There has been a steady rise in the number of adolescents who use tobacco. This epidemic has become a concern on a local level. Education is one of the most effective approaches to helping our young people understand the lasting consequences of engaging in these vices. Here at Kids 360 Pediatric Dentistry, we’re committed to guiding our patients and their families to having beautiful smiles that remain healthy for years to come. In addition to the other health concerns related to these habits, oral health implications cannot be ignored. Our team is here to answer your questions and explain the concerns your oral health faces when you smoke or vape.
Oral Health Implications of Adolescent Tobacco and Vaping Use
Both vaping and tobacco use have significant consequences for our oral health. While vaping has been promoted as a notably safer alternative to traditional smoking, there are still potential risks. Each of these habits has been tied to the development of a range of oral health issues ranging from cosmetic to potentially life-threatening. Some of these conditions are permanent, while others can be reversed with cosmetic or restorative treatments.
Adolescents who engage in smoking or vaping may experience the following consequences:
- Discoloration of the enamel
- Increased tartar and plaque build-=up
- Halitosis (Bad Breath)
- Slowed healing following dental procedures
- Gum Disease
- Oral cancer
Halitosis and tooth discoloration are minor concerns that are typically reversible or can be addressed through cosmetic or restorative treatments. While the increased build-up of tartar and plaque isn’t immediately harmful, it does provide a greater opportunity for tooth decay. Further, these biofilms are involved in developing gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Delayed healing times create a greater risk of complications, including the development of infections or the need for retreatment. While oral cancer is one of the more treatable forms of cancer, it is still a potentially life-threatening condition when caught early. This is increasingly true the longer it goes undiagnosed.
As with any health condition, early recognition of these signs is essential to preventing the further deterioration of your oral health. The most effective method of preventing these concerns is by minimizing activities or habits that endanger your oral health. Regular oral health visits are more important than ever for patients engaging in these vices. However, even professional cleanings aren’t necessarily going to be able to ensure that all of the risks mentioned above are avoided.
Protect Your Oral Health With Dental Healthy Choices Today
If you or one of your children are participating in vaping or tobacco use, come in to see our team today. We’ll explain the potential consequences and provide examples of those who have ignored the risks. Further, we can help you learn how to mitigate the risk to your oral health if you continue to engage in these vices. You can start by contacting our offices at (832) 271-6114 and scheduling your first appointment. Alternatively, you can stop by our clinic in Richmond, TX, and meet the team. We’ll give you a tour of the office and help you start making smart oral health choices today!