E-cigarettes tend to be a popular alternative to the conventional cigarette. While avoiding traditional smoke may be useful, there is still some risk to using them. Furthermore, using e-cigarettes may not be great for your overall health, but would you be surprised to learn that they can affect your oral health as well?
You see, e-cigarettes still allow nicotine into your body. Unfortunately, nicotine can—and will—contribute to receding gums, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Similarly, nicotine restricts blood flow to your gums, meaning they won’t receive enough oxygen—which can lead to a number of issues.
Because nicotine causes your blood vessels to constrict, you may not be able to notice the symptoms of gum disease—and could also be responsible for causing your gum disease. Unfortunately, oxygen deprivation will actually prevent your teeth from bleeding or swelling. This condition could make it difficult for you to notice certain dental issues and could potentially fool your dentist as well.
Nicotine can also make your mouth dry. A dry mouth creates the perfect habitat for bacteria and plaque buildup, which will make you much more prone to cavities. Nicotine can also affect your jaw, which ultimately leads to teeth grinding. And finally, bruxism, which is also known as teeth grinding, can wear down your enamel, making you even more vulnerable to cavities. In addition, bruxism can cause headaches, ear pain, and even tooth loss.
If you would like to learn more about e-cigarettes and how they affect your oral health, we can help. Our dentist, Dr Rachel Meyer, and our team can help assess your mouth and determine your needs. To schedule an appointment, please call us today at 505-662-3163. We look forward to hearing from you!