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Vaping and the oral cavity

What is everyone’s thoughts on “vaping” and the oral cavity? I am having more and more patients coming in to my office saying they are vaping. Some patients have said they have started using vapor to quit smoking, and some saying they are doing it because it is an enjoyable “hobby”. This is a somewhat newer thing people have starting doing. I am going to a continuing education class next month to learn more about it, but I’m just curious what my fellow hygienists think about this? What are some OHI you are giving for this?



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While using an eCig or vape pen doesn’t contain tobacco, it does contain nicotine. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which leads to lowered immune ability and ability to fight infection. Vaping can also cause xerostomia, irritation of the oral tissues, and can lead to “Popcorn Lung.” I’ve also seen eCigs exploding in people’s pockets, and even during use causing serious damage to the face and mouth. There is a lack of long-term studies on oral and physical health because eCigs simply haven’t been in use long enough to study this.
 
As hygienists, we should explain the risks to the patients and continue to provide cessation advice and resources, just like traditional cigarettes. I’m glad you are going to take a CE course about this topic! Here is an article that explains a bit more: https://www.dentalacademyofce.com/courses/3229/PDF/1612cei_Sherry-Vaping_web.pdf
 
Also, if you do a Google search for something like “eCigs oral health,” other good articles come up.

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