Many dentists' office include posters as a part of their dental office design to educate patients on the potential dangers of certain habits. Drug and alcohol addiction, for instance, can cause a variety of dental issues, but many patients do not make the mental link between addiction and dental health issues.
Gum disease is unquestionably the most common dental problem associated with drug use. Addicts often simply forget to brush and floss, and many avoid dentists' office because they assume that dentists will judge them or call the police to report the signs of illegal drug use. Dentists will never report drug or alcohol use, but most addicts don't realize this and many would never consider spending drug money on a dental visit. As a result, addicts' gums start to bleed from light pressure and may recede, exposing the teeth to even more serious conditions. Many addicts have sensitive teeth and gums after neglecting oral health.
Alcohol and many other drugs cause a condition called dry mouth, in which the mouth is unable to salivate. While this doesn't sound (Read More....)