A study published in Oncotarget has shown that electronic cigarettes are harmful to both teeth and gums. The damages caused by these types of cigarettes are similar to those brought about by traditional cigarettes. Irfan Rahman, PhD led the study. The scientist is a professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The study is the first ever to examine the effects of e-cigarettes on oral health both at molecular and cellular levels. The scientists conducted the study due to the increasing number of people who are embracing the product. The products’ popularity is the outcome of the perception that this type of cigarette is much healthier and the right alternative to the conventional cigarettes. The study has proven that this perception is not correct. Read more articles at Dovepress.com
Previously, scientists were convinced that the various chemicals found in cigarette smoke caused damages to gums and teeth of the smokers. This study has shown otherwise. Data collected from many studies have supported this new idea. According to a study undertaken by Rahman, the vapors from e-cigarettes are the prime causes of the damages. The vapors cause cells to release inflammatory proteins whenever it is exposed to the oral cells. The inflammatory proteins cause stress within the cell. This pressure can damage the cells and tissue leading to different types of oral diseases. The extent of the injuries to the oral cavity and the gums are determined by how often one smokes e-cigarettes. This information was originally published on urmc.rochester.edu as provided in the link below https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/4667/first-ever-study-shows-e-cigarettes-cause-damage-to-gum-tissue.aspx
During the study, gum tissues from non-smokers were exposed to e-cigarette vapors. The effects of the vapors on the tissues were then recorded. It was also noted that flavoring chemicals that are added to these cigarettes also plays a role in damaging gum tissues. Some flavors have more effects than others. Moreover, nicotine, which is contained in e-cigarettes, is also known to damage gum tissues.
Oncotarget is a weekly medical journal. It publishes peer-reviewed research papers from all aspects of oncology. The journal has published thousands of research papers since its inception in 2010. In addition, Oncotarget enjoys the services of two editors-in-chief, Mikhail Blasgosklonny and Andrei Gudkov. In 2015, the open access journal received an impact factor rating of 5.008.