Excessive Consumption of Diet Soda as bad for teeth as meth, New Research Shows

According to a new study published in journal Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) , people who consume large amounts of diet coke on a regular basis often experience the same level of tooth erosion, rotting, decay or even worse as the effects experienced by long-term drug abusers. The damage to oral health from diet soda resembles to the effects of methamphetamine or crack cocaine.

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,” Dr. Mohammed Boussiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry.

The research is based on a series of examinations of a 30-something year old woman, who has been drinking diet soda excessively every day for a several years period and comprehensive oral tests of a long-term crack cocaine user and a meth addict.

In all cases the teeth were unnaturally soft, discolored and heavily eroded. None of woman’s teeth were salvageable and each affected tooth had to be removed and replaced with dentures. Apparently, the woman had been going for diet option, because she was concerned the regular soda would cause her to gain weight.

Dr. Eugene Antenucci, a spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry, said that most of diet soda consumers will never experience such effects, however, recommends brushing their teeth twice a day and drinking in moderation.

Whilst many Americans are convinced that the sugar-free drinks will prevent them from gaining weight, it is important to remember about the dangers of excessive consuming of artificially sweetened beverages and this research reinforces this message.

  • Maureen Beach

    The woman referenced in the study did not receive dental health services for more than 20 years – two-thirds of her life. Furthermore, singling 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 body of available science does not support that beverages are a unique factor in causing tooth decay or erosion. However, we do know that going to the dentist regularly and brushing and flossing our teeth does help ensure good dental health.

    -Maureen Beach, American Beverage Association