Brushing twice, flossing and using mouthwash after every meal are undoubtedly imperative for taking care of your teeth.
But did you know Cannabidiol (CBD) can help prevent oral complications such as gingivitis, gum disease, or tooth loss?
CBD is the primary non-psychoactive chemical in the cannabis plant. It is known for its science-backed medicinal properties. Research suggests that beyond its exciting therapeutic benefits, CBD can also protect and improve your dental health.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and bone stimulant substance that helps restore and strengthen oral health.
It not only prevents cavities, decay, and gum diseases, but it can also accelerate the healing process for any oral damages.
The food and drinks we enjoy daily allow sugars and starches feed bacteria in our mouth. As a result, plaque builds up quickly, and lack of proper oral hygiene results in various stages of gum diseases.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This inflammatory condition is caused when food particles mix with spit and bacterial-forming plaque sticks to your teeth. At this stage, teeth start bleeding from tooth brushing.
Periodontitis is the advanced and dangerous stage of gum disease. Over 64 million American adults deal with periodontitis marked by loose teeth, swollen gums, shifting teeth, receding gums, and bad breath.
Plaque accumulates and hardens as aggressive tartar under the gum line. It quickly triggers an inflammatory response in the gums, which, if continues over a long period of time, forms pockets between the teeth and gums.
Bacteria, plaque, and tartar saturate those pockets. It eventually causes the death of healthy gum tissue, tooth loss, and jawbone degradation.
CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory substance that can slow down periodontitis. It interacts with CBD2 receptors in our body and regulates inflammation. The analgesic effects of CBD can also relieve sensitive teeth.
A CBD oil or mouthwash helps bleeding gums, and vigorously swilling CBD-infused oil around the mouth tackle bacteria.
While none of this will reduce the necessity of regular dental checkups, it could still be a useful addition to your oral care routine.
Toothaches often happen because of pulpits, an infection. The pulp is a soft area that contains blood vessels and nerves. We feel cold, heat, and touch in our teeth because of pulp in their center.
Injured or infected pulp causes toothache. Pulpit often occurs because of gum diseases, tooth decay, trauma, or impaction.
CBD relieves toothache in affected teeth by interacting with cannabinoid receptors. Some of these receptors are linked to our immune system and control its response on interaction with CBD.
Since our body causes inflammation for immune purposes, CBD reduces the inflammation they make, reducing the pain and swelling caused by a toothache.
Not all bacteria are evil. Good bacteria promote strong immune functioning and let a healthy mouth thrive.
Our tongue, gums, hard palate, and other oral surfaces host around 700 species of aerobic and anaerobic organisms. We swallow one trillion bacteria daily.
Excessive bad bacteria in mouth seed our gastrointestinal tract with imbalance, triggering systemic disease, and immune dysfunction. Nearly 45% overlap of bacteria between our mouth and colon demonstrates the link between the oral microbiome and gut.
Unfortunately, the common oral care products available on the market destroy both bad and good bacteria. Thus, regular use of fluoride toothpaste and abrasive mouthwash wipes down your oral microbiome. It leaves the mouth prone to inflammation and pain.
CBD doesn’t act like fluoride toothpaste or other dental health products.
Instead of stripping away the healthy bacteria, CBD encourages the cultivation of good bacteria that support a healthier oral microbiome.
May times, a toothache is associated with the temporomandibular joint, jaw, and neck muscles. The main cause of this problem is tooth grinding and jaw clenching.
The other reasons can be habitual gum chewing, trauma, or misaligned teeth. TMJ can be a very serious problem, and patients should seek immediate help.
A clinical study found that people experiencing TMJ noticed a reduction in symptoms after CBD treatment. Cannabidiol soothes inflammation that causes arthritis damage while also decreasing your pain sensitivity. Teeth clenching and grinding often result from stress and anxiety, which CBD may reduce.
Did you know dental phobia is more common than the phobia of heights? Science and user reports suggest that taking CBD oil reduces dental anxiety.
Dental surgeon Mark Burhenne recommends CBD oil for his patients to calm the anxiety speed up the healing process after they underwent dental surgery. Burhenne says CBD is the most powerful anti-inflammatory substance generally with zero side effects.
Experts recommend 1.5 milligrams of CBD oil in capsule form for every 10 pounds of your weight the night before and the morning of your dental procedure. Children should keep it between 8-10 drops of CBD oil in spray form the morning of the dental treatment.
Most CBD is identified as full-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. Full spectrum or whole plant CBD product contains CBD, while only up to 0.3 percent THC. It may also pack other cannabis substance such as CNB, CNG, and possibly THC.
On the other hand, CBD isolate products contain only CBD and no other parts of cannabis substance. CBD isolate is obtained by purifying CBD extracted from the hemp plant. It is then isolated from other cannabinoids. CBD isolate offer amplified anti-inflammatory healing benefits.
Assuming that oral CBD consumption safe, applying CBD directly to your affected tooth and gums might be a secure and effective way for the treatment.
You can apply oral CBD sprays, oils, ointments, or tinctures on the affected area using a clean finger. Gently spread on your tooth and gums. You can try CBD toothpowder infused with CBD oil and concentrated with clay that naturally destroys bad bacteria without killing good bacteria.
You can also apply a crushed cannabidiol pill on the affected area. A teabag with high-CBD dried flowers might also work.
While CBD application doesn’t entirely replace regular dental check-ups, it could be a useful addition to your oral care routine.
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