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Soda and Meth Have Similar Effect On Tooth Enamel - June 4, 2013

You might want to put down that diet soda!  A new study says diet sodas can have the same effect on your tooth enamel as methamphetamine or crack cocaine use.  And obviously, that's not pretty.

  

A study recently published in the journal General Dentistry studied the teeth of a diet soda drinker and two drug addicts and found similary dental erosion among all three.  "You look at it side-to-side with 'meth mouth' or 'coke mouth,' it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage is more or less the same," said Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, one of the study's researchers.

The study included a woman in her 30s who drank two liters of diet soda every day for 3-5 years, a 29-year old meth addict and a 51-year old habitual crack cocaine user.  All three came from similar socioeconomic backgrounds and live in urban areas with fluoridated public water.

Researchers say all three experienced severe erosion of their tooth enamel due to the acid.  When the enamel is worn away, teeth become more susceptible to cavities and other problems.  Diet soda, methamphetamine and crack cocaine are all highly acidic substances.

The American Beverage Association disputes the study's claims, calling them "irresponsible".  Dr. Bassiouny, however, defended the comparison, saying that over his long dental career he had observed hundreds of similar soda-erosion cases.

 

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