Heard about this new vaping trend? Or maybe you’ve witnessed your children or grandchildren using this alternative form of nicotine and wonder what it’s all about?
Check out the latest issue of the popular online publication “YOUR TEEN for Parents” for a periodontist’s view on vaping from our own Dr. Philip L. Fava II. In a guest author piece in this leading online source of information for parents raising teenagers, Dr. Fava writes about vaping and how it can result in oral consequences and affect our overall health.
In “Can Vaping Hurt Your Teen’s Smile?” Dr. Fava notes: “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes rose dramatically from 2.1 million to 3.6 million in the one-year period between 2017 to 2018. That’s disturbing news for dental professionals like myself whose goal it is to ensure the health of my patients’ teeth and gums.”
There aren’t a lot of studies out on vaping yet, but Dr. Fava agrees with the American Lung Association which says that there’s enough negative information on vaping to suggest that people should stop—or never start. Dr. Fava reminds us that only a third of all doctors believed that cigarettes caused cancer back in 1960, despite medical reports linking smoking to lung cancer as far back as the 1920s.
Drs. Fava and Levine are sure to ask you about your smoking habits when you come in for treatment. We care about your teeth – and your overall health!