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ADA applauds 'Meth Mouth' bill
Updated: 2/17/2009 3:00:19 PM

ADA applauds A new bill was introduced last week by congressional Democrats aimed at treating a condition where teeth can become blackened, stained, rotting and crumbling from regular methamphetamine use.

The new legislation, if passed, will fund local school-based programs to educate students about the negative dental health consequences of using meth. The bill also promises to enhance federal research into the issue, as well as promote a series of educational activities for dentists to learn about how substance abuse can affect dental care.

Dr John S Findley, president of the American Dental Association applauded the bill, which may shed some light onto the actual causes of meth mouth.

"This condition robs the young and old alike of their oral health, thereby jeopardizing their overall health. It can lead to a lifetime of wearing dentures. We applaud these senators for helping us to better understand causes of this health condition," Findley said.

Meth can cause dry mouth, which can subsequently increase the risk of tooth decay in a person's mouth. While those who have access to dental insurance and good dental care may be at an advantage in avoiding this condition, the best possible way to steer clear of it is to avoid meth.

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