Effects of Drugs and Alcohol in the Oral Cavity Essay
Methamphetamine is not a new drug, although it has become more powerful in recent years as the process for producing meth has evolved. It is reported that approximately 13 million people over the age of 12 have used …show more content…
Treating meth mouth is not easy. It can also be medically dangerous for an active meth user due to cardiac problems that can occur during treatment when combined with local anesthetic and the drug. There are several ways in which a dentist treats the symptoms of meth mouth. To help fight against tooth decay (dental caries) dentist’s will often prescribe fluoride. This can be in the form of high fluoride toothpastes, rinses and/or tablets. Tooth restoration is necessary to rid the tooth of decay but in severe cases the dentist may need to extract a tooth that can not be saved by restoration. Xerostomia can be treated with drugs that increase saliva production in the oral cavity.
Dentists also offer education to patients about nutrition and dental hygiene. Images of diseased mouths are often shown in books, pamphlets, anti-drug campaigns and magazines to help users understand the impact of meth mouth. The effects of meth mouth are similar to those of Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disorder)