If you’ve never heard of “meth mouth” just do a quick Internet search and you’ll see that the results are not pretty. Methamphetamine use quickly causes severe, rampant forms of tooth decay and if the patient is able to knock the habit their teeth are most often completely untreatable. Using crystal meth can cause dry mouth, sweet cravings, and excessive tooth grinding. When all of these are put together, your smile is bound be destroyed.
What’s even more disturbing is that drinking soda and diet soda may be worse on your dental health than meth use. Many people reach for diet soda over regular soda (which is about just as bad) because they feel they won’t develop tooth decay from drinking it since there’s no “sugar.” However, diet sodas do still contain artificial sweeteners and have a low pH, both of which alter healthy tooth enamel, cause decalcification and decay.
Liquid sweets, be it diet soda, soda, sports drinks, juice, milk or sweet tea all contain some type of sugar in them, whether it’s natural or not. While sweets are ok in moderation, liquid sweets are definitely the worst on your teeth. The liquid coats each part of the tooth’s surface, especially those in the deep grooves on chewing surfaces, and areas between the teeth. Frequent exposure to these liquids combined with a low water intake can cause a person to develop very severe tooth decay, even if they feel they have good oral hygiene.
It wasn’t until recently that a professor at a dental school in Philadelphia compared the severity of drinking sodas to the characteristics of someone with “meth mouth.” The resulting enamel erosion of soda consumption was exhibited by a study that showed it was actually comparable to symptoms exhibited by people that use methamphetamines.
Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental
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