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.
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!
Have you asked your dentist about CBD Oil for toothaches? It’s widely known that CBD has anti-inflammatory.
The Benefits of Marijuana for the Mouth
- Publish on: 14-Aug-2015
The Benefits of Marijuana for the Mouth
The possibility marijuana possesses to treat many medical ailments has been the focus of many studies over the past few decades. It is the cannabinoids in marijuana that hold the key to treating (and maybe curing) diseases from Alzheimer’s to Cancer to Diabetes. Even certain mental and psychological disorders can be balanced out using marijuana.
People overlook the mouth in many treatment studies and usually limit treatment to pain relief. The possibilities are endless when it comes to treating problems in the mouth. People generally know that marijuana fights nausea, what they may not know is that preveionfnting nausea helps save your teeth.
When a person has acid reflux or is prone to bouts of indigestion, what happens is the acid from the stomach makes its way to the esophagus. From the esophagus, these acids can make their way to the throat and mouth. Even when it is in small amounts, stomach acid is bad news for teeth.
When indigestion and acid reflux get severe enough, it can lead to increased vomiting and food sensitivity. Needless to say, both of these will expose your teeth to large amounts of stomach acid.
Smoking is actually one of the least effective methods of using marijuana. From a medical standpoint, 90% of the medicine in marijuana is “up in smoke.” When using edibles or vaporizers, more of the cannabinoids are taken into the body. Thus, you get more benefit.
For tooth pain, THC topically work wonders. Marijuana is fat-soluble, it enters the membranes and the skin. This versatile little plant can be used as a lotion, balm, ointment, solution, chapstick, put in drinks, or as a poultice (using the leaves). Poultices, solutions, and ointments are the best options for the treatment of many oral conditions.
Proper dental treatment should always be sought, but as a temporary treatment, marijuana and its derivatives can be used to treat the symptoms of toothaches, abscesses, canker sores, and more. In states where medical and/or recreational marijuana laws exist, these topical treatments are readily available.
Many people who use THC products to alleviate pain or for other medical conditions prefer to use topicals because the effects are localized. This means that there isn’t the “high” which is associated with ingesting, smoking, or vaporizing methods.
In its raw form, THC is immune modulating, which helps patients with diabetes (see: http://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/dental-services/periodontics-gum-disease/ for more information). Marijuana has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and bone stimulation properties. All of which can help with various tooth maladies.
It is not all good, however. The drying sensation which occurs in your mouth when you smoke, more commonly known as “cotton mouth,” may be linked to gum disease. I do want to state here that smoking anything will affect your mouth. It can cause tinting of the teeth and gum problems. To counteract these, brush frequently, floss, and use mouth rinses. Also, consider alternative methods such as vaporizers and edibles.
If you are going to use any THC product, drink a lot of water, avoid sugar, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, and use sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production. As long as you take the necessary steps to avoid cottonmouth, these dangers can be avoided.
Before using any marijuana based products to treat gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai (a well-respected Miami dentist who has earned the trust of his patients for their dental care needs). A dental check-up every six months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health so when that law passes, you’ll have a dentist who knows his stuff.
Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2015
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