What Are the Effects of Smoking and Vaping on Dental Health?

Posted on February 1, 2023 by Associates of Dentistry

Smoking and vaping effects on dental health

As dental healthcare providers, we field questions about many activities and their effects on dental health, from the consumption of sugary foods to oral piercings, but one issue that comes up frequently is smoking or vaping. In this week’s blog, we hope to offer concise answers on this topic.

What are the dental risks of smoking?

Cigarette smoking has a significant negative impact on dental health. It can lead to:

  • Tooth discoloration and stain buildup
  • Reduced sense of taste and smell
  • Increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss
  • Decreased wound healing after dental procedures
  • Increased risk of oral cancer

Smoking can also reduce the effectiveness of dental treatments and make it more difficult for dental professionals to diagnose and treat oral health problems.

How does vaping impact dental health?

Vaping (using electronic cigarettes) can also negatively impact dental health. Some of the effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Decreased wound healing

While e-cigarettes are often marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, they can still cause many dental issues.

What are the effects of chewing tobacco on oral health?

Our third and final subject to address is chewing tobacco. Chewing tobacco is very similar to smoking and vaping and can cause the same symptoms, including:

  • Tooth staining
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral cancer
  • Mouth sores

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Teath and gums experience degradation from many everyday things, so it is essential for your long-term oral health that you receive regular dental care. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a checkup appointment, today is a perfect opportunity to schedule one!

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