Woman Shares What Years of Vaping Have Done to Her Teeth in Terrifying Clip

A 20-year-old girl has told how five years of vaping has affected her teeth after a nightmare trip to the dentist.

In a video shared on TikTok, user Mary Kate Willis (@mk9unit) said the dentist kept complimenting her on her perfect, white teeth.

“[They’re] I'm shocked I've never had braces,” she said in the viral video.

However, she has not been to the dentist in four years due to an eating disorder, a Diet Coke addiction, a drug and vaping habit.

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A photo of a young woman smoking an e-cigarette. X-rays and 3D scans of a woman's mouth revealed a host of problems caused by vaping, eating disorders and Diet Coke addiction.

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“I have a terrible, terrible, terrible addiction to air sticks,” she says in the video. “But I knew I had to get my wisdom teeth out, and I still had a cavity.”

While on a date, the poster received the shock of her life. X-rays and 3D scans of Willis' mouth revealed she had five cavities, gum disease and the beginnings of oral cancer – which the dentist blamed on her vaping habit.

“My teeth are chipped because I smoke e-cigarettes,” she said. “These cavities could be caused by Diet Coke, but they're trying to link it to e-cigarettes.”

Dentists asked Willis where she went to high school, and they weren't surprised when she named her hometown. They also speculated that she was around 14 or 15 years old when she started vaping.

“I was told I had to give up nicotine within a year or my teeth would start falling out,” she continued.

“I don't know how I feel about this information. It's not what I expected when I walked into a dentist's office.”

The video contains some profanity.

Fatima Khan, a dentist and co-founder of Riven Oral Care, said vaping has both short-term and long-term effects on teeth.

From an aesthetic perspective, e-cigarettes can quickly stain a user's teeth because they are rich in nicotine and colorants. However, it can also cause dry mouth, and a lack of saliva can lead to symptoms ranging from ulcers to bad breath, cavities and gingivitis.

“E-cigarettes also cause an exponential growth of disease-causing bacteria that may begin to form below the gum line and lead to periodontal disease,” she told us. Weekly newspaper.

Once gingivitis develops, vaping can worsen the problem. Although gingivitis is reversible, it can progress into periodontitis, affecting the underlying gum tissue and alveolar bone (which supports the teeth), leading to tooth loss. However, this is not the worst case scenario.

“Formaldehyde exposure from e-cigarettes can change the lining of your mouth and lead to oral cancer,” Khan said.

“Still, the risk of oral cancer from vaping is still lower than smoking or chewing tobacco.”

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Stock photo of molars with cavities. E-cigarettes can cause many oral health problems.

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Willis explained in the comments that she started vaping as a teenager because it was promoted as the “cool” thing to do, and advised other vapers to get their teeth checked.

“They probably understand this better than our generation did,” she said. “It's better to know before something happens.”

TikTok users were shocked by the clip, which has been viewed 4.7 million times.

“OMG I don't know what this is?!?!” Jules commented.

“I'm afraid to go to the dentist right now,” Bowie said.

“Things escalated,” K wrote.

“I think that's what I need to hear if I'm not going to start vaping again,” Ella said.

“I just chipped a tooth a few days ago and I've been doing it for a long time now, so that's probably my sign,” Jordan commented.

“Thank you for being so vulnerable on this,” Lev said. “Because people need to see it.”

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Correction: 16 Jun 23 11:07 AM ET: This article has been updated to correct the name of Fatima Khan. This article originally spelled her name as “Falma.”