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Drugs, Dry Mouth and Destruction

Posted on: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

dry mouth and drugs

Many people have heard of “meth mouth” because the media has made a big deal of this affliction resulting from methamphetamine use. In case you have not heard of it, it’s when a person’s teeth suffer severe damage – basically rotting away in a person’s mouth – because of their use of this strong, caustic stimulant. People with meth mouth often need to have all their teeth removed.

One of the main reasons a person experiences meth mouth is because methamphetamine dries up a person’s oral secretions. Bacteria thrive in this drier environment. Plus saliva is actually slightly antibacterial and the flow of saliva helps wash away bacteria, keeping the mouth cleaner and the teeth less prone to decay.

Losing one’s teeth to methamphetamine use is a high price to pay for one’s drug use. Even worse is a lengthy addiction or the possibility of an overdose.

Heroin is Also a Cause of Tooth Damage

Methamphetamine is not the only drug to cause dry mouth and its subsequent damage. Another well-known drug to do so is heroin. In Indiana, our news services carry far too many reports of young adults and even teens who lose their lives to this drug.

Since 2010, the number of lives lost to heroin has been increasing. In 2015, Gina Bardach, founder of Hope Overcoming Heroin, described the loss of life in Fishers: “My son who lives in Fishers, who grew up in Fishers – 16 friends have died due to drug overdoses. And he’s just 24.”


Prescription Drugs Can Also Cause Dry Mouth

Any drug derived from opium or that is chemically similar to opium will dry up one’s mouth. The list below shows the many types of prescription drugs that can cause dry mouth. In fact, a person complaining of a persistently dry mouth can be a tip-off about drug abuse if the family knows that the person’s doctor has not prescribed any of these drugs:

  • Pain medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, morphine and others
  • Diuretics
  • Antidiarrheal medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • High blood pressure medications

Coping with Dry Mouth

There are a number of fairly new products on the market to help people cope with dry mouth. Of course, sipping on water helps but this isn’t something that can be done around the clock. Contact us for help with dry mouth.

We are very interested in your optimum health. If you need advice on ways you might be able to reduce your dependence on medications, contact us. And if you need help overcoming drug abuse, please call and let us help you.



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