the levels of serum continine. It is a nicotine metabolite that moves around in blood and can be recorded from the blood samples of an individual. For the purpose of study and research, the blood samples of 3,255 nonsmokers were taken into consideration. Apart from that a thorough periodontal examination was also conducted.

The results were tallied and after analysis the reports showed that the development of periodontitis of moderate or severe level was 62% more in exposed nonsmokers than nonexposed nonsmokers. Similarly, exposed nonsmokers were at least 1.5 times more at a risk of developing moderate to severe level of periodontitis as compared to the unexposed counterparts.

This study shows that secondhand smoke has adverse effects in the oral tissue also apart from affecting the lungs. The nonsmokers should be more careful and try to stay away from environmental smoke. Otherwise they will suffer due to someone else’s fault. They should not put themselves at such a risk.

Why Vapor From E-Cigarettes Is Dangerous

e-cigarettesThink that you’re doing your body a favor by using vapor E-cigarettes instead of traditional tobacco cigarettes?  In this video clip from Dr. Oz, he explains that the vapor released from smoking e-cigarettes contains formaldehyde and heavy metals, which are toxic and harmful. Most E-cigarettes still contain nicotine as well which is very addictive.  Check out the video form Dr. Oz’s show here: Why Vapor From E-Cigarretes Is Dangerous | The Dr. Oz Show.

Can Smoking Pot Cause Cavities?

pot cause cavitiesWith the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado, some dentists are wondering if it will affect their patient’s teeth. Denver CBS4 news did a piece on just this. Can smoking pot cause cavities?

Because pot smoking is stereotypically linked with munching on carbs and other treats, is it your teeth’s worst enemy?  Dentists want to know if it is causing an increase in cavities. Especially if they are smoking more than just a few times per week.

Check out the news article here: Dentists Want To See Studies On Pot-Cavity Link « CBS Denver.

The Effects of Smokeless Tobacco on Your Mouth

We often hear of the devastating effects of cigarettes and cigars on our lungs and bodies. The effects of second hand smoke fro19702255-word-on-glass-billboardm these things are also devastating.  You may think that you are doing everybody else a favor by using smokeless tobacco.  You’re saving everyone from the effects of second hand smoke, right?  But, smokeless tobacco is perhaps the worst offender when it comes to the health of the mouth. If you chew, you may want to consider the following:

Overtime, nicotine from the tobacco causes teeth to turn yellow and stained.  There is nothing you can do about it.  Brushing will have no effect on your efforts to whiten your teeth because it is stuck permanently to the enamel.

Smokeless tobacco increases receding gums.  Receding gums can lead to tooth lose and increase in bacteria which causes tooth decay and gum disease. Basically, your teeth are rotting away.

Cancer is the worst effect of smokeless tobacco use. Not only is cancer devastating to health and overall well being, but it can be incredibly painful. Cancer can develop in the mouth, throat and larynx.  Surgery to cure cancer often leaves the moth and face permanently disfigured. Also, smokeless tobacco use causes lesions that encrust the tongue and sides of the mouth.

Smokeless tobacco is the enemy of a healthy, clean mouth. By destroying and attacking from the inside, the mouth becomes a wasteland for bad breath, rotting teeth, and irreversible diseases that severely impact overall oral health.

Smokeless Tobacco VS. Your Mouth | Your Dental Health Resource