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Meth Mouth and its Dental Implications: A Scoping Review on Toothless Tale Phenomena

Shankargouda Patil, Jagadish Hosmani, Sushma Bommanavar, Abdulrahman Y Alshahrani, Shahrukh Khan

Keywords : Crystal meth, Dental caries, Drug-induced hyposalivation, Meth mouth, Methamphetamine abuse, Xerostomia

Citation Information : Patil S, Hosmani J, Bommanavar S, Alshahrani AY, Khan S. Meth Mouth and its Dental Implications: A Scoping Review on Toothless Tale Phenomena. World J Dent 2024; 15 (3):270-273.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-2086

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 20-04-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Meth mouth, also known as methamphetamine-induced caries (MIC), is a condition that causes an early toothless situation in one's life. It is caused by a highly addictive, powerful, psychoactive stimulant drug called Methamphetamine (MA) that belongs to the family of Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS). This induces a state of ecstasy and euphoria in long-term MA users. Oral effects of long-term use of this recreational party drug can cause poor oral hygiene, rampant caries, xerostomia, and excessive tooth wear. The present review is designed to summarize the current updates on dental implications among MA users and its mysterious pathogenesis involved in leading to the toothless condition. This update was produced carefully to synthesize evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence to assist dental practitioners to recognize this condition and elicit effective dental treatment plans.

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