According to National Institute on Drug
Abuse, people who use the illicit drug
methamphetamine have unique patterns
of dental decay and gum disease.
The large study of 571 methamphetamine users found that 96% had experienced dental cavities and 58% had untreated tooth decay. Only 23% retained all of their natural teeth, compared to a tooth retention rate of 48% among the united state general population study was conducted by investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study found that adults reporting heavy or moderate methamphetamine use were twice more likely to have untreated dental cavities than were light users. Older subjects above 30, women, and current cigarette smokers were excessively affected by dental and periodontal disease. In addition, 40 percent of participants indicate that they were often embarrassed or self-conscious due to the condition of their teeth or dentures.
The University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA) researchers emphasized that the high rates and distinctive patterns of cavities could be an important signal to alert dentists to possible methamphetamine use in their patients and the need for a comprehensive treatment that identifies and addresses both their methamphetamine use and oral health problems.