Vaping & Bleeding Gums

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  1. Foofighter

    Foofighter Full Member

    Apr 9, 2012
    London UK
    Hi all,

    6 weeks into vaping now and have all but stopped smoking cigarettes now ( just the occasional sneaky one when i'm out )

    I've experienced the menthol mouth syndrome but also another possible side effect which is bleeding gums. has anyone else had this issue? Why I think it's related is that just when I stopped smoking and started vaping I went to the dentist who gave me a clean bill of health for both teeth and gums so just wondering whether the two could be connected. Hoping i'm wrong but always good to check.

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  3. frosting

    frosting Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2011
    Bleeding gums is a known side effect of quitting smoking. Some dentists have determined this. It may also be a vitamin C deficiency as well. It should go away but if it persists even with the extra vitamin C, I would see your dentist about it if possible.
  4. Chrissie

    Chrissie Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Hello & welcome Foofighter from another UK member :)

    As you will find in the links Casswife has given you, bleeding gums is a symptom of giving up smoking & your dentists will confirm that.
  5. Chrissie

    Chrissie Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Lol Frosting, hope you don't think I was ignoring your post, it wasn't there when I opened the thread :)
  6. bodrell

    bodrell Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2010
    At my last dental cleaning (early March) I commented to the dentist that despite decades of smoking and sometimes lacksadaisical dental care, my gums never bleed at all. He told me smoking inhibits bleeding - so perhaps it's not the presence of vaping, but the absence of smoking, that is the culprit?

    I'm not a dentist, don't play one on TV, so take what I say with a grain of salt but perhaps something to look into.
  7. leftfeild

    leftfeild Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    Since smoking reduces blood flow, you can have gum disease that doesn't show until your circulation improves (as will happen when you quit smoking). It's not that quitting smoking caused it, it's that it's more noticeable with better blood flow.

    Bleeding gums is usually a sign of gum disease. I would say to use mouthwash if you don't and brush your tongue.

    One other factor that is related to vaping is having a drier mouth - it affects the ph balance in your mouth to have less saliva and encourages germs. You could try chewing sugar free gum to keep saliva levels up and increase your water levels in general.

    My references are my mother and two sisters who are dental nurses and don't let me hear the end of it :facepalm:
  8. Foofighter

    Foofighter Full Member

    Apr 9, 2012
    London UK
    Thanks all, lots of good advice and links. Not too much to worry about but i'll keep an eye on things and maybe go back to the dentist if things don't clear up.

  9. Chrissie

    Chrissie Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Foo, one of the first people I recommended e-cigs to (coming up to 4 years ago) had bleeding gums so made an appointment with her private dentist. He just took one look in her mouth & said "well done on giving up smoking" :)
  10. Stormlark

    Stormlark Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 16, 2012
    My gums started bleeding about 3-4 days after my last cigarette. As others have said, it could be giving up analogs that's causing it.
  11. sidetrack

    sidetrack Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 1, 2011
    among the sea shells
    Actually, bleeding is mainly associated with gingivitis which is the early stage of periodontal disease and is reversible with good oral hygiene provided poor oral hygiene was the initial cause. There are several things that can cause gingivitis:
    Improper or lack of brushing and flossing
    hormonal imbalance
    dry mouth/mouth breathing
    poor diet/nutrition/lack of sleep
    trauma...............just off the top of my head.
    Stay away from alcohol mouthwashes they are too drying. Since you just had an appointment with your DDS I would suspect gingivitis. Up your brushing and flossing to at least 2 X day and try a warm salt water rinse after and see if that helps. In this day and age you don't see much Vit. C deficiency (Scurvy) but I would get a time release one to help with the healing process as Vit C is a building block to repairing tissue. I am not a DDS but I have been a RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) for about 35 yrs. If the bleeding persists more than 10 days I would suggest another visit to your DDS/Hygienist for further examination.
  12. frosting

    frosting Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2011
    ;) I'm quick like that.... sometimes lol no biggie.
  13. Mr.Mann

    Mr.Mann Visit the PIF Sub-Forum Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 30, 2011
    Detroit, Mi

    I was going to try and say this, but couldn't have said it better!
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