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Is vaping as harmful to teeth as smoking?

We’re well aware of the negative consequences of smoking: In addition to causing yellow teeth and stinky breath, smoking is a leading cause of gum disease and oral cancer.
But what about “vaping” with electronic cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices containing a metal heating element that vaporizes a solution containing a mixture of chemicals, including nicotine, natural flavors and other additives. Though it’s sometimes touted as a smoking cessation aid or a “safe” alternative to smoking, we just don’t know enough yet.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, “The effects of long-term exposure to e-cigarettes are completely unknown and present a potential oral cancer and periodontal disease risk for users, due to their higher exposure to these chemical mixtures.” We recommend that if you smoke or vape, quit! Talk to your physician or dentist about safe tobacco cessation measures.

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