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Socially accepted drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are known to be detrimental to your oral health, but did you know that illegal drugs can be equally or even more damaging?

Marijuana

As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, heavy marijuana smokers are seven times as likely to get periodontal (gum) disease than non-smokers. The numbers are practically the same for tobacco smokers.

Methamphetamine

Meth causes the most serious tooth decay among its users. In fact, “meth mouth” is a common term that describes its destructive oral focus.

What is the reason for meth’s harmful specificity? It is incredibly acidic. The acid wears away the enamel on teeth. If that weren’t bad enough, because of the drug’s stimulating effect, persons who abuse methamphetamine also tend to clench their jaws and grind their teeth which helps along gum disease and tooth loss. Typically, addicts eat foods high in sugar and starch which increases the bacteria in the mouth, which in turn contributes greatly to tooth decay.

Other Drugs

Many other types of drugs both legal and illegal are problematic as well. For instance, ecstasy wears down teeth and ruins enamel as its users clench and grind due to the euphoric high it provides. Chronic dry mouth is another side-effect that goes hand in hand with many drugs known to dehydrate the body. Avoid all of these problems by simply saying no to illegal drugs.

If you have questions about drugs and dental health, call Dr. Thomas Pierce for more information. Please contact Dr. Thomas Pierce DDS to make an appointment at: 870-739-3256, or come by our office in Marion, Arkansas.