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“Meth mouth”

Anne-Marie L Laslett and John N Crofts
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (12): 661.

To the Editor: Single case reports of “meth mouth”, similar to that recently published in the Journal,1 exaggerate the dental problems surrounding the use of methamphetamines. Evidence that methamphetamines cause grinding and wear of teeth,2 xerostomia,3 and cravings for sweet drinks is weak.

Anne-Marie L Laslett, Research Fellow, Epidemiology and Research Department
John N Crofts, Director
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
Article References: 
Reference Text: 
Shetty K. “Meth mouth”. Med J Aust 2006; 185: 292.
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1
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Reference Text: 
McGrath C, Chan B. Oral health sensations associated with illicit drug abuse. Br Dent J 2005; 198: 159-162.
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2
PubMed ID: 
15706386
Reference Text: 
Saini T, Edwards PC, Kimmes NS, et al. Etiology of xerostomia and dental caries among methamphetamine abusers. Oral Health Prev Dent 2005; 3: 189-195.
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3
PubMed ID: 
16355653
Reference Text: 
Robinson PG, Acquah S, Gibson B. Drug users: oral health-related attitudes and behaviours. Br Dent J 2005; 198: 219-224.
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4
PubMed ID: 
15731805

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