Research says electronic cigarettes increase the risk of gum disease. A study conducted at the University of Rochester in New York say aromas used in e-cigs can trigger inflammation and lead up to severe gum damage.
According to the scientific study, published in Oncotarget, toxic substances are found in e-cigarette vapors, many which are nanoparticles that can penetrate the epithelial cells in the mouth and gums, thus increasing the risk of cancer of the mouth. Leading the research team was Irfan Rahman, Ph.D, who said our natural defense mechanism decreases the levels of the most powerful antioxidant found in our oral cavity, leaving us vulnerable. The journal is peer reviewed and is published by Impact Journals.
Glutathione is produced by our body and helps with tissue repair. Scientists have found that reduced glutathione levels can cause several adverse effects, including an increased risk of cancer of the mouth, accumulation of heavy metals and the ability for toxi nanoparticles to penetrate oral tissues.
Most individuals believe the vapor is pure water. Contrary to what one is led to think, the vapor of electronic cigarettes is not only water. Although the vapor from e-cigs does not contain the ingredients from smoking traditional cigarettes, like tar, cells within the mouth and the respiratory tract are exposed to compounds produced by these e-cigarettes liquids.
The epithelial tissue is the first line of defense against bacterial infections in the mouth. Unfortunately, the vapors from e-cigarettes damage up to 18 percent of the epithelial tissues, after just one day of smoking.
The study that was published in Oncotarget goes on to say that even in the short term there is an increased risk of infection, inflammation and gum disease. In the long term, there’s a probable increase in the risk of cancer. Visit Oncotarget’s profile page at facebook.com
So who wins the race between electronic cigarettes and conventional cigarettes? Neither wins because both products contain toxic substances that can be harmful to the body. Breaking free from the addiction of smoking, and from any kind of addiction, may not be easy, but there are many benefits. While many individuals look to e-cigarettes to help quit smoking, this study warrants everyone to rethink techniques and treatments.