Smoking cigarettes are harmful to your dental health. New electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, may seem to be less harmful, but recent research says otherwise. Researchers at the University of Rochester have found that e-cigs, also commonly called vapes, are just as damaging to both teeth and gums as regular cigarettes. Previously, dentist and scientists believed the chemicals found in cigarette smoke were to blame for oral health issues. Even though e-cigs use less added chemicals, the smoke still causes damage to cells in the mouth, which could lead to a variety of oral diseases. The best way to reduce your risk of oral disease is to quit smoking, both traditional and electronic cigarettes.