Fast food may be convenient, but everyone knows it’s far from the healthiest meal choice. Here’s how it can negatively impact your oral health:
Effects of salt and sugar
The added salt and sugar in fast food items make it so that food debris is much more likely to stick to your teeth, allowing acids to build up until you experience tooth decay.
Soda wears down the enamel
The sugar in soda breaks down your enamel; when this protective layer is damaged, your teeth are at increased risk of developing cavities.
Diabetes can affect your gum health
Eating fast food too often can increase the likelihood of diabetes, and studies have shown that diabetics are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. [click here to learn more about the link between diabetes and your oral health]
What can you do to mitigate the effects of fast food?
While your option would be to avoid fast food altogether, we understand that everyone needs some comfort food every once in a while. Keep in mind that moderation is key, as a healthy and balanced diet is key in maintaining your oral health. When you do have junk food, don’t give food debris too much time to linger! Here’s what you can do right after eating to remove debris:
- rinse your mouth with water
- brush your teeth
- if you don’t have time to brush, chew some sugar-free gum