Are you one of those people who switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping?
Maybe you made the switch to vaping for the health benefits, maybe it’s because you like treating yourself to a new vape-y flavour whether it be toffee, cherry or blueberry muffin, or maybe you bowed to peer pressure after someone asked ‘do you even vape, bro?’ a few too many times. If you do vape, bro, that’s cool.
Is it really better for you?
Vaping, in comparison to smoking cigarettes does have its bonuses. You don’t get the nasty ‘fag-ash breath’, your clothes don’t smell, your hair doesn’t smell, and it doesn’t send your nails that horrible yellow way. We can totally see why people are making the switch. But then again, those who vape often look like puff the magic dragon as they walk through the street and choke everyone with your chocolate orange vape clouds.
Does it stain your teeth as badly?
If there is one big benefit of making the switch from smoking to vaping, it’s the appearance of your teeth. By opting to vape instead, your teeth won’t stain as badly as they normally would with cigarettes. Vaping does not stain your teeth unless you use a vaping liquid that contains tar or colourings. Avoid coloured or tar-based vaping liquids wherever possible.
However, that doesn’t mean your teeth while be bright and white. When the main staining ingredient of tar is gone, the nicotine contained in e-cigarettes can still turn the teeth an unsightly yellow hue. Nicotine is actually colourless, but it turns yellow when it is mixed with oxygen molecules.
Things to consider:
It’d be easy for us to sit here and say ‘just give up’ but we know quitting a habit is easier said than done. Instead, consider a few things:
Nicotine can make you more prone to gum disease, receding gums, halitosis and tooth sensitivity.
Look into giving up whether you smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes. We know it’s hard! Do your research, and use free services such as the NHS’ ‘Smokefree’ website and groups. Find out more info here. Little steps could make a big difference.
Don’t skip out on oral health at home. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash is incredibly important to maintain good oral hygiene in between dental visits.
Avoid staining liquids like red and white wine, teas, and coffees, as well soft drinks with dark colourings.
Booking a dental appointment! Make sure you’re seeing your dentist regularly, particularly if you are a smoker! You can do so by clicking here or clicking the banner below.