Meth Use And Its Effects On Teeth

The effects of methamphetamine on teeth is shocking. 

Methamphetamine is highly addictive and the health issues associated with even short term use are dreadful. User’s of this drug tend to grind their teeth very hard, eat a lot of sugary foods,  have very low saliva flow and poor dental hygiene. The effect is a frightening image. The diagnosis: ‘meth mouth with necrotising ulcerative periodontitis’. With extensive restorative work, careful root debridement and some gingival grafting – this can be rectified. However this treatment is complex and the need for root canals and the possibility of tooth loss are a very real risk with severe cases. Often methamphetamine users won’t feel the pain you would expect in a case such as this.

Meth users out there, please – once you have decided to make changes – come and see us, we will help you, we want to hear your story. Let us know what your concerns. We will work within your time and budget to help you keep your teeth and be comfortable smiling.

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SOURCES:

http://www.joponline.org/doi/abs/10.1902/jop.2000.71.8.1371