Cannabis in Canada and its Dental Consequences
Now that cannabis use is legal in Canada, we are seeing more dental patients experiencing symptoms related to cannabis use. The most common oral health risks are:
- Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
- This can lead to cavities.
- Attachment loss
- Gingival enlargement (Puffy gums)
Cannabis causes excessive oral dryness, whether it is taken for recreational or medical purposes. Ways to reduce tooth decay associated with dry mouth are as follows:
- Drink more water (9 -12 cups per day)
- Brush and floss twice a day.
- Eat regular meals.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages after smoking.
- Avoid overly salty foods.
- Use artificial saliva, available at your local pharmacy (Xylimelts, Biotène®)
- Visit your dentist/hygienist regularly.