This post from The Fort Union Dentist in Midvale looks at the influences of e-cigarettes on dental health.
In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, analysts determined that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and irreversible cellular deterioration. These conditions, in turn, can result in periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss.1
Why is this article appearing on a pediatric dental blog? Unfortunately, many teenagers in the Salt Lake City area have taken up vaping. It has become an issue for dentists who provide care for adolescents.
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 appeared on the scene in 2005, the number of individuals who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unexpected rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has launched a widespread health risk, especially for the nation’s adolescents.
“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
The Fort Union Dentist in Midvale treats patients suffering from smoking-related oral health conditions with expertise and compassion. People from Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights, Murray, and Sugar House come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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