Diet soda is supposed to be the healthy alternative to calorie heavy regular sodas. But, as scientists are discovering over and over again, what diet soda lacks in empty calories it makes up for in other areas of your health. Earlier research has linked the stuff to increased rates of obesity, diabetes kidney damage, fertility issues — you name it. And the latest research: How badly can diet soda damage your teeth? As it turns out, really, really badly.
Years of addiction to illicit substances like crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine often leads to major dental problems, like decay, enamel erosion, and loss of teeth. Years of addiction to diet soda, a study recently published in the journal General Dentistry showed, has startlingly similar effects.
Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny of Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry conducted research. He studied and compared the teeth of three people, one heavy meth user, one heavy crack user, and one heavy diet soda user. The doctor found that the, “intensity and extent of damage more or less the same” among the three patients. All three came from urban areas where the water is fluoridated and had similar socio-economic backgrounds.
The diet soda user, a woman in her 30s, had a two-liter-a-day habit for three to five years. Her teeth were unsalvageable, and they were removed and replaced with dentures.
You’ve probably seen those disturbing pictures of the teeth of heavy drug users. The pictures are so graphic that they’re enough to dissuade most of us from ever even trying these debilitating drugs. But legal drugs can have similar effects. Will this be enough to dissuade diet soda drinkers from their habit? Let us know what you think in the comments.