There was a study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center. It revealed that e-cigarettes are as damaging as conventional cigarettes for gums as well as teeth. This was a study that was published in Oncotarget. The study was conducted by Irfan Rahman, who is a professor of Environmental Medicine. Currently, he is serving at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry. This was the first study of its kind that addressed the detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health. This was on cellular as well as molecular levels.
Oncotarget also maintained that electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity especially among the younger adults as well as current smokers. This is because they are perceived as an alternative that is much healthier to the conventional cigarettes. Earlier, the scientists were of the view that it was the chemicals in smoke from cigarettes that led to such adverse health effects. The scientific data, such as this study, is suggesting otherwise.
This study says that the burning vapors from e-cigarettes make the cells release proteins that are inflammatory. These tend to aggravate the stress in cells. It would lead to damage that results in several oral diseases. Rahman had published another study last year about the effects of e-cigarette vapors along with flavorings that damage lung cells. It also pointed to another study that was done earlier on the effects of pollution. It indicated that the amount and the way of smoking these e-cigarettes also plays a role in determining the amount of damage that will take place on the gums as well as oral cavity.
In this study, the human, gum tissue of a non-smoker was exposed to the e-cigarette vapors. It also showed that flavoring chemicals too played a crucial role in harming the mouth cells. Some flavorings damaged the cells more. The e-cigarettes have a battery, along with heating device too, as well as a cartridge that holds liquid. This liquid contains nicotine, besides flavorings, along with other chemicals. it is the battery that heats up this liquid. It releases vapors which tend to damage oral health.