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How can methamphetamine (meth) cause mouth problems?

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Very many people who use meth get cavities and also often have untreated tooth decay. The term "meth mouth" refers to the stained, badly damaged teeth common among people who use it.

One reason for the damage is that the drug is acidic and causes vomiting and reflux. And even though it makes you less hungry, it makes you crave soda and sweets.

The damage can happen in a short amount of time and often leads to the loss of teeth.

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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