Can Cannabis Affect My Oral Health?

Frequently Asked Questions: Can Cannabis Affect My Oral Health?

Yes, it can.

Whether you smoke it, vape, or use edibles, cannabis (marijuana) can harm your oral health. It’s important to remember that cannabis affects people differently. The research on the health impacts of cannabis is still evolving and can vary depending on how long and how often cannabis is used, potency (strength) of the product, individual factors and the age it starts. Two ways using cannabis can affect your oral health is:

DRY MOUTH

Long-term cannabis use can lead to chronic dryness in the mouth, which can dramatically increase the rate of tooth decay and gum disease. Dry mouth can increase the risk of oral infections such as candidiasis, also known as thrush or yeast infection.

CHANGE IN TISSUE

Smoking cannabis can lead to inflammation in the mouth and changes to the oral soft tissues. The high temperature of marijuana smoke has been linked to changes in oral tissue and, over time, this can increase the likelihood of developing oral cancer. Cannabis users are at a higher risk of developing lesions and precancerous conditions. Cannabis smoke contains many of the same toxic chemicals as tobacco smoke. However, more research is needed to determine if smoking cannabis alone is a risk factor for oral cancer.

If you have any question the best thing to do is talk to your doctor. For more information visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis/health-effects.html http://www.yourdentalhealth.ca/Pages/prevention/Cannabis.aspx

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Dear valued customer,

We have great news! Beautiful Smiles Denture Clinic is open for regular service. Our denturists and staff are looking forward to welcoming you back to our new normal. If your appointment was cancelled due to our closure, you will be hearing from us soon to rebook. We have opened up days and extended our hours to help alleviate any delays. Your safety is our top priority. We are taking extra measures to protect you and our staff during these times, so we have new safety measures in place.

  • You will be asked a few routine questions about travel and your health. If you have travelled or are not feeling well, please stay home. We will rebook your appointment for a later date.
  • The staff will send you all the necessary forms via email. These can be filled out immediately, but please try to fill it out two days prior to your exam. This will avoid paperwork delays in the office.
  • When you arrive at the office for your appointment, please call us, and we will let you know when we are ready for your appointment. This will allow us to avoid too many people in the office.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands on arrival, and once in the chair room, we ask you to sanitize your hands, scrub your dentures and use mouthwash for 30 seconds. 
  • We are limiting our conversational pleasantries to keep everyone safe. Your health and safety is our top priority.
  • Staff will be wearing masks, face shields/safety glasses and gowns during all procedures.
  • All equipment, chairs and surfaces are cleaned and sanitized after each patient. All instruments and tools are sterilized after each patient.
  • If you are in need of an adjustment or denture service please call us, and we will schedule you an appointment.
  • Our front desks are equipped with Plexiglas shields, hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks.

We know that these are challenging times and can lead to higher stress levels. If you have any questions regarding our safety measures, please contact us by phone or email. The Beautiful Smiles Denture Clinic team is ready to serve you in a safe environment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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