The current ban on vape sales in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may be taking a bite out business for vape store owners. Yet vaping itself seems to be taking away from the bite of its unwitting users. At least according to a recent survey of 677 dentists conducted by Clinicians Report, an independent dental product testing organization.
South Weymouth Dentist Dr. Richard Wolfert, DMD was not taken by surprise by the findings.
“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, just like regular cigarettes. So right out of the gate you know it will be bad for your teeth as nicotine reduces blood flow, which in turn affects your teeth and gums,” said Dr. Wolfert, DMD, who runs a practice called The Toothboss at 1121 Main Street in South Weymouth, Mass. “Without enough blood flowing through your veins, your gums don’t get the oxygen and nutrients needed to stay healthy. Essentially, vaping causes the death of gum tissues, leading to gum recession.”
Adds Dr. Wolfert, “Nicotine also causes dry mouth, reducing saliva. Dry mouth leads to plaque buildup, increased bacteria, and ultimately tooth decay.”
Of the 677 dentists surveyed by Clinicians Report,344 clinicians reported significant symptoms that appeared to be related to vaping. Those included: staining 59 percent; halitosis 44 percent; gingivitis 43 percent; soft tissue change 42 percent, periodontal disease 41 percent; xerostomia 29 percent; caries increase 22 percent; and unique smell 22 percent.
“Additionally, nicotine acts as a muscle stimulant. This can cause you to grind your teeth (bruxism) or make the problem worse if you are already a tooth grinder. This can lead to tooth damage and other oral health complications,” said Dr. Wolfert.
For the complete report on the Clinicians Report, visit https://www.cliniciansreport.org/products/dental-reports/clinicians-report-november-2019-volume-12-issue-11.php. For more information on The Toothboss, you can visit Dr. Wolfert’s website at www.toothboss.com.