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Is Vaping Bad for Your Teeth?

It is well-known that those who smoke or chew tobacco have dental health issues. People who even smoke moderately suffer from yellowing of teeth. However, those who smoke frequently also experience tooth decay and other oral health issues. However, what about vaping? Is vaping bad for your teeth?

We would like to answer this question directly before going into details. Vaping is not likely to harm dental health. It is not bad for your teeth. CBD vape pens is an entirely different thing from tobacco smoking or nicotine vapes. Vaping does not even produce smoke. Instead, it produces vapour.

Vaping is Not Bad for Your Teeth

The vapour produced by vapes has almost nothing in common with tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke is created by burning organic materials or, mainly, tobacco leaves. This produces tar, CO, and many toxins, causing yellowing of teeth and other dental health issues.

However, vapes produce vapour by heating alcohol sugars like Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine (VG). Remember that vape pens do not burn PG or VG; instead, they heat them to produce the vapour. PG and VG act as carriers for other aromatic compounds and CBD that may also be present in vape pens.

Similarly, vape pens work by heating active ingredients like CBD or even nicotine. But it never burns them. This means that although vaping and smoking may look similar, they differ. In vaping, there is no smoke. It produces harmless vapour.[1]

In vape pens, the coil is heated in a controlled manner. This is vital to ensure it does not burn any ingredients. Thus, the coil temperature of vape pens is not like that achieved during combustion.

Just take the example of a cigarette. It is lighted. This produces, on average, a temperature of about  650°C. Yes, those are incredibly high temperatures. However, it is impossible to produce smoke and inhale nicotine without burning tobacco.[2] But, this burning also produces so much tar, smoke, and hundreds of toxins.

For comparison, vape coils are heated from 200°C to 250°C. It is essential not to overheat the vape coil to avoid the burning of vape juice. Burning of vape juice would destroy active ingredients and reduce flavour. Therefore, if you experience burnt flavour, it means changing the coil is necessary.

Can CBD Vaping Cause Bad Teeth

Of course, vaping may sometimes also cause dental health issues, though the chances are slim. High-quality vapes are not likely to cause any dental health issues. It is worth understanding that, as a rule, vaping would not cause severe dental health issues or yellowing of teeth. Such issues may only occur by using poor-quality vape pens or e-juices. This is more likely to occur due to contaminants.

In very rare cases, CBD vaping may cause dry mouth or xerostomia however CBD is not addictive. Saliva plays a vital role in maintaining oral health by neutralizing acids, flushing out bacteria, and aiding in digestion. A lack of saliva can result in an increased risk of tooth decay, gum problems, and bad breath.

Though the staining potential of vape pens is extremely low, it is not nil. It is more likely to occur due to certain additives. Thus, if you experience staining due to vaping, we recommend changing the brand and switching to another vape pen or e-juice.

In rare instances, certain flavours may also promote bacterial growth. However, it is highly unlikely to occur, as most flavours have rather antimicrobial properties.

How To Prevent Bad Teeth When Vaping

Though there are very few chances of harm to dental health with vaping, some people might still face issues. However, following some simple guidelines may help prevent bad teeth in most instances.

Stay Hydrated:

To counteract dry mouth, stay well-hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water can help maintain saliva production and prevent the development of a dry oral environment.

Choose High-Quality Products:

Select reputable CBD vape products that are free from harmful additives, artificial flavourings, and other potentially damaging substances. Look for products that provide third-party lab test results to ensure quality.

Good Oral Hygiene:

Maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine is key to preventing dental issues. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and consider using an alcohol-free mouthwash. Regular dental check-ups are also essential to monitor your oral health and address any emerging issues promptly.

Rinse After Vaping:

After a vaping session, rinse your mouth with water. This can help remove any residue from the CBD vape liquid and reduce the risk of staining.

The Bottom Line

Vaping is much safer than tobacco smoking and thus does not cause bad teeth like tobacco smoking or chewing. Moreover, vapes produce vapour and not smoke. If you don't like the flavour of CBD then we suggest trying nicotine free vapes, as zero nicotine vapes are much safer then vapes with CBD. 

While there are potential concerns about the impact of vaping, including CBD vaping, on oral health, it's important to remember that maintaining good oral hygiene practices and making informed choices can significantly reduce these risks.

References

  1. What is Vaping? | Texas DSHS [Internet]. [cited 2023 Oct 19]. Available from: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vaping/what-is-vaping.
  2. Ermala P, Holsti LR. On the Burning Temperatures of Tobacco*. Cancer Research. 1956;16:490–495.
Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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