WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) — E-cigarettes can cause tooth decay, among other health hazards, new research suggests.
E-cigarettes seem to promote tooth decay, which can lead to tooth loss if not treated quickly, experts say.
“If you smoke e-cigarettes, be aware that they can have detrimental effects on your oral health,” said the principal investigator. Dr. Ilsa KarinaAssistant Professor of Comprehensive Care, Tufts University School of Dentistry, Boston.
“If you smoke an e-cigarette, be sure to tell your dentist about this because it may be important to customize your prevention routine to be a little more aggressive than you would do for the average patient.” Because no,” she said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9.1 million adults and 2 million teenagers use tobacco-based e-cigarette products in the United States. It is very likely that you have tooth decay.
For this study, Ilsa and her colleagues analyzed data from more than 13,000 patients treated at Tufts Dental Clinic between 2019 and 2022. All were over her 17 years of age.
Although most patients did not smoke e-cigarettes, researchers found that 79% of those who did use e-cigarettes had an increased risk of tooth decay, compared to about 60% of patients who did not use e-cigarettes. .
According to Ilsa, e-cigarettes can increase the risk of tooth decay because the sugar content and stickiness of the vape liquid stick to your teeth.
E-cigarettes change the microbiome in your mouth, making it more friendly to the bacteria that cause tooth decay. E-cigarettes also seem to encourage cavities in areas where they don’t normally occur, such as the bottom edge of the front teeth, she noted.
Several lab studies have found that vapors from e-cigarette liquids promote bad bacteria in the mouth.
“The bacteria that actually cause spoilage when exposed to this vapor appear to be more virulent and more aggressive, allowing them to survive even under more intense conditions.
“For e-liquids, we see the same health problems with gum that we see with cigarettes,” she said.
“Just like from a gum point of view, from a tooth point of view, if you have major cavities, doing nothing will only make them worse. It will be,” Ilsa explained.
Dentists should regularly ask about e-cigarette use as part of a patient’s medical history, she said. This includes teens, as we found that nearly 8% of teens admit to using e-cigarettes.
Vapors should maintain a strict regimen of brushing and flossing, using prescription-strength fluoride toothpastes and rinses, and fluoride treatment. Irusa said they need to get
Patricia Foran is Northwell Health Center for Tobacco Control In Great Neck, N.Y., she said, “Although this study had some limitations, such as a small sample size, the association between dental caries and e-cigarette use should be considered by potential and current e-cigarette users.” This is a matter of concern.
Folan said there is a growing body of research showing that e-cigarettes aren’t as safe as they’re advertised. “E-cigarettes are associated with high levels of addiction as well as heart and respiratory disease. Additional research will help confirm the impact of e-cigarettes on dental health,” she said. added.
“Health care providers, including dentists, should ask all patients about tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, advise them to quit, and provide resources to do so,” Foran said. These resources should include information about smoking cessation medications, as well as local programs and smoking cessation lines, she noted.
The report was published online on November 23rd. Journal of American Dental Association.
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Source: Karina Irusa, DDS, Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Care, Tufts University, School of Dentistry, Boston. Patricia Folan, DNP, RN, Director, Clinical Programs, Center for Tobacco Control, Northwell Health, Great Neck, NY; Journal of the American Dental Association, November 23, 2022, online