Methamphetamine Use Can Lead To Rapid Dental Destruction

“Even a year after quitting meth, the user’s saliva remains acidic”

 

Lola Giusti, DDS, an associate professor at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, discussed the health consequences of methamphetamine abuse, stating that “the tooth decay meth unleashes is nearly impossible to reverse.”  Dr. Giusti pointed to JADA’s December cover story examining dental disease in methamphetamine users. “Researchers began studying the mechanisms behind this rapid dental destruction and found that even a year after quitting meth, the user’s saliva remains acidic,” Dr. Giusti said, adding that “when paired with poor oral hygiene, this biochemical phenomenon exerts a permanent effect on teeth and health.” 

Read more at San Francisco Chronicle (1/14, Subscription Publication)

The ADA provides additional information on “Meth Mouth” at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Stephen Wagner, DDS/FACP

Stephen Wagner, DDS/FACP

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