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New study suggests e-cigarettes are damaging to oral health

24/11/2016  |  Tags: dental laser tips, dental laser,
If you think choosing e-cigarettes over conventional cigarettes is better for your oral and overall health then a new study suggests you might have to think again.

A University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center study suggests that e-cigarettes, which have given rise to the vaping craze, are every bit as damaging to a person's teeth and gums as their more traditional counterparts.

Irfan Rahman, Ph.D, professor of Environmental Medicine at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, quoted on News Medical Life Sciences, indicated that e-cigarettes trigger damaging responses in the body each time they are consumed.

"We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins, which in turn aggravate stress within cells, resulting in damage that could lead to various oral diseases. How much and how often someone is smoking e-cigarettes will determine the extent of damage to the gums and oral cavity."

It appears that flavourings used in the e-cigarettes also play a part in how damaging the effects are, and the inclusion of nicotine in the cocktail of chemicals used in the conventional cigarette substitutes remains an issue given its like to the development of gum disease.

As a first step, Rahman says that manufacturers should fully disclose all the materials and chemicals used in e-cigarettes so consumers are better aware of the dangers of consuming these products.

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