My Trip to the Dentist’s Office
I come from a long line of smokers from both sides of my family. With that said by mid-age, all of my family members have rotten teeth, in fact, my father has more fingers and toes than teeth in his mouth. We also didn’t have health or dental insurance either (yes rough childhood), and I actually didn’t get my teeth cleaned until I was 23; after my health insurance kicked in when I got my first job after college. Needless to say, my dentist was shocked at horrible my teeth were; she told me I was in danger of having gingivitis at an extremely early age. I wasn’t too particularly shocked considering my lack of dental appointments growing up and being a moderate smoker.
Throughout the next couple of years, I went through several periodontal cleaning treatments, cavities filled, and teeth removals. The dentist said it was going to be a very long and drawn out process as my teeth were in appalling shape. However, things took a turn for the better starting last year when I threw out my last pack of cigarettes. I dentist was shocked at how my gums have improved dramatically and how my teeth have whitened. That was after three months of switching to electronic cigarettes.
I went again last week, and the dentist was finally satisfied with my teeth and gums. You see until recently I had to make quarterly visits to see the dentist, but she was so satisfied with my progress that I no longer had to do so, and I can make bi-annual visits instead. I was, of course, ecstatic considering how much money I’ll be saving, and I get to end the family’s curse of rotten teeth.
My dentist wanted to know what I had changed to make such a drastic improvement in such a short amount of time. I, of course, told her I stopped smoking tobacco cigarettes and switched to electronic cigarettes instead. She, of course, had her reservations being in the medical profession could not legally recommend a treatment such as electronic cigarettes to a patient.
However, she was very impressed with the results nonetheless. She did warn me about the effects of nicotine and gum recession. I have one area in my teeth that has been recessing for a while and has not stopped. The nicotine causes my mouth to dry more quickly and since I can not stay hydrated long enough (I chain vape) my gums begin to recess. Her recommendation, of course, was to attempt to go nicotine free or try to stay hydrated for a longer period of time, but to my surprise she did not mention quitting electronic cigarettes, which for the lack of a better term is awesome!
Although any established medical association may never approve electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation method, if we take the science out of it for just one minute and look at it case by case, we will see an overwhelming number of positive results. From improved dental health, lung function, to simply just smelling better, every person who has made the switch has in one way, or another proved their quality of life.