Cannabis Use and Periodontitis In Adults
Relationship Between Frequent Recreational Cannabis (Marijuana and Hashish) Use and Periodontitis In Adults in the United States: NHANES 2011-2012
This research synopsis examines: Relationship Between Frequent Recreational Cannabis (Marijuana and Hashish) Use and Periodontitis In Adults in the United States: NHANES 2011-2012.
Due to the legalization of cannabis in certain geographical areas, especially in the U.S., recreational use poses emerging oral and periodontal health concerns. The objective of the study is to examine the relationship between frequent recreational cannabis use (FRC use) and the prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the U.S. and to see what connections exist.
METHODS AND RESULTS
Data derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examinations Survey (NHANES) was analyzed. The frequency of cannabis usage was compared to the attachment loss and probing depths as defined by the American Academy of Periodontology. Of the1,938 participants in the study, the survey showed that 26.8% were deemed frequent recreational cannabis users. Average attachment loss among FRC users was higher than among non-FRC users (1.8mm versus 1.6mm). It was also determined that the mean number of sites with increased probing depths were significantly higher among FRC users than among non- FRC users.
The prevalence of tobacco usage, previous periodontal treatments, diabetes mellitus, and other demographic characteristics were included within the study models.
It was concluded that frequent cannabis usage is associated with and contributes to deeper periodontal probing depths, more clinical attachment loss, and an increase in the odds that the patient could develop more advanced periodontitis in the future with continued recreational cannabis usage.