Substance Use Disorders

People with tobacco use disorder are at higher risk of:

  • Oral cancer
  • Periodontal disease

People with alcohol use disorder may develop:

  • Oral cancer (synergistic with tobacco)
  • Poor hygiene and resultant caries or periodontal disease

People with other substance use disorders are at higher risk of:

  • Dental caries due to dry mouth from substances
  • Tooth loss and dental pain from inability to provide self-care or access dental treatment

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease

Oral Cancer

Ellen Eisenberg, DMD
Ellen Eisenberg, DMD


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