This goes for teens — and moms
Vaping may seem like a way around getting yellow smoker’s teeth, but not so fast. Just because e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco doesn’t mean they’re risk-free. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which has substantial risks to your mouth and to your overall health.
When it comes to a healthy smile, your gums are fundamental as they anchor the teeth to the jaw. Nicotine leads to gum inflammation, recession and even to the death of gum tissues that can create irre-
versible damage leading to tooth loss. And these are just the visible and more immediate impacts; e-cigarette fluids contain chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde, which are known to cause cancer.
For anyone in braces, gum damage reduces the ability of teeth to move. There is also a greater chance of the teeth relapsing into prior positions after treatment. Additionally, vaping can increase tooth sensitivity and increase the risk of cavities. Vaping basically undoes the effort and investment you put forth in orthodontia.
The bottom line: Vaping risks your looks and your health. Tell your teen and remind yourself.
Source: American Association of Orthodontists
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