Meth Mouth: What is this and can it be treated?
Thanks go out to Regina, one of Dr Gillis’ Treatment Assistants, for writing this informative blog!
Meth mouth, we hear about this but what does that really mean? Methamphetamine is a popular drug due to the euphoric high that it gives. Meth is an acidic drug that can be swallowed, snorted, injected, and even smoked. It is an extremely acidic drug that dries the mouth out. Without saliva to rinse the teeth, the plaque is extremely sticky and sticks to the teeth, in as little as one year of use you may have what’s called “meth mouth” A patient who presents with “meth mouth” will have extensive oral damage, tooth decay, and gum disease.
This sticky plaque eats away the enamel causing the teeth to first become dark and stained and begin to decay. The teeth will decay to the point of causing the teeth to chip, and or break off, and may need extracted.
Depending on the level of damage caused from the drug, a patient may need a few fillings, maybe some crowns, or the decay may be so significant that the patient may need extractions, implants, & even dentures, causing thousands of dollars to reconstruct the smile that once was.
This information is brought to you thanks to Regina, one of Dr. Gillis’ Treatment Assistants. Although this condition can be very embarrassing, our office can help you find ways to once again have a healthy, good looking mouth.
Yours for better dental health,