Fizzy drinks and illegal drugs cause similar damage to teeth.
Drinking large quantities of carbonated drinks could be as damaging to your teeth as crystal meth and crack cocaine use.
Tooth erosion happens when acid wears away tooth enamel – the glossy protective outside layer of the tooth.
Without enamel teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities, becoming sensitive, cracked and discoloured.
A study which compared the damage in the mouth of drugs users and excessive diet soda drinking found the same type and severity of tooth erosion.
“Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their ‘drug’ of choice—meth, crack, or soda,” says Dr Mohamed A. Bassiouny lead author of the study.
“The citric acid present in both regular and diet soda is known to have a high potential for causing tooth erosion,” says Dr. Bassiouny.
Similar to citric acid, the ingredients used in preparing methamphetamine can include extremely corrosive materials, such as battery acid, lantern fuel, and drain cleaner. Crack cocaine is highly acidic in nature, as well.
“The striking similarities found in this study should be a wake-up call to consumers who think that soda—even diet soda—is not harmful to their oral health.”