How do Electronic Cigarettes Affect Your Oral Health?

Electronic cigarettes may complicate your oral surgery. | (386) 837-1236

Electronic cigarettes are marketed as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco products, but just how safe are they? While they don’t contain tobacco, e-cigarettes do contain nicotine, as well as other chemical agents, that can complicate your oral surgery. Nicotine inhibits the healing process, increases the risks involved with anesthesia, and increases the risk of complications post-surgery. Nicotine also impacts the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to organs and tissues important to keep organs viable while in surgery, and this also increases the risk of infection.

What are the effects of nicotine on oral health?

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it reduces the amount of blood that can flow through your veins. Lack of blood flow reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients the tissues in your mouth need to be healthy which cause gum recession.  Nicotine found in e-cigarettes can also mask the symptoms of gum disease, and cause weakening of your teeth and tooth decay. Patients with periodontal disease also have an increased incidence of cardiac disease.

Patient education is extremely important because many patients aren’t aware of the negative effects e-cigarettes cause to your health. E-cigarettes are marketed as being a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but this simply isn’t the case. The nicotine and other chemical agents found in e-cigarettes can cause major damage to your dental and overall health. For more information on the effects of e-cigarettes on your dental health contact Surgical Solutions today!

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