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Is Diet Soda As Bad for Your Teeth as Drugs?

New reports are claiming that addiction to soda may be as dangerous to teeth as use of crystal meth and crack cocaine. 

Soda has been shown to have significant repercussions on health, especially when overused, and new evidence is suggesting that this extends to our teeth as well. A report that was published in General Dentistry showed evidence of the dangers of soda addiction when it comes to your teeth.

The study focused on the teeth of three different types of individuals: A 29-year-old methamphetamine addict, a 51-year-old individual that had abused cocaine for almost 2 decades, and a patient who over the course of 3 to 5 years had consumed two liters of soda daily.

The study found that all three participants had very similar tooth damage and erosion as a result of their habits. Whether it was meth, crack, or soda, each patient experienced severe erosion of their teeth as a result of the high acid levels in the substance they were abusing.

soda and drug effect on teeth

Given this information it is important to note several things about this study:

  • The study only takes into account three individuals
  • The patient that frequently drank soda had very poor oral hygiene and had not received proper dental care in 20 years
  • 2 liters of soda per day is an excessive amount of soda consumption by almost any standards

With all of this being said, studies have shown that 56% of adults aged 18 to 34 consume between 1/2 liter and 1 liter of soda per day, so there is reason for concern if this is the average soda consumption for many.

More alarming may be the correlation between soda and obesity. Key findings from the CDC have shown that soda consumption has increased in the last 30 years (as has obesity), and that sugary drinks have been associated with diabetes, weight gain, and poor diet quality.

While there is certainly reason to be concerned about the health of teeth due to soda consumption, we must also be concerned about soda’s affect on general health as well.

tooth in soda

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