Skip ToContent
Main Content

How Electronic Cigarettes Can Impact Your Teen’s Oral Health

Teen and E Cigarettes

It’s been estimated that around 10% of teenagers have used electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes). This is a disturbing statistic because it’s a much higher number that adults who have used e-cigarettes – only 2.8%. Some people believe that smoking e-cigarettes is a healthier habit than smoking traditional cigarettes, and many claim that transitioning to e-cigarettes from traditional cigarettes is a great way to quit smoking. However, there is currently no study proving that electronic cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes.

It’s important to remember, especially when it comes to teens, that e-cigarettes are still just another form of a nicotine delivery device. We know all about the negative effects that nicotine can have on your teenager’s overall health and on his or her dental health.

What Is Nicotine?

Nicotine is considered a stimulant. When nicotine is inhaled into the body, it immediately becomes absorbed into the lung tissue, and then the blood stream, and is then passed into the brain. In a high enough concentration, nicotine is able to have a calming effect. In a statistic that shouldn’t surprise many, nicotine has been proven to be one of the most addictive legal substances available.

How Is Nicotine Harmful?

Nicotine narrows your teenager’s blood vessels, which then reduces blood flow throughout the entire body. This will eventually cause all sorts of health issues, but perhaps the main dental health problem caused by reduced blood flow is an increased risk of gum disease or periodontitis. If the gums don’t get enough blood, fewer nutrients and less oxygen are being absorbed. This will eventually lead to gum disease, which can cause bleeding, red, gums, halitosis, and even tooth loss.

Nicotine is nicotine, no matter how it’s being delivered into the body. Because e-cigarettes are being used by and marketed towards teens and young adults, it’s important to make sure you’re talking to your children about the potential health risks of this popular new trend.

If you’re concerned about your teen’s use of e-cigarettes, please contact Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, located in Firestone, Colorado.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017

Share:

Archives

Sep 28, 2020, 7:58 PM
Nail-biting is harmful to your mouth and teeth, but biting your nails while wearing braces can cause a whole new set of…
Sep 14, 2020, 8:35 PM
People with an anterior open bite have the front teeth of both upper and lower jaws, that slant outward and apart, so much so…
Aug 24, 2020, 6:22 PM
Sensitive teeth can cause pain during chewing, drinking, or even breathing. When the tooth enamel begins to wear down, it…
Aug 10, 2020, 1:52 PM
Here at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we know that caring for your children's teeth is a job that can improve…
Jul 27, 2020, 8:06 AM
Before you receive or allow your teen to receive any piercing or body modification, it’s important that you’re as well…