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Opioid addiction in this nation is an extremely prevalent public health crisis. The same can be said about dental caries and other oral health conditions. Research shows that opioid addiction and dental caries have a strong correlation, even former opioid addicts are more likely to have caries. The studies reviewed for this paper include an Iranian study, one on the effects of use during pregnancy, a systematic review and the inequities among various marginalized groups. It is clear there are harmful effects of opioid abuse on our oral cavity. The hope is that in the future more research will be conducted to truly understand the scientific effects of opioid abuse on oral health and caries.
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Chamberlain-Nunes, Nicholas; Chancio, Andalena; and Thomas, Annika, "Opioid Addiction And Its Effect On Oral Health" (2023). Dental Hygiene Student Research Posters. 23.