In response to “Dental erosion due to abuse of illicit drugs and acidic carbonated beverages,” an article appearing in the March/April issue of General Dentistry, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:


"The woman referenced in this article did not receive dental health services for more than 20 years - two-thirds of her life. To single out diet soda consumption as the unique factor in her tooth decay and erosion - and to compare it to that from illicit drug use - is irresponsible. The body of available science does not support that beverages are a unique factor in causing tooth decay or erosion. However, we do know that brushing and flossing our teeth, along with making regular visits to the dentist, play a very important role in preventing them."

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