It is loaded with sugar and undeniably bad for your health. However, dentists have recently discovered that there is something more sinister with sodas: it is that, when it comes to teeth, it is as bad as meth.
In a study published in the Journal of General Dentistry early this year, Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry, found that there are similar patterns of enamel erosion between meth addicts and soda drinkers.
Comparing the oral health conditions of a soda drinker, a meth user, and a crack cocaine user, Dr. Bassiouny discovered that the “the intensity and extent of damage are more or less the same.”
Dr. Bassiouny pointed out that like meth and cocaine; the highly acidic components in the soda can erode teeth enamel and over time make teeth vulnerable to cavities.
More popularly known as “meth teeth” or “coke teeth”, these are soft, rotting, and discoloured teeth common among drug users. One of the study’s subject – a woman who professed to consume an average of 4 litres of soda every day for the past five years displayed similar teeth.
In fact, Dr. Bassiouny stated that her teeth were in such a bad state that the subject had no other choice but have the rotten teeth removed and then replaced with dentures.
A previous study also published in the Journal of General Dentistry found that teeth immersed in soda lost more than five percent of their weight due to teeth enamel worn out by the high acidity of the sodas.
The American Beverage Association was quick to refute Dr. Bassiouny's study citing the study subject's neglect for proper oral health care. However, Dr. Bassiouny is also quick to answer that the case isn't isolated and he has been seeing similar results with other soda drinkers.
As we have pointed out in previous posts, overconsumption of sugar is bad and based on this study, the damage caused by sodas come in two ways.
If you care for your teeth, we strongly encourage you to drop sodas altogether and develop healthier habits. However, we know that habits are difficult to break. To protect your teeth from damage, we suggest:
- Drink beverages with less sugar and acid. Water is always the smarter choice.
- Rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda.
- Practice good oral health care.
- Visit the dentist regularly.
Total Body Dentistry is a firm believer in the old adage that prevention is better than the cure. Spare yourself the agony and pain of unsightly rotting teeth and put down that bottle of soda.
The bottom line is, soda is bad. You don't need to be a Walter White to know that.