From “meth mouth” to a host of other problems, one of the most obvious effects of drug abuse is the damage it can do to oral health. Fortunately, treatment and support are always available to help beat addiction. And there are many ways to help avoid substance abuse and its effects altogether.
Common oral health problems caused by drug abuse
Drug usage can often result in multiple, serious oral health issues. Here are some of the most frequent:
Treatment and support are always available.
Overcoming addiction starts with making a commitment to change, setting goals and leaning on friends and family for support.9 Free, confidential help is provided 24/7 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).10
Addressing stress in positive ways can be crucial to avoiding drug use. Experts recommend these natural mood lifters:11, 12, 13
Try mixing positive stress busters and rewarding activities into your life to see what works best for you or your loved ones.