“These Are Your Teeth on Drugs” – Dental Scare Tactics

Editorial
by Jim Du Molin

It’s hardly breaking news that there is an epidemic of methamphetamine usage across the USA. It’s also no surprise that meth takes Meth Mouth a toll on society in general and on users’ bodies in particular. Your typical meth user is hardly the picture of perfect physical health; the drug’s effects can be seen on skin clarity, muscle tone, and dental health.

“Meth mouth” refers to the rapid tooth decay often associated with methamphetamine use. By educating children (and showing them appalling pictures of rotten teeth and gums), lawmakers are hoping to discourage meth use among teens. Representatives Brian Baird (D-Wash) and John Sullivan (R-Okla) have introduced a Congressional bill to develop a meth prevention program with grants for dentists and educators.

By focusing on oral health and cosmetic concerns, lawmakers hope to scare potential first-time users. According to the ADA, a number of factors make meth particularly damaging to users’ smiles: it’s an acidic drug that dries the mouth and often leads to grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. (The poor diet and health habits of most users don’t help, either.) What’s more, methamphetamines can take a serious dental toll within a few short months.

Clearly, something has to be done to keep kids off meth. So why not leverage their vanity to keep them healthy? Sounds like a good plan to me! What do you think? Read more or post your comments below!;/font>

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