Soda drinks can cause as much damage to your teeth as drugs!

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Soda and Illegal Drugs Cause Similar Damage to TeethΒ 

CHICAGO (May 28, 2013)β€”Addicted to soda? You may be shocked to learn that drinkingΒ 
large quantities of your favorite carbonated soda could be as damaging to your teeth asΒ 
methamphetamine and crack cocaine use. The consumption of illegal drugs and abusive intake ofΒ 
soda can cause similar damage to your mouth through the process of tooth erosion, according toΒ 
a case study published in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewedΒ 
clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).Β 

Tooth erosion occurs when acid wears away tooth enamel, which is the glossy, protective outsideΒ 
layer of the tooth. Without the protection of enamel, teeth are more susceptible to developingΒ 
cavities, as well as becoming sensitive, cracked, and discolored.Β 
The General Dentistry case study compared the damage in three individuals’ mouthsβ€”anΒ 
admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive dietΒ 
soda drinker. Each participant admitted to having poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist onΒ 
a regular basis. Researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion inΒ 
each participant’s mouth.Β 

β€œEach person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in theirΒ 
β€˜drug’ of choiceβ€”meth, crack, or soda,” says Mohamed A. Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, leadΒ 
author of the study.Β 
β€œThe citric acid present in both regular and diet soda is known to have a high potential forΒ 
causing tooth erosion,” says Dr. Bassiouny.Β 
Similar to citric acid, the ingredients used in preparing methamphetamine can include extremelyΒ 
corrosive materials, such as battery acid, lantern fuel, and drain cleaner. Crack cocaine is highlyΒ 
acidic in nature, as well.Β 
The individual who abused soda consumed 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years. SaysΒ 
Dr. Bassiouny, β€œThe striking similarities found in this study should be a wake-up call toΒ 
consumers who think that sodaβ€”even diet sodaβ€”is not harmful to their oral health.” 

AGD Spokesperson Eugene Antenucci, DDS, FAGD, recommends that his patients minimizeΒ 
their intake of soda and drink more water. Additionally, he advises them to either chew sugarfree gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of soda. β€œBoth tactics increaseΒ 
saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal,” he says.Β 
To see photos showing the similarities between damage caused to teeth by the soda abuser andΒ 
the methamphetamine user, email [email protected]Β 
To learn more about oral health, visit KnowYourTeeth.com.