Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA
Drug and alcohol abuse wrecks havoc on the mouth, causing extensive decay, gum disease, and eventually leads to tooth loss. Sadly, addicts tend not to practice good oral hygiene simply because they do not care while under the influence or may not have the means to do so. A recovering addict should feel good about their new path in life, but often they may feel embarrassed or discouraged by the appearance of their smile. You do not have to be held back any longer! Even your mouth can benefit from rehab too.
What effects do alcohol and drugs have on oral health?
If you are a recovering addict, you may be asking yourself, how did my mouth end up this way? Alcohol decreases saliva production, causing dry mouth. Without adequate amounts of saliva, teeth become susceptible to decay. Alcohol also interferes with how tissue cells divide, increasing an addicts risk of developing oral cancer. Alcoholics that drink to the point of vomiting may experience enamel erosion due to acid from their stomach bile. Alcohol also leads to gum disease, especially when combined with smoking tobacco. Long-term effects of gum disease lead to tooth loss. In short, teeth are like posts in the ground, and if it rains too much, the soil becomes unstable, causing the posts to loosen and eventually fall out of the ground. Gum disease has a similar effect on teeth.
“Meth mouth” has become a modern term associated with drug abuse and oral health. Meth mouth refers to extensive tooth decay and damage that is a direct result of using methamphetamines. Meth undoubtedly causes tooth decay because the smoke from meth erodes tooth enamel. Once tooth enamel is gone, teeth are more prone to developing decay and becoming damaged. It is common for meth addicts to have severely damaged teeth or missing teeth and even experience mouth pain. Sometimes, these tooth problems continue happening during the recovery phase, not just while using drugs.
What types of treatment will I need?
This will vary on a case-by-case basis. The treatments we present to you will be entirely dependent on your need for oral health care. We offer a variety of cosmetic dental treatments for tooth replacement options for missing teeth, to restorative options to repair damaged teeth.
I am in recovery now, but how can I rehab my teeth too?
Reconstructing your smile is possible, but it begins with you and your commitment to recovery. There are many options available today for treatment, and Integrative Dental Arts can help. We invite you to visit our office for a consultation. Allow us to develop a treatment plan that will have you on your way to rehabilitating your mouth too.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Agoura Hills
If you would like to take the next step in rehabbing your mouth, too, contact Integrative Dental Arts by calling (818) 889-0400 to schedule a consultation with us. Integrative Dental Arts welcomes patients from Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA areas.