Bad breath, yellow teeth, and bleeding gums are just a few of the adverse effects on oral health that switching to vaping can help improve, according to new research. For smokers who are overly reluctant to visit the dentist for fear of receiving yet another lecture on the dangers of smoking, a report recently published by Italy’s Research Institute Tecnologica offers some very positive news.
The study entitled Crosstalk between oral and general health status in e-smokers documents how a group of scientists completed a 120-day clinic trail involving some 350 participants with histories of smoking. The participants were divided into two groups. Group One consisted of smokers of less than 10-years and Group Two was comprised of smokers of over 10-years. The scientists then asked all respondents to switch to vaping (without dual usage) while monitoring several biomarkers associated with oral health including plaque levels, occurrences of bleeding gums, and other deviations.
- Of the original 350-members, only 110 completed the full 120-day trail. Those who did not successfully make a complete transition from smoking to vaping were immediately disqualified.
- On a scale of 0-3, 85% of Group One demonstrated diminished plaque index levels, dropping from an average rate of 2 at the study’s commencement to near zero at its conclusion.
- 73% of Group Two began the trail with plaque index scores of 2. After 120-days, 87% exhibited scores of zero.
- 82% of Group One participants no longer exhibited signs of bleeding gums at the end of the trail compared to 98% of Group Two respondents.
- 71% of participants even rated their overall physical health as “better’ or “quite better.”
- 78% claimed to have experienced substantial improvements in respiratory health, as well.
The Italian study is published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI). According to its co-authors, one of the driving factors behind the research was to determine if dentists should begin recommending that their patients switch to vaping to improve oral health.
“In our role of highly experienced physicians in the field of oral medicine, we want to highlight how the switching from combustible to e-cigarette can represent a valid support toward a clear improvement in some specific oral health parameters, leading also to overall benefits toward patients’ wellbeing.”
Increased plaque levels is a common factor that can lead to cavities, chronic bad breath, gum disease, and even gingivitis which can lead to a multitude of additional physical ailments. What the Italian study has shown is that switching to vaping from smoking can help to improve nearly all areas of oral health and within a very short amount of time, too.