Brushing, flossing, and in most cases, mouthwash are essential for taking care of your teeth. However, when you have a mental illness like depression or a physical condition that makes everyday activities difficult to do, you can fall behind in your routine. While it would never be recommended to remedy a serious illness on your own and without consulting a doctor, there are several less pertinent health problems where it is possible to experiment. One such area is oral health, a medical field that is often torn between conventional advice like using fluoridated toothpaste or trying natural – and sometimes ancient – tricks such as coconut oil swilling. Some are hesitant to use fluoride as it may be a neurotoxin. Developing cavities and gum disease are the most common punishments for neglecting oral hygiene, but research suggests that CBD oil can help.
Cannabidiol can help with oral hygiene by regulating the endocannabinoid system as well as honing antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can drop a few drops of CBD oil on your toothbrush or take it sublingually to help your mouth heal from the damage caused by the bacteria or fungus growth. Brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of plaque around the teeth and on the gumline. The formation of plaque essentially creates a breeding ground on the teeth for bacteria to accumulate and thrive. If the plaque is left undisturbed for too long, then it can harden into tartar or calculus, which is pretty much impossible to remove at home and requires a deep clean at the dentist.
Gingivitis is treatable by using an antibacterial or strengthening your oral hygiene routine, but if it doesn’t get taken care of it can turn into periodontitis.
While gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, periodontitis is when the tooth itself is infected or inflamed. This gum disease can cause bone loss, creating gaps in your gums that collect plaque and is much harder to clean. As bone tissue is lost, teeth will become loose and begin to fall out. This gum disease is irreversible and may require surgery.
Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition, and with CBD able to regulate inflammation in the body by interacting with CB2 receptors, there is certainly potential for a CBD oil or mouthwash to help with bleeding gums. The analgesic effects of CBD may also work as a treatment for sensitive teeth. Vigorously swilling CBD-infused oil around the mouth will also tackle bacteria. While none of this will reduce the necessity of regular dental check-ups, it could still be a useful addition to your oral care routine.
These kinds of CBD medicine can efficiently reduce toothache pain and swelling:
Oils and Tinctures: CBD medication most often comes in the form of oils and tinctures. These types of CBD medicine also happen to work very effectively to reduce tooth pain if you use them correctly. They consist of CBD dissolved in an oil or alcohol and often have a dropper or spray nozzle. Drop or spray your medicine right on the affected area, and use your finger to rub it into the tooth and nearby gums.
Infused Toothpaste: You won’t commonly find CBD toothpaste on the shelves of your local dispensary, but you can create your own home remedy. Add a drop of CBD oil to baking soda or your regular toothpaste. If you have a lot of pain, brush the affected area gently and carefully.
Capsules and Tea: You ingest tea or a capsule, so it won’t give immediate relief like the previous two methods. However, when your tooth becomes too sensitive to touch the area, taking a capsule or adding CBD oil to your tea will also work. The CBD will eventually circulate to your mouth and relieve your toothache symptoms.
Only time will tell how effective a CBD solution and other antibacterial and antimicrobial cannabinoids will be for oral health troubles, but with the industry so torn between mainstream treatments and alternative remedies, more cannabis research in this area should be expected soon.