A Drug User’s Teeth: Recovering Your Smile from Meth UseIndividuals in methamphetamine recovery who are affected by drug users’ teeth decay can restore their oral health and smiles thanks to modern dentistry and the compassionate care of dentists like Dr. Ilya Benjamin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Ilya Benjamin, a dentist, has advanced training in addiction recovery support and experience restoring whole mouths devastated by the enamel erosion and rampant tooth decay associated with meth use. Before a drug user’s oral health can be stabilized and improved, the patient must recover and no longer use methamphetamine. Once in recovery, a thorough diagnostic workup and careful treatment planning will lead to the treatment of decayed teeth and infected gums in a step-by-step fashion. This treatment will allow both the body and the mouth to heal, and the aesthetics of the smile will be restored, and in many cases, cosmetically enhanced more than the pre-addiction appearance. A drug user’s teeth recovery goals are to achieve optimal oral health, which supports systemic health, optimal chewing function, allows you to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods comfortably, and have a confident, attractive smile. Understanding Meth Drug User’s Teeth Damage Various factors contribute to extensive enamel erosion, rampant tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss that characterizes “meth mouth.”
- Methamphetamine has high acidity.
- Methamphetamine also decreases saliva production, which serves as a buffer for acid in the mouth.
- During 12-hour highs, users disregard regular oral hygiene.
- Users crave sugar and typically consume a high-carbohydrate, sugary-drink diet. This is an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply and produce more acid in the mouth, eroding the protective enamel on your teeth.
- Chronic acid irritation and inflammation frequently result in advanced gum disease and periodontal bone tissue damage surrounding tooth roots.
- Eating nutritious foods is difficult when one’s teeth are loose and painful. Poor nutrition makes the body’s ability to fight infection in the mouth and throughout the body complex.