Nearly 47% (over 30) of adults are suffering from some type of periodontal disease. Some are now looking into CBD, a novel treatment that can be used to treat the condition. CBD is a nonpsychoactive substance found in cannabis plants. This compound is being investigated as a potential solution for everything from anxiety and epilepsy to chronic discomfort.
So, what do the results of research show about CBD oil as a treatment for gum disease?
CBD can have positive effects on your gums
Gum infection occurs in the gums when plaque builds up around teeth and is fuelled by bacteria found in the mouth. To reverse and prevent gum disease, you must control both the plaque and the bacteria. CBD may help.
While we don’t yet know the exact benefits (or lack thereof) of CBD oil for gum illness, we have growing clinical studies that point to its potential. CBD doesn’t have the ability to heal gum disease. But it can reduce certain symptoms and provide some relief. For example:
- CBD has been found to have antiinflammatory properties
- CBD has pain-inhibiting qualities, according to research
- CBD has antibacterial and antibiotic properties.
- CBD has been proven to reduce plaque colonies
- CBD has been shown that it can reduce anxiety
Let’s now see how each one of these research areas is related to gum disease.
CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties
Multiple studies have shown CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. One Study specifically examined the effect of CBD oil on joint inflammation in rats. The CBD that was topically applied to joints in rats could reduce pain and swelling.
The results of this research may have implications for gum disease. However, most of it is focused on general inflammation. CBD oil may have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with minor tooth decay, pain, sensitivity, swelling, and other conditions. Inflammation can cause or exacerbate many of these issues.
Not only is gum inflammation bad for the mouth, it can also affect other parts of your body. Infections caused by bacteria in the gums may spread to other parts of the body. CBD’s anti-inflammatory effect may be more than just for the gums.
CBD may inhibit pain
The root cause of toothache is inflammation. CBD’s anti-inflammatory abilities may be helpful in this situation, but the general pain-fighting capabilities of cannabidiol might provide additional relief.
Research has shown CBD oil may have the ability to reduce inflammation and block pain signals to your brain. An analysis of 18 major trials on CBD or other cannabinoids used for pain revealed that 15 of these trials showed significant analgesic effect when compared to placebo.
Although these trials did not focus on CBD alone, they were notable because CBD oil products often contain all or most major cannabinoids.
Other studies indicate that CBD by itself may be beneficial in treating chronic and persistent pain. This cannabinoid appears increase the release and bioavailability for natural pain mediators like Serotonin.
This means that CBD oil may be an option for you if you have toothaches due to gum disease.