Recovering from “Meth Mouth” with Dr. Jamie Alexander
Use of Amphetamines, including methamphetamine, has long lasting effects on brain function, can lead to heart problems and seizures, and is associated with high rates of dental decay and gum disease. A University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) study of 571 methamphetamine users found that 96 percent had experienced dental cavities and 58 percent had untreated tooth decay. Only 23 percent retained all of their natural teeth, compared to a tooth retention rate of 48 percent among the U.S. general population.
There are four primary factors leading to high incidences of dental decay, gum disease, increased tooth wear, tooth fractures, and tooth loss among methamphetamine users, what is sometimes referred to as “meth mouth”:
- Poor oral care while using amphetamines.
- Cravings for sugary high-calorie carbonated beverages, as much as several liters a day.
- Grinding and clenching of teeth as a side effect of the drug use.
- Extreme xerostomia (dry mouth condition) as a side effect of the drug use, reducing the amount of protective saliva.
If you have fought the battle, freed yourself from addiction, and are now in recovery, you can take immediate steps to improve your oral health and restore your smile. An entire mouth makeover is conceivable and doable. Dr. Jamie Alexander and his entire dental team are here to help.
We invite you to read about our services, caring approach, and genuine passion to help you have a healthy life. We welcome you to give us a call at 561-732-8877. We’ll be happy to schedule you for an initial private and complementary consultation with Dr. Alexander in our Boynton Beach dental practice.