Marijuana and oral health

Marijuana has been readily available these days in our society, the general consensus in the population that it’s not harmful, and it’s a safe thing to use. Now we have some major studies that extensively examined the association of Marijuana use with some serious problems in the mouth. Here is the list I copied from the American Academy of General

Dentistry Impact publication:

  • Loss of the bone supporting teeth in the mouth.
  • Tooth decay, and tooth loss.
  • Tooth staining.
  • Dry mouth (which contribute to decay and gum tissue inflammation)
  • Gingivitis, and periodontitis.
  • Gingival hyperplasia (increase in the size of the gum tissue).
  • Gingival Leukoplakia (precancerous).
  • Increase appetite for cariogenic foods and drinks.
  • Oral Cancer.
  • Oral candidiasis (fungal infection).
  • Possible peripheral dilatation and tachycardia associated with Marijuana toxicity when an anesthetic is given.
  • Uvilitis.