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Marijuana Use Impacts Oral Health

Researchers have found that marijuana use has significant impact on oral health. The following bullet points for example:

  • Alveolar bone loss
  • Gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Gingival hyperplasia (excess gum growth)
  • Gingival leukoplakia (abnormal white strands on mucosa)
  • Increased appetite for unhealthy food and drinks
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral thrush (yeast infection)
  • Poor oral hygiene and diet
  • Potential tachycardia if an anesthetic is given
  • Tooth decay and tooth loss
  • Tooth staining
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

Marijuana use does have overall health concerns for all people.

~Dr. Doug

Additional information can be found in the September CDA Journal on Page 19 –> https://www.cda.org/Portals/0/journal/journal_092017.pdf#page=19

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