Chronic use of marijuana (cannabis) can affect oral health, often severely.


Complications seen in marijuana users:

(1) periodontitis and gingivitis

(2) caries

(3) hyposalivation with xerostomia

(4) leukoplakia, dysplasia and/or oral cancer

(5) temporomandibular joint pain

(6) oral trauma


Risk factors for poor oral health:

(1) heavy, long-term marijuana use

(2) concurrent use of tobacco

(3) concurrent alcohol abuse

(4) poor oral hygiene

(5) lack of regular dental care


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