"The oral health effects associated with smoking cannabis that include periodontal complications, xerostomia and leukoplakia have always been a concern to dentists," said Ana Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., Dr.P.H., chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. "However, the rapidly growing number of states where the use of marijuana and cannabis-containing products is legal will increase the recreational and medical use of these products. Thus, the development of best practices for the management of those under the influence of cannabis is timely and in the best interest of our profession."
Research from the 2021 ADA Council on Communications Trend Report confirms the increased use of marijuana among dental patients and the growing need for more clinical guidance. In the report's March survey of 760 ADA member dentists who are part of the Advisory Circle research panel, 61% of participants said they screen patients for marijuana use or vaping, 57% reported increased marijuana/CBD use among their patients, and 24% said they have seen more issues related to marijuana use or vaping. Generally representative of overall ADA membership, the Advisory Circle research panel is made up of ADA members who participate in surveys typically focused on business-related topics.