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Fast Food and Your Teeth – What You Need to Know

Posted on 11/10/2018 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
Fast Food and Your Teeth – What You Need to KnowFast food is convenient, but most of us know that it isn't healthy. What you might not understand is just how fast food affects your teeth. These are a few ways that your fast food diet is impacting your oral health.

The Negative Effects of Soda

The most popular drink at a fast food restaurant is soda, which can wreak havoc on your teeth in two major ways. First, soda is typically high in sugar, which feeds the bacteria that live on the teeth. The result is often decay and cavities. Secondly, soda is highly acidic, and this acid can wear away at the enamel. Both issues can cause a variety of changes to your teeth in terms of structure, function, and appearance.

Low Nutritional Value

Fast food also tends to be low in nutritional value, so if fast food is a big part of your diet, you may be missing out on some nutrients that are crucial for your oral health. These include B vitamins, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, and magnesium. Not only is this bad for your oral health, but it can also have implications for your overall health.

Sugar and Your Oral Health

Fast food is loaded with hidden sugar found in the bread, seasonings, sauces, and meats. While you might not think something like a cheeseburger is a high-sugar food, you'd be surprised by just how much sugar you are putting in your mouth.

Sugar is used to fuel bacteria in the mouth, and when the bacteria feed on these sugars, they excrete acids that attach the gum tissue and enamel. The result may be gum disease, tooth decay, and a host of other oral health troubles.

Whether you eat a diet high in fast food or you are a health freak, dental cleanings still need to be an important part of your life. Call us today to set up your next appointment.
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