Vaping and oral health

Using an e-cigarette is often called 'vaping'. E – cigarettes are devices designed to deliver an aerosol (vapour) by heating a solution that users breathe in.

The liquids or ‘vaping juice’ used may contain toxic chemicals as well as added flavourings. Some may contain nicotine even when they are labelled ‘nicotine free.’

In Australia, it is illegal to sell or buy nicotine for use in e-cigarettes. Nicotine is a dangerous poison under The Poisons Standard.

In most states and territories, it is also illegal to use e-cigarettes in places where smoking is illegal.

In recent times, the number of teenagers and young adults vaping has risen sharply. Vaping during the teenage years has been shown to increase the risk of traditional cigarette uptake in the future.

Vaping can cause long term damage to your teeth, mouth and gums.

Teeth exposed to vaping aerosol, increases the risk of dry mouth which can to lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

If you vape, it’s important to look after your teeth and gums:

  • Drink water after you vape - avoid dry mouth and bad breath by rehydrating after you vape.
  • Brush your teeth and gums in the morning and before bed at night – use Fluoride toothpaste.
  • Visit a dentist regularly – for early detection and treatment of any underlying dental problems. Make sure to tell your dentist if you have been vaping.

There is no evidence that vaping can help you quit smoking. If you want to give up smoking, call the Quitline on 13 78 48.