Oral health plays a pivotal role in our well-being and overall hygiene. If your oral hygiene is bad, the infection can make way into your gut and absolutely wreak shop inside of you; not to mention cavities, and gum disease that is left untreated can lead to systemic inflammation.
Since the entry of CBD into the marketplace, cannabinoids have made a stint in various products. Some sound outlandish and obviously made up, such as CBD scented sportswear. However, thankfully that is not the case with CBD in dentistry. One can use CBD for oral health and benefit greatly from the strong pearly white. Read more to find out how…
CBD Can Do A Better Job Than Your Toothpaste?
The antibacterial properties of CBD have not gone unnoticed. In a study held in Belgium in 2020, it was found that cannabinoids were great at effectively wiping out bacterial colonies that were present on dental plaques – better than synthetic oral care products commonly widely available in the market.
A sample of the plaque was collected from 6 healthy adults. The samples were extracted from the intra-dental spaces between the teeth, and the samples were plated on separate Petri dishes. There were four divisions made; on each section cannabinoid (12.5%) and on the other toothpaste (concentrated) was spread on the surface using a micro brush.
On the first Petri dish, four cannabinoids were applied which include CBD, cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabichromene (CBC). The second Petri dish had cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), two popular globally known brands of toothpaste, and Cannabite F (toothpaste made of algae and pomegranate).
The resulting testing of the bacterial colony in both of the Petri dishes were tested and it was found that the colony count was higher in the second Petri dish (which had cannabite F and two popular toothpaste brands), whereas the first Petri dish had a lower colony count than what it started with.
The Future Is Smiling Bright
The potential of CBD to be used in the prevention of dental plaque formation could hint at the role that cannabinoids could play in the future of dental sciences. Undoubtedly, there is still a long way until we see the active use of CBD in oral care products, as clinical trials need to be held to study the long-term efficacy and safety of CBD-infused dental hygiene products.
Nonetheless, what we can say for sure is that the future certainly does look to be smiling brightly…