Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in the journal General Dentistry:
Woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years experienced tooth rot and decay remarkably similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.
Methamphetamine and crack are known to ravage the mouths of users, and the drug abusers need all of their teeth extracted. The acid in soda is in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid and does more or less the same.
"You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,"
How does the industry react?
A group representing soft drink manufacturers said this case study should not be seen as an indictment of diet sodas generally.
Sugar-free soda is no better than regular soda when it comes to dental decay. Avoid them. Especially for kids.