Marijuana use has been linked to an increased risk of periodontal disease, tooth discoloration, and xerostomia (commonly known as “cotton mouth”). Your dentist may be able to tell if you smoke marijuana, as it affects your teeth and overall oral health. However, there are many preventive measures you can take to maintain good oral health, such as regular visits to the dentist and practicing daily dental hygiene. If you ever visit the dentist and use marijuana, it is important to be open with them about your lifestyle so that they can provide you with the care you need. Marijuana smokers should take proper care of their gums when using them to better prevent periodontal disease and gingivitis.
Additionally, marijuana smoke can remain in your lungs and mouth for a long period of time, which may be one of the reasons dentists see a higher rate of tooth decay in marijuana users. If you go to the dentist to have your wisdom teeth removed, it is best to avoid marijuana before and after surgery. It is also important to be aware that marijuana can cause a rapid heartbeat, so your dentist may refuse to treat you or ask you to reschedule non-emergency surgery. With regular checkups and proper care, you and your dentist will sleep well, knowing you're well. And if you want to whiten your teeth, there are solutions available for that too. Ultimately, unless you go to your dentist appointment smelling like marijuana smoke, your dentist is unlikely to be able to know what type of smoker you are.
We specialize in helping you maintain your oral health through restorative, cosmetic, emergency and family dentistry. However, it is always a good idea to inform if problems arise due to marijuana use.