Marijuana Use and Oral Health

Image result for cannabisMore and more states are legalizing the use of cannabis. With this being the case I thought it would be a good idea to look at what, if any, oral health risks are associated with it.

Recent studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and the regular use of marijuana. In addition to marijuana the study also included hashish and hash oil.

Healthy gums fit a tooth snugly, typically with no more than one to three millimeters of space between the tooth and the surrounding gum. Frequent cannabis users had more pocket depths indicative of moderate to severe periodontal disease.

With this being the case, if you use marijuana it is highly recommended that you tell your dentist. Your dentist will be able to give you the dental care you need and advice on how best to care for your oral health.

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