People who have a substance abuse problem often see the effects on their teeth, and these effects often show up sooner than expected. Highly addictive substances like cocaine, meth, and amphetamines can lead to conditions dentists often refer as meth-mouth or cocaine teeth.
These drugs can cause permanent damage that causes teeth to decay or fall out. Chronic tooth decay, cracked teeth, gingivitis, and other problems are often experienced by those who have a drug addiction. And usually, a visit to the dentist is the last stop for many addicts, making the problem worse.
Drug use can greatly impact oral health, including tooth decay, gum disease, ulcerations of gums and underlying bone, dry mouth, teeth grinding, and an increased risk of oral cancer. Other side effects and risks include gingivitis, tooth loss, “meth mouth”, gum abscesses, and stripped tooth enamel.
Substance abuse plays a colossal role in poor oral health. People suffering from drug abuse present with problems such as palate perforation, lesions on the gums, and teeth grinding. Plus, the increasing consumption of sugary drinks – including alcohol, – sugary snacks, and refined carbs can lead to a higher rate of tooth decay and plaque. This is particularly true if a person does not brush and floss their teeth on a daily basis.