Efficacy of Cannabinoids versus Commercial Oral Care Products
More and more research is being done on cannabinoids and their benefits. One such benefit is the antibacterial properties of cannabinoids. Dental plaque is a thin biological film that covers the teeth and acts as a reservoir and breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria of the mouth. The formation of dental plaques results from the combination and deposition of food, saliva and fluids on the tooth surface, such as sugar loaded beverages or water. As dental plaques develop, so does the bacterial colonies which convert left over food residue into acids. These acids will lead the initiation of dental diseases such as dental caries, gingivitis, and periodontal diseases.
- This study, published January 2020 concluded, “Cannabinoids have the potential to be used as an effective antibacterial agent against dental plaque-associated bacteria. Moreover, it provides a safer alternative for synthetic antibiotics to reduce the development of drug resistance.”
- “By evaluating the colony count of the dental bacteria isolated from six groups, it was found that cannabinoids were more effective in reducing the bacterial colony count in dental plaques as compared to the well-established synthetic oral care products such as Oral B and Colgate.”
- The table below compares Cannabinoids like CBGA and CBD versus Oral B and Colgate.