Cannabis and your oral health

Cannabis and your oral health

With the new regulations regarding legalized marijuana in Canada there are several health concerns for the general public.

One consideration is the effect that Marijuana use can have on the mouth and teeth. Here’s the simple low down.

Marijuana use can lead to:
Increased dry mouth
Increased cavities due to dry mouth and potential to consume cavity producing foods
Increased oral cancer risk
Increased stain on the enamel of the teeth
Weakened immune systems leading to more infections, including those in the mouth
Risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum and bone disease)

Please be open with your dentist and dental hygienist. We can discuss, in more depth, the effects on your own oral health. Or any contraindications to treating you.

References:

Arteaga, Sarita DMD MAGD. Marijuana Use and Oral Health. 2017. https://www.dentalcare.com/en-us/professional-education/ce-courses/ce460/overview

AMA. Cannabis Oral Health Effects. 2018. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/cannabis

ODA. Now That Marijuana is Legal Don’t Let it all go to your head. (2018). https://www.youroralhealth.ca/media-room/media-releases/458-now-that-marijuana-is-legal-don-t-let-it-all-go-to-your-head-or-mouth