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Fast Food Can Be Worse for Your Health Than You Thought

 

Fast food being bad for your waistline is hardly news.  The fact that fast food can also be bad for your oral health might surprise some people.

Three examples of the negative effects of fast food on your oral health were cited by Russell Roderick, DMD recently in Dentistry Today

  • The salt and sugar found in fast food can cause food debris to stick to your teeth. This allows acid to build on the surface of your teeth, which can cause cavities.
  • The sugar found in a carbonated beverage such as soda can break down the enamel of your teeth, making them more prone to tooth decay.
  • Eating fast food on a regular basis increases your risk of diabetes. That, in turn, can lead to a higher incidence of periodontal disease, including red, swollen or receding gums, bad breath, and other oral health issues.

It’s enough to make you lose your appetite.

Given these risks, it is important to eat fast food in moderation. Just as importantly, you should seek regular check ups with your dentist, and follow the dentist's advice with regard to oral health practices such as brushing and flossing appropriately.

 

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