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Does Cannabis Help with Tooth Pain?

Does Cannabis Help With Tooth Pain?
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Tooth pain can be excruciating, making every bite an agony and sleep impossible. Many remedies, both conventional and unconventional, have been used to achieve relief. Cannabis has gained credibility in recent years as an effective pain reliever thanks to its active compounds known as THC and CBD.

But does marijuana really work for tooth pain? Let’s delve into the topic and explore the possible links between weed and alleviating tooth discomfort.

What Causes Toothaches?

Toothaches are caused by a variety of issues, the most common of them being tooth decay. When the outermost layer of the tooth, known as the enamel, is breached by bacteria, it results in tooth decay that can lead to sharp, throbbing pain.

In some cases, toothaches can result from infections at the root of the tooth, or in the gaps between teeth and gums. This condition is known as abscessed teeth. Tooth fractures, damaged fillings, and infected gums can also be sources of tooth pain.

Less common causes include sinus infections, which can create pressure within the upper teeth, and conditions like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).

What Are the Benefits of Cannabis for Your Teeth?

Cannabis, particularly its component CBD (cannabidiol), has been found to have potential health benefits for your teeth. More specifically, CBD possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve inflammation and discomfort associated with gum diseases.

Furthermore, research suggests CBD may have antibacterial effects that can potentially aid in the fight against oral bacteria that contribute to cavities and gum diseases. However, it’s crucial to note that these potential benefits cannot supplant regular brushing, flossing and routine dental check-ups.

Further research is needed to fully understand and validate the benefits of cannabis for oral health.

Is Smoking Marijuana Bad for Your Teeth?

Is Smoking Marijuana Bad for Your Teeth?

While the effects of cannabis on one’s overall health are a topic of ongoing research, it’s important to note that smoking marijuana can indeed have negative effects on your oral health. The act of smoking can lead to oral issues common in tobacco smokers, such as dry mouth, gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer.

The smoke from cannabis can irritate the gums and lead to inflammation, increasing your risk of periodontal diseases. Furthermore, “cottonmouth,” a common side effect of smoking cannabis, contributes to an environment conducive to bacterial growth, which can accelerate tooth decay.
Therefore, habitual cannabis smokers may find themselves at an increased risk of oral health problems. Thankfully there are alternatives to smoking cannabis, as you can consume it in a variety of other ways.

How to Use Cannabis for Tooth Pain

Several cannabis products have the potential to alleviate tooth pain thanks to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Some of the most effective ones include:

  • CBD Oil: CBD oil can be applied directly to the affected area for near-instantaneous relief. Simply place a few drops on a cotton swab and dab it on the painful tooth and surrounding gums.
  • Cannabis-Infused Mouthwash: Mouthwashes that contain CBD or THC can provide relief for toothaches. Gargle the solution for about 30 seconds, then spit it out. This will help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Cannabis Edibles: If the pain is persistent, cannabis-infused edibles can be a good option. They take longer to take effect but provide long-lasting relief.

Remember: cannabis products should be used as a complement to dental treatment, not as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor before using medical cannabis products.

Why Choose the Sanctuary?

At the Sanctuary Wellness Institute, we provide guidance for every step of the process of obtaining your medical marijuana card, from evaluating your eligibility to submitting an application to the state. Our staff can answer any questions you may have, and our doctors can educate you about the health benefits of medical marijuana.

The Sanctuary takes pride in providing the compassionate and knowledgeable support you need to explore medical marijuana as a solution for your qualifying condition(s).

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