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Sep
9

What is “Meth Mouth?”

Methamphetamine use has provoked dentists to coin a new term, for a unique condition that is seen among people who use the drug. The term? “Meth mouth.” Meth mouth isn’t like anything you’ll ever see in your life, unless you’ve seen the smile of someone who uses illegal methamphetamine drugs.

The appearance of Meth Mouth can be described as the most extensive form of tooth decay across every surface area of every tooth. This isn’t a normal decay pattern, and is something that is typically only seen in patients that use methamphetamine. There are a few reasons for this – one, is that the drug itself is very cariogenic, that is, it causes decay-forming bacterial buildup in the mouth when it is used. Very strong acidic levels mean that enamel is eroded at a much faster rate than most other factors. Second, the drug causes people to crave a high amount of sugar when they are on the drug. They drink large amounts of sodas or candy, causing the acidic levels in their mouth to be even more destructive. Last of all, meth causes muscle tension in the jaw and chronic clenching or grinding of the teeth, allowing them to be worn down prematurely. When you put all of these things together, you have a recipe for destruction.

Thankfully, some people do recover from methamphetamine use. All dental consultations and services are by law, required to be confidential. Dentists can work with recovering patients to help them restore their smiles without the patient needing to feel self-conscious or worried about their appearance. If you or someone you love has had damage to their smile caused by drug use, it’s time to call your dentist for a comprehensive dental exam before it’s too late.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Jul
16

Three Reasons Why You Should Never Be Embarrassed at the Dental Office

A lot of people come in to the dental office and are embarrassed. They’re embarrassed about their oral health needs, that they feel anxious about dental care, or that they haven’t been to the dentist in a long time. If there’s one thing all dentists want their patients to know, it’s that they don’t want you to feel embarrassed when you’re catching up on your oral care!

Life happens, and there are often people that have not had access to dental care for one reason or another. It may be that they were out of work, didn’t have insurance coverage, or traveled too often on business trips to get in and have routine dental care completed. Now that they’ve made a point to get back to the dental office, they are often ashamed of what the dentist will see during the dental exam.

You might be surprised, but rarely do cases like this catch a dentist off guard. It’s fairly common for people to finally be able to get access to care, or overcome their fear of seeing a dentist. Your dentist wants to let you know that they’ll work alongside of you to help you gain control over your oral health again, no matter what your individual needs are. It may be that you need a phased treatment plan to restore your smile, just a simple cleaning, or a sedation service to help you be more comfortable.

Everyone’s needs and history is different. Visiting the dentist is something that should make you feel good about yourself, because you’re investing in a smile…and smiles are forever!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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