People reach for diet soda as a healthier alternative to regular soda, but as recent studies have shown, they are mistaken. Recent studies have shown that “diet soda can have the same effect on your tooth enamel as methamphetamine or crack cocaine use” (Diet Soda’s Effect on Teeth). They have done studies comparing drug addicts to soda drinkers and have found similar results to the effects of the substance on teeth. One study was published in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry. The results of the study concluded that the erosion being the same on all the people was due to the fact that methamphetamine, cocaine, and soda are all highly acidic substances (Dental Erosion Due to Abuse). According to the article, “Soda’s Effect on our Teeth”, some scientists have come to suggest that drinking soda is just as harmful on your teeth as drinking battery fluid. Sugar is not the most harmful quality of soda, the phosphoric acid present in some sodas and the staining effect are much worse. The acid creates bacteria on our teeth and then that bacteria feeds on the sugar from the soda which just leads to an increase in tooth decay. Besides increasing the production of bacteria on our teeth, the phosphoric acid also increases teeth erosion. It can also lead to hypersensitivity in teeth. Drinking soda multiple times leads to multiple layers of sugars on your teeth that over time can cause teeth to yellow. If a person still wishes to drink soda, they should use a straw to avoid contact between the soda and teeth and rinse out their mouths afterwards.
Soda can do more than just make teeth deteriorate at an above normal rate, it can also change their color and texture. Over the course of the experiment, the teeth did change in their weight, but what changed most was their physical appearance. It is results of studies such as my own that people need to be more aware. The effects of soda take time to become apparent. Even though water does not have a flavor, it is still and will always be a better choice than soda. As evident in the results of the experiment, the weight of the teeth submerged in the cups filled with soda decreased overtime as well as changing color and becoming more rough in texture than is usually assumed with teeth. When analyzing the results of the teeth located in the water cups, one is able to draw the conclusions that water is nowhere close to as harmful to the teeth as soda.
Not only did the teeth change overtime in the soda cups, but the actual soda changed. The Coca-Cola became purely syrup and lost its liquid form. Both the regular Coca-Cola and the diet Coca-Cola began growing mold after sitting out. While the soda cups were changing, the water cups were staying the same; the only thing changing was some of the water was evaporating.
Now that we know the effects, what do we do? Well the most obvious answer would be to try to get people to cut down their soda intake. “Some studies have suggested a...