Study: Vaping Does Not Stain Your Teeth

A recent study published in the American Journal of Dentistry suggests some pretty incredible findings. While we know the negative effects of cigarettes on your health, we haven't had many opportunities to truly compare how cigarettes affect your health vs. e-cigarettes and vape juice. This study provides us a small glimpse into the effect of cigarettes and vapor products on your dental health; something that should be of paramount concern to anyone who is a current or former smoker.

While it's no fun to go to the dentist, it's actually very important. Your mouth is not only the place you put your food for sustenance, it's also the place in your body that's most exposed to germs and other bacteria. If you want to be healthy, keep your mouth healthy. That's not a saying, it's just the truth. This is why it's recommended that you brush twice a day and floss and use mouthwash. Not just to have a great smile, but to actually promote health and wellness in the rest of your body.

This study barrels right into one of the core arguments against cigarettes: they're extremely unhealthy for you. While vaping might not be "healthy", it is certainly healthier than smoking cigarettes. This study, in an effort to highlight this difference, shows some pretty drastic, and frankly appalling, changes to dental health after being exposed to just 5 days-worth of cigarette smoke (20 cigarettes a day).

Teeth exposed to Smoke/Vapor products. Top: Cigarettes, Middle: Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Products, Bottom: E-cigarette Vapor
Below is the explanation from the study provided by British American Tobacco. You can read that and draw your own conclusions based on the data presented:

It is well known that smoking cigarettes causes stains on teeth that cannot easily be removed by regular brushing, but little is known about such effects from NGPs. So scientists at BAT conducted in vitro teeth staining studies to compare the effect of an EC, BAT’s THP glo, and a reference cigarette (3R4F).

Tests were carried out on enamel blocks cut from bovine incisors. To mimic conditions in the mouth, the enamel blocks were first incubated with saliva to allow the formation of a pellicle layer, a protective protein film that normally forms on teeth. The enamel blocks were exposed to the particulate matter (isolated from the smoke/vapour) for 14 days and then whole smoke/vapour (equivalent to one pack of cigarettes per day) for 5 days.

The enamel samples were assessed before, during and after treatment; colour readings were determined by an independent laboratory using an established method involving a commercially available spectrophotometer and trained scientists.

Discoloration of enamel blocks exposed to cigarette smoke was apparent in as little as one day and continued to increase as the concentration of cigarette smoke increased. In contrast, exposure to vapour from the EC or THP resulted in little or no colour change that was comparable to the untreated controls. 

“Many studies have postulated that it is the tar in cigarette smoke that stains teeth. We now have a method where we can rapidly assess in the laboratory the level of enamel discoloration by cigarette smoke and vapour from our ECs and THPs,” explains Annette Dalrymple, a senior scientist at BAT R&D.

“The data generated from this study clearly shows that the EC and THP assessed caused minimal discoloration—very promising for consumers of our NGPs. However, further studies are required to understand the long-term effect on teeth staining and oral health when smokers switch to using NGPs.”

So, here we are. As new data pours in, in my opinion, it just becomes more and more clear that cigarettes really are as bad as they say, and that e-cigarette products are not nearly as unhealthy for you as smoking is.

That's it for today. We'll see you next week! Brush your teeth, and VAPE ON!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

BEST TANKS OF 2018!

How to Take Care of Your Vape in the Summer!

ENDS Products "Markedly Safer" Than Combustible Tobacco, ACS Reports