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WTH is vape tongue? An explanation for dentists and dental hygienists

Vaping’s only been around for 20 years, so most of its long-term effects are still a mystery to us. One particularly unpleasant side effect of vaping is “vape tongue,” which happens when a user temporarily loses their sense of taste.

In this episode of Medical History Mysteries, we’ll look at why this phenomenon occurs, why vape liquid isn’t always what it seems, and why oral health providers are on the front lines of the vaping experiment.

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Through the Loupes newsletter, a publication of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group. Read more articles and subscribe to Through the Loupes.

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