Methamphetamine Meth Mouth

A very common and visible sign of long-term meth use is extreme tooth decay, also known as "meth mouth." Users with meth mouth have blackened, stained, or rotting teeth, which often can't be saved. False teeth, dentures, and other dental products are normally reserved for older people who have lost their teeth. Many short-term meth users, including teens, are receiving this type of dental work to replace lost teeth. Some dentists have seen as significant a tooth loss in four-month meth users as those who have used meth for four years.

As discussed, meth damages blood vessels and decreases blood flow to all parts of the body. This includes the blood supply needed by the gums and mouth to stay healthy. Meth use causes these oral tissues to decay. In addition, meth use dries out the mouth, a condition called xerostomia. Saliva protects the teeth from harsh acids in the mouth. Without enough saliva to neutralize these acids, the teeth and gums are eaten away, causing weak spots that are susceptible to cavities. The cavities are worsened by the lifestyle of meth users: eating a lot of sugary foods and drinks, compulsively grinding their teeth, and neglecting to regularly brush and floss their teeth.7, 11

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