Does Cannabis Affect Dental Health? Here's What You Should Know By Alex Hecht on October 09, 2023

Man eating cannabis-infused chocolate and experiencing a toothache

Marijuana has been legal in New York City for a few years now. With numerous dispensaries in the city and an increase in recreational cannabis use, it’s important to consider how weed affects the health of your teeth, gums, and other structures of the mouth.

Below are some general observations from the team at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist about marijuana and oral health. We’ve also included some advice on oral hygiene and some treatment options for optimal care. When you visit our South Shore Staten Island dental office in Woodrow we can discuss ways to enhance your smile.

How Smoking Marijuana Affects Your Dental Health

Smoking weed can lead a number of issues, some of which crossover with eating THC edibles. These are two key dental problems associated with smoking marijuana:

  • Tooth Discoloration and Staining - The smoke from marijuana passes the teeth, which can lead to gradual discoloration. This applies to whether you’re smoking marijuana or vaping marijuana. Over time, you may notice your teeth appear yellow or brownish.
  • Dry Mouth - Marijuana use will often lead to dry mouth. A dry mouth isn’t just uncomfortable. A dry mouth can lead to bad breath and increase your risk of enamel erosion, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and gum recession.

How Cannabis-Infused Edibles Can Affect Your Dental Health

THC edibles can take many forms, including chocolates, gummies, savory snacks, baked goods, and beverages. These edibles are often linked to these problems:

  • Risk of Tooth Decay - Edibles increase your risk of cavities and severe tooth decay. This is particularly true if you do not brush and floss regularly. Neglecting your teeth could lead to root canal infection and tooth loss if you aren’t careful.
  • Risk of Gum Disease - With increased oral bacteria in the mouth, you also face an increased risk of gum disease. Left untreated, periodontal inflammation may progress from gingivitis to periodontitis.

Oral Hygiene Advice

If you do use cannabis, the team at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist recommends the following tips for good dental health:

  • Rinse your mouth with water after smoking or ingesting cannabis
  • Drink water to keep your mouth moist and to stay hydrated
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day

Treatment Options for Dental Problems

If you do experience any problems with your teeth or gums, the team at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist may recommend one of these treatments:

  • Teeth Whitening - Teeth whitening can bleach away stains that originate at the surface of your teeth.
  • Veneers - Veneers are excellent for masking stains and other cosmetic imperfections.
  • Dental Crowns - Dental crowns can cap teeth that have been severely decayed, eroded, or otherwise damaged.
  • Periodontal Care - If your gums have receded or you’re experiencing gum inflammation, professional periodontal treatment is necessary.
  • Dental Implants - For tooth loss, dental implants can securely support natural-looking restorations.

Our Dentists Are Here to Help: Contact Us Today

Don’t let dental problems get you down. Our team can help treat issues as they arise and offer insight into preventative care options. To learn more about enhancing your smile and staying healthy, contact Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist.

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