New Study Shows Link Between Vaping and Caries

This new study from Tufts University has found a link between the use of electronic cigarettes or “vaping” and caries risk.

A new study from Tufts University has shown the link between vaping and caries risk. Authors of the study Karina F Irusa, BDS, MS, Matthew Finkelman, PhD, Britta Magnuson, DMD, Terence Donovan, DDS, and Steven Eisen, DMD, examined the use of e-cigarettes and “vapes” and associated caries risk. They used the Caries Management by Risk Assessment tool to observe 13,098 patients who attended dental school clinics from the beginning of January, 2019 through the beginning of January, 2022.

The study found that 79.1% of the e-cigarette or vape group were in the high caries risk category, demonstrating the potential danger of vaping in relation to caries prevention. It was done with patients ranging from ages 16-40+. The authors concluded and recommend that the question of vaping should here on be included in the dental-medical history questionnaire and the risk factors in patients.

This study can be found online through The Journal of the American Dental Association.