Holistic dentists understand that there are many safe and natural ways to take care of your oral health. A very popular compound right now known as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is making waves online and throughout the country because of its numerous health benefits. In many cases, cannabidiol is known for its positive effects for seizure patients. However, did you know it also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties?
To learn how CBD can help those with gum disease, tooth decay and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), keep reading!
Gum disease most commonly appears due to poor oral hygiene, however, some people are more susceptible to it based on their genetics as well. The most common culprit is dental plaque that is left on the teeth and gums, which causes inflammation and irritation. This leads to the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. After enough time, it can develop into a more serious form known as periodontitis which damages the tooth and bone holding it in place, eventually resulting in tooth loss.
Cannabidiol can reduce inflammation and sensitivity to pain as well as minimize damage caused by gum disease. This is because CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors in the brain, which mediate the immune functions of the body. While this results in a more effective immune response to gum disease, its still important to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist for routine cleanings.
A common cause of decay is oral bacteria, which releases plaque acids after consuming starches or sugars in the mouth. This common bacteria, known as Streptococcus mutans, erodes enamel and creates cavities in your teeth. As this cavity increases in size, so does the passage for bacteria to reach deeper into the tooth. If bacteria reaches the pulp, it can easily cause an infection, which leads to pain, sensitivity and the need for expensive root canal therapy later.
By including CBD oil in your oral care routine, you can defend yourself against oral bacteria, particularly Streptococcus mutans. While more testing is needed, it is shown to have positive effects against inflammation and decay associated with cavities.
TMJ is a disorder revolving around the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It is characterized by pain and discomfort caused by erosion, inflammation and displacement. This condition typically results in chronic jaw pain, popping or clicking of the jaw, difficulty chewing and jaw locking.
Based on a study centered around participants with TMJ, those who used cannabidiol noticed a reduction in their symptoms. This is because cannabidiol can help with inflammation and decrease sensitivity to pain. CBD also works to relieve stress and anxiety, which is often the cause of habits related to TMJ, including teeth grinding and clenching.
Got a question regarding CBD oil and its place in the dental world? Schedule an appointment with a dentist today and stay informed!
About the Author
Dr. Benjamin Hornstein is experienced in a wide variety of areas in dentistry, including neuromuscular occlusion and therapies, periodontal treatment and holistic approaches in dental medicine. This allows him to create a dental care plan that truly meets the unique needs of every patient. To learn more about his practice or about holistic dentistry, you can contact him through his website.