According to the American Psychiatric Association, more people have dental anxiety more than fear of heights (one in fifteen) or a fear of spiders (one in ten). CBD may be effective in treating the feeling of anxiety in general and especially dental anxiety.
CBD may be effective in treating issues related to dental procedures:
- Symptoms of anxiety about going to the dentist or dental procedures
- Poor sleep quality
- Digestive problems after using anesthesia or numbing agents
- Chronic dental or oral pain
- Teeth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Treating gum disease (periodontitis or gingivitis) or receding gums
CBD exhibits virtually no side effects, which makes it an ideal treatment for dental anxiety.
You may not associate sleep with your oral health, but if you sleep with your mouth open it can lead to cavities which can affect not only your oral health but your overall health as well. More study is needed but the results of the studies conducted show CBD can improve sleep, which in turn can have a positive effect on your oral health.
Nausea and upset stomach following dental work, especially when those procedures involve anesthesia, can be also be a source of fear about going to the dentist. If you expect anesthesia because of a procedure like wisdom tooth removal, ingesting CBD before and after the procedure can greatly reduce the incidence of nausea and vomiting.
CBD is a natural and effective anti-inflammatory. Research shows it can be as effective as opioids or NSAIDs in treating pain. Since the risks associated with CBD are lower than other options, many patients welcome CBD as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
There is limited research that CBD may improve gum health by preventing inflammation and bone loss. By including CBD in your daily routine you may see improvement if you suffer from inflamed, receding or bleeding gums.
The mouth is an indicator of overall health. By adding CBD to brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits, you can have healthy teeth and gums for years to come.