In November of 2016, an article was published to Oncotarget about E-Cigarettes and the damage they cause to gums. This was the first-ever study conducted by Irfan Rahman, Ph.D, of Environmental Medicine; A Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
In recent years, E-cigarettes have increased in popularity with the impression that they are a “healthier alternative” to conventional cigarettes. The notion is that the vapors burned from an e-cigarette do not cause the same kind of harm that is caused by conventional cigarette smoke. However, this recent study has shown that the vapors burned from e-cigarettes aggravate cells in our gums by releasing inflammatory proteins. The damage from those aggravated cells can, in turn, lead to different oral diseases.
Depending on how much and how often a person smokes, determines the damage that may come with the use of e-cigarettes. Another culprit researchers found was that with the addition of flavorings to e-cigarettes, damage to cells may turn out to be even worse. E-cigarettes, like conventional cigarettes, also contain nicotine; nicotine is a major contributing factor of gum disease. Rahman states that more research needs to be done when it comes to the effects of e-cigarettes and would like manufacturers to disclose the chemicals used. His goal is for the consumer to be more informed about what they are inhaling and putting into their bodies.
Started in 2010, Oncotarget is a medical journal which covers research about oncology. It is published on a weekly basis by Impact Journals and aims to inform and educate everyone wanting to know more about medicine. Follow Oncotarget journal on Twitter.