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Can CBD Soothe The Pain Of A Toothache?

Have You Asked Your Dentist About CBD Oil For Toothaches?

If you haven’t, why not? It’s widely known that THC and CBD have anti-inflammatory, and bone-stimulating properties which can help with severe conditions such as arthritis, why not use it for dental pain and swelling?

So, should you consider trying CBD oil the next time you get a toothache? Let’s look at some causes of tooth pain, and how CBD can help combat it.

What Causes Tooth Pain?

There can be many reasons for a toothache, but most of the time, the cause of a toothache is an infection. Bacteria buildup on the teeth and gums eventually spread to the nerves and blood vessels located on the inner part of the teeth. Infrequent brushing and poor hygiene help bacteria thrive.

Whatever the cause of pain might be, it is always recommended to visit a medical professional if you have a long-lasting or a severe toothache. Moreover, a professional check-up and cleaning every 6 months or 1 year is always advisable as a method of prevention for any dental disease.

Since there still isn’t enough research into the use of CBD in dentistry, the benefits have not been investigated thoroughly. As it is difficult to dose CBD, the results are inconsistent. Some patients find pain relief from their toothache with CBD oil, and some do not.

Watch Out For “Cottonmouth”

Those who consume cannabis know about cottonmouth. It’s a common symptom that happens whether you are consuming cannabis with THC or hemp with CBD. Cottonmouth just simply means dry mouth. Typically after consuming cannabis people may feel that their mouth becomes dry and they feel thirsty.

It’s important to remember that when recovering from any dental surgery, saliva is important. It contains antibacterial compounds that keep bacterial growth in check. Saliva also contains enzymes and proteins essential to tooth and gum health.

This is the reason it is important to be careful when using CBD oil to treat a toothache. Like THC, it also causes dry mouth. You just need to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You can also chew gum if you feel your mouth is getting dry to stimulate saliva production. Dry mouth due to CBD oil treatment goes away after some time. Dry mouth will happen less often when your body adjusts to the presence of CBD.

Tooth Extraction

Plain & Simple: DO NOT Smoke Cannabis After Tooth Extraction

Your dentist will warn you not to smoke after tooth extraction because smoking may cause dry socket. What is a dry socket? After removing one of the permanent teeth, a blood clot forms where it was removed. This clot of blood is important for healing, as it protects the bone and nerve endings.

When you smoke, the sucking motion causes pressure on your gums. This pressure is enough to damage the blood clot and a dry hole is formed. If the blood clot is removed, dissolved, or not completely formed, the nerve endings and bone become prone to infection. This condition is accompanied by severe pain in the oral cavity and in the face and requires immediate attention from the dentist.

How long should you wait before smoking cannabis after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

People often ask : “How soon can I smoke cannabis after tooth extraction?

After your tooth has been removed, you should give up smoking for a period of two days to 1 week. If you really need to smoke, try to wait for 2 days but a 7 day period would be optimal to ensure that the wound has completely healed.

If you really need your fix of THC or CBD it is better for you to use edibles while the wound is healing.

Dry socket can be far worse than you think. It is worth waiting for the healing process to finish before smoking cannabis again.

Do you have any experience consuming cannabis after a tooth extraction? Do you use CBD oil to manage dental pain? Leave a comment and stay healthy!

Holistic Dentist Discusses the Benefits CBD Oil Can Provide

Holistic dentists understand that there are many safe and natural ways to take care of your oral health. A very popular compound right now known as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is making waves online and throughout the country because of its numerous health benefits. In many cases, cannabidiol is known for its positive effects for seizure patients. However, did you know it also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties?

To learn how CBD can help those with gum disease, tooth decay and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), keep reading!

Gum Disease

Gum disease most commonly appears due to poor oral hygiene, however, some people are more susceptible to it based on their genetics as well. The most common culprit is dental plaque that is left on the teeth and gums, which causes inflammation and irritation. This leads to the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. After enough time, it can develop into a more serious form known as periodontitis which damages the tooth and bone holding it in place, eventually resulting in tooth loss.

Cannabidiol can reduce inflammation and sensitivity to pain as well as minimize damage caused by gum disease. This is because CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors in the brain, which mediate the immune functions of the body. While this results in a more effective immune response to gum disease, its still important to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist for routine cleanings.

Tooth Decay

A common cause of decay is oral bacteria, which releases plaque acids after consuming starches or sugars in the mouth. This common bacteria, known as Streptococcus mutans, erodes enamel and creates cavities in your teeth. As this cavity increases in size, so does the passage for bacteria to reach deeper into the tooth. If bacteria reaches the pulp, it can easily cause an infection, which leads to pain, sensitivity and the need for expensive root canal therapy later.

By including CBD oil in your oral care routine, you can defend yourself against oral bacteria, particularly Streptococcus mutans. While more testing is needed, it is shown to have positive effects against inflammation and decay associated with cavities.

TMJ is a disorder revolving around the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It is characterized by pain and discomfort caused by erosion, inflammation and displacement. This condition typically results in chronic jaw pain, popping or clicking of the jaw, difficulty chewing and jaw locking.

Based on a study centered around participants with TMJ, those who used cannabidiol noticed a reduction in their symptoms. This is because cannabidiol can help with inflammation and decrease sensitivity to pain. CBD also works to relieve stress and anxiety, which is often the cause of habits related to TMJ, including teeth grinding and clenching.

Got a question regarding CBD oil and its place in the dental world? Schedule an appointment with a dentist today and stay informed!

About the Author

Dr. Benjamin Hornstein is experienced in a wide variety of areas in dentistry, including neuromuscular occlusion and therapies, periodontal treatment and holistic approaches in dental medicine. This allows him to create a dental care plan that truly meets the unique needs of every patient. To learn more about his practice or about holistic dentistry, you can contact him through his website.