Vaping: How it Affects Your Oral Health

Vaping: How it Affects Your Oral Health

In the past decades, research has proven that cigarette smoking is bad for your health. The most obvious damage it can cause is in your oral health: tooth decay, bad breath, gum disease and worst of all mouth cancer.

Today, more people are using e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking. It is reported in 2014 that more than 9 million adults are vaping in the US. Vaping is considered to be safer than conventional smoking but because this alternative is relatively new to the market, little is known about it’s long-term effects.

While e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, most juices still contain nicotine and all the health problems associated with it. Nicotine contributes significantly to the development of gingivitis and periodontitis, which causes bad breath and gum inflammation. It also reduces the amount of blood that flows through your veins, which prevents your gums from getting enough oxygen and nutrients. Nicotine is also a stimulant that can cause teeth grinding.

Research also shows that vaping can cause mouth and throat irritation. A 2018 Study found that people who vape had more bacteria in their teeth than those who don’t. The same study suggests that flavored e-cigarette juices have similar properties to high-sucrose candy and drink that increases the risk of cavities.

In addition, some juices use flavorings that can also lead to cellular damage in your mouth. The base liquids found in some vape juices, particularly propylene glycol, can be linked to mouth dryness, which is associated with bad breath, mouth sores and tooth decay.

If you choose to vape, it is important to make an extra effort in taking care of your oral health:

  • Limit your nicotine intake, use 0 or low nicotine juices to limit the negative effects of nicotine.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day to help prevent cavities and promote gum health.
  • Drink water after you vape to avoid dry mouth and floss before bed.

 However, Dr. Sahf is not advocating smoking or vaping, he would actually recommend not at all. 

Additionally, Dr. Sahf & Team recommends scheduling regular dental visits to help monitor your oral health and reduce your risk of having gum disease and other dental problems at part of a complete oral hygiene routine.

Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 692-2130.

About Your Longevity

Tooth Loss & Your Longevity:
How many teeth have you lost?


Did you know that the number of teeth you have could tell you
how long you’ll live?

Research has shown that the number of teeth we lose can be an indication to our quality of life and how long we might live. And what’s pretty interesting, studies report that if a person has a full set of teeth by the time they are 74 years old, they are more likely to reach 100 years old.

Other aspects that are directly related to tooth loss is the amount of “stress” during a person’s lifetime. Types of stress includes:

  • Chronic disease

  • Genetics

  • Lifestyle choices

  • Nutritional choices

  • Social experiences

  • Emotional health

  • Economic situation

  • and even the person’s Educational experiences

Studies suggest if a person who loses five or more teeth by the age of 65, they are more likely to suffer from other serious health issues such as osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease – all which could take a toll on a person’s life expectancy.

Tooth loss can be caused by situations out of our control, such as injuries or genetics. However, tooth loss is mostly caused by reasons within our control, such as smoking or poor oral hygiene, which are causes for gum disease which leads to tooth loss.  

Dr. Sahf & Team recommend cutting back on sugary foods and beverages, brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and schedule regular dental visits to keep as many teeth throughout your life to live a longer healthier life.  

Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 692-2130

Filling In Your Gaps

Have you ever considered dental implants?

Do you have gaps in your smile that hinder your self-confidence, or create challenging issues with eating and speaking from having an incomplete set of teeth? The loss of even a couple of teeth can cause other teeth to shift. This results in unevenly spaced teeth (a poor bite), and may cause headaches or grinding in your sleep that damages your teeth. Fortunately, there are many options including dental implants, implant dentures or implant bridges, that can restore your bite and appearance

What are Dental Implants? 
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are positioned into the bone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. They also look and feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

How do Dental Implants Work?
They provide stable support for artificial teeth, and dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or move around in your mouth — an important benefit when eating and speaking.

Ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not an option for some people due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.

Are you a good candidate for Dental Implants?

The ideal candidate for implants is someone who:

  • Has healthy gums and oral tissue.

  • Follows a daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash.

  • Have sufficient bone mass to support the placement of dental implants.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or want to ask Dr. Sahf if you are an ideal candidate, call us today at 692-2130, to schedule an office visit.

3 Ways Holiday Stress Can Affect Your Teeth


Holiday Food, and More Holiday Food

Holiday parties and family festivities mean increased amounts of alcohol and sugary food consumption. Years of research has shown that the foods you eat and how often you eat them can affect your teeth.  Foods that contain sugar of any kind can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. You are at risk for stressing your teeth out during the holidays when you consume more:

  • Sodas and alcohol
  • Sweetened fruit drinks
  • Non-nutritious snacks
  • Candies and cookies
  • Foods high in carbohydrates and starches

And you may not realize, increased stomach acid that cause heartburn and reflux put you at a greater risk for tooth erosion and periodontal problems. Dentists are often the first health care professionals who notice a potential acid reflux problem in a patient. Your dentist may notice tooth erosion or other oral signs.

So, give your teeth a gift during the holidays by giving them a little extra attention.  Grab the carrots and dip instead of another candy cane, brush more often, and floss extra.

Holiday Travel

Changes in air pressure while on a flight may cause some minor pain and discomfort for passengers with cavities and loose fillings or for those who have recently had dental work done, such as fillings, root canals, etc. This is different for everyone according to their teeth sensitivity, how close the dental work was to a nerve and pain tolerance.

To help lessen the pain, take a pain reliever (following the advice of your personal physician) before you fly. The anti-inflammatory properties of the drug will certainly help with any discomfort.

Holiday Stress

If you find that you are dealing with more stress than usual, there is a good chance that the health of your teeth and gums are affected. It is natural to experience some tension and anxiety at times. However, when you are exposed to situations that keep your cortisol levels elevated for a long period of time and the added stress of the holidays, the effects on the body can be staggering. Not only does your immune system become compromised, but so does your overall health.

The following symptoms could indicate you are stressed out and the effects of it have started to alter your oral health.

  • Teeth grinding
  • Canker sores
  • Dry cotton mouth feeling
  • Painful clicking or popping of the jaw

If you notice you are clenching or grinding your teeth, talk to a dental professional about a bite guard. With the New Year approaching, it is the perfect time to focus on relieving stress by getting enough sleep, breathing deeply and slowing down.  It is not only great for your teeth and oral care, but it is also best for your overall health.

Dr. Scott Sahf & Team wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tis the Season!!

The end of the year is approaching quickly!  Don’t let your insurance benefits go to waste!  Call 828-692-2130 to get your appointment on the schedule.  HURRY… the schedule is filling up fast!

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