Diet Soda May Rot Teeth Similar To Meth Addicts

Is Diet Soda Bad For You

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How Diet Soda Damages Teeth

A new study claims that heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as madly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine.

The acid in soda is in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid. Without good dental hygiene, constant exposure can cause erosion and significant oral damage.

 “You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,” said Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

Methamphetamine, crack cocaine and soda — sweetened or not — are all highly acidic and can cause similar dental problems, Bassiouny said in a study published recently in the journal General Dentistry.

The Study:

In his study, he found that a woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years experienced tooth rot and decay remarkably similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.

Her teeth were soft and discolored, with many destroyed by erosion. She usually sipped the beverage directly from a can or a bottle, and held the soda in her mouth before swallowing, Bassiouny said.

A second opinion

Dr. Eugene Antenucci, spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry, said he was not surprised by Bassiouny’s findings.

“From my experience, the damage that happens to people’s mouths from cocaine or methamphetamine are degrees greater than what I see from soda, but I see a lot of damage from soda,” said Antenucci, a dentist in Huntington, N.Y.

Damage from excessive soda consumption can cause “very deep brown stains, where it’s actually eroded into the tooth, and the teeth are soft and leathery,” he said.

I’m Not Going To Stop Drinking Soda So What Are Some Cures?

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1. Prevention is the best cure, Bassiouny said. How often you drink soda, how much you drink and how long it’s in your mouth all are important factors. “You can help prevent it from happening by reducing any of those,” he said.

2. Limit consumption. It is very unlikely that most are going to completely give up soda. The next best thing is to at least limit the consumption keeping in mind that you are drinking something that is highly acidic

3. Clean Your Mouth Afterward. Just a simple rinse with water will at least wash some of the acidity.

4. Brush at least twice a day. This is the general advice we have all heard and should practice. If you are drinking highly acidic beverages you might want to throw in an extra brush wherever you can fit it in.

5. Get regular checkups. This is one of those things that is too important to skip out on. You should be getting a dental cleaning once every six months. If you are overdue stop what you’re doing and go schedule a checkup now.

Other Natural Cures

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Baking Soda Can Drastically Whiten Teeth

A testimonial received by Healing Teeth Naturally reads, “I have two children who are 8 and 11. No matter how much I brushed their teeth always looked yellow. I started using baking soda two days ago and WOW! beautiful white teeth.”

How Does Baking Soda Work?

As seen in the quotes from Dr. Nara above, baking soda due to its alkalinity (high pH3) will neutralize the acids in the mouth (a major cause of tooth decay), kill germs, mop up unpleasant odors and thus help sweeten your breath.

Dr. Paul H. Keyes D.D.S., clinical investigator at the National Institute of Dental Research, maintained that regular brushing with salt and/or [baking] soda absolutely prevents all destructive periodontal (gum) disease, and said that he had “never seen periodontal (gum) problems in patients who used salt or baking soda dentrifice with any degree of regularity”

Directions: 

“To clean teeth, use plain water or chemically pure baking soda —but dissolve it in water first, otherwise it is too abrasive.”

*Source: WebMD

2 Comments

  • Wow, thanks for this piece of info. Today when my buddy offered me diet coke, I immediately thought of this article.

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