The periodical General Dentistry, the go to place for innovations and new findings about the general condition of teeth, and for information about them produces a periodical every two months. This April/May the issue was full of articles related to tooth erosion and enamel troubles. One of the most interesting finds was related to soda.
Soda is pretty much the worst thing for your teeth. While most everyone knows that eating hard candy and toffee is bad for your teeth, few people realize that soda pop has more sugar in it than a candy bar, and most people drink plenty of soda. Soda is not only full of sugar, it also has carbonic acid in it, which is also not that good for your teeth. What this leads to is of course more cavities and more dental ills in people who drink soda.
The pattern of erosion is the same between people who use crack cocaine and meth and those who drink soda on a regular basis. Soda is also addictive, as all things with high sugar contents are, thus further deepening the link between frequent use of soda and smoking meth.
Cocaine is acidic to begin with and crack cocaine is more acidic than regular cocaine, because the materials used to make it crystallize are also acidic. Methamphetamines are made from materials like bleach and drain cleaning fluids, so it is understandable that they would corrode the enamel of teeth. This should give folks a wake up call and make them understand that sugar is indeed dangerous, and is as bad for you as any other drug or poison is. Aside from corroding teeth, it also can give you diabetes, make you obese, and cause heart diseases. The only difference between the levels of harmfulness is that you are not smoking sugar, presumably, and thus your lung damage and the risk of cancer lower. Also, you can function while under the effects of sugar, making it socially acceptable to be addicted to it. But the health risks are, if not the same, but can be measured in the same way, putting them on roughly the same scale.
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