EVIDENCE GROWS FOR VAPING’S ROLE IN GUM DISEASE
Gum disease affects nearly half of U.S. adults over 30 years of age. Smoking cigarettes is a known risk factor for developing gum disease, but less is known about the impact of e-cigarettes — which vaporize nicotine and other chemicals — on oral health, especially the long-term consequences of vaping.
A key indicator of gum disease is clinical attachment loss, measured by gum ligament and tissue separating from a tooth’s surface, leading the gum to recede and form pockets. These pockets are breeding grounds for bacteria and can lead to more severe gum disease.
In a study of the same participants the research team found that clinical attachment loss was significantly worse only in the e-cigarette smokers — not non-smokers and cigarette smokers — after six months.
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