Meth mouth can lead to total tooth loss

  • September 3rd, 2009 1:21 pm CT

It is estimated that over 12 million people have tried methamphetamine (also known as meth, crank, crystal and speed), which can be swallowed, injected, snorted or smoked, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Meth is an inexpensive, easy-to-make illegal drug that is highly addictive. The majority of users range between 18 and 34 years of age.

In less than a year meth users can go from a mouth of healthy teeth to extreme tooth sensitivity to total tooth loss. The acidic nature of the drug, its ability to dry the mouth reducing the amount of protective saliva around the teeth, the tendency of users to grind and clench their teeth, and the drug’s tendency to cause users to crave and consume highly carbonated beverages, are the primary drivers of methamphetamine-related tooth decay. Even when full mouth extraction is not required, teeth can become rotten, blackened and stained.

In addition to tooth loss, meth usage can cause high blood pressure, increased respiration, hyperthermia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, even permanent brain damage. If you notice unaccounted-for and accelerated tooth decay in someone you know be concerned. Reach out to them. If you are addicted to methamphetamine there is hope.

Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website.

For more info: Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website or call 1-800-662-HELP for local treatment centers.

If you have lost one or more teeth as a result of Meth, dental implants may be the best way to replace these teeth. Certainly the addiction must be treated prior to treatment. Dental Implants do not get cavities.

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