Navigation Links
American Dental Association Applauds Legislators for Introducing 'Meth Mouth' Bill
Date:2/16/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. John S. Findley, president of the American Dental Association (ADA), applauded Capitol Hill legislators today for introducing a federal bill aimed at understanding and treating "meth mouth" -- a condition where teeth can become blackened, stained, rotting and crumbling from methamphetamine use.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced the bill on Friday. It is co-sponsored by Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

If passed into law, the bill will fund local, school-based initiatives to educate primary and elementary school students about the oral health aspects of meth use. It will also enhance federal research and promote a series of continuing education activities for dentists to learn more about substance use disorders and their relationship to oral health and dental care.

Dr. Findley expressed his strong approval of the bill as little is known about the actual causes of meth mouth. However, it is known that the drug can cause dry mouth, which in turn can increase dental caries (tooth decay). Drug users also have a tendency to grind and clench their teeth. Few studies have been published about its prevalence, causes, or its cost to the public.

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

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at www.ada.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Dental Association
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Older Americans Have Active Sex Lives
2. Despite grumbling, most Americans say they are happy at work
3. Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance
4. Longaberger Expands Horizon of Hope Campaign to Build Support for American Cancer Societys Breast Cancer Initiatives
5. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: Number of Uninsured Americans Grows to 47 Million
6. New Survey Shows Americans are Still Concerned About Food Safety, Yet Still Not Smart About What They Like to Eat
7. Novo Nordisk Appoints New Leader of North American Business
8. Amid Improving Life Expectancy Rates, Risk of Premature Death is Still Significant for Americans, New Study Shows
9. Primary biliary cirrhosis more severe in African-American and Hispanic patients
10. AOA President Calls on Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP and Take Action to Ensure Health Care Coverage for All Americans
11. American Chemical Societys Weekly Presspac -- Sept. 5, 2007
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/23/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2016 , ... According to an article published ... a massive role in oral health and hygiene. The article points out that, as long ... on their toothbrushes will become worn and frayed. Of course, these worn-out bristles won’t clean ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... ... aggression and sexual objectification, according to Georgia State University researchers. , ... girls in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades shared their experiences with ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... California State ... discriminated minorities’ quality of life and is currently focusing on ways to improve ... to be tested through research to find out whether watching them could have ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2016 , ... ... provider of distance education worldwide for people who are blind or visually impaired, ... 10-year tenure of retiring President Charles E. Young. Hadley’s Board of Trustees retained ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... 23, 2016 , ... Overweight and obesity in children can be hard on ... most of all, it can be hard on the child carrying excess weight. And ... a dint in childhood obesity statistics or making it easier for overweight children to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... 2016 The World Health Organization (WHO) expanded the ... include adolescents aged 13 years, and above. Effective immediately, the ... adult and adolescent males in the 14 priority countries in ... the first male circumcision device to receive WHO Prequalification on ... Horowitz said: " The expanded use of ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO , May 23, 2016 ... expected to reach USD 5.0 billion by 2022, according ... The increasing generation of medical waste coupled with the ... healthcare industry is expected to drive the demand for ... with these devices as compared to that of the ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... YORK , May 20, 2016 ... many veteran investors believe that the industry is not ... space, and today ActiveWallSt.com featured the following four equities: ... Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX ), Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... (NASDAQ: INFI ). Sign up for your ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: