Two different things led me to this post this week. The first was an article I read about CBD toothpaste – different brands are jumping on the CBD bandwagon and selling toothpaste and I thought to myself – is there enough CBD in it to be valuable… and will people buy it?
The second was my bi-annual visit to the dentist. Cringe…
First, I’ll tell you about my dentist appointment, then we can get into the toothpaste.
CBD Before the Dentist
I’ve been going to the same dentist, every 6 months, since I was a kid. And every time I go I get just a little bit anxious. I, like so many others, do not like going to the dentist. I know that I need to go, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
And because of Covid, I hadn’t been for my regular April appointment, so my last visit was actually a year ago.
All I could think about was all that poking and prodding…
So, before I left the house, about 30 mins before my appointment, I took a dropper of CBD to:
- help calm my anxiousness
- relieve some of that pain and discomfort I knew was headed my way after all that digging around in my gums
Now, I take CBD every day for general health and wellness. I also get migraines, and it’s my go-to for those, so I know how well it works. So, taking that additional dropper for me was a no brainer.
But it was the first time I’d taken it before going to the dentist… and afterwards, let’s just say, I wondered why it’d taken me so long to do it! I felt better walking in and sitting in the chair, and despite the year between visits, the pain I was anticipating just didn’t materialize.
So, as far as experience goes – it was all good!!
But will I be buying CBD toothpaste?
It may be gross to think about, but our mouths are breeding grounds for bacteria. Some of that is good bacteria of course, but we want to get rid of any enemy bacteria that can build up and start to cause problems.
Even if you brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly, plaque build-up around the teeth and gum line can happen, and this creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. If you don’t get rid of the bacteria, you may be at risk for gingivitis. And that’s just bad news.
Here’s the good news: thanks to research, we know that CBD has some serious antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. These properties may just be useful in keeping your mouth free from any harmful bacteria. So, if you’re using it as part of your oral health care regimen, CBD may help prevent bacterial growth and even destroy them! Beauty.
“The minimum inhibiting concentrations (MIC) of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) for staphylococci and streptococci in broth are in the range of 1-5 mug/ml. In the same range, both compounds are also bactericidal.”
Now, as I mentioned, there are several companies bringing CBD toothpaste to the market. Some of these are decent, and others don’t contain much CBD. But if you’re looking to add CBD to your oral healthcare routine, there’s an easier way to do it.
Just use it. Don’t worry about buying a CBD toothpaste – it can be hard to get the dosing right here, and you’re better off just putting your dose under your tongue and letting it absorb into the mucous membranes of your mouth. Your teeth and gums will still get all the benefits!
Your oral health is serious business (hence why I still go to the dentist every 6 months), and CBD is a good way to keep that health in check!
Keep smiling peeps!