Canker sores – those horrible swellings in your mouth that are unbelievably painful and have you crying for your Mom. You never had them when you smoked, but now you vape you get them. Is it the e-cigs fault?
Canker sores appear on the inner surface of the cheeks, lips and tongue, soft palate and base of the gums. They are white or yellow and are surrounded by a red inflamed area. The pain usually last 7-10 days, and they heal up within 3 weeks. There are several well known causes of canker sores: viral infections, lack of vitamins and minerals, hormonal changes and emotional stress, but is vaping one of them?
Quite a few people who have switched to electronic cigarettes and have given up the analogues completely have been struggling with these ulcers –why? It is probably because they have given up smoking.
Canker sores are a ‘side effect’ of quitting tobacco cigarettes. Several concerned vapers have asked their dentists and ENT surgeons about the canker sores since vaping and they were given the following information: Tobacco smoking provides alkalinity in the mouth – so when you stop smoking the analogues and change to e-cigarettes, it takes time for the mouth to re-balance, and the mouth is essentially too acidic. This re-balance can take months or longer to occur. Then you add vaping into the mix – which is dehydrating to the mouth (it dries it up) this can exacerbate the condition.
It is not the vaping that causes the sores; it is the not smoking.
So what can you do about it?
Several suggestions that vapers have tried and it worked for them:
- Change to a toothpaste that doesn’t contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate ( the soapy bit that removes oil/fat) as this can irritate
- Some have found that either PG or VG irritate, and playing about with their own mixes has helped – VG seems less of an irritant.
- Hygiene – clean you atty and cartomiser at least weekly
- Rinse your mouth with 1tsp of baking soda in a glass of warm water.
- Use the regular non minty Listerine mouthwash.
- Drink plenty of water.
Canker sores are horrible, painful, and not nice at all. But your body is simply re-adjusting, so be gentle with yourself, know that it isn’t the vaping, and try some of the remedies above.