Cannabis use and its link to gum disease
The recent spate of new recreational and medical marijuana laws could spell the beginning of a growing oral public health problem. Researchers have found that frequent recreational use of cannabis — including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil — increases the risk of gum disease.
The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Among the study participants, frequent recreational cannabis users had more sites with pocket depths indicative of moderate to severe periodontal disease than less frequent users.
While more research is needed to determine if medical marijuana has a similar impact on oral health, the study findings suggest that dental care providers should ask their patients about cannabis habits.”
Recreational users should be made aware of the impact that any form of cannabis can have on the health of their gums.”
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