Canadian Beverage Association statement on oral health

In response to "Dental erosion due to abuse of illicit drugs and acidic carbonated beverages," an article appearing in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the Canadian Beverage Association issued the following statement:

TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Beverage Association would comment on recent media coverage that attempts, inaccurately, to link drinking soft drinks with the negative oral health effects experienced by those who use illegal drugs. We believe that this is irresponsible and does an injustice to Canadians.

The publication referenced focuses on only three individuals. More importantly, the 30 year old woman referenced, who consumed diet soft drinks, had not sought dental health services for more than 20 years. Any dental professional will tell you that this kind of neglect alone will lead to significant dental decay. Any potential link between the three individuals would appear to be their overall lack of daily oral hygiene practices including regular visits to the dentist. 

The overall body of available science does not support the fact that beverages are a unique factor in causing tooth decay or erosion. It is however well documented that brushing and flossing on a regular basis, in conjunction with regular dental visits, plays an important role in preventing them.

SOURCE: Canadian Beverage Association

For further information:

Stephanie Baxter
Canadian Beverage Association
416 362-2424


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