Meth usually causes a person’s teeth to decay faster which is otherwise known as meth mouth. Meth mouth causes an individual’s teeth to become black and highly stained. Also, the teeth also appear weak and are likely to fall. When normal teeth decay occurs, it usually affects the teeth at the back section of the mouth and this is because they are not easy to access for thorough cleaning. This is contrary to meth mouth; the decay occurs on the front teeth and also affects gum lines. The rate of teeth decay is usually faster in meth users than non-meth users. Are you suffering from meth addiction? Addiction Rehab Toronto can help you.
History of Meth mouth
The term “Meth mouth” came into existence between the years of 2004 and 2005. Officers working in city jails noticed that most newly admitted inmates had same problem of decayed front teeth. After a careful observation, it was discovered that most of the people who had caries and ANUG were chronic addicts of methamphetamine.
Side Effects of Methamphetamine on Dental Health
– Lifestyle Effects: Most meth addicts care less about their dental hygiene, sleep lesser than the recommended duration, eat less and take more of sugary foods and soda. Lack of good dental health usually results into gum infections and periodontal disease. Eating foods of low nutritional value and lack of adequate sleep tends to lower the strength of the immune system thus making susceptible to gum diseases and other dental anomalies. Consumption of Sugary food and soda will cause a reaction on plaque by converting it into acid which makes it easy for the teeth to decay.
– Physiological effects: Meth tends to reduce the water in your body, which will prompt you to consume more of soda and other sugary soft drinks. Extreme dehydration can lead to dry mouth. Meth addicts usually find it difficult to eat. This is because their body craves for more energy; this need can be taken care of by consuming soda and other sugary soft drinks.
Meth users and nonusers
There is a general notion that meth mouth is caused by meth addiction. But this is not always true in all cases. This is because meth mouth can also be caused by increase in stress, poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition and excessive consumption of sugary substances. This means both users and non-users can get meth mouth. Meth addict who maintains a good dental hygiene by brushing regularly and flossing periodically and also consume very minimal amount of Sugar have a low probability of being infected with meth mouth.
If a meth mouth is quickly reported, there is a high probability that some of the affected teeth can be treated. But most meth addicts report meth mouth cases only when condition becomes worst and at a chronic stag. The best treatment at this time is to remove the affected teeth. Meth mouth can be prevented by maintain a proper dental hygiene, brushing regularly, flossing periodically, and rinsing the mouth with fluoridated mouthwash, then going for dental check up often.