When you think about oral health, your mind probably jumps straight to dentists, flossing, and those powerful minty fresh toothpastes. But what if we told you that CBD is not only a great way to reduce anxiety around going to the dentist, but can also be directly beneficial in maintaining a high level of oral health?
In this article we will be sharing a little more from behind the scenes of your oral health; touching on what can damage it and how CBD can help with managing everyday pain and sensitivity.
What is Oral Health?
Oral health, or oral hygiene, refers to the state of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, throat, and all the bones around the mouth and jawline. With oral health often linked to other health problems, maintaining a high level of oral health is important in keeping your whole body healthy - and yet through sheer fear and anxiety, so many of us avoid going to the dentist at all costs.
But we shouldn’t. The most serious oral diseases can cause loss of teeth and severe pain, while even those more common everyday upsets can result in a debilitating level of irritation and discomfort. Good oral health is also important for your quality of life, with gum and tooth pain among some of the most demoralising ailments that people can suffer due to the impact that it has on our ability to eat and even talk.
What can Damage Your Oral Health?
There are a couple of different groups of factors which can impact and damage oral health: namely lifestyle influences, and hereditary issues. The genes you receive from your parents can play a role in the likelihood of your developing diseases such as gum disease or tooth decay, but this tends to simply heighten the chances of you suffering from various ailments rather than being directly responsible for damage to oral health.
It is lifestyle and environmental choices which cause the most damage, with the most common causes of damaged oral health including:
- Consuming high amounts of sugar
- Alcohol consumption
- Excessive sun exposure on the lips
- Biting your nails
- Brushing your teeth and gums too hard - or not brushing them at all
With so many influences causing and leading to damage for your oral health and the state of your smile, how can CBD help?
How Can CBD Help?
Aside from being a great tool in reducing stress, including CBD as part of your oral health routine can directly benefit and add to the health of your teeth and mouth. Before we dive into the direct benefits of CBD when linked to oral health, it is worth noting that one of the primary reasons why we use CBD Oil rather than other essential oils is that it is not as potent and does boast the same strong antibacterial properties as other oils. By destroying all the bacteria in the mouth, you can actually cause more harm than good and so CBD provides a natural remedy which lowers inflammation and pain without causing more damage.
Let’s take a closer look at how.
Anti-Inflammatory: Though not yet tested in a clinical setting, evidence suggests that CBD has anti-inflammatory effects linked to oral health and hygiene. This is particularly beneficial for those suffering from the initial signs of gum disease which, if left untreated, can damage the soft tissues in the mouth and eventually lead to tooth/teeth loss. Not only that but CBD manages to lower inflammation without presenting any side effects - and it’s available in a series of different packages for preferred consumption.
Lower Plaque: In studies which compare standard toothpaste with CBD products, it was found that the inclusion of CBD reduced plaque levels after significant use when compared with a normal toothpaste. This reduction in plaque is what helps manage the production of acids in the mouth, which in turn protects the enamel around the teeth and the gums.
Reduced Pain: The number one reason why so many people suffer silently rather than going to the dentist is the fear of pain and heightened tooth sensitivity. Luckily, CBD can help with this - with CBD shown to help calm the effect of tooth sensitivity both in relation to hot and cold foods and drinks. This works because the active ingredients in the CBD interact with receptors in the teeth, helping to calm the inflammation which leads to the pain and sensitivity.
Users should note that CBD is effective at reducing the effect of tooth sensitivity which results in pain, however, chronic pain and genuine toothache will likely require the intervention of a dentist to treat the root of the problem.
The Use of CBD for Oral Health: The Takeaway
Turns out, CBD is not just great at reducing anxiety and helping you sleep the night before your trip to the dentist - it can also make everyday pain more manageable and help maintain a high level of oral health between dental visits. By calming the pain receptors and reducing inflammation in the soft tissue of the gums, CBD is a great solution for those who want to increase their quality of life and effectively treat pain with no side effects.
For more information and advice on CBD and oral health, and to explore the range of products available, get in touch.