There are very few people in the world who can honestly say that they don’t feel a bit apprehensive when seeing a dentist. After all, doing any dental work means putting yourself in a vulnerable position, with someone standing over you with an actual drill in their hand. Also, the possibility of experiencing some pain is real.
Who wouldn’t be afraid of that?
Luckily, CBD can help you deal with dental anxiety, allowing you to go to your regular check-ups feeling more calm and relaxed. But, that’s not all. The research on cannabis in dentistry is limited but suggest that CBD can also help with a toothache, gum abscesses, periodontitis, and post surgery trauma.
Read on to learn more about the studies conducted in this particular niche and learn how CBD products can help your dental health!
CBD Reducing Dental Anxiety
Did you know that the fear of visiting a dentist’s office is more common than the fear of heights?
A lot of adults struggle with it, which contributes immensely to their deteriorating oral health. And, once your teeth start to go, a lot of other systems in the body start to follow. Keeping the oral cavity healthy is an essential component of living a healthy overall life.
CBD provenly works at lowering the anxiety levels. There are numerous studies out there that have all concluded that. For example, this Betthauser et al study from 2015 found that CBD’s remarkable properties can help with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and anxiety-induced insomnia. Also, this Bergamaschi et al study from 2011 concluded that CBD is an effective treatment for different phobias, including anxiety-triggered fear of public speaking and others. Here are additional links (here and here) to studies with overwhelmingly similar findings. We could go on and on but we’re sure that even the most fervent doubters of CBD’s effectiveness should be swayed by this vast body of scientific evidence.
Another thing that makes CBD a preferred treatment for dental anxiety is the fact that it has no side-effects and it’s not psychoactive. Pure CBD packs a lot of health benefits, but it doesn’t alter the mind or the perception. Some of those health benefits are closely related to dental health so we will get to them in a minute.
CBD DOSAGE FOR DENTAL ANXIETY
Back to CBD and dental anxiety. To make it work for you, you need to know the method of taking it and the CBD dosage that you should aim for. For adult patients, most dentists suggest taking 1.5 milligrams for every 10 pounds you weigh. Most people will fall between 15 to 30 milligrams. One full dosage should be taken the night before your visit to the dentist, and another full dosage on the morning of your procedure. For children, the CBD dosage is smaller – around ten drops (or sprays) administered orally should do the trick. Of course, everyone’s metabolism is different so you can up your dosage a bit the next time if you feel that you took too little.
CBD For Toothache, Abscesses & Other Tooth Conditions
We already know that CBD has great anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and analgesic properties. That said, there’s not a lot of research into the application of it and other cannabis derivatives in dentistry. Studies that are available are mostly animal trials, and anecdotal evidence, while favoring the use of CBD, is far from conclusive.
However, most dental experts agree that CBD has the potential for treating various conditions, especially the acute ones, a category in which most dental troubles neatly fit. The painkilling properties of CBD and THC are believed to be an effective treatment of toothaches, abscesses, periodontitis and other conditions, not the least of which is post-surgery trauma.
To understand why CBD might be very effective for oral health, we first need to understand why we get toothaches in the first place.
Most toothaches happen because of an infection. The inner part of our teeth contains nerves and blood vessels that make us feel heat, cold, touch, and pain too. This inner part is named dentine, and just like any other part of our body, it hurts when infected. Bacteria that form farms on our teeth thanks to the food that we eat can eat through the outer part of the tooth, causing a cavity. A cavity is a hole in the enamel (protective layer) of the tooth, and that hole allows the bacteria to go in deeper, infecting the dentine. This causes infection, swelling, nerve pressure, and pain – sometimes, a lot of it!
Another common source of dental issues and toothache are periodontal diseases and abscesses. These affect the bone and the gums, causing inflammation and pain. Whatever the cause of your dental problems, CBD might potentially help with treating it. However, the most important thing you can do for your oral health is to get regular check-ups and up your teeth-cleaning game. That means regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
CBD & Dental Health Studies
Toothaches are notoriously difficult to effectively treat, especially when the root cause is not a visible minor cavity. To do it effectively, there needs to be a combination of analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory agents that are working together to solve the underlying problem. The key word here is anti-inflammatory – you can treat the pain, but if you’re not treating the inflammation, you’re simply masking a symptom. The pain will come back eventually and, at that point, it might be even greater and the tooth in question might be beyond saving. CBD is a natural remedy in these case because it packs all those effects that you need in a single compound. In addition to that, terpenes usually found in broad spectrum CBD can enhance these sought-after properties and help treat your toothache even faster.
The inflammation that occurs in our bodies (and in our gums and jaw) is a preemptive attack launched by our immune system. It serves the purpose of fighting bacterial and viral attacks. However, this does not mean that inflammations are a good thing every single time. Cannabinoid receptors in our system can be stimulated to lower inflammatory processes when they are not beneficial. That stimulant is CBD, and it can also affect our submandibular glands, which can return our oral responses into a homeostatic balance. Here is where CBD’s topical benefit is effective. By applying it topically to the oral cavity, we help keep the inflammation at bay, and reduce the number of harmful microorganisms that can be found there.
There are some indications that CBD can reduce bone resorption in severe cases of periodontal disease. Researchers took a closer look at periodontitis in rats in this particular study published by the University of Uberaba, Brazil. They induced periodontitis in rats that were previously given steady doses of CBD. The analysis of alveolar bone loss demonstrated that CBD-treated animals presented a decreased alveolar bone loss and a lower expression of the typical biochemical inflammation markers.
CBD & Oral Hygiene
As we already mentioned, CBD’s properties allow it to keep at bay viral, fungal, and bacterial infections. This means that you can use it not only reactively, but also preventively. For example, brushing your teeth with a toothpaste with the addition of CBD can drastically reduce the number of bad bacteria that collect in your mouth.
These kinds of toothpaste are already available on the market. However, you don’t have to buy before you test out if this is something that might be beneficial for you. If you already have CBD oil, tinctures, or capsules, making your own CBD-infused toothpaste is not difficult. Get a small container and the brand of toothpaste that you usually use. Empty that toothpaste into the container and add some CBD – empty a capsule in it, or drop 15 to 20 drops of CBD oil inside and mix well. Use this for several weeks to gauge the effect it has for you. If you find it beneficial, ordering CBD toothpaste online is easy. Or, you can simply continue mixing your own!
CBD Can Help Overall Dental Health – If You Use It Correctly
Probably the easiest and most effective way to treat toothaches and abscesses is to apply CBD directly to the problematic area. This topical application can be done with droppers or syringes and you can use CBD oils and tinctures. The tissues will absorb CBD and it will start acting on the receptors closes to the application area immediately.
Considering that oils and tinctures might not be readily available, it’s also possible to apply capsules or pills. For example, you can empty a CBD capsule and apply the powder where needed.
If you’re looking for some after surgery pain relief, or just want to make sure that the healing process is as fast as possible, you can dip some cotton in CBD oil and apply it to the area. This also works for large wounds left after a tooth extraction. The CBD in the cotton pad is gradually released into your system and acts as a disinfectant and an analgesic.
In certain cases, it might not be advisable to touch the affected area. If this is the case, you want to apply CBD systematically. You can do this with capsules, tablets but the preferred method might be vaping your CBD. Vaping actually allows you to control the dosage that you’re taking, while knowing that most of that CBD is made available to your body (bioavailability with other methods of application is lower). Taking CBD in this form is not only beneficial to your dental health, it does wonders for every system in your body where cannabinoid receptors can be found. This includes your brain, liver, kidneys, and pretty much every other major organ.
If you have any questions or doubts about using CBD for toothaches and dental problems, don’t hesitate to contact us. We also recommend talking to your dentist about this: is it a good idea for you to take CBD for dental anxiety; for pain; for inflammation? They know your medical history better and will be able to give you a more accurate answer. In the meantime, we will keep a close eye on what the scientific community is researching when it comes to CBD and dentistry, and promise to keep you posted about any and all developments!