In general cannabis abusers have poorer oral health than the population of people who do not abuse substances. Oral hygiene neglect and deferral of dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings are not the only factors.
Cannabis smoke acts as a carcinogen and is associated with heightened risk for malignant lesions in the soft tissue of the mouth and throat. Users are prone to oral infections, possibly due to the immunosuppressive effects of cannabis.
Cannabis abuse also can result in acute anxiety and paranoid thoughts, which sometimes makes dental treatment of abusers difficult.
Local anesthetic containing epinephrine that is commonly used with some dental procedures may seriously prolong tachycardia (rapid heart beat) that is already present due to a large dose of cannabis.
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