Published: Jul 26, 2017 | By: Richard Caven
Hookah smoking is becoming a nationwide fad, mainly among teenagers and college students, as it's wrongly perceived as a healthy alternative to cigarette smoking. What is hookah smoking? Specifically, hookahs are pipe-like devices that consumers can use to smoke flavored tobacco products. Hookah pipes take this flavored tobacco and turn it into a vapor, which is then inhaled by the user. Hookah is usually smoked in groups, and being that the tobacco that is inhaled is more friendly to the senses, it's perceived as a healthier, viable alternative to cigarettes. As we noted, this perception is incorrect.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hookah smoking may actually be worse for consumers that cigarettes. The CDC notes that an hour-long hookah session can consist of 200 puffs, compared to 20 puffs taken from a cigarette. What's more is that there are concerns that consumers are inhaling more toxic agents when hookah smoking when compared to cigarettes based on high levels of carbon monoxide produced to heat the tobacco. You already likely know that cigarettes aren't good for your overall health - and if hookah is thought to be more detrimental than smoking cigarettes, then just imagine how bad it is for you. One area where it tends to take a significant toll is as it pertains to your dental health.
Hookah: Enemy of Oral Health
Hookah smoking takes its toll on oral health in four key ways:
If you enjoy hookah too much to give it up, we'd recommend switching from flavored tobacco to tobacco-free hookah or shisha. These products are available tobacco-free, so you can still enjoy the social appeal of smoking hookah without the nasty health effects.
For more information on the dangers of smoking hookah, contact Caven Dental today.
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