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Dr. Mohamed A. Bassiouny

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Professor of Restorative Dentistr...

Temple University School of Dentistry
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Temple University
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Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19122
United States

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  • DMD
  • MSc
  • PhD
  • BDS
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Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at Temple University conducted the study involving three participants, a woman in her 30s who drank two... Read more
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The author, Mohamed Bassiouny, a researcher and professor of dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, insists he's not trying to scare soda drinkers. But in two decades of examining patients in dental clinics in Philadelphia and in Appalachia, where he worked as a volunteer, he says he has observed striking similarities between the lesions on the teeth of crack and methamphetamine addicts, and those on the teeth of people addicted to soda. (Warning: The photos further down this page are graphic.)
In his paper, he describes three cases of severe dental erosion. One person had been using methamphetamine for three years, a second had used crack cocaine for 18 years, and a third person, a woman, reported consuming two liters of diet soda daily for the past three to five years. All three were adults who lived in cities with fluoridated water, and had similar socio-economic backgrounds. All three had lesions on their teeth that "had almost identical features," Bassiouny writes.
Appalachia, according to Bassiouny, is "ground zero" for soda addiction. Some people he treated consumed more than a dozen 12-ounce cans of soda a day, he says.
"What I saw in Appalachia really crystallized for me the extreme erosion associated with the acids in the beverage," Bassiouny tells The Salt.
But even people who wouldn't consider themselves "soda addicts" are at risk of dental erosion, he says, if they exceed the recommended intake limit of one 12-ounce soda per day. And Bassiouny says that it's also the cumulative impact of the chemicals in certain beverages that matters.
Citric acid, a preservative that enhances flavor and shelf life in soda, is the main culprit. It erodes the enamel and eventually the dentin - the core of the tooth. As we've reported before, energy drinks and citrus juices also have a lot of citric acid, though beverage companies aren't required to disclose exactly how much on drink labels.
"It all contributes to the damaging effect on dentition," says Bassiouny.
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"The best position is behind the teeth, rather than in front," says Mohamed A. Bassiouny, lead author of a new study examining how soda consumption affects the pattern of tooth decay.A straw positioned toward the back of the mouth limits the liquid's contact with teeth.
Bassiouny, a restorative dentist at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, found that people who drink soda directly from the can and let the liquid pool in their mouth are likelier to have cavities in their back teeth.People who drink soda through a straw ending right behind their lips -- in front of their teeth -- are more likely to have cavities in the front of the mouth.The findings are based on observations from Bassiouny's clinical practice over the last two decades.
He says the best protection is to cut back on soda consumption.Sodas -- both regular and sugar-free -- and some fruit juices contain acids that erode the dental enamel protecting teeth from decay."If you do drink, use a straw," he says.He also recommends spacing sips at least a minute apart, rinsing the mouth out with water after drinking and skipping soft drinks right before bed.
The research was reported in the May/June issue of General Dentistry.
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This patient of Bassiouny's had damage similar to a bulimic's teeth, but it was actually caused by dysmenorrea, a gynecological disorder. Bassiouny has been studying how teeth can tell dentists about a patient's health for more than 30 years.
Newswise - The phrase, "the eyes are the windows to the soul," is attributed to several authors and philosophers. But the phrase, "your teeth are the windows to your health," can be attributed to Mohamed Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, who has been studying how teeth provide important clues to his patients' overall health for more than 30 years.
As part of his ongoing research, Bassiouny chronicles the case of a patient in the November/December issue of General Dentistry whose teeth had eroded from stomach acids, a condition normally associated with bulimia and other systemic disorders.
However, in this case the patient had no history of an abnormal eating disorder or gastric reflux syndrome. Rather, she suffered from dysmenorrhea - painful cramping related to menstruation. This severe cramping is what forced acids from her stomach back up her esophagus and into her mouth.
Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at Temple's Kornberg School of Dentistry, says he was able to identify and diagnose the problem by accounting for her oral health status, considering her entire medical and dental history, and factoring in other aspects that might not seem related.
"It's important for oral health care providers to consider all options," he said. "I don't think it's enough just to look in a person's mouth, see a cavity and fill it. Other systemic health factors should also be considered - things like a patient's heredity and race, as well as their habits and lifestyle - so that we can treat the condition and also avoid recurrence."
It's this broad way of thinking that has allowed Bassiouny to find other information about a patient's health just by looking into his or her mouth. Among other things, damage to a patient's teeth can tell a dentist about what their diet is like, if they use drugs (and what kind), if they have a mental disorder, or if they're under stress.
Bassiouny says in this respect, dentists are on the front line when it comes to treating patients' overall well being.
"Many patients can have damage to their teeth as a result of another disorder or because of a lifestyle or habit. But many have lived with it for so long that they may not recognize that there's a problem," he said.
"They may think its normal, so they don't even mention it to the doctor when they go for a check-up," he added.
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"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," said Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.
Methamphetamine, crack cocaine and soda -- sweetened or not -- are all highly acidic and can cause similar dental problems, Bassiouny said in a study published recently in the journal General Dentistry.
The acid in soda is in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid, Bassiouny said. Without good dental hygiene, constant exposure can cause erosion and significant oral damage, he said.
In his study, he found that a 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.
"None of the teeth affected by erosion were salvageable," Bassiouny said. The woman had to have all of her teeth removed and replaced with dentures.
Prevention is the best cure, Bassiouny said. How often you drink soda, how much you drink and how long it's in your mouth all are important factors. "You can help prevent it from happening by reducing any of those," he said.
Sugar-free soda is no better than regular soda when it comes to dental decay, Bassiouny added. "Both of them have the same drastic effect if they are consumed in the same frequency, the same amount and the same duration," he said.
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