What is vaping and what do we know about it?
Vapes or e-cigarettes are seen as a 'healthier' alternative, or a way to stop smoking tobacco or marijuana. It's an electric device that turns a liquid (typically containing nicotine or marijuana) into a vapor, which you then inhale.
They’ve only been around for about a decade, and as there are many vaping products out there - we still don’t know for certain what the long-term effects to our oral and general health will be. There are several self-reported and randomised studies that suggest that vaping is less harmless than smoking, can improve oral and general health of smokers - and even help people stop smoking completely. But, additional long-term clinical and user-based studies are needed to validate the observations we’re beginning to see amongst our patients.
Even though we don’t have the evidence to back this up, we are starting to see signs that vaping, like smoking, is harmful to your teeth, gums and mouth. And, we are seeing an increasing number of teenagers who have never smoked who are now vaping – thinking it isn’t harmful to their dental and overall health.