Users have told us that CBD has been helpful for a variety of ailments, so why not those concerning your teeth? With its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and painkilling properties, CBD sure does sound like the perfect candidate. Turns out, some are using it for their dentist-related anxiety as well as their dental hygiene needs.
Unfortunately, there is little research about CBD and dental health. But that hasn’t stopped users from giving it a try. There is an increasing trend of CBD users using it for everything from reversing cavities, healing abscesses, and relieving the pain of toothaches. Some are using the oils topically, applied directly to the tooth in pain. But there may be a better way to consider giving a try: oil pulling.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an old practice of swishing oils around the mouth with the intention of pulling “toxins” out. Benefits from this method are believed to be a reduction in plaque, whiter teeth, and an overall improvement in oral health. The most common oil used for this practice is coconut oil. Coconut oil also just so happens to be the most popular carrier oil for CBD oil tinctures.
Does it Work With CBD?
Perhaps you don’t believe in the benefits of oil pulling. But with that aside, consider that the method of oil pulling may be a better alternative to topically applied drops of CBD.
Some people combine the two methods. Oil pulling provides prolonged contact over the areas of concern, while individual drops applied to the tooth are likely to be immediately washed away or swallowed.
One of the downsides to the oil pulling method is the increased cost. The cost of swishing an entire mouthful of CBD oil around can add up fast. You can offset these costs by choosing “pure” CBD isolate and making your own oils, as shown in this video on our DIY page.
Full spectrum oils will have additional cannabinoids and terpenes that can increase the efficacy, but they will come at a higher cost. You may be able to reduce the price slightly by seeking out concentrates and making your own oils from those. We recommend considering both options and deciding for yourself which fits your budget and needs.
If you’re suffering from dental health problems or toothaches, give CBD a try. Internal consumption may help reduce some pain and inflammation, but direct topical application or oil pulling could be the boost that your oral routine needed.