HALF OF DENTISTS SAY PATIENTS COME TO APPOINTMENTS HIGH
Fifty-two percent of dentists say patients have arrived to appointments high on marijuana or another drug, according to a new survey from the American Dental Association (ADA).
However, dentists are raising concerns and suggest patients refrain from marijuana use prior to an appointment, as the drug could affect oral health and treatment.
- Because marijuana can increase anxiety, paranoia and hyperactivity, it can make visits to the dentist’s office more stressful, ADA spokesperson Tricia Quartey said.
- “Unfortunately, sometimes having marijuana in your system results in needing an additional visit,” said Quartey.
Research has shown cannabis use is associated with poor oral health, with one study finding the drug’s use was linked with gum bleeding, loose teeth and gum disease.