Marijuana can cause you to loose your teeth

Tomorrow is Election Day and no matter how you feel about the candidates there is one issue that affects Oral health and this is important to us. The use of Marijuana (AKA Cannabis) for general consumption, no matter how you stand on the issue, can cause you to loose your teeth, also known as gum disease.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that young people who are heavy marijuana smokers have a significant risk for periodontal disease.
The study, conducted in New Zealand, is the first long-term evaluation of the relationship between cannabis smoking and gum disease.
The authors tracked self-reported data on cannabis use and tobacco smoking in a group of young adults born between 1972 and 1973 and found a “strong association between cannabis use and periodontitis experience by age 32.”
If untreated, periodontitis — which involves the progressive loss of the bone around teeth — may lead to the loosening and eventual loss of your teeth.
Overall, regular cannabis users were three times more likely to have significant periodontal attachment loss than non-smokers, and even regular smokers.
The study was funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Health, the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom and the Health Research Council of New Zealand.
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