According to a study done by Columbia University Medical Center and published in the Journal of Periodontology, regular use of cannabis including marijuana, hashish and hash oil can increase the risk of gum disease also referred to as periodontal disease.
Long hailed by some communities as natural and healthy, many believe little to no health risk is associated with the use of cannabis. As more states push to legalize the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use, it’s important for research to be conducted by scientists around the world to determine just how safe it is.
Gum disease and your teeth
Healthy gums fit tightly around teeth with only a small amount of space, also called pocket depth. In technical terms, the pocket depth should be no more than one to three millimeters. When pocket depth is higher than three millimeters, this usually signifies that something is wrong.
When a dentist performs a periodontal exam, they visually inspect the gums for redness, bleeding and recession, said Dr. Ken Collins, DDS, a leading cosmetic dentist in Spokane, Washington.
“We also use a special tool to measure the depth of the pockets in the gum tissue surrounding each tooth,” he said. “The problem with these pockets is that they can be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.”
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States according to the National Institute for Health. The CDC says that over 47 percent of adults aged 30 and older have some form of gum disease.
Gum disease and its link to other health concerns
For years, research has shown a link between gum disease and other health issues. In recent years, groundbreaking new studies have shown that the link seems to be inflammation. Statistically, diabetes patients are more likely to develop gum disease. This is probably due to the fact that diabetics are at an increased risk for infection. Due to this, it’s even more important for diabetes patients to take their oral health care seriously and do all they can to prevent gum disease and treat it early if it occurs.
Another common, serious health condition that has been linked to gum disease is heart disease. The jury is still out in the science community about which causes the risk first, but it’s clear that a link does exist. Not only does it increase the risk of developing heart disease, it can also make existing heart issues worse.
“The inflammation caused by gum disease can have a negative effect on your entire body,” said Collins. “It’s even linked to bone conditions, arthritis, respiratory illness and cancer. Focusing on overall health is an important role in maintaining a patient’s oral health. You can’t just have a healthy mouth; you have to have a healthy body as well”
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788