Marijuana Found to Increase Risk of Oral Diseases

Marijuana is being recognized for its benefits to both physical and mental health, but that doesn’t mean the drug is completely safe. A recent study from Columbia University offers evidence that recreational pot use increases the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.

The study determined that frequent recreational use of the cannabis plant can double users’ risk of  periodontal disease, a condition characterized by an inflammation of the gums in response to a bacterial infection below the gum line. If left untreated, this condition can cause receding gums and eventually tooth loss. This risk is associated with smoking marijuana as well as using hashish and hash oil.

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Another popular product that harms oral health? E-cigarettes – read more here.