Is there any documented proof that either methadone or methadose is the cause of excessive tooth damage or decay.Through sources quite a few patients complain that they have acquired severe tooth decay since seeking help through methadone clinics?.
20 Jul 2006
I am not sure if it is a documented thing, but it is well known among those who use it, or think about using it. If you check around the internet, you will find many sites with people having dental problems, not just from using Methadone, but from anyone who uses narcotics of any type for a long period of time.
They tend to leech some of the calcium out of your body which weakens your teeth, plus the dry mouth that these meds tend to cause, promotes tooth decay. Your saliva is actually a big help in preventing tooth decay since when you eat or drink, it helps to wash away some of the substances that cause dental damage, so whenever you have meds that cause severe dry mouth, more of these damaging substances sit there on your teeth allowing them to easily decay.
For anyone on long-term narcotics, methadone maintenance or anything similar that causes severe dry mouth, it should always be made clear the type of damage that can happen, so they should be told to brush and floss more often, plus use products, without sugar in them, that can help keep their mouths moist and wash away food debris. They sell several items now, OTC, that you can find in most grocery or drug stores that can help with dry mouth, plus drinking water to rinse the stuff away can also help. Rinsing with a mouthwash or treatment that can help strengthen your teeth, such as Act, can also be beneficial.
Of course, with their doctor's approval, they might also want to add a calcium supplement, to help replace what is lost from their bodies due to the medications they take.
I take several narcotics each day, on top of drinking flavored waters each day, without sugar, like the new Aquafina ones, since plain H2O gets very dull, my doctor also advised me to take Coral Calcium tablets, and to use Act or a similar rinse, at least a few times a week. I had bad teeth to begin with, and I am down to the point where all I have left are my front teeth, so I didn't need anymore problems! LOL!
29 May 2009
I have been taking methadone for 10 years, 40 mg. a day, for a spinal cord injury. This last year my teeth have really started to just fall apart. Literally. It makes sense when you think about it since it cases dry mouth, which leads to decay. I wish someone would have told me about this when I began taking it. Now I am looking at a LOT of dental work, possibly implants, which can run upwards of $20,000. I don't know where I'll get that kind of money, being on disability for 10 years. But dentures at 41 doesn't sound all that great. So hopefully I can find some sort of program, or study or SOMETHING.
30 Jul 2009
one of the side effects of meth is dry mouth. Decreased amounts of saliva causes people to be more prone to decay, therefore causing alot of dental issues. There are actually some types of special toothpastes and mouth washes developed for people with this problem. One is an all natural brand called "Toms" which is pretty easy to find at walgreens or other pharmacy stores, another brand is "biotene" which has a specially developed oral balance dry mouth collection of products that are very successful. They have a website it's www.biotene.com as well as a phone# 1-800-922-5856. So I would deffinately check it out! And the next time you're at the dentist ask if they have M I paste that they can use on your teeth- that stuff is great too but it's for professional use only. And don't worry I know what I am talking about! I am a dental assistant & I've been one for a while now! Dry mouth is a big issue for me as well, so most importantly I speak from expieriance! good luck...
8 Feb 2010
I have been on the Methadone program for 5 years. When I started I had decent teeth that had been well looked after. The first year was ok but my dentist did tell me my mouth was very dry and to get a special toothpaste which I did. Over the next 4 years I had to have constant dental work done the cavities seemed like they appeared over night. I woould get a tooth fixed and 3 months later it would start aching and have to be pulled. My dentist told me this was from the dry mouth that methadone caused.
This past year my teeth would come out on there on. They just got loose and came out.
Two weeks ago I had 12 teeth pulled, 6 roots taken out and dentures put in I feel lucky I can smile again. The specialist said after a dose you should rinse out your mouth to clear some of the methadone.
Hope this helps
12 Jul 2010
I've been on methadone for 13 years, 130mg, and have had dentures for the last 12. Thank God for good insurance! Anyway, having lived in the illicit drug culture for the last 2/3 of my life (since Vietnam) I have found that people that use the liqud Methadone DO have bad teeth and those that use the disketts don't have real bad teeth. I think the liqud methadone has alot of sugar in it and when it is consumed orally, naturally it goes across your teeth like soda pop or anything else that has about 80% sugar and rots your teeth. I don't know if this helped or not... if it did, cool... if not, oh well!
I'm not much of a speller, so bear with me, OK?
19 Jul 2010
I have been on many narcotics since the age of 12, now 55. Definitely agree that all narcotics are bad for your teeth, but especially Methadone. Dry mouth is the biggest offender. Try to drink water copiously to help this. Also, found that biotene works wonderfully. Check with your own state medical assistance program if you are eligible as they paid for all my dental work related to fixing my teeth and my dentures.
Wishing you the best of luck!
12 Aug 2010
I cant give you any statistics but i an tell you from first hand experiene it does severley, I have had to have a lot of dental work due to methodone, i know a lot of people that are on methodone an they have rotted teeth I heard a dr. one say that he refers to that as methadone mouth,hope it helps i know its not very scientific
1 Sep 2010
"Documented proof" may not exist but I found out the hard way that it is true. I was placed on Methadose after a spinal cord injury and about two years after I started taking it, my teeth started to crumble--I told my doc it was like having "a mouth-full of chalk". I thought I was alone--none of my doctors had mentioned that was a possible side-effect of the medications (I also have an implanted morphine/dilaudid pump). I can't begin to express my embarrassment when a woman at a restaurant pointed at me and said to her companions "Look at that "meth-head" over there... disgusting".
I was devastated and now that most of my teeth are missing or horribly decayed, I have become a recluse as I save money to pay for dentures--If I go out to eat, it's via drive-thru window and I go to the market at 2am to avoid being seen or having to speak! I wish there was a way to get my insurance to pay for dentures since the medication that caused me to need them is prescribed because of an injury but that ain't likely! I've been trying to find low-cost dentures and have found that their advertised fees are no where near the amount they actually charge. (Talk about "false advertising"! It's awful!)
28 Sep 2010
Yes it does make your teeth fall out! i've been on it for 5 years and have lost 5 teeth and important ones. Some say its because people don't brush or take care of their teeth but i brush mine everyday. They still fell apart. But look on the bright side there dentures. I don;t think I could live without methadone.
7 Oct 2010
I have been on Methadone for severe migraine's for sometime. My teeth were absolutely beautiful. I have had more problems with my teeth since I have began this medication! I am so upset today, because just last evening yet another tooth broke off at the gum line. I'm ready to hire an attorney to fight this drug maker! Teeth are more an important than just providing someones smile & self esteem!! I am a professional in an industry in which, I had to call in sick today because of a missing tooth (yet another investment out of my pocket!). I don't want to go into how many teeth have broken, but obviously if I am making a post, you can bet, this isn't the first !! From what I've been reading this morning, I'm not the only one!!!
Very Very upset with Methadone Makers! Should have a warning, and get off the excuse "Methadone causes a dry mouth, which can relate to tooth decay" either way Methadone Maker, your drug is a CAUSE and as a user I should had been warned!!!
2 Nov 2010
I was told by my doctor that the reason people sometimes suffer tooth decay isnt the methadone itself, but untreated side-effects such as dry mouth, which you can treat by simply carrying around water with you. At the clinic I go to there is a poster on the wall with "Methadone Myths & Facts" apparently tooth decay from meth is a 'Myth'.
17 Mar 2012
Hello, I was a long term user of methodone. I do have tooth decay, I do think it is the methadone and the drugs I abused before. When my teeth started decaying I started looking around and noticing I was the only one. I have sucessfully detoxed out of the methadone program at my local clinic. The person I was when I begin over five years ago, methdone did help aid me in turning my life around and no longer be dependent of drugs. I am thankful that I had a place to go to. Because when I begin I felt like I had no where to go, I felt doomed. My issue is now that I am clean and sober for 6 months now I still can not land a decent job. Employers do not take me seriously because of my teeth. I can not get a job that provides insurance to have them fixed and i surely can not afford to pay to have them fixed either. I am very thankful to be able to enjoy life again and take care of my children. But how I am going to land a job with teeth with horrible decay.
I do not blame the employer because as a employee you are the face of the company. But I nearly feel doomed again. I have went through jobs left and right because they were seasonal or temporary. So to answer your question directly, in my exxperience with methdone I do have severe tooth decay that is very painful. But on the other hand I am have part of my life back that I allowed the drugs to take. I just want to be able to be competley successful. I wish you good luck. I am definetly not a doctor, but I am a living example.
26 Jul 2012
I have been on long term MMT for over 10 years. I am a working,professional adult, I gave birth to a 10lb healthy baby while in MMT. My child had no side effects and did not need any treatment for methadone.
I have heard SO many reports about tooth decay and methadone, but for me personally, I have not had any issues. I brush twice a day, and floss every day, I also use ACT mouth rinse before bedtime. I am a little paranoid about my teeth though, just because of all the horrible stories I've read.
Methadone treatment has absolutely allowed me to live a normal, healthy and happy life. I was a heavy drug user from my early teens, from heroin to crack, and just about every painkiller.
I just wanted to let people know that there are a LOT of other people like me out there, leading happy, fulfilling lives on MMT. Unfortunately a lot of us are afraid to come forward and talk about it. No one at my job knows about my treatment, I keep it to myself because I am worried about being stigmatized or judged.
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