It seems you can’t go anywhere in the United States without hearing about CBD. What is CBD? It’s short for “cannabidiol,” and it’s a compound located in the cannabis sativa plant that is said to promote feelings of relaxation and calm, without the high of cannabis. Cannabidiol does not contain THC, so it does not give users the “high” feeling of marijuana. Plus, CBD is legal in many states, unlike marijuana, so it is more widely available than marijuana.
But is it good for you? That’s the question many people are asking, especially now that it is so readily available. Bottom line? While cannabidiol appears to be safe to ingest, some of the means by which it is ingested may not be as good for the teeth as others.
Take gummies, for example. CBD gummies, much like any other gummy candy, stick to the teeth and can hold sugars close to the gumline, feeding harmful plaque bacteria. This creates the acid that causes cavities.
And then there are edibles that contain CBD; they can be packed with sugar just like gummies.
Dr. Abelar recommends if you are going to take a CBD gummy or any other CBD edible, you should brush your teeth thoroughly after consuming.
Another less desirable method of delivery for CBD are CBD cigarettes or vapes. That’s because while the chemicals you are inhaling may not be bad for you, smoking and vaping are both bad for your teeth.
You see, when you smoke, your mouth becomes dried out, causing the bacteria in your mouth to thrive. Another potential downfall? The potential to damage your lungs. In the case of vaping, there’s also potential for your vape to explode in your mouth, which has happened in several cases in recent years.
Another problem that made recent headlines is illness caused by CBD oil used in vapes. As the vaping fluid market is largely unregulated, users consume it at their own risk – a risk that just doesn’t seem worth it.
Ultimately, CBD is safe if you choose to try it. In fact, there’s even CBD toothpaste out there! But if you choose to try it, it’s important to remember that some products include some undesirable side effects.
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