Is Diet Soda Really As Bad For Your Oral Hygiene and Health As Meth?
A recent study published in the journal, General Dentistry, included the findings of a small study conducted by Dr. Mohammad Bassiouny, a Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Temple University. Dr. Bassiouny compared the teeth of a 30 year diet soda drinker (she drank about 2 liters of diet soda daily) to the teeth of a crack addict and a methamphetamine addict. The study, complete with photos, indicated that habitual diet soda drinking may cause as much erosion and decay to tooth enamel methamphetamine addiction. None of the study’s participants received regular dental care. The soda drinker’s teeth were so damaged, that none of them could be salvaged, and she needed a complete set of dentures. “Meth mouth” is characterized by severe decay, enamel erosion, and fractures of the tooth and public health experts believe it may be caused by excessive dry mouth and teeth grinding, two side effects of heavy methamphetamine use.
Public health and dental experts agree that both diet soda and meth have high acid levels, with erodes the protective enamel of your teeth, leaving your mouth vulnerable to decay. The American Beverage Association, however, pointed out that the soda drinker in the study had not received regular dental care for more than 20 years, and this will have as much of an effect on her oral health as drinking diet soda.
Generally, the more acidic a beverage is, the more damage it can inflict on your mouth.
Many dentists recommend rinsing with water or consuming a glass of water after drinking a soda to minimize the damage of the acid. Additionally, practicing good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can help prevent the erosion of enamel and tooth decay.
So, is diet soda as bad for your teeth as crack? Most dentists will argue for moderation in your diet soda consumption. If you’re drinking more soda than water, you’re probably drinking too much soda. Try alternating soda with water to reduce the damage to your teeth.
As always, practicing good oral hygiene is the most important part of keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth is the best way to reduce the plaque that builds up on your teeth. Professional cleanings twice a year, and regular checkups at the dentists will help you and your dentists stay on top of any issues or problems. Bacteria and plaque causes cavities, gingivitis and gum disease, and bad breath.