Meth Mouth and Budgets
Posted by Childress on June 4, 2006
Tammy (a couple posts down) may have avoided the ravages of "meth mouth," but most don't. This AP article out of Seatlle makes an interesting tie between meth, rotten teeth and lives of crime:
About 40 percent of the state's annual dental budget for prisoners in Washington goes toward repairing or removing teeth ravaged by methamphetamine.
That's about $5 million out of the Washington Department of Corrections' $12 million dollar inmate dental budget.
Dr. Mike Morton, who runs the Corrections Department's dental services, estimates that more than 30 percent of the state's 17,000 prison inmates suffer severe tooth decay because of meth use.
"It just mows the teeth down. It's like a wildfire in a forest," Dr. Bart Johnson, associate professor in the University of Washington's School of Dentistry, told The Seattle Times for a story published Saturday. "It can ruin a beautiful mouth in a very short period of time."