- by Dr Divya G Nair
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- Feb 08 2018
What is Meth-Mouth?
The excessive use of methamphetamine use leads to meth-mouth, it is a condition that involves tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant often used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Its excessive use can lead to stroke, brain damage, addiction and dental problems. Methamphetamine and crystal meth decreases the amount of protective saliva around the teeth and leads to several oral health problems.
Meth-mouth can be characterized by the fracture, erosion, decay or loss of teeth.
Consumption of methamphetamine shrinks blood vessels and limits blood supply to the mouth. As blood vessels continue to shrink and die, oral tissues decay and result in teeth and gum damage. Methamphetamine has anhydrous ammonia, red phosphorus, and lithium that can deteriorate tooth enamel and contribute to meth mouth.
In a report, it was published that people who snort methamphetamine experience worth tooth decay than individuals who smoked or injected the drug.
- Poor dental hygiene
- Sensitive teeth
- Unusually shorten teeth
- Loose teeth
- Red and inflamed gums
- Dry mouth and gums
- Broken, fractured or crumbled teeth
Successful treatment of meth mouth is very rare as it results in extreme decay that damages teeth beyond repair. Dentist often conducts full-mouth tooth extractions and replace missing teeth with dentures.
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