ADA Warns of Methamphetamine's Effect on Oral Health

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Dental Health

The American Dental Association wants more dentists and patients to understand the devastating effects the illegal drug methamphetamine has on oral health, a condition known by some as "meth mouth."

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In addition to numerous threats to overall health, methamphetamine users risk rampant tooth decay in a distinctive pattern on the smooth front surface of the teeth and the spaces between the front teeth, the ADA reports on its Web site.

Methamphetamine users' teeth have been described as "blackened, stained, rotting, crumbling or falling apart."

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