Have you ever heard of “coke mouth?” When you drink too much and too often, your teeth run the risk of rotting. A recent study compared it to methamphetamine or crack cocaine.

I’m sure most would never associate Diet Coke to cocaine; one would never assume a harmful illegal drug would have the same affect on your teeth as something as simple as drinking a favoriate beverage. But, the journal General Dentistry published the results of their study, comparing a woman in her 30’s eroded teeth to those similar of a 29-year-old meth addict and a 51-year-old longtime crack user.

So, how does this happen? Think about the amount of acid that is in a regular or Diet soda. It is actually very similar to methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

“Paired with poor dental hygiene, the citric and phosphoric acid in soda can lead to substantial damage and decay.” – NYDailyNews

Regardless if you are a soda drinker or not, it’s so important that you take care of your teeth. Preserving your natural teeth is my number one concern. I’ve provided some preventative care measures to get you started:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. We’ll provide you with an ADA-approved toothbrush during your visit.
  • Floss once a day right after you brush your teeth to remove the food and buildup that is very difficult to reach with a toothbrush.
  • Maintain a balanced diet and limit highly acidic beverage intake.
  • Visit me, your dentist, twice a year to help reduce the buildup of tartar or plaque in between your teeth and gums with gentle cleanings.

I have more patient education on preventative care as well as restorative care. And, remember, the next time you’re thirsty, consider healthy alternatives to soda like water!

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