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Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

How Fast Food Affects Your Teeth


Posted on 11/16/2020 by Neil Starr DDS PC
How Fast Food Affects Your TeethIn this fast-paced world, fast food is the only option left. It saves time, especially when you are on a tight schedule. All you have to do is to rush to a fast food restaurant for a quick bite or order your favorite snack online in the comfort of your seat. Sadly, this modern eating habit is not the best option when it comes to your health. Besides causing diabetes and obesity, fast food can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities. Here is a brief insight into how it impacts your oral health.

The Connection Between Fast Food and Poor Oral Health


Most of the ingredients found in fast food are bad for your teeth. For example, a combination of simple carbs and high-fat meat debris ferment in between your teeth and allow bacteria to thrive. These bacteria produce toxins that erode your tooth enamel, causing dental problems. Simple sugars and salt are also primary causes of poor dental health when you eat fast food. They provide a rich platform for oral bacteria to create harsh acids that contribute to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, and gum disease, among other problems. 

Also, the soda you take alongside your snack is another cause of bad oral health. It adds some calories to your usual intake, including a certain amount of sugar. It is this sugar that leads to several health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, weight gain, arthritis, and metabolic syndrome. Diabetes, however, can impact your gum health and other dental problems. Other drinks that are likely to affect your oral health negatively include iced tea, lemonade, fruit juice, energy drinks, sports drinks, coffee drinks, and sweetened waters. All these beverages are dangerous to your gum line. To overcome the fast-food problem, you must look for alternative food with healthy ingredients, in addition to practicing proper oral hygiene. If you have any questions regarding the effect of fast food on your dental health, feel free to contact us. 


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