Friday, May 12, 2006

A Swarm of Sneeps

by Unknown

From a Slate article debunking the myth that meth mouth* is caused by corrosive chemicals in meth:

Teeth exposed to extrinsic (mainly dietary) and intrinsic acid (gastric acid) develop erosion lesions resulting in a bulk stripping or dissolving of enamel and then dentin. This is frequently seen in long-term lemon suckers involving the facial enamel surface, and in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disorder and bulimia involving the palatal/lingual and occlusal surfaces.(Shaner et al 2006; emphasis mine.)

You mean, there are enough long-term lemon suckers in the population to bother studying? Old Sneep would be so proud.

*Trying saying "myth meth mouth" 10 times fast. Mumble-mouth me mangles it to "miss meth mouse."
Love that book!
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