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Last updated on 25 May 2022
Have You Asked Your Dentist About CBD Oil For Toothaches?
If you haven’t, why not? It’s widely known that THC and CBD have anti-inflammatory, and bone-stimulating properties which can help with severe conditions such as arthritis, why not use it for dental pain and swelling?
So, should you consider trying CBD oil the next time you get a toothache? Let’s look at some causes of tooth pain, and how CBD can help combat it.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
There can be many reasons for a toothache, but most of the time, the cause of a toothache is an infection. Bacteria buildup on the teeth and gums eventually spread to the nerves and blood vessels located on the inner part of the teeth. Infrequent brushing and poor hygiene help bacteria thrive.
Whatever the cause of pain might be, it is always recommended to visit a medical professional if you have a long-lasting or a severe toothache. Moreover, a professional check-up and cleaning every 6 months or 1 year is always advisable as a method of prevention for any dental disease.
Since there still isn’t enough research into the use of CBD in dentistry, the benefits have not been investigated thoroughly. As it is difficult to dose CBD, the results are inconsistent. Some patients find pain relief from their toothache with CBD oil, and some do not.
Watch Out For “Cottonmouth”
Those who consume cannabis know about cottonmouth. It’s a common symptom that happens whether you are consuming cannabis with THC or hemp with CBD. Cottonmouth just simply means dry mouth. Typically after consuming cannabis people may feel that their mouth becomes dry and they feel thirsty.
It’s important to remember that when recovering from any dental surgery, saliva is important. It contains antibacterial compounds that keep bacterial growth in check. Saliva also contains enzymes and proteins essential to tooth and gum health.
This is the reason it is important to be careful when using CBD oil to treat a toothache. Like THC, it also causes dry mouth. You just need to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You can also chew gum if you feel your mouth is getting dry to stimulate saliva production. Dry mouth due to CBD oil treatment goes away after some time. Dry mouth will happen less often when your body adjusts to the presence of CBD.
Plain & Simple: DO NOT Smoke Cannabis After Tooth Extraction
Your dentist will warn you not to smoke after tooth extraction because smoking may cause dry socket. What is a dry socket? After removing one of the permanent teeth, a blood clot forms where it was removed. This clot of blood is important for healing, as it protects the bone and nerve endings.
When you smoke, the sucking motion causes pressure on your gums. This pressure is enough to damage the blood clot and a dry hole is formed. If the blood clot is removed, dissolved, or not completely formed, the nerve endings and bone become prone to infection. This condition is accompanied by severe pain in the oral cavity and in the face and requires immediate attention from the dentist.
How long should you wait before smoking cannabis after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
People often ask : “How soon can I smoke cannabis after tooth extraction?”
After your tooth has been removed, you should give up smoking for a period of two days to 1 week. If you really need to smoke, try to wait for 2 days but a 7 day period would be optimal to ensure that the wound has completely healed.
If you really need your fix of THC or CBD it is better for you to use edibles while the wound is healing.
Dry socket can be far worse than you think. It is worth waiting for the healing process to finish before smoking cannabis again.
Do you have any experience consuming cannabis after a tooth extraction? Do you use CBD oil to manage dental pain? Leave a comment and stay healthy!
With close to two decades of successful stint in the Media industry, I felt I was surely missing a piece in my life puzzle. I took a break and set out to seek the purpose of my life. I travelled, lived out of a suitcase, let things flow into life without resisting, and after five challenging years, I found my rhythm. I love to write about Cannabis and Health and try my best to simplify esoteric concepts into simple ideas for life.