By Levin Simes
July 12, 2019

Vape Chemicals Damage Teeth: Dental Study

Does Vaping Damage Teeth?

Yes, according to a study published in Perio-Implant Advisory of common ingredients found in vaping juice. Vape juice (or e-juice) is primarily made with:

  1. propylene glycol,
  2. vegetable glycerin,
  3. flavoring, and
  4. nicotine.

Vaping is sold as a safe alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, but evidence of the long terms effects of smoking nicotine vapors remains to be studied. This study in a dental-medical journal focused on the oral effects of vaping on teeth and gums.

Effects of Vape Juice Propylene Glycol on Teeth

Propylene glycol (PG) is a chemical “generally recognized as safe” in ingested food, but long term effects of PG if inhaled are not fully known. PG was noted in the study to bond with saliva and tissue in the mouth, leading to dry mouth.  Dry mouth is a known cause of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

Effects of Vape Juice Vegetable Glycerine on Teeth

Vegetable Glycerine (VG) is a clear liquid made from palm, coconut, soybean or other vegetable oils. This product is generally considered “safe” for food and ingestion, but like PG, the long term effects in the lungs remain undetermined. While not as sweet as sucrose and other sugars, it still reduces hardness of enamel, particularly when combined with flavoring. The result is an environment where bacteria can adhere to teeth and form protective bio-film, leading to tooth decay.

Effects of Nicotine on Teeth

Nicotine is the main drug in vapor, the same as smoking a traditional cigarette.

Nicotine affects blood flow in oral tissue, also referred to as vasoconstriction. This reduced blood flow can mask tissue damage and can cause someone to both experience tissue damage and simultaneously not feel it (or even feel it is getting better as it only gets worse). Nicotine use increased tooth loss and gum disease.

Vape Injury Lawyer

Levin Simes represents those with vape injuries. We represent those burned by exploding vape batteries, families after a death from an exploding vape, and families dealing with JUUL addiction in minors after illegal marketing to children, and families dealing with dental damage from vape and vape juice marketed as “safe”. To contact our vape lawyers, start a chat, email or call us at (415) 426-3000.

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