The effect of cannabidiol (CBD) has been widely embraced by all sorts of industries for the compound’s ability to provide relief against inflammation, pain, skin afflictions and stress. There’s a substantial amount of evidence that suggests CBD could also help people cope with tooth aches and dental afflictions.
While there have been no studies that look into the specific relationship between tooth aches and CBD, there is a lot of evidence — both anecdotal and scientific — that documents CBD’s power against inflammation, pain and bacteria, which are all important factors when it comes to dental health.
One study looking into cannabinoids with anti-inflammatory properties a lot of positive effects to CBD, being capable of controlling pro-inflammatory cells and reducing swelling and pain. Another study found antibacterial properties on CBD oil, making it capable of killing staphylococci and streptococci bacteria, both responsible for spreading infections and diseases.
Green Flower Botanicals says that full spectrum hemp oil has also been linked with pain relief, putting a temporary stop on tooth aches, stating that “when it comes to pain related to inflammation, hemp oil is one of the safest and most potent healing tools at your disposal.”
Dental surgeon Mark Burhenne says he recommends CBD oil for some of his patients to calm the anxiety that comes with a visit to the dentist and speeding up the healing process of those who underwent dental surgery. “Besides relieving “going to the dentist anxiety,” I suggest my patients use CBD oil for pain, which is often caused by inflammation from dental work. CBD is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in the world and generally causes zero side effects. You can’t say that about any medication prescribed for pain!” he explains.
While all of this evidence paints a great picture for CBD and oral health, it’s important to remember that no official studies have been conducted and that negative side effects have been found. For example, smoking marijuana has long been related to dry mouth, an issue that prevents the production of regular amounts of saliva. When it comes to mouth wounds, saliva is extremely important for the healing process, maintaining bacterial growth under control and contributing to gum and teeth health.