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Soda Can Be As Bad As Meth And Crack For Your Teeth, Study Shows



/ 4 years ago

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We are always told about how bad canned drinks like Soda are for us. Dentists always tell us how we should avoid drinking excessive amounts of fizzy drinks and just googling the phrase “other uses for coke” will show you that the ingredients within your average can of coca cola will allow you to clean your car batteries and remove tarnish from coins.

A recent study, detailed by the Inquisitr, shows that your average can of soda affects teeth in roughly the same way as methamphetamine (meth for short) and crack cocaine. Interestingly enough it does not matter if they are diet or not, the sugar level is not what causes the harm. The harmful agents are the various acidic substances that are present in fizzy drinks.

Dr Eugene Antenucchi, writing in the Journal of General Dentistry, stated that:

“From my experience, the damage that happens to people’s mouths from cocaine or methamphetamine are degrees greater than what I see from soda, but I see a lot of damage from soda.”

He talks further about closely monitoring a crack addict, a regular meth user and someone who had 2 liters of  soda per day. He states that after a while they all suffered a similar amount of extensive tooth decay and oral damage.

However, Dr Antenucchi did go on to say that “To single out diet soda consumption as the unique factor in her tooth decay and erosion – and to compare it to that from illicit drug use – is irresponsible”. There is a need for a more complete picture of the person’s lifestyle and bad oral health cannot be put down to a single thing.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you regularly drink “fizzy drinks” or soda?

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  • Wayne

    Fortunately I don’t have a sweet tooth. I don’t even use sugar in my tea. The only things I drink are tea (lemon, caffeine free) water & the occasional beer & sports drink (not Red Bull or the likes), I don’t touch coffee, fizzy drinks or anything with caffeine. No, I’m not a health nut.

  • d6bmg

    Who cares? Unless there is visible damage, I don’t think we have anything to worry about.
    Personally, I visit to my dentist once every 6 months and after all we have to die one day.

  • ET3D

    I didn’t know that about meth and crack. I guess people will start saying: “don’t use meth and crack, they’re bad for your teeth.”