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How can cocaine cause mouth problems?

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This drug can have different effects on your mouth, depending on how you take it. When you snort it, cocaine can damage the tissue between your nose and the roof of your mouth, eventually causing a hole and making it hard to talk or eat.

Like meth, it's very acidic. So when you smoke crack or put powdered cocaine in your mouth, the acids coat your teeth and can break down their protective enamel. This can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If you rub it on your gums, it can cause mouth sores.

Saini G. , Sept-Oct 2013. Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

Bassiouny M. , Nov 2012. Substance Abuse

Victoria State Government: "Teeth and Drug Use."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "High Rates of Dental and Gum Disease Occur Among Methamphetamine Users."

American Dental Association: "Meth Mouth."

Mouth Healthy: "Meth Mouth: How Methamphetamine Use Affects Dental Health."

Medscape: "Methamphetamine, Heroin Users Both Suffer from 'Meth Mouth.'"

Brand H. , April 2008. British Dental Journal

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 28, 2018

Saini G. , Sept-Oct 2013. Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

Bassiouny M. , Nov 2012. Substance Abuse

Victoria State Government: "Teeth and Drug Use."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "High Rates of Dental and Gum Disease Occur Among Methamphetamine Users."

American Dental Association: "Meth Mouth."

Mouth Healthy: "Meth Mouth: How Methamphetamine Use Affects Dental Health."

Medscape: "Methamphetamine, Heroin Users Both Suffer from 'Meth Mouth.'"

Brand H. , April 2008. British Dental Journal

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 28, 2018

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