Have you ever heard of the term “meth mouth”? Perhaps one of the most famous (and infamous) side effects of crystal meth addiction, this condition occurs when blisters form on addicts’ mouths, and their teeth begin to rot. In the most severe cases, dentists cannot save these teeth, which must ultimately be pulled. In an ironic twist, some medical professionals have compared meth mouth to a childhood problem called “bottle mouth,” where children consume milk or juice before bed (repeatedly) and suffer from tooth decay. Needless to say, crystal meth can wreak havoc on the mind and organs, but adding a damper to a person’s aesthetics rubs more salt in the wound. Let’s take a closer look at how crystal meth destroys the mouth.
How the Damage Starts
Ultimately, crystal meth can damage the teeth in multiple ways, both direct and indirect (through triggered behavior exhibited by the addict). Here are some common elements of “meth mouth.”
- Meth-induced highs trigger cravings for sugary beverages, which destroy teeth.
- Meth-induced highs can last for approximately 12 hours. During this time, users will not bother to floss or brush their teeth and leave the sugary byproducts in their mouth.
- Meth contains acidic chemicals that destroy tooth enamel. These substances include battery acid, lantern fuel, antifreeze, hydrochloric acid, ephedrine, and more.
- Meth users frequently clench and grind their teeth.
- Meth dries up saliva, which protects the teeth and gums from harm.
Mountain Dew Mouth
As indicated earlier, scientists have compared “meth mouth” to “bottle mouth” (a childhood problem), but some researchers have also established another connection with meth-induced tooth decay. This condition, called “Mountain Dew mouth,” is similar to meth mouth, with the exception that sugary soda is the only culprit. This problem is especially common in the Appalachian region of the U.S., where the Mountain Dew beverage was originally created. Two of the major problems surrounding this soda are high sugar content and an unbelievably low cost.
Seeking Treatment for Meth Addiction
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.