Is It Possible to Use CBD Oil in Dentistry?

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Have you, your family or your friends considered the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil as a sleep aid or to reduce anxiety? The use of CBD oil in various areas of health care has increased in recent years, yet what about the use of CBD oil in dentistry? Here's more about what CBD oil is, how it differs from other products in its field and whether it has been approved for dental use.

What Is CBD Oil?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the cannabis plant is grown in several varieties and is a source of more than 500 compounds. One class of chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, interact with the human nervous system. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of these cannabinoids and is responsible for the plant's psychoactive effects. CBD is another cannabinoid compound found in the plant, but unlike THC, it is non-psychotropic.

After CBD is extracted from specific plant parts, it's mixed with various oils or alcohols and made into lotions, topical gels, sprays, capsules or edibles.

Uses of CBD Oil

The ADA states that CBD oil is used by individuals with the intent to relieve symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Epilepsy

However, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that consumers should be cautious when purchasing and using CBD products, as there are currently no consistent regulations for these products, and many actually may not contain CBD.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is only one CBD product that is FDA-approved, which is a prescription drug to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Since there are many products on the market touting unproven medical claims and manufactured with unknown quality controls, it's important to do your research and review all the possible effects thoroughly before trying any product.

Ultimately, as of now, there is no FDA-approved use for CBD oil in dentistry.

Possible Side Effects of CBD Products

The FDA cautions consumers about the potential side effects of taking CBD, including liver injury and side effects relating to CBD's interactions with other drugs. According to Harvard Medical School, CBD can also lead to fatigue, nausea, irritability and increased levels of the blood thinner coumadin. CBD products on the market may contain additional elements, and as they are considered unregulated, it's difficult to know for sure what these products actually contain.

The Opinion of Dental Professionals

It may be tempting to try a product that claims to possess so many health benefits, but it's wise to remain cautious. If either you or a family member uses products containing CBD oil before, during or after a dental procedure, please inform your dental professional. There is no clear evidence that reports consistent results linking CBD oil in dentistry with the ability to relieve oral pain or dental anxiety. Additional research needs to be conducted on the subject, and the best advice is to always follow the medication instructions given by your individual dental professional.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. Here are a few of the conditions to be aware of:

Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.

Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.

Dental fillings break down – fillings have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and bacteria can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.