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We all look at the people that have the things in life that we want. We want that perfect family with perfect smiles with the perfect car. We also want the fun toys that they have. The lifestyle they have that allows them to travel all over. We all want to be that person.

What is stopping us from being that person?

Sometimes it is the habits that we have in our lives that keep us from achieving what we want. When we let a part of our lives that we can’t control take over then we usually don’t achieve what we want. These things can be an obsession with television shows, movies, gambling, and many more things.

One thing that many people don’t think will ever take over their life is drugs. Drugs can consume everything in your life, if you allow it. They can make you dependent on using them to have a productive day, or even get out of bed. Drugs can offer you temporary satisfaction but when reality hits, it usually comes crashing down. Drugs can affect more than your lifestyle. They can affect your mental health, physical health, dental health, and emotional health. Drugs also affect your organs such as your liver, heart and lungs.

How Does Using Drugs Affect Dental Health?

Not only do drugs affect your organs, but they also affect your teeth, surprisingly enough. Some drugs will even erode your tooth enamel. When your enamel weakens or gets removed from the tooth, it accelerates tooth decay. Other drugs cause your gums to recede which also accelerates tooth decay. The reason most drugs affect your teeth is because of the acidic content they have (not to mention the corrosive chemicals some are made from). When foods or drugs have high acid content, it wears down the enamel on your teeth which causes tooth decay. While using drugs, sometimes the users are more prone to eating sweets which increases the chances of getting cavities. Some drugs can also cause bruxism, or otherwise known as teeth grinding, which is a major contributor to cavities and tooth decay. Most people don’t think of the consequences that drugs have on their bodies when they start using them. They also don’t realize how hard it will be to do simple things later in in life because of the side effects. Some of these include:

  • Eating apples
  • Biting a juicy steak
  • Eating a sandwich
  • Chewing gum
  • Eating sticky foods

If your teeth are severely damaged from drug use, you will struggle with these simple things and may experience pain with eating.

How Can People Reverse the Adverse Effects Drugs Cause?

Once people have tooth problems, they immediately think of what they can do to fix the problems. There’s a few things that you can do to fix the effects drugs cause to your teeth.

  • Go see a dentist
  • Brush regularly
  • Use the right toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Floss regularly
  • Get bridges or partial dentures
  • Crowns or total tooth replacement
  • Stop using drugs (see below)

You can do these and a few more. Consult with an Idaho Falls Dentist and they will evaluate your circumstance and get you the best treatment. One thing you should never do is go to a dentist while on drugs. This can be very unpleasant, if not deadly, if they put you under for surgery and the drugs counteract each other or accelerate the effects that the one of the drugs have on your body.

How Can People Quit Using Drugs?

Idaho Falls Dentist - Stop Drug UseHow can you quit using drugs? There are many options out there for you to finally take that step and stop. Whether it’s over the counter medications or heroin to cocaine, there are options out there for you. One of the first things people usually do is find a support group. This is a big mental boost because you have people who have gone through the same things you are currently going through and have experience with what you are about to go through. Another option people have is to remove themselves from the places and people that where they were doing drugs. There are lots of places that you can get help. The important thing is that you do get help. Whether that be through a help line, a friend, a doctor, or anything else, take that initial step and get help.

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