Meth mouth is a term used to describe the damaging effects of methamphetamine use on the mouth. The chemicals in meth can result in serious dental concerns, including severe gum disease and cavities, permanent brain damage and even death. While domestic production of the drug has slowed down, meth smuggled into the United States is available, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Nearly one-third of government agencies surveyed by the DEA reported that meth was the greatest drug threat in their areas.
Being aware of the dangers of meth use and the treatment options available for those who may be addicted to the drug can help individuals make informed choices that lead to a healthier mouth and body.