The effects of stimulant and opioid misuse on oral health

Almond, Catherine (2013) The effects of stimulant and opioid misuse on oral health. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This literature review aims to explore the effects of drug misuse on oral health. It is of paramount importance that Dental Care Professional‟s (DCP) are aware of the oral health status of substance dependent people in facilitating the best dental care and treatment to this particular group of people (Edwards, 2010, p. 3). There is a vast range of information available on the effects of illicit substances on oral health and it would be time consuming and challenging to investigate all areas, therefore a literature review will be carried out specifically looking at Opioid and Stimulant misuse on oral health. The level six BSc Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy students at the University Of Portsmouth had the opportunity to attend Baytrees (a local rehabilitation centre in Portsmouth). It provided an insight into the effects of drug misuse on oral health. The experience was invaluable, interesting and highlighted the need for oral health promotion in centres like Baytrees across the UK.
    A comprehensive literature review was carried out which demonstrated clear associations between drug misuse and poor oral health. (See Appendix). It was evident that it is not only drug misuse and associated lifestyles which have negative effects on oral health but also the prescribed medication for overcoming illicit addiction. The findings highlight the poor oral health status of individuals with substance misuse problems and reveal the issues that arise from the chaotic lifestyles that such individual‟s experience following misuse of illicit substances, (Robinson, Acquah & Gibson, 2005, p. 222).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Portsmouth Dental Academy
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 16:18
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30

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