MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT ANNOUNCED ON THE EFFECT OF E-CIGARETTES ON ORAL HEALTH

Vaping is being marketed as a major improvement on smoking for those with the nasty habit but there is not much research into the long term effects of the practice on health, although evidence suggests it is better than cigarettes.

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We also know that smoking has a seriously adverse effect on oral health; causing inflammation and exacerbating periodontitis (gum disease) & perio-implantitis, which can lead to bone recession and loss of teeth and implants.

However what about the effects of vaping?

The New York University School of Dentistry has been awarded a four year grant to study these effects. The test group will be sub-divided according to e-cigarette type and number of cartridges used. Saliva and sub-gingival samples will be taken for examination over a six month period. They will also study regular smokers and non-smokers. Total numbers of participants will be 120.

Dr Deepak Saxena, one of the members of the project team, said: "“Based on compelling data from our preliminary research, we hypothesize that e-cig aerosol mixtures disrupt the oral cavity’s microenvironment, increasing vulnerability to periodontal disease,”

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, who awarded the grant, have made a number of grants available to investigate the effects of vaping on oral health.