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New Study: Diet Soda as Bad as Meth or Crack Cocaine for Your Teeth

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Heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine, a new study says.

“You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,” said Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny tells HealthDay, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

In his study, he found that a woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years experienced tooth rot and decay remarkably similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.
The younger man had used methamphetamine for three years, and often downed two or three cans of regular soda a day because the drugs made his mouth so dry. The older man reported an 18-year history of crack abuse. (source)

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Sugar-free soda is no better than regular soda when it comes to dental decay. Prevention is the best cure, Bassiouny told HealthDay. How often you drink soda, how much you drink and how long it’s in your mouth all are important factors. Reducing any of these helps preventing the problem.

Should people give up drinking soda? “You’d be better off if you didn’t drink the soda,” Antenucci told HealthDay, “but in my mind there’s not a reason for that extreme.”

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