This Is Why Cannabis May be Bad for Your Oral Health
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October 8, 2022

What Does Marijuana Do to Your Teeth? (Teeth Talk Girl)

The medicinal use of cannabis is legal in many states. Many people use cannabis because of its supposed health benefits, including relieving anxiety, chronic pain, muscle stiffness and nausea.

Cannabis is usually smoked but it's also available in other forms including edibles, tinctures, and topically applied products. Unfortunately, using cannabis may harm your oral health.

Here's why cannabis use can be bad for your oral health and overall wellness.

Why is Smoking Marijuana Bad for my Oral Health?

Studies have shown that frequent cannabis use including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil may increase the risk of periodontal disease. In addition, marijuana use may be related to a higher risk of dry mouth, oral infections, leukoplakia, and oral cancer.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory response to a bacterial infection below the gum line. If not treated, periodontal disease can lead to swelling of gum tissue, irritation, receding gums, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is usually treatable and reversible with proper care from a dentist or periodontist.

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth or xerostomia may occur when the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. A reduced salivary flow can cause oral health problems including:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lack of taste

Dry mouth can also increase the chance of tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, and oral infection.

Which Oral Infections are Related to Cannabis Use?

It's thought that cannabis use may suppress the body's immune functions. As a result, cannabis users may be more prone to oral infections including:

  • Canker sores
  • Gingivitis
  • Oral herpes
  • Thrush

Read the rest at Advantage Dental

Related: Is It Safe to Whiten Your Teeth? And if So, What Works? (The New York Times)

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