CBD For Tooth Pain 2021 – Does It Help With Toothache?

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CBD products are becoming more and more popular lately and because of this, new products have been created to fit particular niches. If you’re interested in CBD for tooth pain, then you might want to read on as we show the positive benefits cannabis has on our oral health.

Medical marijuana has been used for treating numerous conditions but with the legalization of CBD, CBD products are becoming more and more popular with general use. There are even CBD toothpaste and CBD rinses for everyday oral health which is very interesting. If you’re still skeptical then read on as we’ll show you why CBD is good for your dental health. 

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CBD and Tooth Pain

A lot of people using CBD oil have seen tremendous positive benefits. Using hemp plants may help your dental health as well. Taking CBD of high-quality ingredients can help people deal with tooth pain better and even applying it to the affected area can be used as well. 

Anti-inflammatory properties

CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties[1] which may help you deal with toothaches. By reducing the swelling, prevents further buildup of pain or at least helps you deal with pain much easier.  

Additionally, when you use CBD for toothaches, you might be able to prevent gum disease caused by bacteria like periodontitis. A study about the effectiveness of CBD on rats with periodontitis[2] shows positive results as the rats that were given CBD showed less inflammation, pro-inflammatory cytokine production and fewer chances of gum disease, and better gum health.

Of course, no trials have been made on humans so we really can’t say for sure that the same case applies to us. 

Pain Relief

One major cause of toothaches could be post-surgery pain. Even a simple operation like tooth extraction can be painful and taking CBD capsules or other CBD products might help relieve the pain especially if you apply a cotton swab with CBD directly to the affected area.

CBD has always been known to be effective[3] in helping people deal with difficult-to-treat pain since it directly affects the endocannabinoid system and our cannabinoid receptors. It could also help deal with odontogenic pain especially if the source of the tooth pain is other parts of the body like the head, the neck, and other sensory nerves. 

Reduces Anxiety

According to the American Psychological Association[4], stress is known to weaken the immune system. CBD isn’t just for pain relief as it has other helpful health benefits as well. Quality CBD can help with recovery and strengthening the immune system as well by reducing stress

CBD is known to help reduce anxiety[5] and it has shown to have potential in treating anxiety disorders as well. In the case of your toothache, you are less likely to get sick from tooth infection since your immune system is much stronger. 

What causes tooth pain? 

Tooth pain is something that most people have experienced and it’s something very unpleasant to experience. But what causes this phenomenon? And what methods are effective in helping us cope with this problem?

According to an article published in the  British Journal of Pain. Tooth pain is caused by multiple factors[6] and conditions. 

Dentine Sensitivity

According to the book Advanced Operative Dentistry[7], Dentine sensitivity is a result of acid erosion on the teeth usually caused by brushing your teeth too much. Because of this erosion, your teeth are more sensitive causing increased sensitivity to cold temperatures as well as the frequent but short duration of pain. 

Dental Pulpitis

Dental Pulpitis or more commonly known as toothache is caused by an infection that affects your tooth’s pulp which contains blood vessels and nerves. Additionally, dental pulpitis can also be caused by inflammation either thermal changes and chemical substances. 

The condition is well known for its sharp and shooting pains in your tooth resulting from the inflammation of your pulp. The most common form of dental pulpitis is tooth decay which according to the article is experienced by 60% to 90% of children worldwide.


An article[8] published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry states that pericoronitis is a condition seen in a lot of teens and adults with its development caused by many different factors. 

Pericoronitis is a condition defined as the inflammation of a person’s soft tissue covering an erupted or partially erupted tooth. Symptoms of the condition usually include swelling, pain, and difficulty in swallowing. 

Alveolar Osteitis

Based on an article[9] published in the International Journal of Dentistry, Alveolar Osteitis or dry socket is a common and well-known problem that a lot of dentists encounter especially after the removal or extraction of a tooth. This leads to many problems and is known to cause severe pain. 

Ways to Treat Tooth Pain

Based on an article published in the Singapore Medical Journal[10], there are multiple ways to deal with tooth pain but the most important part is diagnosing whether you have odontogenic pain or if it’s non-odontogenic pain.

Odontogenic pain

You can determine if you have odontogenic pain by identifying the source. If the pain is localized on your tooth or if you’re being very sensitive to either hot or cold stimuli, then it could be odontogenic. Additionally, the pain can be triggered by chewing or biting.

Depending on the origin and cause of the pain, there are different treatments for things like using analgesics, antibiotics, and even changing your dental health habits. In some cases, you might have to take anti-inflammatory drugs for pain management.

Toothaches are no joke so don’t try to treat this on your own. We recommend asking for a dentist’s diagnosis before doing any form of self-treatment.

Non-odontogenic pain

Non- odontogenic pain on the other hand can result in toothache but the source does not start from the tooth. As such it is much broader in scope and treatments will differ depending on the source of the pain. If the nature of the cause is bacterial sinusitis then analgesics, saline irrigation, and even antibiotics might be used.

If the cause is a migraine, then taking drugs for pain management could be recommended by your doctor. This is where using CBD oil or other CBD products might come into play. However, just like with odontogenic pain, we recommend you ask for the opinion of your dentist since using CBD products might cause unforeseen side effects or interfere with the current state of your dental health. 

CBD Oil for Toothache and Professional Opinions

As mentioned above, some methods for dealing with tooth pain might require you to take anti-inflammatory medicine as well as for helping you deal with pain relief. Fortunately for you, cannabidiol has the properties of both pain relief and reducing inflammation.

CBD Oil for Toothache and Dry-Mouth?

Is CBD Oil Legal in New York?

According to a study[11] about cannabidiol users, one of the most prevalent symptoms of taking hemp oil and other cannabidiol products is that they experience dryness in their mouths. From this sample of 2409 people, 268 (11.12%) experience dryness in their mouths.

So yes, when you take CBD products, the CBD may result in you experiencing a form of dryness in your mouth. 

Is There a Medical Professional That Believes CBD Is Good for Oral Health?

Dr. Benjamin Hornstein a dentistry practitioner in Beachwood and author at The Center for Advanced Dentistry[12] has written content about how CBD oil has numerous health benefits that also particularly target one’s oral health especially the teeth when it comes to toothache.

Of course, his statement is backed by research as well. One study[13] in particular even compared the efficacy of cannabinoids with that of other oral care products. Results have shown that taking CBD or cannabidiol for oral health might be a good idea. Since CBD can help deal with pain and it does show to have potential as an antibacterial agent as well. 

Risk Factors & Side Effects

With all of the positive things being said about cannabis-derived products in this article, you’d think that it was some sort of wonder drug that can deal with multiple conditions like periodontitis and toothaches. However, there are some risks and side effects that you need to look out for.

CBD Might Cause Gum Disease

Although the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD can help fight gum diseases some studies say otherwise. One study[14], in particular, concluded that cannabinoids and other cannabis products could have a bad side effect on the gums which could worsen or even lead to gum disease. 

But this is just one study and we don’t know if it’s 100% certain since more studies have to be done to properly determine if this is true or not.

Potential Side Effects

Cannabinoids in particular aren’t perfect and they are known to harbor some side effects. According to the DOH[15] (Department of Health) CBD can lead to side effects like:

  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Cough
  • Dysphoria
  • Sedation
  • Dizziness

How to choose the right CBD for a toothache?

If you’re looking for CBD oil for your toothache, then we highly recommend that you either choose a product that is potent to be effective as well as easy to use. Make sure to consult your doctor before you take CBD products no matter if it’s high quality or not. 

Buying regular toothpaste seems inefficient when you can replace it with CBD toothpaste. With the state of CBD in the market,  you’ll probably find cannabis products like CBD toothpaste, CBD rinses, and even CBD gum if you look hard enough. 

Transparency is also something to look out for as some products CBD may not be tested by a third party.  Lastly, you need to check the price tag as well. As some CBD products might be a little more expensive than the others. 

Final thought – Can CBD help?

CBD for tooth pain isn’t an alien or crazy idea as a lot of people and even dentists see the benefits of cannabis-derived products. Unlike medical marijuana, CBD is more commonly accepted by people and you’ll find products like toothpaste, mouthwashes, and many more. Overall, CBD products can help with toothaches however it’s still wise to consult a dentist first to prevent complications.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you use CBD for a toothache?

There are products like CBD toothpaste and CBD rinses designed for oral care. But you can also take CBD oil, in general, to relieve yourself of toothaches as well

Can I put CBD oil on my gums?

Yes you can.

What is the best pain reliever for tooth nerve pain?

Ibuprofen[16] is the recommended drug for tooth nerve pain.

What stops tooth pain instantly?

Pain-relieving drugs and substances can help stop tooth pain.

Is CBD illegal?

No. CBD products are approved by the FDA[17] provided they have a THC content of less than 0.3%

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