JADA June 2017
The authors clarified the causal mechanisms underlying
the high prevalence of dental disease encountered in people who habitually use
methamphetamine (meth). Using a stratified sampling approach, the authors conducted
comprehensive oral examinations and psychosocial assessments for 571 study participants who used meth.
Three calibrated dentists, who used National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
protocols, characterized the study participants’ dental disease. The authors also collected data
related to study participants’ history of meth use and other attributes linked to dental