A lot of people are smoking electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping, instead of regular cigarettes. The reason behind this shift is that people see vaping as a way to quit smoking. Vaping is all about inhaling vapor made when a liquid or something else turns into vapor inside the e-cigarette. But does vaping make your teeth yellow?

According to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 10 young adults in the United States use e-cigarettes regularly. This study, conducted by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, offers insights into e-cigarette use in 2021. With such a significant number of people vaping, it raises the question: ‘Does vaping stain your teeth?

Vaping may or may not make your teeth yellow, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Vaping can be a cause of various other oral health issues.

Effects of Vaping on Your Oral Health

Effects of Vaping

Vaping can harm your oral health in several ways. Here are some of the risks:

Gum Disease


Gum Disease


Smoking, whether it’s traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes, can shrink your gums due to nicotine, which reduces blood flow to them. That can lead to gum issues like periodontitis, where bacteria can harm your tooth roots, causing gum disease and possible tooth loss. Research links tobacco use to pancreatic cancer.

While vaping’s long-term effects are still being studied, early signs suggest it carries similar risks to smoking, like bad breath, dry mouth, mouth sores, stained teeth, and tooth decay. A study found that almost 10 % of adults have tried e-cigarettes, so knowing potential mouth problems that result from vaping is important. If you smoke or vape and notice gum issues, see your dentist for advice on quitting and improving your oral health.

Bad Breath

Bad Breath

While vaping doesn’t cause bad breath, it can worsen it. Vaping involves inhaling an aerosol steam containing flavored nicotine and vegetable glycerine, which can lead to dry mouth and bad breath. Furthermore, the harmful substances in vape aerosol can irritate your mouth, causing sores that may become infected. Like traditional cigarettes, vaping can damage gum tissue and potentially lead to tooth loss.

Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth

If you experience dry mouth when vaping, then you are suffering from a condition known as xerostomia, common among smokers. Vaping raises your chances of mouth cancer and other oral disorders by exposing you to substances like glycerine. You can prevent bacteria from forming in your mouth and maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. If your breath becomes particularly unpleasant after vaping, drink plenty of water daily to keep your body hydrated and restore moisture to your mouth.

Tooth Discoloration

Tooth Discoloration

Many vaping users notice discoloration of their teeth, especially in the areas where the e-cigarette device is held in the mouth. It’s likely due to the presence of nicotine and tar in e-cigarettes. Nicotine can cause yellow stains on teeth, while tar is dark in color. Over time, this can make your teeth look stained or dingy. Additionally, plaque can build up if you don’t brush your teeth regularly after vaping, leading to tooth discoloration. To prevent long-term staining, brushing your teeth immediately after vaping is a good idea.

Tooth Enamel Damage

Tooth Enamel Damage

Your teeth’s enamel acts as a protective coating that can be destroyed by chemicals present in cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Your teeth may appear weak and discolored as a result. Teeth’s enamel serves as a barrier; if it erodes, it may make teeth more sensitive and susceptible to decay. You can promote better oral health by quitting smoking and using vaping alternatives.

So, Does Vaping Make Your Teeth Yellow?

Vaping Make Your Teeth Yellow

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation claims that nicotine is a stimulant that quickens the flow of information between your body and brain. It’s present in e-cigarettes and Juul devices and can make your teeth turn yellow with repeated use, even though it doesn’t contain the tar that stains teeth in traditional cigarettes.

Vaping can also lead to teeth stains due to the coloring agents used in these products. Vapes and Juul devices come in a wide array of flavors and colors. Similar to how drinking grape juice or red wine can stain your teeth, these coloring agents can do the same. Your teeth have a sponge-like quality, absorbing certain chemicals or substances. When these coloring agents pass through your mouth, they can leave stains on your tooth enamel. While vaping in cool colors like blue, green, yellow, or pink might be appealing, using these coloring agents repeatedly can stain your teeth in those same colors.

Just like smoking, vaping is an addictive habit that can lead to teeth discoloration and other health issues. The most effective way to prevent and combat teeth stains caused by vaping is to quit vaping altogether. Once you’ve stopped, you may want to restore your bright white smile. Osseo Family Dental professional teeth whitening service that can help remove stains from smoking and vaping.

Oral Hygiene Recommendation for Vape Users

Keeping your mouth well-hydrated is essential to prevent dryness and maintain good dental health. Additionally, the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay can be considerably decreased by brushing and flossing twice a day.

It’s smart to visit your dentist regularly, ideally every six months, to ensure your oral health remains at its best. As a preventive step, it’s advisable to undergo a mouth examination to identify any unusual sores or swelling on your tongue, gums, or other tissues in your mouth, which could be indicative of oral cancer.


If you have concerns about how vaping may affect your oral health or if you’ve observed any changes in your mouth, we welcome you to come to our office.

Osseo Family Dental is located at 30 Central Ave, Osseo, MN 55369. You can also contact us by calling (763) 425-2626.


Should I brush my teeth after vaping?

It’s generally advised to wait at least 20 minutes before brushing your teeth if you vape. By taking this precaution, you can defend the enamel on your teeth and avoid dental decay.

Which is better, smoking or vaping?

While vaping is thought to be less dangerous than smoking, it’s still vital to understand that there are some risks involved. Tobacco-derived nicotine, flavorings, and other substances are heated in e-cigarettes to create an aerosol that you inhale. By comparison, regular tobacco cigarettes are made up of many toxic substances and 7,000 different compounds.

Why do teenagers start vaping?

Adolescents are often drawn to vaping due to its appealing flavors, attractive and sleek packaging, and the convenience of charging in a USB port. Teenagers have been duped into believing that vaping is far less dangerous than cigarette smoking.