Amphetamines and Bruxism
As noted earlier, Bruxism is one of the side effects of amphetamines like Adderall.
“Why do amphetamines cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching?”
The Dangers of Methamphetamines
Contrary to popular belief, meth is not a new drug and the term “meth mouth” is not a new dental phenomenon. It’s not a weird concoction that some kids made up in the 80s. Meth and its bizarre effects have been around for quite sometime.
Methamphetamine was actually first created in Japan by a man named Nagayoshi Nagai in 1893 and made into a crystal form in 1919 by a man named Akira Ogata. (Reference: https://www.history.com/topics/crime/history-of-meth)
In WW2 meth was distributed to Japanese soldiers and German soldiers in tablet form. Of course, back then no one was aware of the many awful adverse effects including the high probability for full-on addiction.
Now we know that it can take just one time of use to become an addict.
This isn’t a scare tactic given by a helicopter mom. This is simply the cold hard truth about this highly dangerous and highly addictive drug. It does not mean that every person who does meth instantly becomes an addict. It means that there have been many cases in which a person who had never done the drug before engaged in use once and became addicted.
And the even scarier part? The more you use it and the longer you use it, the less chance you will have to be able to stop.
Signs of meth use and the resulting “meth mouth”
Excessive dry mouth which increases chances of cavities
Clenching, gnawing or grinding of the teeth. This action creates fracture lines in the teeth, shortened or flat teeth, chipped or broken teeth which in turn weakens the tooth. The weakened teeth become more susceptible to cavities, rotting, and even degradation of the bone and root system.
Craving sugary drinks that eats away at the enamel.
Hygienists and dentists can start to see the eroded enamel as it is a first line indicator of meth mouth.