Tooth Enamel Erosion from Soda More Serious than Once Thought

SodaYou are certainly not alone if you enjoy soda more often than is good for your oral and overall health. In fact, many people go so far as to say they’re “addicted to soda.” This is generally said tongue-in-cheek; meant to be a bit of an over-exaggeration to describe how much they enjoy drinking the sugary, carbonated substance. Yet, according to a press release from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) comparing soda to other true addictions may not be that far off, at least in terms of what various substances do to your teeth. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will explain how carbonated soda is being compared to consumption of illegal drugs in the rates of erosion they cause your teeth.

Drugs VS. Soda

Enamel erosion occurs when bacteria in your mouth produce acid. Lactic acid can wear away tooth enamel, which you rely on to protect your teeth from decay and other infections. Keeping this in mind, a General Dentistry case study examined three individuals. The first was a confirmed addict of methamphetamines. Second was a long-term cocaine abuser. The third study participant simply consumed copious amounts of diet soda on a regular basis (2 liters daily for over three years). All three had admittedly poor oral hygiene and did not keep up with preventive dental checkups. Results showed equivalent erosion of teeth in all three people.

Study Results

Mohamed A. Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, lead author of the study, says “Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their ‘drug’ of choice—meth, crack, or soda.” Citric acid, which is found in both regular and diet soda, is what causes enamel erosion from carbonated beverages. Methamphetamine and crack cocaine can be cut with corrosive materials like lantern fuel, drain cleaner, and battery acid, providing a similar reaction as citric acid. The jarring results of the study prove that over-consumption of soda and diet soda is not to be viewed lightly when it comes to your dental health.

Consult with Your Farmington Hills Dentist

Research shows that oral health significantly impacts overall health, as well as quality of life. Combining a healthy diet with regular dental appointments and good oral hygiene will be a great way to take care of your teeth and gums. Try cutting back or cutting out soda altogether. To schedule a dental appointment with your Farmington Hills dentist, contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434.