Cocaine abuse erodes palate
Of all the scary stories you have been told about the dangers of using cocaine, this one is probably the most frightening.
Dentists in the UK have found that constant use of cocaine can literally result in a hole developing inside the mouth of an abuser.
According to the Independent newspaper, it is common knowledge that abuse of cocaine often leads to nasal perforation – when the bit that separates our nostrils is eroded away – but it can have even more dire consequences.
The palate, or the roof of the mouth, has a very fragile blood supply, which can be shut off by abuse of cocaine.
When blood vessels in the palate constrict, the dentists found, the blood supply to the upper part of the inside of the mouth is compromised, leading to less oxygen being delivered to tissue in the palate.
With little oxygen coming though, the palate lining begins to die and shrink, leaving a perforation (or hole in the palate), the paper reported.
One of the most serious consequences of this manifests when drinking liquids. The perforation in the mouth means the liquid being consumed cannot travel past the palate as it should, but ends up coming out through the nose. Although this affliction is not life-threatening, it can be very embarrassing for sufferers.