Fast food has become a staple of modern life. Busy schedules, long commutes and convenience make it easier to pick up something on the run versus preparing a meal at home. Unfortunately, fast food is not necessarily the healthiest option.
Fast food can not only lead to health problems, such as obesity and diabetes, it can also increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
If you or family members eat fast food regularly, knowing how it affects your dental health may influence you to find healthier alternatives.
Salt and sugar are bad for oral health
The primary reason why fast food is so bad for oral health is the added salt and sugar. When you eat these additives, debris is more likely to stick to your teeth. This food debris then allows acids to build up along the surface of your teeth. Over time, this leads to tooth decay.
Soda pop can wear down the tooth enamel
When you grab a burger, it is often accompanied by a sugar-filled drink. The sugar in carbonated beverages break down the enamel on one’s teeth. As a result, teeth are more prone to developing cavities.
Diabetes can impact gum health
Eating fast food regularly can increase the likelihood of diabetes. Diabetes, in turn, can lead to dental problems. Studies have shown that diabetics are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. To limit the negative impact diabetes has on their oral health it's important that diabetics maintain good blood glucose control.
Find alternatives to fast food
If you do not have the time to prepare fresh, healthy meals at home, there are other ways to get nutrition without damaging one’s teeth. When dining out, choose items on the menu that are less likely to stick to your teeth such as salads and fresh food. In addition, it’s better to drink water than sugar-laden carbonated drinks.
Use proper oral hygiene habits
When eating out, schedule time to brush your teeth after eating. If time does not allow, chew sugarless gum. Chewing gum will remove some of the build-up of debris as a result of eating fast food.
The Bottom Line
Eating fast food regularly can be bad for one’s teeth. Poor oral hygiene has a negative impact on overall health. As with anything else, moderation is the key.
P.S. Your dental health plays a big role in your overall well-being. If it’s been a year or more since you last came in for a dental appointment, it would be in your best interest to come in for a cleaning and dental checkup. Dental problems don’t necessarily cause pain or discomfort, until significant damage to the tooth or gums has taken place. Call 514-484-0521 to schedule an appointment or book online.