As more and more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, more Americans – about 1 in 8 – are smoking regularly. While recreational use is illegal in Texas, recent medical marijuana laws now allow those suffering from a multitude of ailments to use marijuana. However, marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, which makes some users nervous.
Doctors often ask about drug use when obtaining information about your overall health and medical history. But you may wonder if dentists, like Dr. Chris Mun at Pflugerville Family Dentistry, can tell if you smoke weed.
The Short Answer? No – Your Dentist Can’t Tell If You Smoke Weede
Your oral health alone is not enough for a dentist to tell if you regularly use marijuana. Marijuana use has been associated with an increased risk of periodontal disease, as well as tooth discoloration and xerostomia (commonly known as “cotton mouth”).
However, none of these symptoms are exclusive to marijuana users. These symptoms are also common among tobacco users and can be easily mitigated with proper oral hygiene practices. Just make sure you go in for your 6-month checkups and get regular cleanings and other preventative dentistry services to stay ahead of any issues.
But Could A Dentist Find Out If I Smoke Weed?
There is no reason for a dentist to perform tests that conclusively show you smoke weed. There are 4 common tests used to detect drug use:
- Urinalysis – Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like!
- Mouth swabbing – The inside of your cheek can be swabbed with a cotton swab, and drug use can be detected, usually within the last several days.
- Hair tests – Drugs like marijuana stick around your system and end up in your hair. A sample of hair can be taken and tested for drug use.
- Blood tests – Blood tests can detect minuscule levels of drugs, such as marijuana, in your system.
As you can imagine, your dentist has no need to perform these types of tests. They also have little interest in your marijuana habits. However, if you’re going to smoke anything, it’s important to be extra conscientious of your oral health.
Take Care Of Your Oral Health At Pflugerville Family Dentistry!
No matter what you’re smoking, it’s vital to understand how it can have an effect on your oral health. If you’re a regular smoker, you need to remember to go to your dentist every 6-months.
Dr. Mun can examine you for issues that are more frequently associated with smokers, like tooth decay and periodontal disease. You can receive the care you need in a judgment-free environment to ensure your teeth are there for you for years to come.
Call us today at (512) 252-4746, or come to our Pflugerville office at 2606 West Pecan Street Suite 106 Pflugerville, TX.