It has been said repeatedly that smoking cigarettes can cause a decline in your oral health. However, when people say this, they are usually talking a traditional tobacco cigarettes. There is a new cigarette that must be considered now, the e-cigarette.
E-cigarettes are “electronic nicotine delivery systems.” The devices emit a vapor containing nicotine that the user then inhales. E-cigarettes have risen in popularity, especially with young people and those who wish to quit smoking. Researchers are not entirely sure yet what health risks e-cigarettes cause, but they are working to find out more.
Several groups that are researching the effects of e-cigarettes were awarded over $2 million by The National Institute of Craniofacial Research in March.
While the effects of these devices are not yet certain, Registered Dental Hygienist Anastasia Turchetta believes that dental professionals need to be aware of wheter or not their patients smoke e-cigarettes and should look for any complications that may arise from use. To hear more of what Turchetta has to say about e-cigarettes, watch the video below.
Whether you are a smoker, e-cigarette user, or non-smoker, take care of your smile!