Vaping can severely damage your TEETH causing cavities and other damage, dentists say – as the popularity of vapes surge
- A study has linked the use of vapes and e-cigarettes to tooth decay and cavities
- The research compared the dental records of patients visiting the same clinic
- There have been calls in Australia to introduce plain packaging for e-cigarettes
- More Aussies have been using vapes and e-cigarettes, especially young people
Research has revealed that vapes cause significant tooth decay as the popularity of vaping surges in Australia.
The number of 16 to 24-year-olds vaping has almost doubled in the past 12 months – but dentists are warning they have a ‘significantly’ higher risk of damaging their teeth and more likely to develop cavities.
The research involved looking at the dental records of 13,216 people visiting the same clinic and comparing results of those who used vapes with those who didn’t.
A new study from the US has linked the use of vapes and e-cigarettes with tooth decay and cavities (stock image)
Dr. Karina Irusa, who led the study and is an assistant professor of comprehensive care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, said the link was found by accident.
‘We stumbled upon this by accident, and then the more we learned about it, the more we thought, ‘OK, this could be a bad thing,’ she said.
She explained that the thick vape liquid, which is mainly comprised of glycerol and propylene glycol, sticks to teeth when people smoke and helps bacteria fester.
The study was published in the journal of the American Dental Association.
A similar study undertaken by researchers from the Australian National University and published in April found links between vaping and several negative health outcomes.
They included poisoning, seizures, addiction, trauma, burns and lung damage.
It comes as calls are made for plain packaging to be introduced for vapes and e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes (stock image)
Politicians have made calls for plain packaging to be introduced for vapes and e-cigarettes, like what was introduced for regular cigarette packets in 2012.
Former Liberal MP Malcolm Washer argued that vaping needs to be treated in the same way cigarette smoking has been due to the health risks it presents.
‘You looked like a half wit if you smoked, and that did more than any medical advice as people tend to ignore that but vaping has now become a big problem,’ Mr Washer told radio host Gary Adshead on WA radio station 6PR.
‘They’re making it (e-cigarettes) look attractive whereas you have a packet of cigarettes of course you’ve got some pretty horrible pictures on the front, and that plays a part.’
The use of vapes and e-cigarettes has risen drastically, with research published in April revealing 21.7 per cent of young people smoke
‘The biggest thing in my opinion is making vaping anti-social and to make people realise this product is dangerous.’
Data recorded from the Bureau of Statistics between the 2020 and 2021 financial year found that 9.1 per cent of Australian adults had used an e-cigarette or vape.
This figure is at 21.7 per cent for young people aged 18 to 24.