Many articles were published in May 2013 about the danger of tooth erosion from drinking diet soda being as high as that of meth and cocaine users. Soda consumption in the United States continues to climb, but sugar-free drinks make up only 14 percent of all soft drink consumption.
It seems there may not be much difference whether you choose diet or regular soda in regards to tooth decay, but Americans are definitely drinking too much of both, especially children. At least 20 percent of school-age children are consuming four servings a day.
Research results done in September 2013 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger for Natural News, show the effects under a microscope of soda's phosphoric acid eating away the enamel of a wild boar's teeth. The article says, "Wild boar teeth are almost identical to human teeth in terms of structure, physiology and elemental composition. Their properties of hardness and durability are, in fact, superior to most modern-day human teeth (because wild hogs have vastly superior nutrition than most modern-day humans who consume nutrient-depleted, processed foods loaded with toxic chemicals)."
The boar's teeth were bathed in an 85 percent phosphoric acid solution for 12 hours, probably higher than what is typically in soda but Coke says the percentagee is "proprietary information" and not available to the public. An important factor left out of the equation is that the human mouth immediately attempts to dilute the acid off the teeth with saliva. The point stands that phosphoric acid exposure is not kind to teeth and should be minimized by drinking a soda quickly and then rinsing the mouth with water.
A September 25, 2013 article on Natural News by Dr. Brent Hunter of St. Augustine, Florida on the top 10 toxins poisoning children says, "soda (and) pop contain high amounts of phosphoric acid which literally dissolves your child’s teeth and leads to softening of the bones as well. Not to mention the high fructose corn syrup causing toxicity, obesity and diabetes."
Dr. Weston Price, the Cleveland dentist who traveled the world studying the healthy teeth of indigenous people, said tooth decay is caused by
- lack of minerals in the diet
- lack of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K in the diet
- nutrients not readily bioavailable
- the intestinal system not absorbing nutrients properly, influenced by high level phytic acid foods
- a diet high in sugar, not because it is eaten by bacteria and makes acid that ruins the teeth, but because it depletes needed nutrients
- bottom line, minerals pulled from bones and teeth because blood chemistry and the calcium/phosphorous ratio is out of balance.
He suggested eating a diet
- rich in those vitamins and minerals that ensure hard tooth structure:
- "Coconut oil, grass-fed organic dairy (especially butter), grass-fed meats, seafood and bone broths.
- Organic cooked vegetables (soups with bone broth are ideal).
- Organ and gland meats, like liver."
- limited in high phytic acid foods like legumes, nuts, grains and seeds
- limited in processed foods containing "processed flours and sugars that upset blood sugar balance."
and taking supplements like
- "Fermented cod liver oil - very high in fat soluble vitamins A, D and K.
- Magnesium - required to use calcium and phosphorous effectively.
- Gelatin - if you don't have time to make bone broth, this is a good alternative and is great for gums and digestion."
Dr. Eugene Antenucci with the Academy of General Dentistry says diet soda drinking frequency is detrimental and consumers are fooled into thinking that because it has no sugar and won't make them fat, it is good. He says the misunderstanding is because "decay isn't caused by sugar, but by the acids." He advises two things: (1) drink soda in moderation, as in drink less soda than water, and (2) after drinking soda, rinse the mouth with water or chew xylitol gum to stimulate saliva production. Saliva and water both help dilute the acid.
Going back to the May articles, CBS News reported that the diet soda study published in General Dentistry on May 28, 2013 showed that acid in soda wears erodes tooth enamel, the shiny outer protective tooth layer, and that loss leads to cracks, cavities, sensitivity and discoloration. Disgusting pictures of rotten teeth were published, but a serious flaw in the study was that the diet soda drinker, who was not a drug user but drank two liters of diet soda daily for three to five years, had not practiced dental hygiene or been to the dentist in over 20 years.