Bad stuff on this: Vaping causes your teeth to ROT, study finds

People who vape are more at risk of developing cavities in their teeth, a new study warns.

After inhalation, the sticky and sugary contents of the evaporation liquid stick to the teeth and cause all the damage.

The fluid also changes the microbiome of the mouth, making it more hospitable to bacteria that cause tooth decay.

And vaping seems to promote tooth decay in places it doesn’t normally occur, such as the underside of the front teeth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 9.1 million U.S. adults and two million teens use tobacco-based vaping products, meaning many vulnerable teeth across the country.

The CDC also reported that 7.6 percent of 11- to 18-year-olds used e-cigarettes in 2021.

People who vape are more at risk of developing cavities in their teeth, scientists warn (stock image)

According to a large study, the average teen vaper starts using e-cigarettes at just 13 years old.  An analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has exposed the country's e-cigarette epidemic.  The results are based on a new analysis of survey data - originally published last month - that involved 150,000 responses from American teens ages 12 to 18 from 2014 to 2021.  It suggests that vape devices have become the gateway to nicotine addiction, with nearly 80 percent of users saying their first experience was with e-cigarettes.  This figure has remained consistent since 2019 and started to increase from about 40 percent in 2016

According to a large study, the average teen vaper starts using e-cigarettes at just 13 years old. An analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has exposed the country’s e-cigarette epidemic. The results are based on a new analysis of survey data – originally published last month – that involved 150,000 responses from American teens ages 12 to 18 from 2014 to 2021. It suggests that vape devices have become the gateway to nicotine addiction, with nearly 80 percent of users saying their first experience was with e-cigarettes. This figure has remained consistent since 2019 and started to increase from about 40 percent in 2016

Chronic pain: HALF of dentists say patients get high for dental appointments with marijuana

According to a shock survey, half of doctors have been forced to treat a patient high on marijuana or other drugs.

The American Dental Association (ADA) said this was due to more states legalizing the drug and warning that using it before an appointment “may affect treatment.”

Experts said patients who got high may be “stressed out,” with nearly half of medics in a survey telling them to limit medical care for these individuals.

Dr. Tricia Quartey, a New York-based dentist and spokeswoman for the ADA, suggested that using marijuana before an appointment can make patients struggle to make informed choices about their care. Previous research has also suggested they need more anesthesia because the drug makes them more sensitive to pain.

An ADA survey found that half of medics said high patients left them with no choice but to “limit” treatment.

Dr. Quartey said: ‘Marijuana can lead to increased anxiety, paranoia and hyperactivity, which can make the visit more stressful.

“It can also increase heart rate and has unwanted respiratory side effects, increasing the risk of using local anesthetics for pain management.”

She added: ‘Moreover, the best treatment options are always those that dentist and patient decide together. A clear head is essential for this.’

This year in the UK, 8.6 per cent of young people aged 11-18 said they vape occasionally or regularly. This is a four percent jump in 2021.

In recent years, public awareness has increased about the dangers of vaping to systemic health – especially after vaping device use has been linked to lung disease.

Dr. Karina Irusa, assistant professor of comprehensive care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, USA, and lead author of the study, said: ‘Some dental studies have shown an association between e-cigarette use and elevated markers for gum disease, and , separately, damage to the enamel of the tooth, the outer shell.

“But there has been relatively little emphasis on the intersection between e-cigarette use and oral health, even by dentists.” The research team analyzed data from more than 13,000 patients over the age of 16 treated at Tufts dental clinics between 2019 and 2022.

The team found that while the vast majority of patients did not vape, there was a significant difference in the risk of cavities between those who used them and the control group.

The data showed that 79 percent of vaping patients had a high risk of getting cavities, while about 60 percent of the control group had a similar risk.

The vaping patients were not asked if they used devices containing nicotine or THC, although nicotine is more common.

The researchers recommend treating people who vape much more strictly to prevent cavities.

This may include prescription fluoride toothpaste and fluoride rinse, fluoride applications in the office, and checkups more often than twice a year.

Dr. Irusa believes these new findings may be just a hint of the damage vaping causes to the mouth.

She said: ‘The magnitude of the effects on dental health, particularly on tooth decay, is still relatively unknown. At the moment I’m just trying to create awareness.’ She added: “It’s important to understand that these are preliminary data.

“This is not 100 percent conclusive, but people should know what we see.”

Dr. Irusa and her team now want to take a closer look at how vaping affects the microbiology of saliva to continue their research.

She said: ‘It takes a lot of time and money to treat dental caries (the dental term for cavities), depending on how bad it gets.

“Once you’ve started the habit, you’re still at risk for secondary caries, even if you get fillings.” It takes an aesthetic toll.

“It’s a vicious circle that won’t stop.” A previous study, published in the journal PLOS one, compared e-cigarettes to gummy candies and acidic drinks.

It reported: ‘Certain e-liquid ingredients interact with hard tissues of the oral cavity in such a way as to resemble sucrose-rich candies and acidic drinks that adversely affect teeth.’

The current study is published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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