E-cigarettes and Dental Health

While the battle still rages between those who say that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking and those who say it is just as dangerous, a new study shows that for oral health, at least, e-cigarettes are a definite hazard.

A recent study at the University of California shows that the aerosols used in e-cigarettes lowers the amount of healthy functioning keratinocytes.

Oral cells in e-cigarette smokers showed a definite increase in enzymes that cause inflammation and swelling. This has led dental researchers to believe that e-cigarettes pose an increased risk of periodontal disease and cancer.

New studies indicate that use of e-cigarettes among adolescents aged 14 to 19 is increasing by about five percent each year in the past three years.