Clearing the Air on Vaping and Oral Health

Vaping in Canada is on the rise, but it’s an activity that is far from risk free. Across North America, there is growing evidence of its harmful effects on both oral and overall health.

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by devices, such as e-cigarettes, vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), and e-hookahs. It can expose you to nicotine or THC, which may be addictive and have many adverse side effects, including lung damage, dry mouth, cavities, periodontal disease, and oral cancer.

Did you know?

  1. The e-liquid contained in vaping devices is made up of chemicals and compounds that may be harmful to your body.
  2. Many e-cigarette users are exposed to even more nicotine than found in regular cigarettes.
  3. Nicotine alters brain development in teenagers and can affect memory and concentration.
  4. Additional health risks include explosions, burn injuries, unintentional poisoning, second-hand vapour, and associated lung injury.
  5. Vaping is not recommended as a safe alternative to smoking.

Dental hygienists understand the oral and overall health risks associated with vaping and are prepared to discuss them with you during your regular dental hygiene appointments.

To join the vaping conversation, visit www.dentalhygienecanada.ca/vaping