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Should Dentists Care About Your Marijuana Use?

October 24, 2017

Should Dentists Care About Your Marijuana Use?

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Drugs and dentistry, specifically marijuana use and dentistry is a topic seen more often in the literature.  Marijuana use has a connection with your oral health.  So, yes, your dentist should care about your Marijuana use! This blogs reviews current findings and explains some of the dental associations related to Marijuana use and concerns your dentist may have.

Should dentists care about your Marijuana Use?  Definitely!  The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) published some of these concerns from a variety of sources in the January 2016 AGD Impact.



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Marijuana use is increasing and is now legal in many states including Colorado.  The appeal of Marijuana is the association with pleasure, relaxing, perceived enhanced taste, sight and hearing.  Along with increasing use, studies are showing negative health concerns.  Our office recommends letting your dentist know about your Marijuana use and discuss possible oral health problems they may be able to see in your mouth.



The main concerns are the following:

  • Impaired thought processes
  • Impaired judgement
  • Increased consumption of carbohydrates and sugars
  • A weakened immune system
  • Irritated airways
  • There is a strong association with periodontal disease
  • Increased exposure to carcinogens

Increased eating of sweets may lead to more tooth decay.  In our office we have seen terrible tooth decay when marijuana chewables are combines with a dry mouth and a susceptible patient.  We care about your dental health and want to provide the best care possible for you.  We will always try to stay up to date with current recommendations related to your dental care.  Thanks for reading our blog!  We look forward to seeing you.  In the meantime, please see more about what our office has to offer on our website at www.juliegillisdds.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc.  We would love to have you follow us on Facebook!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis, DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles


Is Chewing Ice Really Bad For Teeth?

June 30, 2016

Filed under: Habits and Teeth,Habits and Your Teeth — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 4:35 pm

Is Chewing Ice Really Bad For Teeth?

Chewing ice is not good for anyone’s teeth, but it can be especially bad for teeth that are already weakened with fillings.  Think of your teeth as fine pieces of crystal.  When you have a filling done, a hole is cut into the crystal which weakens the overall structure.  Your mouth where these fine crystals live is a very hot, moist environment.  When you chew ice, it is like taking that hot crystal, dipping it in icy liquid, and smacking it with something very hard.

To chew ice or not - our recommendation is don't do it!

Is chewing ice bad?  Our recommendation is don’t do it!

As you are chewing ice your tooth cycles between being very warm to ice cold over and over.  Combine that with the hardness of the ice you are crunching and you have a potential bad situation that often leads to the tooth fracturing.  Large tooth fractures may require a crown to save the tooth.  If the fractures are deep they can even cause damage to the tooth’s nerve which could require a root canal plus a new filling and a crown to save the tooth.  Wouldn’t it just be better to break the ice chewing habit?

Our office cares about you and the health of your teeth.  There are many habits that can be very harmful to your teeth and chewing ice is one of them.  Please call our office located in Grand Junction Colorado for more information on this topic or any other dental concern.  We love to help!

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles