“Meth Mouth”

meth mouth“Meth mouth” and “coke mouth” look startling the same in extent and intensity of damage when presented side by side, according to a new study. According to the professor and researcher at Temple University in Philadelphia, excessive soda consumption can rot your teeth as effectively as methamphetamine.  There exists a common misconception that diet sodas are better for your teeth because they do not contain sugar.  In reality, all sodas are highly acidic. It is not so much the sugar but the phosphoric and citric acid that damage your teeth. They begin by eroding the enamel then dissolve the underlying layer of dentin.

Case Study

The professor performed a case study comparing a 51-year-old who had been abusing crack cocaine for 18 years, a 29-year-old who had been addicted to meth for three years and also drank three cans of non-diet soda daily to relieve his dry-mouth caused by his addiction, and a 30-year-old woman who drank 2 liters of diet soda a day for three to five years.

Severe Damage

The female diet soda drinker presented with the same dental damage as the meth and crack addicts. Her teeth were discolored, softened, damaged by erosion, and she had extensive damage to the left side of her mouth resulting in a collapsed bite. The woman stated that she leaned on the left arm of her chair as she drank the soda and watched TV, explaining the extensive damage to the left side. She also drank the soda directly from its container and held it in her mouth before swallowing. She hadn’t received dental care in 20 years. Drinking soda through a straw is recommended so the sugars and acids don’t come into contact with your teeth. For effective dental hygiene brush at least twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your dentist twice yearly.

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