A Guide To CBD And Oral Health
I know you have been hearing all the buzz about CBD lately. CBD has many benefits and more and more people are discovering CBD and oral health benefits.
Thanks to science, there are now a plethora of dental products on the market. Sadly, too many Americans still do not treat their oral health as something important.
Did you know that the CDC estimates that over 30% of adults between the ages of 20 and 44 have battled tooth decay from 2011 to 2014? And in the case of kids and teenagers, more than 18% aged between 5 and 19 had similar issues. This was also characterized by a poor attitude towards visits to the dentist.
When you fail to care for your teeth properly, you stand the risk of developing different dental conditions. Among non-communicable diseases, dental ailments happen to be the most common as identified by the WHO( World Health Organization).
Think about having to battle dental ailments all through your life. The discomfort, toothaches, and disfigurement are only some of the horrible symptoms you may have to suffer.
Poor oral health can also trigger dental infections and could cause the onset of life-threatening health issues. A study conducted in 2010 discovered that gum inflammation is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings from earlier research in 2008 confirmed that tooth infection bacteria could infiltrate your bloodstream, attaching themselves to your platelets. This could lead to the formation of blood clots and limit how much blood gets to your heart. This also puts you at risk of heart failure.
With a deeper knowledge of how poor oral health can affect your overall wellbeing, it makes sense to discuss a viable alternative to prescription meds that is currently gaining ground in the healthcare space.
This powerful oral health treatment option is Cannabidiol (CBD) and researchers believe that CBD could help to treat various oral diseases and boost your dental health. Let’s see why that is the case.
What is CBD?
Also known as Cannabidiol, CBD is sourced from the Cannabis Sativa plant. It happens to be among the principal compounds found in Cannabis sativa.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, also referred to as THC, is the other principal compound that is psychoactive and causes you to get ‘high’ when you ingest cannabis. But CBD is different. This compound is non-psychoactive and will not produce a high.
Today, many people are turning to CBD because of the various health benefits that it is touted to provide. Research and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD boosts mental health and can help with anxiety and depression. There are also many other conditions that CBD can potentially help to treat or manage.
CBD and Oral Health
So many exciting studies have been conducted with results which show that CBD can do lots of things. This cannabis-derived compound has antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic properties.
Since CBD has a plethora of therapeutic properties, it can help with dental problems and can also boost your oral health. Here are some ways that CBD plays a vital role in remedying some oral health conditions.
CBD and Oral Health Benefits:
Research suggests that CBD is very powerful in providing relief for pain and is even more potent than many prescription meds. CBD is effective because it interacts with the pain receptors in the body. Also, its anti-inflammatory properties can help to manage toothaches before getting additional help from your dentist. All you have to do is apply CBD oil on the problematic area to relieve the toothache.
- Tooth Decay
CBD helps to stimulate and strengthen the bones which is great for maintaining teeth health. A lot of medical health experts also acknowledge how its anti-inflammatory properties help to slow or reverse mild tooth decay.
- Gum Swelling
Your entire dental well-being will be influenced by how healthy your gums are. A harmful bacterial infection is usually responsible for gum swelling. This is mostly brought about by poor dental hygiene such as using bad brushing techniques or gum bleeding due to hard scrubbing. But the routine use of CBD could help to treat inflammation and get rid of oral bacterial growth.
- Tooth Sensitivity
Nerve or gum swelling can cause tooth sensitivity. CBD can help to coat the affected area of sensitivity. It will also protect your teeth from conditions that can trigger pain by protecting the exposed areas. If you’ve got a swelling in your gums, CBD could help to reduce it too.
- Dental Anxiety
Over time, we’ve come to understand that most people hate visiting their dentists due to fear and anxiety. But did you know that CBD can potentially help to resolve dental anxiety?
This is all thanks to the anti-anxiety and mood-boosting properties of Cannabidiol. While using CBD, you can also try out some other effective ways of reducing the burden of fear and anxiety. Make it a habit to visit your dentist regularly as this can help to desensitize you from such dreadful feelings.
Flossing at home regularly is another great way to deal with pain-related dental anxiety. When you floss routinely, you’ll come to see that the pain is negligible. Working with a dentist that you are comfortable with and who is willing to answer all your questions can also help you deal with dental anxiety.
How to Use CBD for Oral Health
An easy method of using CBD to care for your teeth and gums is with the help of CBD tinctures. Simply add some drops to your toothpaste while brushing. It would also make sense to apply the tinctures on your gums so that your tissues can absorb them.
Oil pulling is also another great idea. Swish the CBD oil for some time in your mouth while allowing the liquid to pass through your teeth. Mixing the oil with some warm water and swishing for some seconds before spitting out is a good way to use CBD oil for oral health.
In the nearest future, findings from additional research will expose more ways that CBD can help with your oral health problems. Of course, more studies are necessary to discover more about this amazing compound that comes from the cannabis plant.
While CBD is great for oral health, remember to always keep in touch with your dentist and honor all your dental appointments.
Kelly Hancock, RDH
Kelly is a registered dental hygienist and oral health care provider. She is passionate about oral hygiene and encourages people to achieve optimal oral health. She has been working in the dental profession for 16 years and worked in many different roles in the dental industry. Kelly is currently a pediatric dental hygienist specializing in children’s dentistry. She is committed to helping others with their oral health care issues and helping others achieve a smile they love.