Meth Mouth

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This one-page handout uses text and photographs to educate people about meth mouth, which is advanced tooth decay associated with methamphetamine use. It explains what methamphetamine is, and its effects on the body. It discusses possible causes of meth mouth, including chemicals with acidic and corrosive effects found in the drug, clarifying that mental and physical changes related to methamphetamine use can result in xerostomia (dry mouth) and other health effects that can contribute to tooth decay. The document outlines treatment by extraction, and recommends that those who use the drug see a primary care physician.

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Author(s):
California Dental Association
Medical Review:
Yes
The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.
Development Method:
Translation from English text
Translation Review:
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A qualified translation company performed an independent review by a second translator, and a client advocate.
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Keywords:
Dental caries, Dental enamel, Methamphetamine, Oral hygiene, Xerostomia
Copyright:
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Date Last Reviewed:
5/22/2017
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