Is Diet Soda as Bad for Your Teeth as Meth?

A new study out of Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia claims that diet soda may be as damaging to your teeth as meth or cocaine! Do we buy it?

The study was spearheaded by Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, who reported that heavy diet soda consumption leads to the same erosion and discoloration as habitual meth use. According to an article in Health Day, though, the study only observed one diet soda consumer, one methamphetamine addict, and one crack cocaine user – so further studies are certainly in order. The diet soda drinker included in the study had a habit of consuming 2 liters of the dangerous beverage every day for roughly five years, without ever going in to see the dentist. It isn’t hard to believe her mouth would be in a sorry state considering what we already know about the detrimental effects of diet soda and other processed foods, as well as the high level of acidity in meth, cocaine, and soda alike.

Here’s an image released by the Academy of General Dentistry that illustrates just how toxic these substances are:


This doesn’t make a very good case for diet soda, no matter how quenching or delicious it may be. But that said, if you make the decision to have soda be a part of your life, then you’d better take extra good care of your teeth or face the consequences. Even this very cautious article by Coca Cola’s Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness recognizes that sugary drinks may contribute to tooth decay, which makes thorough dental care even more important and necessary. (And note, there are certainly some issues with the Coke article, but the point is that it’s no secret soda is bad for your teeth.)

Are you addicted to diet soda? Do you make regular visits to the dentist? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!