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Tobacco use is causally associated with higher rates of tooth decay, receding gums, periodontal disease, mucosial lesions, bone damage, tooth loss, jaw bone loss and more. That is why the ADA is working with dentists, educators, public health officials, lawmakers and the public to prevent and, hopefully, eliminate the use of all tobacco products.
While the oral health effects of vaping are not fully studied, there is some evidence that vaping increases the likelihood that tobacco users will not be able to quit. There have also been anecdotal reports of orofacial damage when these devices have suddenly overheated, sometimes to the point of exploding.
Aside from the intended use of approved nicotine cessation products, the ADA discourages the use of all nicotine products made or derived from tobacco.
View the ADA's official policies on the oral health risks associated with products made or derived from tobacco.
If you are a patient, please visit MouthHealthy.org/vaping to learn how tobacco use and vaping can impact your oral health.
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Last Updated: July 23, 2021
View the ADA's statement on recent reports of vaping-related injuries and deaths.
View the free ADA webinar about the significant rise in youth vaping, the health implications and ways to address the problem. This is a recording from a 2019 webinar produced by ADA's Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention.