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Key Points

  • Use of the illicit drug methamphetamine is a widespread public health issue in the U.S. and North America.
  • The severe caries associated with use of methamphetamine is referred to colloquially as “meth mouth” or “crank decay” and is said to resemble early childhood caries.
  • Methamphetamine use may also cause other negative orofacial conditions including bruxism, grinding/clenching, disorders of the temporomandibular joint, myofacial pain, and trismus.
  • Introduction
  • Methamphetamine
  • Oral Effects of Methamphetamine Use
  • Dental Care Implications
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Topic last updated: May 18, 2021

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Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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