Using cannabis or methamphetamine can cause problems in your mouth.
This is a condition seen in the mouths of some users of methamphetamine.
This illegal drug causes severe tooth decay to the extent that some teeth are heavily stained and damaged badly. Often these damaged teeth have to be removed because they can’t be fixed.
There are various reasons for the cause of ‘meth mouth’ including:
- poor oral hygiene among users of methamphetamine
- the acidity of the drug
- drug-induced dry mouth
- cravings for fizzy or sugary drinks
- a tendency of meth-users to clench or grind their teeth.
If you’d like confidential advice and support to get help for yourself or someone you know, make use of the free services listed below.
Alcohol Drug Helpline
Phone 0800 787 797
Reproduced with the permission of the New Zealand Dental Association, based on the ‘Keeping Your Teeth for a Lifetime ... Easy As’ resource.