How to Use CBD Oil for Tooth Pain
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Got a toothache? Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a chemical extracted from hemp plants that doesn’t give you a high and can be used for pain relief. While there have not been many tests or studies done on using CBD oil for oral or dental pain, you can still try using it to see if it works for you. Start by choosing a high-quality CBD oil product for the most effective treatment. After that, apply the oil directly to your tooth or swallow the product to start feeling relief. Just be sure to talk to your doctor before starting CBD and discuss long-term treatment with your dentist!
CBD and Dental Pain: Tooth Pain Is No Joke!
CBD is being used more and more for different kinds of pain. For example, we hear of it being used to address pain from cancer, but not often for less serious issues like toothaches. Is CBD effective for dental pain?
To understand the link between CBD and dental pain, we need to first examine what causes toothaches. Then we’ll be able to look at how CBD may be able to help.
Table of Contents
- What Causes Dental Pain?
- CBD and Dental Pain
- How Does CBD Help With Dental Pain?
- CBD and Dental Pain Research
- How to Use CBD for Dental Pain
- Does CBD Cause Dry Mouth?
- CBD for Dentist-Related Anxiety
- Additional CBD Resources on Pain
What Causes Dental Pain?
Most dental pain is caused by pulpitis, or an infection inside the tooth itself. The middle of the tooth is soft and pulpy, which is where the nerves and blood vessels are found. The nerves enable us to feel temperature and touch through our teeth. When the pulp is infected or damaged, we feel pain.
Infections, such as abscesses, are probably the biggest causes of toothaches. Abscesses affect both the gums and surrounding bones and can cause a lot of damage if left untreated.
We may also feel pain in a tooth that’s being referred from another area of the body, such as the sinuses or ears. So, dental pain may be caused by several factors:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth impaction
- Referred pain
CBD and Dental Pain
Can CBD help with any of this? Research has shown that compounds found in cannabis, like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), help with inflammation and are antioxidants. These properties allow them to help ease many kinds of pain, and there’s no reason why dental pain should be any different. Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is also antibacterial and antiseptic.
Although there’s a lot of new research happening around CBD, not much has specifically focused on dentistry. However, reports based on personal experience seem to be mostly positive. Some people claim that CBD oil offered considerable relief from their dental pain, while others say it didn’t seem to make a difference one way or another.
How Does CBD Help With Dental Pain?
CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors, which are found mainly in the central nervous system. Some of these are linked to the immune system, and CBD helps lower its inflammatory response. This reduction of inflammation helps decrease the tooth pain.
However, It’s important to see a dentist who can treat the cause of the pain. Simply using CBD for your dental pain will not actually cure the problem.
CBD and Dental Pain Research
There has been very little research done specifically on CBD for dental pain. One study from the University of Uberaba in Brazil looked at induced periodontitis in rats and showed how CBD affects weak dental bones. When analyzing the alveolar bone loss, the researchers confirmed that the rats that had received CBD oil had less bone loss and fewer biochemical inflammatory agents.
Of course, it’s going to take a lot more research than just one study of rats before dental professionals accept and use CBD widely.
However, in the meantime, there’s been a lot of research done on CBD for relieving the pain and inflammation caused by other ailments, and there’s little evidence so far of harmful effects.
How to Use CBD for Dental Pain
Topical application of CBD seems to bring the most relief for other forms of pain, so it seems like this would be the case with dental pain, too.
Apply the CBD oil directly to the painful area in the mouth. Whether you use an oral spray, oil, or tincture, topical application like this is safe and fast-acting. Capsules are another option.
- Oil: CBD is dissolved in an inert oil and is applied using a dropper or a spray nozzle. You can use a dropper to add a drop of CBD oil to your toothbrush with your regular toothpaste. Alternatively, you can apply a drop to your finger and rub it directly onto the painful area and surrounding gums.
- Tincture: CBD is dissolved in alcohol. Tinctures are often put into a spray bottle, making them easy to apply.
- Infused Baking Soda: Put a little baking soda onto your damp toothbrush and add a drop of CBD oil. Use this to brush your teeth, concentrating particularly on the affected area.
- Capsule: Swallowing CBD capsules will not bring the immediate relief that direct application does, but they can be useful if the tooth is too sensitive to touch.
Does CBD Cause Dry Mouth?
One of the known side effects of CBD ingestion is a dry mouth. This is more likely when inhaling or swallowing CBD. The reason for this side effect is that CBD reacts with the cannabinoid receptors found in the salivary glands, causing saliva excretion to slow down. Obviously, this is an undesirable side effect, because we need saliva to help keep our teeth clean and prevent cavity formation.
The simple solution to dry mouth is to drink more water than usual, or use a mouthwash specifically manufactured to increase saliva production. Chewing gum containing xylitol is helpful as well. If you’re having a problem with a dry mouth, avoid alcohol, tea, and coffee, as these drinks will make the problem worse.
CBD for Dentist-Related Anxiety
Many people dislike going to the dentist, and some may become extremely anxious about it. Some dentists recommend that such patients take CBD oil before their visit, not only to calm the patient’s nervousness, but also speed up the healing process after a dental procedure. Continuing to take it after the visit will relieve the pain and inflammation caused by dental work. An added bonus is that CBD oil has very few side effects, unlike other anti-inflammatories and painkillers on the market.
It’s always best to check with your dentist before taking CBD oil or indeed any self-administered treatments to help with dental pain. Remember that while CBD may help relieve the symptoms of your pain, it will not fix the underlying problem. You may have been able to help your dental pain and inflammation at home, but only your dentist can diagnose and cure the underlying issue, such as a cavity.
CBD Oil for Tooth Infections: Usage and Tips
Anyone who’s ever suffered at some stage knows tooth pain can be one of the most excruciating annoyances in life, if not cared for correctly. However, what most people do not know is that there are a number of holistic practices and remedies (as well as the obvious brush, floss, and dentist check-ups), which can vastly improve overall dental health. CBD comes into this bracket – with evidence proving that it can help to both protect teeth and alleviate tooth pain.
Though research on CBD in the dentist industry is relatively new, we already know CBD has been trialed and tested as a proficient anti-inflammatory and pain-killing agent. While CBD can be used to soothe any irritation or swelling, it also contains powerful antioxidants and immunity-boosting benefits which fight against bacteria (the original source of the pain).
When it comes to understanding the background story of CBD oil and the cannabis plant, most are familiar with the compound ‘THC’. The plant however contains over 120 different cannabinoids and THC is the only compound with the capacity to intoxicate. In fact, the human body actually has its own endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is built to digest the compounds found in CBD oil, helping us maintain a healthy equilibrium.
As with other health benefits related to CBD usage, an overall holistic approach to health is recommended when using CBD oil for tooth infections, aches, or discomfort.
Does CBD Oil Help Teeth?
So, how does CBD oil for tooth pain work, exactly? Does CBD oil help teeth? As we know, CBD works by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), helping to lower the body’s natural response to inflammation.
A fascinating animal study in Brazil also looked at periodontitis in rats, and how CBD can help to improve weak dental bones. The rats treated with CBD oil for their bone loss had fewer biochemical inflammatory agents and less bone loss than the rats which had not been treated with CBD oil. Naturally, more studies need to take place for any solid conclusions in this area yet, but the signs are promising.
Much research, however, has taken place for CBD in other areas of pain-relief – such as migraines and menstrual cramps – showing little to no harmful side-effects. As CBD is, of course, a plant-derived medicine, the body is able to absorb the substance more easily.
Here are some other ‘home remedies’ you could try, in addition to using CBD to cure your achy tooth:
- Coconut oil is one of nature’s most popular remedies for a huge variety of health purposes, inclusive of dental health. ‘Oil pulling’ is the process of swishing a substantial spoon of coconut oil around your teeth and gums for 15-20 minutes. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil give the teeth a detox, whilst simultaneously whitening, as the bacteria is reduced.
- Clove oil’s natural antiseptic effects can be used as a remedy for any tooth discomfort. Soaking some cotton wool and applying to the affected area should do the trick.
- Cayenne Pepper is another strange choice, however, the secret ingredient is ‘capsaicin’, which can also be used as a topical treatment when applied directly onto the infected or inflamed area.
- Did you know a saltwater rinse can help heal sore gums, by reducing swelling and inflammation? Heat some water with a dash of salt and give that mouth a swish.
- Regularly drinking green tea is great for healthy gums – and therefore teeth.
- Perhaps not the most popular choice due to the inevitable garlicky breath which follows – but did you know a thick garlic paste applied to the point of pain for 20-30 minutes, also has antibacterial properties? We didn’t either.
Can You Put CBD Oil on a Toothache?
The short answer: yes! When using CBD oil for tooth infections, tinctures can actually be applied directly on the toothache area itself. Consuming the CBD oil through the tincture method and/or alongside capsule form will help with the overall inflammation and increasing antibodies.
Please note: smoking cannabis, much like smoking tobacco is detrimental to your dental and gum health. If you’ve recently had to have dental surgery, and this is the reason for your tooth pain, we strongly advise using a CBD oil to soothe, not using the cannabis plant itself.
Can CBD Help with Tooth Pain? Final Thoughts:
When considering using CBD oil for tooth infections, aches, and pains, we always advise seeing a dentist first. It’s important to remember that while CBD can help to soothe and ease the symptoms of the pain, it will not be getting to the root of the problem. The overall conclusion? Think of CBD as more of a holistic, home remedy for low to mild levels of tooth pain. If you are in serious pain and cannot get to the dentist as soon as you’d like, seeing a doctor is highly recommended. Only a dentist can fix the real issue and provide you with a clear diagnosis.
When purchasing a CBD product, always check the labels and be aware that not all oils, tinctures, capsules, and vapes are made the same. Due to legal battles surrounding cannabis products, there are fewer standards in place than say, for lavender oil. We can be confident that we will see this situation improve in the future. For now, just be sure to read up on what is being sold to you, and question everything.