The consumption of soda on a regular basis has a laundry list of bad side effects on an individual. A new study recently revealed that it may damage teeth in a manner similar to that of methamphetamine and crack cocaine use. According to data released in the March/April 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, tooth erosion is common in people who are addicted to soda and methamphetamine. The case study compared the mouths of three different individuals: An excessive soda drinker, a current methamphetamine user and a former user of the drug that admitted to long-time usage. While all three people in the case study admitted to having poor oral hygiene practices, researchers found similar patterns in the rotting and erosion of their teeth.
Consuming soft drinks
The combination of sugar, acid and carbonation found in sodas poses great risks to the overall health of the mouth and teeth. While the acid works to weaken the enamel, the sugar attracts bacteria that cause bad breath and play a role in tooth decay. In a scale provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health, Pepsi and Coca-Cola both have an acidity rate of 4.5 and sugar level of 9.8 and 9.3 teaspoons, respectively. To put the figure into perspective, the chart also noted that battery acid has an acidity rating of 6.
In addition to the acidic nature of the beverage, when sugar and bacteria combine in the mouth, extra acid is formed to attack the teeth. Acid can affect the enamel for a period of 20 minutes at a time, which starts after each sip of soda. This means that those who consume a can of soda over an extended period of time, or consistently intake soft drinks throughout the day, are prone to experience the most damage.