Methamphetamine is a very addictive drug that should be avoided at all costs. Some of the harm meth can cause to your body includes irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, vomiting, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and permanent brain damage. Meth can also have a horrible effect on the health of your mouth, creating meth mouth. Here are some of the problems that can develop because of meth mouth:
Meth users often experience severe xerostomia (dry mouth) which can wreak havoc on dental health. Saliva is the body’s primary cavity fighter, so without it the chances for decay increase. Many meth users also crave sugary drinks when they are high, which give plaque the materials it needs to decay teeth. Additionally, meth users often develop poor oral hygiene habits, especially since a meth high can last for 12 hours.
The use of meth causes blood vessels in the body to shrink, reducing blood flow to tissues. These tissues can break down and are more vulnerable to infection, which can result in gum disease in the mouth specifically. Those who smoke meth can also create lesions in their mouth that are slow to heal.
Meth users often begin to grind or clench their teeth (bruxism) because they develop feelings of anxiety. If bruxism is chronically done, it can wear or fracture the teeth. This damage is also more likely to occur since the teeth are already weak and crumbling from severe tooth decay.