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What is Meth Mouth?

Posted on 2/25/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A man covering his mouth with his hand because, he's suffering from meth mouth. Drugs can wreak havoc on your entire body, causing you to become addicted and suffer from a variety of physical, emotional, and mental health problems.

However, there is one drug out of the bunch that seems to have a devastating effect on the mouth - meth. In fact, meth has such a detrimental effect on the teeth that a term has been created for it: meth mouth.

In December 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse completed a study about the effects of meth on dental health, and the findings were published within The Journal of the American Dental Association. This study defined "meth mouth" as severe gum disease and tooth decay that also resulted in teeth that fall out or break.

Researchers examined the mouths of over 570 meth users and found some startling results: 96% had cavities, 58% had untreated decay, and 31% had at least six missing teeth. The researchers also characterized the teeth as appearing stained, blackened, rotten, and crumbling.

The study also found a positive correlation between meth use and tooth decay. The more meth a person used, the greater the amount of decay they experienced. Decay and gum disease were also more common in meth users over the age of 30, cigarette smokers, and women.

Meth is highly addictive, and there are a variety of theories as to why this drug causes such terrible problems with the teeth. It is thought that the high - which lasts for around 12 hours - causes people to go for extended periods of time without brushing their teeth. Even when they aren't high, the primary focus of a meth addict is getting more drugs, and dental hygiene is often forgotten completely.

Additionally, meth users tend to crave sugary beverages when high, and they also have a tendency to clench and grind the teeth.
If you are suffering from an addiction to meth or any other drug, it is important that you seek help immediately. Your overall health - including your teeth - depends on it.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health and meth mouth.
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