Oral Health and Addiction: Consequences of Substance Use

Garima Arora, Ruth Freeman

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This chapter is a review of the effects of drugs and substance use upon oral health. It provides the latest WHO and FDI definition of oral health together with a brief description of the main oral diseases, i.e., dental caries and periodontal disease. It describes the effects of substance use and their physiological actions on teeth, oral mucosa and other oral diseases. Finally, it presents the dental treatment and oral health management for people with a history of substance use. The overall aim of the chapter is to present the effects of substance on oral health and therefore to illustrate the need for practitioners working in the addiction field to include an oral assessment and referral for dental treatment as part of their overall treatment strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextbook of Addiction Treatment
ISBN (Electronic)9783030363918
ISBN (Print)9783030363901
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Oral health
  • Substance abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Addiction


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