Dental Tip – Cannabis and Your Smile

Marijuana use is a debatable issue. Despite the natural drug having over being used for over 2,000 years without one death being directly linked to the substance, the country is divided. Although the weed is safer to consume than alcohol, the drug is not without its shortcomings. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), a study conducted in New Zealand and released by the Journal of the American Medical Association, has shown that habitual pot-smokers have a greater risk of developing “periodontal disease by age 32.”

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study evaluated 903 men and women born in 1972 and 1973. The ADA reports participants received “dental examinations, including periodontal measurements, at ages 26 and 32 years, and the authors compared data in three exposure groups: no exposure to cannabis, some use, or regular use.” The results indicated, “that regular cannabis smokers (at least 41 occasions during the previous year) were three times more likely to have significant periodontal attachment loss than non-smokers of cannabis.”

For decades the dental industry has been very aware of the negative correlation between tobacco use and a healthy mouth, this was the first study that focused on the relation between cannabis and dental health.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports marijuana is the nations’ most widely used illegal drug, however many states are in the process of trying to change the statistics by legalizing the drug. Fourteen states have already approved the use of medical marijuana for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses like cancer and