The Blende Dental Group focuses on treating patients with special needs, including those with chemical, or behavioral addictions. If you would like schedule an appointment or speak with a Patient Care Coordinator, please contact us. Call our toll free number 1-800-575-3375.
An addiction is defined as a dependence on a substance or a type of behavior that is so strong that stopping causes severe physical and mental reactions (or withdrawal).
Many addictions affect a person’s oral health. At The Blende Dental Group, we routinely treat patients with addictions ranging from methamphetamine use, popularly shortened to meth (eg. Crystal meth, crank, ecstasy) to bulimia and smoking.
The causes of poor oral health are as varied as the addiction. A person addicted to meth often suffers from rampant decay brought about by a combination of variables including dry mouth (xerostomia), extended periods of poor oral hygiene, frequent intake of high carbohydrate foods and/or beverages, tooth grinding and clenching.
An individual with bulimia may have loss of enamel, esthetic deterioration and tooth decay due to poor nutrition and the corrosive nature of stomach acids.
A smoker may suffer from an increased rate of plaque and tartar buildup, loss of bone within the jaw and increased risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
The Blende Dental Group specializes in working with patients who have special needs, including addictions. If you’d like schedule an appointment or speak with a Patient Care Coordinator, please contact us. Call our toll free number 1-800-575-3375.