Michigan dentist says vaping may negatively impact dental health

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (WILX) - Officials say it’s becoming more common among people and people trying to quit smoking to turn to vaping. Now, a Michigan dentist says things like vaping an E-cigarettes can have a negative impact on dental health.

Most E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, it can harm brain development and dental health in people.

Doctor Zareena Banu of Grand Blanc has been a dentist for more people who vape over the past few years and E-cigarette use among teens is also growing.

"Nicotine is something that constricts your blood vessels and it causes decrease in blood flow to the gum tissue,” said Dr. Banu. “So that actually puts you at a risk of getting gum disease which is caused periodontal disease. And also, your mouth feels dry and that can cause dry mouth and eventually cause tooth decay."

Doctor Banu says another issue with teens is they don’t know how much they can vape so they just do it every few hours. When that happens, Dr. Banu says teens are not letting saliva work on their teeth, on top of constantly giving them nicotine and having dry mouth.

Dr. Banu says this can also lead to cavities and other dental conditions.

There are also signs of gum disease risk, the most common symptoms are ongoing bad breath, bleeding gums and the loss of teeth.

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