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Drug addiction & oral health

Blende Dental Group

Dec 3 71581

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. During the therapy of back pain, efficient pain relief is reached in only 1/2 of the patients. To some extent, the reason of this is the lack of knowledge by physicians of the therapeutic strategies recommended in the majority of expert guidelines. Soma is widely used in clinical practice, which is due to its high effectiveness and extensive experience of use in variouspatient categories.

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.

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