Dentures after Drug Use


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Use of some drugs, both prescription and otherwise, can cause teeth to fall out. Crack cocaine, for example, contains acidic chemicals which break down the pulpy tissue inside the teeth at a faster rate. The behavioural effects of crack cocaine also accelerate tooth decay, for example excessive grinding and clenching of teeth or repeated vomiting. This is also true of methamphetamines. There are some prescription drugs which can accelerate tooth decay. Sometimes the drugs used in chemotherapy to treat cancer can have a negative effect not only on the cancer cells but on the healthy cells in the mouth as well. More attention to oral hygiene and careful choice of foods are recommended in this case, as well as a visit to the dentist around one month before your chemotherapy begins.


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