Studies have shown that heavy vaping among young people potentially could increase risk for periodontal disease later in life, and also can cause mouth and tongue ulcers. The American Dental Association has adopted an interim policy calling for a total ban on vape products that aren’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration for tobacco cessation purposes.

Last year, the American Dental Association called for best practices aimed at screening more patients for vaping and marijuana use. More than 60% of dentists nationwide say they already ask their patients about the use of vape products.

Deshield-Mayes, immediate past president of the North Carolina Dental Society Third District, said seemingly minor issues can lead to more serious oral health problems if not treated. She said it’s important that people see a dentist about every six months, and potentially more frequently if they’re heavy smokers or e-cigarette users.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022