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3 things dental hygienists need to know about medical marijuana and cannabidiol oil

from Dentistry IQ

Remember the days of everyone from hippie protesters to Sean Paul calling for the government to just "legalize it, already?" Well, the days of legalized marijuana are here — and so are the days of cannabis derivatives. According to Governing magazine, 30 states where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is legal have also legalized the selling and use of cannabidiol oil. As dental hygienists and oral health professionals, what should we make of this? Does it mean anything for our patient's oral health and their dental treatment? The answer is yes. According to a 2018 article from the American Dental Association, there are definite considerations for dental professionals: “Cannabis smoking is associated with periodontal complications, xerostomia and leukoplakia as well as increased risk of mouth and neck cancers." more

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