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Certain drugs that have been deemed “acceptable” by society today (alcohol and tobacco) are known to cause oral health complications. Indeed, many prescription drugs can do equal damage. What is not talked about frequently is the destructive nature that illegal drugs have on your oral health. Here is some info that you might like to know.

Marijuana

As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, heavy marijuana smokers are seven times as likely to get periodontal (gum) disease than non-smokers. The numbers are practically the same for tobacco smokers.

Methamphetamine

Probably the most harmful illegal drug in relation to dental disease, methamphetamine users fall victim to a condition so severe it has its own nickname… “Meth mouth”.

What is the reason for meth’s bad dental reputation? For one thing, it is especially acidic. This is because it is extremely ruinous to teeth, wearing away the enamel protecting them from bacteria, plaque and tartar. If that weren’t bad enough, because of the drug’s stimulating effect, persons who abuse methamphetamine also tend to clench their jaws and grind their teeth which brings about gum disease and tooth loss. Typically, addicts ingest sugary sodas and starchy food which boosts bacteria in the mouth, which in turn contributes greatly to tooth decay.

Other Drugs

Many other types of drugs both legal and illegal are problematic as well. For instance, ecstasy wears down teeth and ruins enamel as its users clench and grind due to the euphoric high it provides. Chronic dry mouth is another side-effect that goes hand in hand with many drugs known to dehydrate the body. Avoid all of these problems by simply saying no to illegal drugs.

If you have questions about drugs and dental health, call Dr. Deepak Bhagat for more information. Please contact Smile Savers to make an appointment at: 718-956-8400, or come by our office in Woodside, New York.