Electronic Cigarettes From a Dental Perspective
There are many benefits of e-smoking that are discussed time and time again: no secondhand smoke, no tar and no odor—just rich flavored e-juice and pure vapor. You may have also heard that e-cigs are the perfect travel partner, giving you the freedom to smoke almost anywhere you want, and at a lower cost than traditional smoking.
But have you ever considered your smile as a reason to switch to an alternative smoking experience?
A person’s smile is probably one of the first things you’ll notice. While it seems like such a minor feature at first, a good or bad smile can have a huge impact not only on a person’s physical appearance, but also on their confidence and overall health—which is why dental care and hygiene is so important.
Just like your dentist tells you at every visit, brushing and flossing your teeth are crucial for keeping those pearly whites. But if you’re a regular smoker, having white teeth may be difficult to attain, no matter how good you are about oral hygiene.
How Traditional Cigarettes Destroy Dental Health
One of the biggest positive changes you can make to safeguard your smile is to stop smoking cigarettes that leave behind yellow teeth stains and to replace them with FuM electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).
Dental experts estimate that, on average, male smokers lose almost 3 teeth every 10 years because of traditional cigarettes, and women lose half that number. While tooth loss is a natural result of aging in non-smokers as well, the rate at which your teeth will fall out is double that of a non-smoker.
The tar and ash from cigarette smoke also cause residue and plaque to accumulate on the surface of your teeth and in your mouth’s crevices. In the long term, this residue causes tooth discoloration and calculus buildup, which is why many dentists can spot a smoker immediately.
If the yellow teeth stains don’t give a smoker away, then the bad breath will. Cigarette smoke is loaded with carcinogenic chemicals and sticks to the lining of the mouth, which releases a foul odor. This can lead to chronic bad breath, which is the third most frequent reason cited for seeking dental care, next to tooth decay and gum disease.
Smoking also appears to restrict blood flow to your gums, which affects wound healing and the overall health of the mouth.
Even more disconcerting for smokers is cardiologists and periodontists, who have long suspected a link between the health of your gums and the health of your heart. While this has yet to be proven, both dental and heart problems center around inflammation, which indicates the two may be intertwined.
E-Smoking and Your Smile
FuM e-cigs are the obvious smoking choice for a long list of reasons, a significant one of which is the look of your teeth. Here’s why:
• No yellow teeth. The tar released from cigarettes is the “smoking gun” behind tooth yellowing and discoloration. Fortunately, e-smokers need not worry because e-cigs don’t release tar.
• No odor. E-smoking doesn’t leave behind a smell or lingering odor. People who use FuM e-cigs don’t have to be embarrassed to open their mouths because of that infamous “smoker’s breath.”
• No burning tobacco. Cigarettes deliver nicotine through the process of burning tobacco, which releases harmful and irritating smoke. FuM e-cigs vaporize liquid nicotine, which is exhaled as water vapor.
The dentists, hygienists, and members of this office are in no way affiliated with FuM Electronic Cigarettes. The use of electronic cigarettes is simply being suggested as an alternative to traditional cigarettes which are a known contributor to poor oral hygiene. As of February 1, 2014, the FDA has yet to rule on any harmful effects associated with using electronic cigarettes.
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