Did you know that heavy consumption of soda drinks has about the same effect on dental health as the use of drugs such as methamphetamine and crack cocaine?
A 2013 report from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports on a case study that was published in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry says that abusive intake of soda can cause damage to your mouth through a process of tooth erosion similar to that caused by the consumption of illegal drugs. The acids in found in sodas – both the sugared and diet varieties – wear away tooth enamel, which is the hard, shiny protective outer layer of the teeth. Without the protection of this layer, your teeth become much more susceptible to decay, causing cavities, cracks, and discoloration.
The case study compared the damage in several individuals’ mouths. They were a methamphetamine user, a longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive diet soda consumer. They all had a history of poor oral hygiene and poor dental care. Researchers found similar tooth damage in each subject.
The acidic nature of sodas does much of the damage, so though sugary sodas add insult to injury, you’re not really helping your dental health by using only non-sugary drinks. Whether it’s a crack coke habit, or a Diet Coke® habit, the damage to your teeth can be pretty much the same if you consume any soda in large quantities.
Take care of your teeth. Consume sugary drinks and snacks in moderation, brush regularly and visit Owens Family Dentistry for regular checkups and dental care.
Owens Family Dentistry is conveniently located on Main Street in Zachary, Louisiana, just across from the Walmart. We serve patients locally, as well as from Baker, Central, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Slauhter, Ethel, Clinton, Jackson, Scotlandville and other surrounding towns. We even have a few patients who save up their dental visits for when they come from out of state!
Call Owens Family Dentistry today to set up an appointment for your next check-up, dental cleaning or other dental needs.