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Post-Addiction Dental Health Treatment

Handsom man contemplatingAddiction to substances is a very real and prevalent disease. Some of these substances can damage not only your overall health but your dental health as well. While the addiction can be overcome, sometimes the damage to your smile may continue on.

Many addicts view a smile makeover as an important part of recovery. Restoring your smile back to its original beauty can make you feel more confident and proud of yourself and your recovery from substance abuse. The drug that does the most damage to oral health is probably methamphetamines. “Meth Mouth” is a very real problem that addicts deal with.

How Dental Professionals Can Help After Addiction

If drug abuse is suspected, your dentist will keep an eye out for the signs in your teeth. These symptoms can include the signs of malnutrition as well as a distinctive pattern of tooth decay on the teeth.

If drug use is suspected or confirmed, there are a few things that will be done under the recommendation of the American Dental Association. These include:

  • Your dentist will thoroughly assess and examine your teeth and dental and medical history will be taken.
  • If you are receptive, we can provide information on local clinics or rehabilitation centers for you to contact.
  • We will take a few preventative measures, include fluorite treatments.
  • We will exercise caution and discretion in the event that you need sedation, nitrous oxide, or anesthesia.
  • Lastly, we will provide you with information about the risks associated with drug abuse, both dental and medical.

If you have recently quit drugs and are looking for a fresh start and a healthy, beautiful smile, please contact Severance Dental located in Severance, Colorado. We want to make sure that all your hard work is rewarded with a smile you can be proud of!

Posted on Dec 27, 2018
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