When you're sitting in the dentist's chair, your mouth can give a lot of clues about your overall health and lifestyle!
Regular cannabis use can lead to a number of oral health problems, including xerostomia (dry mouth), a significant increase in the development of caries, and irritation and damage to oral tissues. A correlation has also been found between cannabis use and the risk of periodontal disease.
Data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study of New Zealand found that participants who persistently used cannabis for up to 20 years had a greater rate of periodontal disease.
Dentist and Nicorinse founder John Nesbitt states that “there are more tars in higher levels in [cannabis] than in cigarettes” and, especially since smokers hold it in before exhaling, it has more contact with the surfaces in the mouth. Preventing damage from the smoke is paramount and reducing absorption through the soft tissues of the mouth is key, he says.
Using a rinse, particularly one like Nicorinse which is specially formulated to wash away tar and nicotine, both before and after smoking is ideal. Rinsing before moisturizes and cares for the mouth, reducing the adhesion of tar, and rinsing after helps flush the tars and residue away.
The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study also found that cannabis users tend to have additional habits that contribute to periodontal disease, including brushing their teeth and flossing less frequently than non-users.
If you are a smoker, tobacco or cannabis, emphasizing a consistent oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, and a rinse can make a positive impact.