Smoking cannabis bad for teeth, warn dentists

Getting high lowers dental health

The growing number of young people smoking cannabis could be doing serious harm to their teeth, warns Tandlægeforeningen, the dentists association.

More than one in ten Danes between the ages of 15 and 25 report that they smoke cannabis daily or almost daily, according to a report from the health organisation Vidensråd for Forebyggelse.

“It is extremely worrying,” Charlotte Groule, the chairperson of the dental association’s health committee, told Politiken. “Marijuana and other drugs are a burden on oral health.”

Tell your doctor
Groule said that everyone should tell their dentist if they are using cannabis, even if it is only occasionally at parties.

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Anne Marie Lynge Pedersen, a researcher into the effects of drugs on oral health, said that cannabis can cause tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, fungal infections, dry mouth and a stinging, burning sensation in the mouth.