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

Quit Smoking For Your Oral Health

If you smoquit smokingke, you may be thinking about kicking the habit.  Maybe you have tried, but to no avail.  You know that smoking is not good for your body, and can increase the risk of cancer and lung disease but many oral health problems are also caused by smoking.  There are so many reasons to quit smoking.

If you have problems with your teeth and gums this may be the first visible sign that smoking is damaging your health. If your gums are red, swollen or tender or seem to be receding, this is a sign.  Another sign is bleeding when brushing. Research has shown that smokers are 50 percent more likely to develop gum disease than non smokers.

There are other oral health issues that smokers have. Smokers lose twice as many teeth as non smokers.  Smoking reduces the ability to fight infection throughout the body, including the mouth and gums.  Smoking causes bad breath.  Smokers don’t heal from injury or surgery (like oral surgery) as quickly as non smokers.  Smoking discolors teeth.  Lastly, tobacco use increases the risk of developing cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society, 90 percent of people with cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat use tobacco.

Nine Oral Health Reasons To Quit Smoking|Dentegra

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