January 22 – 27, 2019 is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

Why IsThis Important For Your Teeth?

NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is hosting a National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week during the week of January 22-27, 2019. This is a national health observance that attempts to link teens to science-based facts to shatter the myths about drugs.

Montevallo Family Dentistry would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the damaging oral effects that drugs and alcohol have on your teeth as well. For example, did you know that smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco and snuff) increases your risk of cancer, especially oral cancers?

Meth is a very harmful drug that causes a great deal of damage to your teeth and oral health. Methamphetamine (meth) is an illegal drug that is in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs. It can also be called, meth, crank, chalk or speed, ice or glass. It is highly addictive and some users say they got “hooked” after using it just one time. “Meth Mouth” is the term used to describe the damaging results of meth usage.

If you are a heavy alcohol drinker, it can have a harmful effect on your oral health. According to Healthline, “gum disease, tooth decay and mouth sores are all much more likely for heavy drinkers and alcohol abuse is the second most common risk factor for oral cancer.”

If you engage in drug or alcohol consumption, it’s important to see a dentist like Dr. Bobby F. Shunnarah, DMD at Montevallo Family Dentistry. He will look for signs of gum disease and help you form healthy oral habits that will promote your healthy and brilliant smile.

Posted on behalf of Montevallo Family Dentistry