My husband woke up a few days ago with what he thought was a raging toothache. Before the day was over, his cheek was swollen to double in size. It never occurred to either one of us to try CBD (cannabidiol) to treat the pain and off to the hospital he went.
He normally has a good pain tolerance so I knew he was really hurting.
At the Hospital
As luck would have it, we were not even near our dentist. In fact, we were just starting a house sit in St. Catherine’s, Ontario so had no idea where the hospital even was and had to Google it.
If you have gone to a hospital before to emergency, then you know there is usually a long wait. He left about 7:15 in the morning and was back approximately 10 a.m.
Asking him how he made out, he flashed a couple of prescriptions at me – one for amoxicillin and one for Tylenol 3 which contains codeine.
The job of both of these drugs are:
Amoxicillin – an antibiotic used to effectively eliminate infection.
Tylenol 3 – a version of over the counter Tylenol and contains Codeine and is prescribed for severe pain.
The doctor had told him that his gums were infected and said he would have to take both prescriptions for 7 days. She also asked him if he was on any medication and he said that he took medical marijuana and CBD for pain management.
“It is interesting to note here that in 2014 in Ontario alone, almost 222,000 people (one every three minutes) were going to doctors for teeth and gum issues.”
“In the UK, 600,000 people a year, or roughly 11,000 per week, who develop dental problems go to a GP rather than a dentist. Twenty-six % of adults surveyed claimed it was because of the high cost of dental treatment. GPs are not equipped or trained to deal with these ailments, especially if root treatment or extractions are needed. Painkillers and antibiotics are not a solution!”
If my husband hadn’t been in so much pain, or if we were near our dentist, I don’t believe he would have gone to the hospital in St. Catherine’s for treatment.
On our way to Walmart to get the prescriptions filled, I thought about what he said and thought – can you use CBD for toothaches?
But First, What Is An Abscessed Tooth/Gums?
Definition: It is a pocket of pus that forms in different parts of the tooth as a result of bacterial infection. If not treated it can spread to the gums and bone and cause moderate to severe pain that can sometimes radiate to the ear or neck. On a scale of one to ten, I would say my husband’s was about a 9 with a great deal of swelling.
There are three main types of abscesses:
(1) Periapical abscess – an abscess at the tip of a tooth’s root which then spreads to the surrounding bone caused by a dead or decaying tooth.
(2) Periodontal abscess – an abscess on the gum next to the root of a tooth and is usually caused by an infection in the space between the tooth and gum. It can occur if food gets trapped between the gum and tooth.
(3) Gingival abscess – an abscess that is not an ordinary periodontal infection and can cause severe inflammation.
The Canadian Dental Association estimates that seven out of 10 Canadians will develop some type of gum disease during their lifetime.
Most likely, the doctor never made a ‘specific’ diagnosis; however, she did suggest he go see a dentist as soon as possible.
Since my husband went to the hospital instead of a dentist they did not perform the following procedure which I understand is standard:
- Clean the area thoroughly.
- Allow the pus to escape
- Treat the infection.
Out of the three, he did prescribe the above medication for the infection which he is to take for 7 days.
Can Having An Abscessed Tooth Be Dangerous?
Apparently! An abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems if left untreated. This can result in serious tooth decay, allowing bacteria to infect the centre (pulp) of the tooth.
What can happen if left untreated?
- Infection of the surrounding bone which could require surgery to remove the bone.
- Tooth loss. If treated early root canal or a crown may save the tooth. If not, implants may be necessary.
- Infection in sinuses.
- Septicemia which means the entire bloodstream is infected.
- Abscess of the brain which requires hospitalization and is difficult to treat.
- Possible death – widespread infection in the body or brain can become too severe to be treated.
Who knew abscessed teeth and gums could be so serious? I didn’t!
So, How Can CBD Help
Upon returning home, I headed to my laptop and did some googling.
What do we know about CBD?
- It is a known antibacterial.
- It is an analgesic.
- It is an antiseptic.
- It is good for periodontal therapy.
Let’s explore these a little bit further.
Antibacterial – The medical definition is “anything that destroys bacterial or suppresses their growth or their ability to reproduce.”
Analgesic – Medicines that provide pain relief.
Antiseptic – A substance which discourages the growth and development of bacteria.
Peridontal thereapy – This is surgical OR non-surgical techniques to restore health to the tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss.
To my way of thinking, these are all positive benefits of CBD.
Note: CBD should not preclude dental hygiene – ie regular brushing and regular visits to your dentist or at the first sign of an infection.
CBD Canada carry a couple of products that are high in CBD and can be ordered on their website.
CBD TINCTURE 1000 MG – FULL SPEC
- It is a medium to high dosage and recommended for severe conditions such as high anxiety, tooth/muscle/tendon pains/aches, cramps, extreme discomfort, migraines, depression, seizures, arthritis, PTSD, insomnia and sleep deprivation, immunity, metabolism, and appetite.
CBD TINCTURE 750 MG – FULL SPEC
- It is a medium to high dosage recommended for medium strength conditions such as anxiety, tooth/muscle/tendon aches, cramps, general discomfort, exhaustion, and arthritis.
Make sure to ask your doctor if you are planning on taking CBD with any other medication.
I believe my husband should still see a dentist, even if the pain and swelling subsides. As for the CBD, he is taking it anyway to manage back, leg and hip pain. Maybe this will be a bonus in helping to treat his gum infection.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute a legal or medical endorsement. It is up to you to seek medical attention or advice of a medical practitioner and to make sure CBD or medical marijuana is legal in your area of residence. See full medical disclaimer here.
Have you ever taken CBD products for a toothache or gum issue? Let us know if it helped.