What exactly does methamphetamine do to your teeth? The meth effects on teeth are many. Some you can see and some you cannot see. If you or a loved one is using the drug, it is likely you will see the meth effects on their teeth at some point. It is very disheartening to see a beautiful young man or woman on the street asking for money and when they open their mouth you are taken aback. This 20-something or 30-something-year-old has a mouth full of broken and diseased teeth. The condition called meth mouth is a real condition. What Is Meth Mouth? This is a slang term for the condition of a person's teeth who abuses meth. This street drug is made from pseudoephedrine. It is commonly referred to as crystal meth and has many street names like crank, ice, crystal, and glass. Meth is smoked, injected, swallowed or snorted. It is thought to be a recreational stimulant. Many people are introduced to meth at a club or party. However, people are quickly addicted to the substance which is also highly addictive. One of the effects of methamphetamine is that you likely will experience severe tooth decay after continued use. According to Conversation.com, there are many theories about this but the prevalent idea is that meth restricts the production of saliva in your mouth. As a result, you get a dry mouth. This restriction of saliva is either through the reduced amount of saliva in the mouth or the narrowing of salivary glands. At any rate, methamphetamine users get dry mouth. This produces a more acidic environment in the mouth. Users drink a lot of soda to counteract the dry mouth. This combined with the lack of saliva in the mouth produces a very acidic environment. Saliva also diminishes the amount of bacteria that is allowed to grow in the mouth. With bacteria in a rampant state along with the sweet sugar of the beverages, rapid tooth decay occurs. Another factor in this cycle is the fact that meth\u00a0users experience a high\u00a0which includes feelings of extreme alertness, energy, and a feeling of well-being and euphoria. This high can last for 12 hours. Experts think that during this time your oral hygiene suffers greatly. As a result, methamphetamine users go for extended periods without attending to their teeth. This whole storm produces what we call meth mouth. Meth Effects On Teeth No one goes to a party with the intention of losing all of their teeth. That is the nature of addiction. It's not something that you can sit and calculate. It comes on quickly and it is ravenous. Methamphetamine has a lot of negative effects on the body with meth mouth being the most readily visible. Lucida Treatment Center By the time meth effects on teeth are visible, you or your loved one's addiction may be chronic. Give us a call at the first signs of addiction. Starting treatment early can help you or your loved one avoid the long\u00a0term effects of drug addiction. Getting you to your best and keeping you there is the goal of our compassionate staff.\u00a0 If you have suffered the effects of meth use, we can help you coordinate dental treatment to get your smile back. Getting you into substance abuse treatment is the first concern,\u00a0however. These are some treatment programs that we offer: \tMental health treatment center \tDepression treatment center \tHeroin addiction treatment center \tResidential addiction treatment center \tSchizophrenia treatment center The time to act is now. Don't wait until you or your loved one\u00a0experiences meth mouth or some other bodily effect of abuse. Get help today by calling us at .