Vaping: A Way to Increased Microbial Activity Inside Your Mouth?

Highlights:

  • 20% high school and 5% of middle school students are vaping
  • CDC points out almost half of traditional smokers turn to vaping

A recent study conducted in New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry and published in iScience has found out that smoking E-cigarettes or Vaping as popularly known, causes increased microbial activity that may lead to infections.

As the study points out vaping leads to a change in the bacteria found in the mouth, also known as oral microbiome. This change in oral microbiome’s causes a significantly higher risk of oral infections as compared to cigarette smokers or nonsmokers.

According to the study vaping may cause a number of oral ailments including heart disease, tooth decay and bad breath (halitosis) to diabetes, and even cancer.

This has caused a significant amount of concern in the oral health industry as a large number of people are turning to E-Cigarettes. People are often misguided by the belief that vaping is a low risk alternative an compared to conventional cigarettes.

CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has pointed out that nearly 55% of former smokers and present 48% of cigarette smokers have over the time turned to vaping as an option to consume nicotine without the rest of the harmful chemicals involved. Many of the first-time smokers today directly start with E-Cigarettes with more than 20% of the high school students indulging in vaping.

Recently there have been many reports that toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, used for its anti-freezing properties, and also the use various aldehydes may be a cause of cancer for E-cigarette users.

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