We’ve all heard the horror stories about exploding vape pens but there are some much more common side-effects of vaping that users should be aware of too. Whether you have a full set of healthy natural teeth or have had dental work done in the past, we’ve compiled a checklist of things for you to watch out for if you’re a vaping fan.

While e-cigarettes and vapes were initially promoted as a “safe” alternative to tobacco, dentists are now beginning to see more patients presenting with oral conditions rising from or made worse by regularly use of vape pens.

Nicotine, blood flow & tooth loss

Vaping is primarily a delivery system for getting nicotine into our blood streams. Whether it comes from traditional or e-cigarettes, nicotine causes our blood vessels to narrow slightly and as any dentist can tell you, this has a big impact within the mouth. Without their full natural supply of blood, our gums can recede over time. Gum recession is unfortunately, not reversible and if left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss.

E-Juice chemicals damage tooth enamel

Even those rare people opting for zero nicotine puffs are exposing themselves to some hefty damage in the long run. E-Juice typically contains one or both of Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine (VG). PG is safe enough on its own but in the mouth it breaks down into chemicals that damage and wear away at the protective enamel on our teeth. VG, also safe on its own, creates a sticky layer on our teeth which is perfect for bacteria and other debris to latch on to.

Vaping causes dry mouth & impairs healing

Regular users undergo a considerable drop in saliva production which leads to dry mouth, putting them at further risk of tooth decay, gum disease and (when the vapour wears off) really bad breath! Denture wearers especially should be careful because dry mouth can lead to a vicious cycle of denture sores which will take even longer to heal because of the vaping.

How to minimise dental damage from vaping

We already know the best way to avoid these issues is to stop vaping but given the addictive nature of nicotine and the relaxing nature of the routine, it may be preferable to minimise any damage while still being able to vape.

Our Dr Denti Mouthwash Tablets are a convenient way to keep your breath fresh and rinse residual PG, VG and other chemicals from your teeth to avoid decay. You should also bear in mind that as your teeth at increased risk of harm, you’ll need to pay special attention to your toothbrushing routine and make sure you’re using an effective product like our Dr Denti Toothpaste Tablets.

As you chew, tablet granules get worked into all the nooks and crannies of the mouth before fizzing up into a gloriously thick foam for an unbeatable clean without the mess. Plus they contain enough fluoride to rank them alongside premium traditional pastes for fighting off tooth decay.

Dr Denti Mouthwash & Toothpaste Tablets can be purchased from local chemists, stores and online retailers. For more information on the Dr Denti Range and where to buy, email or call us 01474 650 618.