- Cannabis use can affect your oral health by putting you at higher risk for cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Like smoking, it decreases the amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is important in neutralizing acidity in the mouth. It is the acidity that weakens the tooth structure.
- How cannabis is consumed is also important information. Ingestion of cannabis will have less effect on your oral health vs. inhalation which is associated with increased risk of oral cancer.
- Cannabis can affect the medication or anesthetic used during a dental appointment. It is important to advise the dental hygienist or dentist if cannabis has recently been consumed. Cannabis may possibly cause a drug interaction which may lead to a medical emergency.
- Whether cannabis is being used for recreational or medicinal purposes is also good information to have. Frequent, long term use of cannabis can lead to higher risk of cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. By knowing how often cannabis is used, we can design an individualized program to help prevent potential oral health risks.
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Christine, Dental Hygienist, Maple Mews Dental