Unfortunately, those who are under the grip of addiction may be indifferent to the damage they are inflicting on their bodies. And what they may not realize is that they may also be causing irreparable damage to their teeth.
When a person is addicted to drugs, they may begin to not only neglect their appearance and pay less attention to what they eat, but also they tend to ignore vital health issues – including their oral health.
And certain drugs – including illegal drugs – can wreak havoc with your mouth.
Probably one of the most well-known labels associated with the adverse effects of drugs on teeth is the term, “meth mouth.” This refers to the severe damage methamphetamine can cause in a very brief period of time. The highly acidic nature of methamphetamine makes it particularly toxic to teeth, as it eats away at the enamel.
Heroin users are also prone to tooth decay because their drug use causes them to crave sweet foods. Too many sugary foods (coupled with inattention to dental hygiene) will lead to erosion of the teeth.
Erosion is also common among cocaine users who rub the drug over their gums and teeth. This practice can cause ulceration of the gums and the bone underneath. Also, cocaine mixed with saliva creates potent acids that damage the tooth enamel. Dry mouth is another side effect of cocaine, resulting in a decrease in saliva production – saliva that is so crucial for fighting bacteria and cavities.
Another drug that is detrimental to dental health is ecstasy. Those who abuse this drug tend to grind their teeth, which wears down the tooth enamel. Ecstasy users also can suffer from dry mouth, thus depriving themselves of the beneficial effects of cavity-fighting saliva.
All in all, it goes without saying that illegal drugs can ruin lives. In this vein, keep in mind that one of their many ill effects is that they can cause irreversible harm to your teeth.
Steering clear of illegal drugs will be a step in the right direction toward preserving your smile. And for our part, we want to do everything we can to help you maintain your optimal dental health.
So if you live in the Reynoldsburg or Columbus areas and are in need of a family dentist, don’t hesitate to pay us a visit. Simply visit our website to take advantage of our convenient online scheduling. We’ll do everything we can to give you an appointment time that accommodates your busy schedule!