Gum disease is a massive problem in the United States, yet largely unnoticed by the public. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) say that upwards of 60% of Americans exhibit some form of active gum disease. Gum disease is more than simply annoying and painful. Left untreated, gum issues can lead to tooth loss, spreading infections, and severe problems for vulnerable groups like pregnant women and diabetics.
Diligent self-care, like brushing and flossing, are the main weapons in the fight against gum disease. But you can do more. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has proven antibacterial properties and can help you prevent dangerous oral infections.
Consequences of Gum Disease
Gum disease typically starts as gingivitis. This is an inflammation of your gingiva, the medical term for your gums. Gingivitis has some telltale symptoms like pain, bleeding, and swelling of the gums. In the early stages, you can control gingivitis with good at-home care combined with professional cleanings from your dentist.
However, gingivitis can quickly advance. You may eventually need a “deep cleaning” under your gumline, called scaling and root planing. If you fail to catch and address gingivitis, it is likely to progress to periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an infection of the supporting structures of your teeth. These structures include gum tissue, ligaments and other soft tissue, and even the bone that helps hold your teeth in place. You’ve probably guessed the next event: tooth loss. Your teeth can and will become loose, and the underlying bone will begin resorption.
The potential consequences are even more serious for people with certain conditions. Gum disease can raise blood sugars in those with diabetes, and pregnant women and their babies are especially vulnerable to the bacteria associated with periodontal infections. If your immune system is weakened, you are particularly susceptible to secondary infections.
CBD Oil To Fight Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth that feed on sugar and multiply, setting off your body’s inflammation response. Fortunately, researchers have discovered that CBD oil demonstrates both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Specifically, cannabinoids in CBD oil demonstrated an anti-inflammatory response in animal studies in the presence of periodontitis. These cannabinoids activated the CB2 pathway, a separate pathway from the one used by THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Scientists have previously found that the CB2 pathway helps with everything from good quality sleep to decreasing anxiety.
So, the next time you use MARK3 Full Spectrum CBD Oil, try swishing a few drops over your teeth and gums. Along with daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist, it can help control gum inflammation and disease.