CBD Used as a Treatment for Toothaches
All types of industries have accepted the fact that Cannabidiol (CBD) can provide protection from and relief against pain, inflammation, sores, and stress and skin infections. There’s a large amount of evidence that clearly states CBD could also provide relief from toothaches, tooth sores, infections of the mouth and other dental afflictions.
Given below are some of the conditions that can give you a toothache and the use of CBD to relieve each one of them.
Let’s quickly take a look what an abscessed tooth or gum means.
Tooth abscess: it is actually a pocket of pus and damaged tissue that is formed in different parts of the tooth as a result of bacterial infection. If left untreated it can infect other parts of gums as well as can spread to bones and other soft tissues of the mouth. This causes a mild to severe pain in the gums and mouth that can radiate back to neck or ear. Measuring on a scale of one to ten, I will list this pain at number 3 because of its severity and discomfort it gives to the person having it.
There are three main types of teeth abscesses:
(1) Periapical abscess – an abscess that is formed at the tip of a tooth’s root which then spreads to the surrounding bone. It is caused by a dead or decaying tooth.
(2) Periodontal abscess – an abscess that is formed on the gum next to the root of a tooth and is commonly caused by an infection in the space between the tooth and gum. Food trapped between the teeth can lead to this type of abscess.
(3) Gingival abscess –an abscess that is not a simple periodontal infection and can cause severe inflammation and lead to severe pain.
The standard procedure for the treatment of an abscess includes the following steps. The following procedure is the standard:
- Cleaning the area thoroughly.
- Allowing the pus to escape.
- Treating the infection.
Is tooth abscess dangerous?
An untreated abscess can cause serious oral health problems. This can lead to tooth decay, allowing bacteria to infect the center (pulp) of the tooth and invade other areas of the mouth as well.
What can happen if tooth abscess is left untreated?
- Infection can spread to the surrounding bone which could require surgery to remove the bone.
- Tooth loss. If treated early, root canal or a crown may save the tooth. If not, implants may be necessary.
- Infection in paranasal sinuses can lead to sinusitis.
- Septicemia is the spread of infection in the blood.
- The infection may spread up to the brain leading to abscess formation in different parts of the brain.
- Ultimately this all can lead to death – when widespread infection in the body or brain becomes too severe to be treated.
You can develop gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease if you don’t brush your teeth enough or if you are just more susceptible to gum diseases. A good indication that you need to pick up the slack is when you start to bleed from brushing your teeth.
You will get gingivitis when your gums are inflamed and the small food particles are mixed with your saliva to form a bacteria forming plaque that sticks to your teeth without being clean. The food in your meal not only feeds you but it also feeds trillions of bacteria living inside your mouth. That's why it is suggested to brush after every meal.
If this plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and turn into tartar which is very difficult to remove. And if you still don't clean your teeth, then your gums will get inflamed and your teeth will get infected. This condition is known as periodontitis.
Although gingivitis is reversible with proper care and cleansing, periodontitis is irreversible and may require surgery.
- Improper oral care
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Crooked, overlapping, or rotated teeth
- Hormonal changes
- Cancer and cancer treatment
- Drinking alcohol
- Mouth breathing
- Poor diet
- Poor saliva production
How CBD may help with Gum Disease
CBD can reduce sensitivity and inflammation of the gum disease due to its analgesic effects. It also interacts with CB2 receptors in order to mediate the immune response against the infection. CBD also has antibacterial properties to kill the infection-causing bacteria. It is still suggested to get your teeth cleaned and make regular visits to the doctor to monitor your condition and make sure you have it under control.
The most common cause of tooth decay is the bacteria in your mouth referred to as Streptococcus mutans. These bacteria survive on the sugars and starches that you eat. The same way it sticks to your teeth and attacks your gums, this bacteria can also attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities.
When the plaque on your teeth builds up into tartar, it creates a coat of bacteria that starts eroding your teeth. The plague removes the minerals that make up your enamel, forming the openings known as cavities. When a tiny hole is formed, it provides a passage to the bacteria to start traveling deeper in the tooth in order to erode the deep tissue of teeth called dentin.
Dentin is less resistant to the bacteria and acid produced by them. There are tubes inside dentin that connect to the nerves causing pain and sensitivity.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Having a lot of sugars and carbohydrates in your diet
- Eating foods that stick to your teeth and aren’t washed away by saliva like
- Hard candy
- Dry cereal
- Dried fruit
- Ice cream
- Snacking frequently
- Not enough fluoride
- Worn-down fillings or dental devices
- Acid reflux
How CBD may help with Cavities
Research has shown that CBD is effective against the oral bacteria Streptococcus mutans specifically. By using CBD products, you can fight off the bacteria trying to erode your teeth. There are a lot of reports of people who have found measurable results with their inflammation and decay using CBD.
How Can CBD Help with the toothaches?
Now coming back to the actual point of consideration. How can CBD help to cope with this issue?
Medicinal properties of CBD
The following are some of the medicinal features of CBD that are proven by research.
- It is a well-known analgesic.
- It is antibacterial.
- It is also an antiseptic
- And last but not least. It is good for periodontal therapy.
Let me explain each one of these for you.
Antibacterial – medications that kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria
The New research that was present at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology has proven that containing Cannabidiol (CBD) is effective at killing bacterial infections in almost all parts of the body no matter where the infection is located. The formulation made was found to kill certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
It has been known for some time that certain cannabinoids found in marijuana have impressive antibacterial properties. But the new research revealed that the CBD formulation is effective at killing a range of bacteria, including several antibiotic-resistant strains. The research suggests that BTX 1801 kills the bacteria quickly, in just a few hours, while continuous treatments also reveal that the bacteria do not develop resistance against CBD.
Analgesic – Medicines that provide pain relief.
Cannabidiol (CBD) can be used both for acute and chronic pain. Research has shown that CBD reduces pain, inflammation, and overall discomfort related to a variety of health conditions.
Studies on CBD and pain management have shown a great deal of promise. CBD can provide an alternative for people who are suffering from chronic pain and they need to rely on more dangerous, habit-forming medications like opioids.
Antiseptic – A substance that discourages the growth and development of bacteria.
Pharmacists and chemists have found yet another use for multipurpose cannabis as a source of antiseptic chemicals for multidrug-resistant bacteria. The compounds present in cannabis, particularly the cannabinoids, have antiseptic properties.
Periodontal therapy – This is a surgical OR non-surgical technique to restore the health of those tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss.
CBD can be used in periodontal surgery as well.
To me, these are all positive benefits of CBD.
Ways in which CBD medications can be given
The following are the most effective kinds of CBD medicine that can efficiently reduce toothache pain and swelling:
- Oils and Tinctures: CBD medication mostly comes in the form of oils and tinctures. These have been found to reduce tooth pain and sores if used correctly. The oil or tincture consists of CBD dissolved in an oil or alcohol. It can have a dropper or spray nozzle for easy use. You can Drop or spray the medicine onto the affected area, and rub it into the tooth and nearby gums using your fingers.
- Infused Toothpaste: CBD toothpaste is not usually provided in dispensaries, but you can make your own home remedy by using CBD oil. Add a drop of oil to baking soda or your regular toothpaste and your CBD infused toothpaste is ready to use. Brush the affected teeth and associated gums gently and carefully.
- Capsules and Tea: as teas and capsules are ingested, they don’t provide immediate relief from pain as the previous two methods do. But if your tooth becomes too sensitive, taking a capsule or adding CBD oil to tea may help. The CBD will finally circulate to your mouth and ease toothache symptoms.
Watch Out For “Cottonmouth”
Those who consume cannabis will certainly know what cottonmouth is. Simplifying it, Cottonmouth means dry mouth. It’s a common symptom that happens when you are taking marijuana with THC or hemp with CBD. Immediately after consuming cannabis products like CBD or THC, people feel that their mouth becomes dry and urge to drink plenty of water develops.
Saliva is important when you are recovering from any dental surgery. It has antibacterial compounds in it that keep bacterial growth in check. It also contains enzymes and proteins essential to tooth and gum health and recovery.
That's why you should be careful when using CBD oil to treat a toothache. It causes dry mouth, the same as caused by THC. You should drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You can also chew gum if your mouth is getting dry in order to stimulate saliva production. Dry mouth caused by CBD oil treatment goes away after some time. It will happen less often when your body adjusts to the presence of CBD in your system.
Does CBD get you high?
A lot of people who are new to CBD are reluctant to use cannabis drugs as they are concerned about getting impaired or addicted to them. There is a typical myth about cannabis that says “Any cannabis product will get you high". But this is just a myth. The truth is exactly the opposite of this. There are only a few elements of marijuana that produce this sensation, and CBD is an exemption. This compound can make you drowsy or calm, yet your mind remains clear.
Most people prefer to use CBD treatment due to its absence of psychoactive reactions. Obviously, if you are not much concerned about the manner in which cannabis affects your brain activity, you may include psychoactive compounds like THC to your treatment to boost pain alleviation.
Scientifically speaking, there have been no specific studies that provide a specific relationship between toothaches and CBD. But there is a lot of evidence — both anecdotal and scientific — that proves CBD’s power against bacteria, pain, and inflammation. These are the most important factors when it comes to dental health and illness.
One study provides evidence about cannabinoids having anti-inflammatory properties, positive effects of CBD, its ability to control pro-inflammatory cells and reduce swelling and pain. Another study found evidence on antibacterial properties of CBD oil, which makes it capable of killing staphylococci and streptococci bacteria, both of them responsible for spreading infections and diseases in humans and other animals.
Green Flower Botanicals have proved that full spectrum hemp oil is also good for pain relief, can put a temporary stop on toothaches. They stated that “when it comes to pain related to inflammation, hemp oil is one of the safest and most potent healing tools at your disposal.”
Dental surgeon Mark Burhenne says that he himself recommends CBD oil for some of his patients in order to calm the anxiety that occurs with a visit to the dentist and also speed up the healing process of those patients who underwent dental surgery. CBD is definitely one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in the world and usually causes zero side effects. You can’t claim that about any medication prescribed for pain!
While all of this evidence provides a great picture for CBD and oral health, it’s important to remember that there are still some negative side effects like nausea, dry mouth, sleeping issues, and irritability, etc. you should consult your doctor or some CBD medical professional before taking any CBD medication.