Ice use destroys teeth

Ice use destroys teeth

A recent article in the Sunday Times report crystal methamphetamine users can destroy their dentition in as little as a year.

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as “Ice” come in powder form, pills, crystal meth and a paste called base. As it could be smoked rather than injected, it has greater appeal amongst younger users. Frequency of daily and weekly use rose from 9.3 to 15.5 percent from 2010-2013 according to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Side effects of Ice use include dry mouth and oral hyperactivity resulting in excessive grinding and clenching. The ADA is reporting a growing number if 20-30 year old Australians are having all their teeth extracted due to the “severe destruction” of methamphetamine.

If you require more information on the effects of amphetamines or want to know how to help a loved one the following links may be useful.

http://au.reachout.com/ice

http://www.fds.org.au/

http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/Gettinghelp/Wheretogethelp/AlcoholandDrugInformationService.aspx

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