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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
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Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
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  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
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Cannabis and Oral Health: How Marijuana Affects Your Teeth and Gums

September 15, 2023 @ 09:13 AM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman
Tagged with: Dental Care

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With many states legalizing cannabis recreationally and medically, patients may wonder if cannabis can impact their oral health. The ADA has laid out certain oral health risks that cannabis users may face. At our dental office, we explore how marijuana can impact your teeth, mouth, and gums, and how our Redwood City, CA, dental practice can help you better protect your oral health.

Cannabis Consumption Methods

People usually think of smoking when they think about marijuana. However, there are different methods of consumption, each with its own benefits and risks. These methods include:

  • Smoking
  • Vaping
  • Dermal (lotions, patches, creams)
  • Edibles (butters, chocolates, gummies, oils that are mixed with foods)
  • Tinctures

It is important to remember that each method of consumption carries different risks and benefits. These risks can impact your overall and oral health.

Cannabis Risks

Smoking and vaping, in general, have an increased risk of numerous issues. Smoking or vaping cannabis is no different. However, eating or consuming cannabis orally can also carry risks. 

  • Periodontal Issues - Xerostomia (oral dryness or reduced saliva production) and leukoplakia (white patches in the mouth)
  • Cancers -  Smoking or vaping cannabis can increase your risk of developing mouth and neck cancer.
  • Teeth Staining - Smoking can cause yellowed or stained teeth.
  • Inflammation -  Consuming cannabis has been linked to an increased risk of inflammation or oral mucositis
  • Tooth Pain - Tooth pain can also result from the above-mentioned issues that are linked to cannabis use.
  • Tooth Decay - Cavities can also be a risk associated with consuming cannabis orally, especially for those who do not practice good oral hygiene.

The Benefits of Cannabis

While there are risks involved with cannabis use, there are also medicinal benefits, and more patients are turning to cannabis in states where its use is legalized. Patients often choose medicinal marijuana for conditions or symptoms such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Appetite issues
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Migraines
  • And more

Speak to Our Team About Your Oral Health Concerns

With cannabis use becoming legal recreationally and medically in more states, it is important to carefully consider the benefits and risks involved with its use. Additionally, if you do consume marijuana, it is extremely important to ensure healthy oral hygiene habits to minimize the risks involved with cannabis use. This involves brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.

Furthermore, it is also especially important to know the laws in your state regarding cannabis before you decide to use it. While there are many benefits, and studies on the risks are ongoing, making informed decisions and taking precautions can help minimize the risk of legal problems associated with marijuana use. In the state of California, recreational cannibis use is legal and products can be purchased legally at authorized facilities.

If you would like to discuss the benefits and risks of marijuana use and your oral health, request a consultation by contacting our practice in Redwood City today. We can discuss any concerns you may have.