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Oral Health Topics

Cannabis: Oral Health Effects

Key Points

  • Cannabis smoking is associated with periodontal complications, xerostomia, and leukoplakia as well as increased risk of mouth and neck cancers.
  • Historically, cannabis has been smoked as marijuana, but is increasingly available in other forms, including edible and topically applied products.
  • Cannabis use is increasing, along with state legalization, although it remains federally banned.
  • Introduction
  • Oral Effects of Cannabis Use
  • Dental Care Implications
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Topic last updated: July 12, 2019

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