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How To Use CBD Oil for Gum Disease

Key Takeaways

  • CBD oil is not a replacement for regular oral care.
  • It may help reduce gum inflammation and fight infections.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an oral health issue affecting millions worldwide. Gum infection and inflammation can significantly and adversely affect oral health. Oral hygiene and nutrition therapy are the most effective ways to prevent the condition. Using CBD oil for gum disease may also be an option.

The primary cause of gum disease is plaque buildup, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, genetics, and certain medical conditions can increase the risk of developing gum disease.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease has two main stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, where the infection spreads deeper into the gums and can lead to bone and tooth loss.

Gum disease treatment typically involves professional dental cleanings, antibiotics, and, in severe cases, surgery to repair damaged tissue. However, emerging research suggests that CBD oil, derived from the cannabis plant, may offer promising benefits in managing gum disease and alleviating associated symptoms.

How CBD Oil Can Help

CBD (cannabidiol) is known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation plays a crucial role in the progression of gum disease, contributing to gum tissue damage and bone loss. By reducing inflammation, CBD oil may help alleviate symptoms associated with gum disease, such as redness, swelling, and tenderness of the gums. Additionally, CBD's anti-inflammatory effects can promote healing and tissue regeneration, aiding in the repair of damaged gum tissue.(1)

Tooth pain is a common symptom of gum disease, especially in the advanced stages where the infection reaches the tooth roots and surrounding tissues. CBD oil has been shown to possess analgesic properties, which can help alleviate tooth pain associated with gum disease. By interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system, CBD may modulate pain perception and provide relief from discomfort.

Using CBD oil for tooth pain can be as simple as applying a few drops directly to the affected area or incorporating it into an oral care routine. Some individuals may also find relief by using CBD-infused toothpaste or mouthwash.

Bacterial infection is a primary driver of gum disease, contributing to the development and progression of the condition. Studies have shown that CBD oil exhibits antibacterial properties, capable of inhibiting the growth of various strains of bacteria, including those associated with periodontal disease. CBD oil may help reduce plaque buildup, prevent infection, and support overall oral health by targeting harmful bacteria in the oral cavity.

Incorporating CBD oil into a daily oral hygiene routine can effectively harness its antibacterial effects. This can involve using CBD-infused toothpaste, mouthwash, or topical applications directly to the gums.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, CBD oil shows promise as a natural remedy for managing gum disease and alleviating associated symptoms. Its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antibacterial properties make it a valuable addition to conventional treatments for gum disease.

People want to know how to use CBD oil for gum disease. Sure, regular intake of CBD oil to reduce inflammation and suppress infection is the best way.

Of course, one may also consider a CBD vape pen. It is a relatively less healthy option than CBD oil, but it may be a good choice for tobacco smokers. CBD vaping is much safer, it does not harm dental health,  and, unlike smoking, it has no yellowing effect on teeth. This is because vapes produce vapour and not smoke.(2)

CBD is not a treatment for gum diseases, but it may help in multiple ways. My experience says it can help, but only if one uses proper oral hygiene and other measures to prevent oral health issues. One should not expect CBD oil alone to be of significant help. However, CBD vaping could be a good and healthier solution for tobacco smokers, and in such cases, it may be of real value for preventing gum disease.

References

  1. Atalay S, Jarocka-Karpowicz I, Skrzydlewska E. Antioxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Cannabidiol. Antioxidants (Basel). 2019 Dec 25;9(1):21.
  2. nhs.uk [Internet]. 2022 [cited 2024 Mar 27]. Vaping to quit smoking - Better Health. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/vaping-to-quit-smoking/
Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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