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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

July/August 2007
Volume 38 , Issue 7

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Methamphetamine abuse and dentistry: A review of the literature and presentation of a clinical case

Jason H. Goodchild, DMD / Mark Donaldson, PharmD

PMID: 17694215

Methamphetamine is not a new drug. It has a long and storied history of legitimate clinical use and recreational abuse. Unfortunately, abuse of methamphetamine is increasing with alarming frequency in the United States and leads to appalling destruction of dentition. The pathognomonic effects of methamphetamine abuse on teeth have led to the term “meth mouth.” This term, while descriptive of the clinical appearance of patients, is a misnomer. A review of available information on methamphetamine abuse is presented and discussed. A clinical case is documented to help clinicians recognize and manage patients who may be abusing methamphetamines. (Quintessence Int 2007;37:583–590)

Key words: crystal meth, dental caries, dentistry, drug abuse, local anesthesia, meth mouth, methamphetamine

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