Thursday, February 7, 2008

Smoking Pot is Bad for Your Gums, Too.

American Medical News Today posted an article yesterday that pointed to a research study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that links smoking pot with gum disease.

"420" does not refer to the periodontal pocket readings you will have if you use cannibus. (The term "420" is slang and denotes lighting up a joint.)

Due to pot smoking your gum tissue, which should have pockets depths of 1-4 mm, often have 5mm or greater, according to the JAMA article. Smoking, whether it be pot or tobacco, is bad for your oral health and causes overall chronic systemic inflammation.

As I've posted before, periodontal disease has been linked to a whole host of other problems, including low birth weight babies, miscarriages, and heart disease.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Never broken a 4mm reading once, and I have been a habitual user for years. This might have to do with the effects of not taking care of your teeth when you fall asleep too high.