Is Soda As Bad For Your Teeth As Meth?
Published June 4th, 2013
Gainesville, Fl. -- Drinking a soda might be the pause that refreshes but if you obey your thirst too often it could cause trouble.
A new case study reports that in some cases, too much soda can make your mouth resemble that of a meth addict.
The study from the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry compared the teeth of a meth addict with those of a soda addict.
A paper published in General Dentistry shows the mouth of a three-year methamphetamine user and that of a woman drinking two liters of soda a day for about the same time period.
The worst part? The woman was a diet soda drinker.
Regular, sugary soda feeds the bacteria in our mouths.
"They metabolize the sugar and turn it into an acid, so the bacteria in the plaque dump that acid out where they sit and it dissolves some of the acid in the tooth."
But diet isn't much better.
"The concern is that they add acid to it to improve the taste," Dr. Kenneth Knopf says. "It's different than the [sugar] decay that you get which is also acid dissolving the enamel but the acid is produced by the bacteria. In this case, it's in the soda, so imagine when you drink it, you're covering the whole tooth with it."
In his practice, Dr. Knopf says damage to this extent isn't common.
"It's a combination of things, it looks like a lot of decay on some of them but there's an awful lot of tartar on these teeth too, this mouth was just not being kept clean at all," he says.
But he says it's not an impossible scenario for heavy soda drinkers.
That might sound impossible to some people.
Fortunately you can have your soda and drink it too.
"In almost all healthy mouths where you're brushing regualr and there's little to no plaque, some soda wont be a problem," Knopf says.
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