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The dangers of E-Cigarettes

November 29, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health — atriumfamily @ 10:31 pm

There are many dangers that come along with an e-cigarette. Initial studies show that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and also may add in other harmful chemicals, including carcinogens and lung irritants. Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Nicotine inhalation inhibits your ability to produce saliva, which can leave you susceptible to bacteria buildup, dry mouth, and tooth decay.  Some studies show, bacteria and inflammation in your mouth are also linked to other problems, including heart attack and dementia, and may well jeopardize your overall health.  According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, if dry mouth is left untreated, severe tooth decay and gum disease can occur.  30 percent of all tooth decay in older adults is caused by dry mouth.

Although e-cigarettes seem like a better alternative to smoking, there is a lack of definitive research on the health effects and still much we can’t know for sure.  It is in your best interest to try to stay away.  If you need help finding a smoking cessation program, call us and we will be happy to direct you in the best way possible.

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