CBD Oil for Oral Hygiene
Brushing, flossing, and in most cases, mouthwash is essential for taking care of your teeth. However, when you have a mental illness like depression or a physical condition that makes everyday activities difficult to do, you can fall behind in your routine. Developing cavities and gum disease are the most common punishments for neglecting oral hygiene, but with research suggest that CBD Oil may be able to help.
Cannabidiol may help with oral hygiene by regulating the endocannabinoid system as well as horning antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Studies suggest that you may be able to drop a few drops of CBD Oil on your toothbrush or take it sublingually to help your mouth heal from the damage caused by the bacteria or fungus growth.
When you don’t brush or floss your teeth enough, or if you are just more prone to gum disease, you can develop first stage of gum disease called gingivitis. A good indication is when you start to bleed from brushing your teeth.
Gingivitis happens when the gums are swollen and starts when food particles mixed with your spit and bacteria forming plaque sticks to your teeth with without being cleaned. Your teeth and gums can begin to feed bacteria every time you eat or drink, which is why it is suggested to brush after every meal.
If you go too long without brushing this plaque away, it can harden and turn into tartar which is much harder to eliminate. If you don’t get your teeth cleaned and leave the tartar untreated, it can start attacking the gums which make them become inflamed. Gingivitis is treatable by using an antibacterial or strengthening your oral hygiene routine, but if it doesn’t get taken care of it can turn into periodontitis.
While gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, periodontitis is when the tooth itself is infected or inflamed. This gum disease can cause bone loss, creating gaps in your gums that collect plaque and is much harder to clean. As bone tissue is lost, teeth will become loose and begin to fall out. This gum disease is irreversible and may require surgery.
Causes of Gum Disease:
CBD may help with Gum Disease
Cannabidiol interacts with the CB2 receptors which mediate the immune functions of the body. CBD can reduce the inflammation and sensitivity to pain caused by gum disease. CBD also has antibacterial properties helping to minimize the damage. 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.
One of the most common reasons for tooth decay is the oral bacteria in your mouth called Streptococcus mutans. These bacteria live off of the sugars and starches that you eat. Just like the way it sticks to your teeth and attacks your gums; these bacteria can attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities.
When the plaque builds up into tartar, it creates a coat of bacteria that can start eroding your teeth. The plague can remove the minerals that make up your enamel, causing the openings known as cavities. When the tiny hole is created, it gives passage to the bacteria to start attacking deeper in the tooth to the next level called dentin.
Dentin is softer and is less resistant to the bacteria and acid it produces. Dentin also has tubes that connect to the nerves inside the tooth causing sensitivity. Once the bacteria make its way through the dentin, it reaches the centre of the tooth, the pulp.
The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that become swollen and irritated from the bacteria. Because there is nowhere for the pulp to go, when it becomes inflamed, it compresses against the tooth walls and causes pressure. This pain can extend from the inside of the tooth to the outer bone and roots.
Causes of Tooth Decay:
Cannabidiol has been shown to be effective against the oral bacteria Streptococcus mutans specifically. By adding CBD to your oral hygiene routine, you can help fight off the bacteria trying to erode your teeth. There have been reports of people finding results through CBD with their inflammation and decay that is associated with cavities. However, this aspect of CBD still needs to be studied before dentists will start proclaiming it as a solution.
How to Take CBD for Oral Health
One of the easiest ways to use hemp oil for your teeth and gums is to put drops of your tincture on your toothpaste when you brush your teeth. You can also drop the tinctures right on your gums and let it absorb through the tissue.
For a more advanced routine, you can oil pull. This is when your swish oil in your mouth through your teeth. You can add the oil do a small cup of warm water and swish it around for at least thirty seconds, but you can do it for as long as you can swish, and then spit it out. You don’t want to swallow anything it might have drawn out.
Only time will tell how effective a CBD solution and other antibacterial and antimicrobial cannabinoids will be for oral health troubles, but with the industry so torn between mainstream treatments and alternative remedies, more cannabis research in this area should be expected soon.