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Oral Manifestations of “Meth Mouth”: A Case Report

Ilser Turkyilmaz

Citation Information : Turkyilmaz I. Oral Manifestations of “Meth Mouth”: A Case Report. J Contemp Dent Pract 2010; 11 (1):73-80.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-11-1-73

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; The Author(s).



The aim of the documentation of this clinical case is to make clinicians aware of “meth mouth” and the medical risks associated with this serious condition.


Methamphetamine is a very addictive, powerful stimulant that increases wakefulness and physical activity and can produce other effects such as cardiac dysrhythmias, hypertension, hallucinations, and violent behavior. Dental patients abusing methamphetamine can present with poor oral hygiene, xerostomia, rampant caries (“meth mouth”), and excessive tooth wear. Oral rehabilitation of patients using methamphetamine can be challenging.

Case Description

A 30-year-old Caucasian woman presented with dental pain, bad breath, and self-reported poor esthetics. A comprehensive examination including her medical history, panoramic radiograph, and intraoral examination revealed 19 carious lesions, which is not very common for a healthy adult. She reported her use of methamphetamine for five years and had not experienced any major carious episodes before she started using the drug.


The patient's medical and dental histories along with radiographic and clinical findings lead to a diagnosis of “meth mouth.” Although three different dental treatment modalities (either conventional or implantsupported) have been offered to the patient since August 2007, the patient has yet to initiate any treatment.

Clinical Significance

This clinical case showing oral manifestations of meth mouth was presented to help dental practitioners recognize and manage patients who may be abusing methamphetamines. Dental practitioners also may be skeptical about the reliability of appointment keeping by these patients, as they frequently miss their appointments without reasonable justification.


Turkyilmaz I. Oral Manifestations of “Meth Mouth”: A Case Report. J Contemp Dent Pract [Internet]. 2010 Jan; 11(1):073-080. Available from: view/volume11-issue1-turkyilmaz.

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