Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 10:19 pm.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed, pot, grass, maryjane, etc. is made from the cannibus plant. Tetrahydrocannibol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that provides a high. THC from cannabis enters the bloodstream and exerts its effects on the almost every system of the body via interaction with certain receptors. THC interferes with the transfer of calcium through the body, a vital ingredient to healthy teeth and bones Long-term use of marijuana affects teeth and makes them more susceptible to rotting and decay. It also causes dry mouth or xerostomia, a condition characterized by a lack of saliva production. Saliva neutralizes acids in the mouth and a lack thereof allows the acids to run rampant and erode your tooth enamel. Acid erosion causes tooth discoloration, sensitivity and decay. Chemicals in marijuana smoke also increase the risk of developing oral cancer.
Your overall health and well being, including your oral health is highly important to us. If you’re using street drugs, we encourage you to seek treatment for your addiction. Repairing the damage done to your teeth is also an important component of your recovery. Coming in for regular dental checkups help to catch early signs of erosion, decay and other oral symptoms from drug use or history of drug use. Early diagnosis and repair along with recovery is important to prevent larger, long-term oral damage. Schedule an appointment to talk with us about your symptoms and concerns. Please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding health and dental care!
Stay tuned for discussion on other street drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and heroine.