It is common knowledge that fast food can have a negative impact on your health and your waistline, but giving up the fast food habit can also vastly improve your oral health. Dentists from a nearby Northbrook dental office are here to explain exactly how.
The ADA states that modern Americans consume more than ten times the amount of sugar that they did at the founding of the country. Since oral bacteria lives off of the sugar in your mouth, secreting acid that erodes your dental enamel, leading to cavities and gum disease, the more sugar you eat, the worse your oral health.
There is even more sugar in fast food than you might think. In fact, almost everything you consume at a fast food restaurant is loaded with sugar. The sodas you drink with your meal, as well as the sauces on meats and salads are filled with more sugar than you could possibly need. This could lead to an emergency trip to your Northbrook dentist sooner than you expect.
Consuming fast food regularly also can increase your risk of diabetes, a systemic disease that can also have a negative impact on your oral health. Diabetics tend to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease more frequently.
It is not necessary to give up fast food entirely, just be sure to limit your trips to the drive-through, and to eat a balanced diet otherwise. Taking good care of your teeth with regular dental check-ups with your dentist in Northbrook and by brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help limit the negative effects of the occasional fast food meal.
If you have any other questions about ways to maintain good oral hygiene or any other aspects of oral health, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook Dental office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.