CBD products have gone from a social health trend to a mainstream solution for combatting pain relief, managing your anxiety, and improving your sleep.
The research surrounding CBD having pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects on your body to treat a variety of dental health issues is still evolving and this is what we know in 2022.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is found in cannabis and hemp plants along with a major compound called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which gives you the “high” feeling from cannabis. People take CBD products that don’t have THC in them for anxiety, depression, inflammation, and pain, to avoid the “high” feeling. To learn more about the distinction between and the benefits of CBD and THC, Healthline has a great article you can read here.
What are CBD Gummies and Oil?
CBD oil comes from the Sativa cannabis plant and is mixed with olive oil, MCT, and/or coconut oil to create CBD oil. Forbes Health analyzed and ranked 40 different CBD oils based on price, dietary friendliness, and quality for your benefit here.
A more convenient and enjoyable way to take CBD is through gummies as they are portable and tasty to help with anxiety and insomnia.
What are the benefits of CBD for your oral health?
CBD provides oral health benefits by relieving pain caused by inflammation from dental work, symptoms of dental anxiety or phobia, poor sleep quality, chronic dental pain, teeth sensitivity, receding gums, gum disease, and digestive problems after using anesthesia. CBD is considered the most powerful anti-inflammatory in the world with only minor symptoms like fatigue related to using these products. CBD works by reducing inflammation and aiding in the growth of healthy bacteria by working as an antibacterial/antifungal agent to enhance your oral health. Although it’s not been linked conclusively to healing gum disease adding CBD oil to your daily dental routine can reduce the inflammation of receding gums.
It has also been found more effective in reducing the bacteria of dental plaque compared to other oral care products. CBD is not a miracle supplement and products are not currently ADA approved, yet this sector is fast-growing with high consumer demand for beneficial reasons.
In an article by RDH Magazine CBD products were found more effective in reducing the bacterial content of dental plaque (which causes dental diseases than any other oral care product. If you choose to try these products it is still important to brush your teeth and tongue, use a fluoride mouthwash, and floss between every tooth.
CBD helps with dental anxiety, poor sleep, and tooth pain!
CBD has been connected to helping extreme cases of anxiety in military veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many studies related to sleep disorders, such as insomnia, where anxiety is prevalent. When our ability to get quality sleep is negatively impacted, it can lead to diseases and a weaker immune system. Poor sleep quality causes issues like interruptions in your breathing that lead to more cavities, yellow teeth, and potentially sleep apnea. If this describes yourself, using CBD oil under your tongue or as a gummy before bed can help you cut down on cavities, gum disease, and teeth discolouration.
Depending on your level of fear surrounding visiting the dentist, your dentist may even recommend that you take a supplement before you come for your appointment to help you relax.
What does the rise of CBD mean for dentistry?
With research trials in advanced stages and countless oral health care benefits of CBD found, according to Forbes Health, we can expect to see many CBD oral hygiene products like mouthwash and toothpaste for treating gum disease. The advances in research and development of CBD as a treatment for a wide range of diseases may even see certain properties getting approved by the FDA to be added to the foods and beverages that we eat or drink. Regardless of how common the use of any cannabis product becomes, we always recommend that you disclose the use of these products to your dentist before any treatment is performed, as it is an important aspect of your dental history.
Conclusion (CBD can help prevent and treat a number of dental issues)!
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD products, consumer demand is on the rise and oral health companies are constantly looking to manufacture new products that contain these properties. These products have shown to be effective in relieving inflammation, helping with anxiety, improving sleep, and reducing pain but you should always consult with a medical professional before taking them.
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