Soda Meth Study Reveals Bad News For Your Teeth

    May 25, 2013
    Shaylin Clark
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Soda may be as damaging to your teeth as meth or crack in the long run, according to a recently released study. The study claims that the damage done by high soda consumption combined with a lack of proper dental hygiene can do damage that is substantially similar to “meth mouth.”

(Do yourself a favor and do not do a Google Image search for meth mouth. You can thank me later.)

The study was conducted by Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny. Bassiouny works at Temple University School of Dentistry as a professor of restorative dentistry. In the study, recently published in the journal General Dentistry, Bassiouny compares the damage done by various kinds of substances, including soda, crack, and meth.

While the weight loss benefits of diet soda are debatable, Bassiouny says that when it comes to damaging your teeth, there is little difference between diet soda and regular. The reason for this is that they have comparable acid content – citric acid and phosphoric acid, to be precise. Regular exposure to these acids without proper hygiene can do catastrophic damage to the teeth in the long term.

Fortunately for all you soda fiends out there, the damage from soda is much easier to mitigate than the damage from meth. One of the soda-drinking subjects of the study was a woman in her 30s who had been consuming two liters of soda every day for five years, and had not been to see a dentist in 20 years. That suggests that a little work to keep your teeth healthy can help prevent some of the damage soda can do. Brush regularly, go to the dentist at least once a year, preferably twice, and don’t drink an entire 2-liter per day, and you should be fine.

Other subjects of the study included a 29-year-old man who had been using meth regularly for three years, as well as drinking 2-3 cans of soda per day. Another was a 51-year-old crack user. All three subjects had to have their teeth extracted and replaced with dentures.

  • Jack Connors

    This is idiotic. If you don’t brush your teeth and do not go to the dentist, of course your teeth will rot. I have been drinking diet soda (probably at least a six pack per day) now for over 30 years and my teeth are just fine. Of course I brush them at least twice a day and floss, but this goes to show that diet soda is NOT the cause of tooth decay.

    • John Connor

      Brother, if you have been drinking a six-pack of diet soda every day for thirty years, you have bigger problems than bad teeth coming your way.

      • Jack

        What problems would those be? The ones they keep telling you that your supposed to have?

      • http://facebook.com/wefix.uplay Rick Summerfield

        Sadly he is rite buddy your insides could be rotting slowly from all that soda 6 days for 30 years acid and chemicals, are killing your organs. I hope you start to slow it down for your health….

    • Big Rob

      Diet soda is the worst!

  • BJC

    This article is the biggest bunch of bull yet. I’ve seen crack and meth users with rotten teeth in just a few years of using, I’ve been drinking diet pop for over 20 years and I have all of my teeth and I have no cavities and no blemishes other than some yellowing. So I say study “this”.

  • Joe C.

    People should be more worried about getting Diabetes, or becoming obese, than losing a few teeth.

  • Toby

    Just look up Dew mouth and that is enough to keep you from ever drinking Mountain Dew again. They love the stuff up there in the land of coal in the Appalachian.

  • nathan

    Who gives a shlt, leave us the fuk alone already!