Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at 10:18 pm.
You’ve probably heard of “meth mouth”. It’s coined that due to the advanced tooth decay caused by the use of methamphetamines specifically known as crystal meth. This and other recreational drugs create havoc on your overall health including your oral health. This editorial and upcoming editorials will educate you on what you need to know about the most common street drugs, chemicals in them that cause rapid teeth decay, and why its important to avoid them for your overall well-being.
Users with “meth mouth” have blackened, stained, or rotting teeth, which often can’t be saved. It’s also brought on by the side effects of a meth high. Studies attribute the decay to the corrosive effects of the chemicals found in the drug, such as anhydrous ammonia (found in fertilizers), red phosphorus (found on matchboxes) and lithium (found in batteries).
Our mouth needs a steady blood supply to stay healthy, Meth causes the user’s blood vessels to shrink and repeated shrinking causes these vessels to die thereby causing decay and infection. It also leads to dry mouth and without enough saliva to neutralize the mouth’s harsh acids, those acids eat away at the tooth and gums, causing weak spots that are susceptible to cavities. The craving for sugary foods and drink common in meth users, compulsive tooth grinding, and the general neglect of regular brushing and flossing ( the chemicals impair judgment centers of the brain) also contribute to poor oral health, amongst other things.
Stay tuned for discussion on other street drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroine.
Your overall health and well being, including your oral health is highly important to us. If you’re using street drugs, we encourage you to seek treatment for your addiction. Repairing the damage done to your teeth is also an important component of your recovery. Coming in for regular dental checkups help to catch early signs of erosion, decay and other oral symptoms from drug use or history of drug use. Early diagnosis and repair along with recovery is important to prevent larger, long-term oral damage. Schedule an appointment to talk with us about your symptoms and concerns. Please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding health and dental care!