Posted on: 7 July 2016Share
If you have previously been addicted to using amphetamines, alongside a range of other health issues you may also be experiencing problems related to your dental health. While it is impossible to undo a lot of the damage which has already been caused by your drug use, you can take steps to protect your teeth and gums in the future, giving them the best possible chance of recovery as you begin a new drug-free life.
Attend regular dentist appointments
Amphetamine abuse can lead to chaotic lifestyle, where things like remembering to go to the dentist or to brush your teeth fall to the bottom of the list of things to do. Amphetamines can also make you crave sugary drinks, which further adds to tooth decay. You should have your oral health assessed by a dentist, who will also be able to fill any cavities and extract any bad teeth which are beyond repair. However, once you have had this initial treatment, it is vital you continue to visit your dentist for regular check-ups to fight any future decay.
Amphetamines are an appetite suppressant, which means that it is likely you did not maintain a healthy diet when using the drug. As well as leading to weight loss, a poor diet can also lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies which can impact your oral health. You should ensure you eat a range of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. This will help you to protect your remaining healthy teeth as well as help the rest of your body to begin its recovery to full health.
Invest in a mouth guard
A side effect of amphetamine abuse is teeth grinding. Unfortunately, once you have stopped using the drug, this habit can still remain. Although you may take steps to avoid grinding your teeth, it is an action which often still occurs at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth places them under immense pressure, weakening the outer layer of enamel and increasing the chance of tooth decay. A mouth guard is a thin piece of soft plastic which fits over your teeth, helping to protect them when you grind.
If you have recently stopped using amphetamines, you should book an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible as part of your recovery. They will be able to check your dental health, carry out any necessary procedures and offer help and advice.