- its ability to dry the mouth, reducing the amount of protective saliva around teeth
- a drug-induced craving for sugary soft drinks
- the habit of users to grind and clench their teeth
- how long the drug's effects last (up to 12 hours), which can lead to long periods when users are not likely to clean their teeth
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American Dental Association answeredMethamphetamine is a powerful, cheap, and easy-to-make drug. It’s known by several street names: Chalk, Crank, Crystal, Fire, Glass, Ice, Meth and Speed. Reasons methamphetamine causes rampant tooth decay may include:
Jerry Gordon, Dentistry, answeredMethamphetamine, also "speed" and "meth", is made from fertilizer, battery acid, hydrogen peroxide, and over-the-counter cold medications. Addiction to the "rush" can occur quickly, and damage brain cells containing dopamine and serotonin. Long term use can cause symptoms similar to those with Parkinson's disease. Massive destruction of the teeth can occur due in part to the highly acidic nature of the drug, as well as the increase craving for soda and sweets.