"Meth mouth": rampant caries in methamphetamine abusers

AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2006 Mar;20(3):146-50. doi: 10.1089/apc.2006.20.146.


Rampant dental caries is a characteristic finding in methamphetamine abusers. The popularity of methamphetamine, particularly among the gay community where it is linked to the spread of HIV, its ready availability, and rapid spread across the nation have placed methamphetamine use in an epidemic status in many communities unaccustomed to dealing with drug abuse. We present a case of a 25-year-old male "meth" abuser of unknown HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) status to promote recognition by the health care team of the association of rampant dental caries with methamphetamine abuse for appropriate intervention to ensure successful treatment and prevention of disease progression.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / adverse effects*
  • Dental Caries / chemically induced*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methamphetamine / adverse effects*
  • Oral Hygiene*
  • Substance-Related Disorders*


  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Methamphetamine