The news came out this week that “constant exposure to the citric and phosphoric acid in soda … can be just as damaging to teeth as methamphetamine or crack cocaine.” But there’s a caveat to that finding, though, and that is that diet soda can eat away at your teeth the way hard drugs might if you’re not partaking in proper dental care.
Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia says, if you look at Diet Coke mouth “side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ … it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same.” This reaction is based on research done by scholars at the journal General Dentistry, who studied “a woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda every day for three to five years.” Though “the levels of tooth rot and decay were very similar” between the soda drinker and drug users, “The woman also admitted she had not seen a dentist in many years,” Fox News notes.
Needless to say, representatives of the beverage industry are a bit incensed over this study. The American Beverage Association said in a statement, “The woman referenced in this article did not receive dental health services for more than 20 years — two-thirds of her life. 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.”
The moral of the story here is, a little diet soda – while it will work to corrode your teeth like anything that’s highly acidic – is not going to give you “meth mouth” as long as you’re properly brushing and getting your teeth cleaned. Furthermore, though, drinking two liters of diet soda every day for five years is also a bad idea no matter how much you’re brushing. Reminds me of the lady who ate nothing but pizza for 31 years. Poor thing! Well, I’m off to go drink some coffee and have leftover cold noodles for lunch! See you at the dentist!