What makes it so bad for oral health? –The ingredients in E-liquid
The first danger of e-cigarettes is associated with the carrier product known as propylene glycol (PG). It can be found in various edible items, such as liquid sweeteners, ice cream, and whipped dairy products.
When used orally through the process of vaping PG can be toxic to enamel and soft tissue. In addition, PG has a reaction with saliva in the mouth that can result dry mouth which has been shown to lead to an increase in cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Vegetable glycerin and flavorings
Vegetable glycerin (VG) is a colorless, odorless, viscous, and sweet-tasting liquid. It has a many uses of applications, including medical, pharmaceutical, and personal care. In the food industry, it serves as a solvent and sweetener. The combination of VG and flavorings in e-liquid can weaken the strength of enamel and cause cavity-causing bacteria to stick to your teeth causing rampant decay.
Although the percentage of nicotine is much lower (0.3%–1.8%) than traditional tobacco products, one electronic cartridge (200–400 puffs) can equal the smoking of two to three packs of regular cigarettes. The dangerous effects of nicotine on gum tissue are well known. Nicotine affects gingival blood flow as it is a vasoconstrictor. In addition, nicotine decreases connective tissue turnover. All of this results a much higher chance of developing gum disease and tooth loss.
Next: Vaping and Oral Health Part 3….End Results of Vaping and Effects on Oral Health