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Is seeing someone with missing teeth a tipoff about meth abuse?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Meth abuse

Dental loss has many causes, and meth abuse is just one of hundreds, however the "faces of meth" is a good subject to google if you are interested.

In brief: Meth abuse

Dental loss has many causes, and meth abuse is just one of hundreds, however the "faces of meth" is a good subject to google if you are interested.
Dr. Thomas Riney
Dr. Thomas Riney
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe, not necessary

Abusers of methamphetamine often experience rapid and severe tooth decay, possibly due to dry mouth, grinding, and poor hygiene.
This leads to teeth breaking off at gumline. However, it would be unfair to characterize anyone with missing teeth as an abuser of meth. There are many reasons for lost teeth, including decay (and no finances to replace), trauma, gum disease, and even genetic absence.

In brief: Maybe, not necessary

Abusers of methamphetamine often experience rapid and severe tooth decay, possibly due to dry mouth, grinding, and poor hygiene.
This leads to teeth breaking off at gumline. However, it would be unfair to characterize anyone with missing teeth as an abuser of meth. There are many reasons for lost teeth, including decay (and no finances to replace), trauma, gum disease, and even genetic absence.
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No....

Missing teeth can have resulted from numerous factors.
Meth abuse would not be my first choice with simply seeing missing teeth.

In brief: No....

Missing teeth can have resulted from numerous factors.
Meth abuse would not be my first choice with simply seeing missing teeth.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dr. Mark Venincasa
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not necessarily

There are many reasons for missing teeth.
Meth abuse is a cause but more common causes are cavities, trauma and gum disease.

In brief: Not necessarily

There are many reasons for missing teeth.
Meth abuse is a cause but more common causes are cavities, trauma and gum disease.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Debra Haselton
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not necessarily.

However, meth abuse generally leads to "meth mouth", which is charaterized by a lot of decay, which can certainly lead to missing teeth! this can happen pretty rapidly.

In brief: Not necessarily.

However, meth abuse generally leads to "meth mouth", which is charaterized by a lot of decay, which can certainly lead to missing teeth! this can happen pretty rapidly.
Dr. Debra Haselton
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