About the Study
This research study’s objective is to assess the impact of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) on oral health. The study aims to analyze ENDS usage patterns and associated behaviors, which may contribute to disease development. Additionally, the study will investigate potential biomarkers that could be used to screen for early signs of periodontal disease in ENDS users. By identifying oral diseases at an early stage, healthcare professionals can improve treatment outcomes. Furthermore, understanding factors that contribute to disease susceptibility will enable healthcare providers to educate patients and conduct more efficient disease screenings.
If you are interested in learning more about the ENDS Study and if it may be a good fit for you, please submit the online questionnaire. The answers you submit will be used for study purposes only.
Once you complete the online questionnaire, a member from our team will reach out to you to set up a phone screening and connect you with a member of the research team if you qualify for this study.
What Should I Expect?
Prior to their dental appointment, participants will be requested to undergo a phone screening. The participation in this study will be about 90-120 minutes (about 2 hours).
During the study, several types of tests and assessments may occur, and potential risks, though small, could include:
- Emotional discomfort associated with session discussions and assessment procedures.
- Breach of confidentiality.
- Gum sensitivity and/or minor bleeding.
Who Can Participate?
You may be eligible to participate in the electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) research study if you:
- Have never smoked or used E-cigarettes or vape pen devices or used tobacco products less than 100 times in your life.
- Reside in the Atlanta, GA area.
- Have reliable transportation to get to the study site.
- Are NOT pregnant or nursing.
- Are willing to undergo a phone screening and dental examination.
Please note that as a study participant, you will receive all study-related care at no charge.
Participants will be paid $200 for study participation, plus a travel stipend.