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Does Vaping Stain Your Teeth? Learn the Truth About Vaporizers, Juuling, and E-Cigarettes

Contributors:  Simon Frers

Does vaping stain your teeth? Most people are aware of the harmful consequences of smoking on their teeth and overall dental health, but how much do you know about vaping, or e-cigarettes?

More individuals are substituting regular cigarettes with electronic cigarettes, often known as vaping. One of the key reasons for this shift is that vaping may help people quit smoking. Inhaling a vapor formed when a liquid or other substance is vaporized in an e-cigarette is how vaping works.

So, what are the effects of vaping on your dental health?

Although it does not stain or yellow your teeth as much as smoking does, it still causes stains over time and has other negative consequences for your dental health. In this article, you'll find out more about the most significant concerns regarding vaping and oral health, including:

What is vaping?

Inhaling vapor from electronic cigarettes is known as vaping. These portable devices turn e-liquids into vapors with varying levels of nicotine using heat supplied by the battery.

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Does vaping stain your teeth?

Modern vaping devices look like pens and are often advertised with appealing flavors, making them especially attractive to the younger generation. The main components of both e-cigarettes and vapes are the same: a battery, an atomizer, a chamber, and a mouthpiece.

When you push the power button, the battery powers the atomizer, which heats waxes, herbs, or oils in the chamber to certain temperatures. Then, when you inhale through the mouthpiece, you inhale vapors that are less harmful than the ingredients of regular cigarettes.

Does vaping stain teeth?

Vaping can stain your teeth, but not nearly as much as smoking does. Brown nicotine particles from e-liquids are absorbed quickly by your naturally porous teeth, resulting in yellow teeth.

Most doctors reluctantly recognize that vaping isn't as harmful as smoking cigarettes. Meanwhile, they continue to warn about the hazards of vaping, and new evidence backs up their concerns.

According to studies, flavored e-cigarettes and vaping devices include dangerous substances that may harm your oral health. Some of the primary ingredients in e-cigarettes that might affect your teeth and mouth are as follows:

Vegetable glycerin (VG)

Vegetable glycerin (VG), one of the most prevalent e-cigarette constituents, is a transparent liquid made from coconut or soybean. Although VG does not directly lead to tooth decay or dental caries, when coupled with flavoring substances in e-liquid, it becomes hazardous.

Compared to plain vapes, flavored vapes may double the growth of dental plaque and diminish enamel hardness by 27%. Dental plaque and reduced enamel can lead to stains on your teeth.

Propylene glycol (PG)

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Does vaping make your teeth yellow?

Propylene glycol (PG) is an odorless, colorless, and somewhat sweet-tasting synthetic carrier substance. The tissue in our mouths is good at absorbing PG, which may lead to irreparable damage to the enamel and gums. Teeth may get discolored and stained as a result of this.

Furthermore, PG absorbs moisture due to its hygroscopic chemical structure, which is why many vapers suffer from dry mouth.


Nicotine is an addictive substance that is well-known for causing tooth decay and making your teeth yellow. Even though the intensity of nicotine in vapes is much lower, it nevertheless causes tooth discoloration. When nicotine comes into contact with oxygen, it turns brown almost instantaneously.

Because staining pigments are readily absorbed by the porous structure of human tooth enamel, vaping will stain your teeth over time, unless, of course, you choose nicotine-free vaping.

Nicotine reduces blood flow in the mouth, making it more difficult for the body to fight infection. It also lowers saliva flow, resulting in a dry mouth, among several other issues. Reduced saliva flow might cause staining on your teeth because substances stick to your teeth more easily.

Watch the video below for a summary of why vaping is bad for you:

Is vaping bad for you or are there any vaping risks? Does vaping cause cancer or other e-cig related oral health issues? If you're an e-cigarette smoker, these are valid questions to ask yourself. While electronic cigarettes have been marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, recent studies cast doubt on these assertions. These studies found that e-cigarette vapors kill large numbers of cells in the mouth and cause as much damage to teeth and gums as conventional cigarettes. The reason for this is, even though vaping products do not contain the tar and other chemicals that tobacco cigarettes contain, vaping still contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical that causes a constriction of the blood vessels. If the blood vessels in your mouth are constricted, it makes your gum tissue much more likely to recede or get exposed to disease causing bacteria and pathogens. Vaping has also been shown to kill epithelial cells that line the mouth and make up the gum tissue. Killing or damaging these cells with smoking can have serious long term consequences. Source: Another study in the AAP News showed that Vaping among high school seniors doubled from 2017-’18. Recent vaping also doubled for 10th-graders, from 8% to 16%, and rose from 3.5% to 6% for eighth-graders. Source: So if you've ever wondered if vaping is bad for you, search no further. Vaping still allows nicotine to enter the system as well as causes other health problems. Compared to tobacco cigarettes, vaping is most likely better for your body overall, but that does not mean that it is good for you either. Occasional, vaping most likely won't have serious long term effects. However, you should avoid owning a vape, or frequent vaping if you possibly can! If you have any questions about vaping or e-cigs, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please visit our website, We are happy to help you. Joseph R. Nemeth DDS & Associates 29829 Telegraph Road #111 Southfield, MI 48034 (248) 357-3100 We DO NOT accept Medicare or Medicaid at our office. If you are a new patient, we require that a $25 deposit be made prior to your appointment in order to reserve your time. Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The information contained in the multimedia content (“Video Content”) has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. Joseph R. Nemeth, DDS & Associates does not make any representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, or completeness of the Video Content. Joseph R. Nemeth, DDS & Associates does not warrant the performance, effectiveness or applicability of any sites listed or linked to in any Video Content. The Video Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen on the Site. Joseph R. Nemeth, DDS & Associates hereby disclaims any and all liability to any party for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of the Video Content, which is provided as is, and without warranties.

How can you whiten teeth that have been stained by vaping?

Based on the intensity of the brown or yellow streaks, professional teeth whitening with your dentist may be necessary, or you may attempt home remedies like baking soda. Check out your options below.

Teeth whitening kits

Buying a teeth whitening kit may be your best choice if you want to see results but don't want to pay the high cost of professional whitening. These can be whitening strips, gels, or LED whitening kits.

Professional teeth whitening

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Learn the truth about whether juuling makes your teeth yellow, and read about how to remove stains from your teeth.

Getting a professional teeth whitening treatment at your local dentist will be the quickest way to remove the stains from your teeth.

UV light, bleaching agents, or argon lasers are highly effective procedures to get rid of stains caused by vaping, e-cigarettes, and juuls.

Home remedies

Try one of these home remedies if you don't want to spend the money on professional teeth whitening or a whitening kit. This will probably take more time and effort, and the outcome may not be as good.


If you are still wondering whether vaping makes your teeth yellow, the answer is yes. Even though it is less harmful than smoking, vaping will stain your teeth over time.

It may be a good aid to quitting smoking, but we wouldn’t recommend using e-cigarettes, juuls, or vapors for a long time because of how harmful they can be for your teeth and oral health in general.

However, if you still need to use a vaporizer, consider not using any flavors as they are more damaging to your teeth.


Does vaping make your teeth yellow?

Vaping is an alternative to smoking, but vaping has been found in recent research to increase plaque and diminish enamel, resulting in yellow teeth and stains.

Does nicotine stain your teeth?

Nicotine may stain your teeth rather quickly. The enamel (the tooth's hard outer coating) is porous. Nicotine is readily absorbed through these pores. Your teeth may become yellow-brown over time.

Do electronic cigarettes stain your teeth?

E-cigarettes may be healthier than traditional cigarettes. However, if your e-cig contains nicotine it will still stain your teeth. Some ingredients can cause a dry mouth and tooth decay.

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