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.
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