Junk Food and Your Oral Health
Our oral health and overall health are linked in several ways that many people do not realize. At the office of Dentistry With A Women’s Touch, it’s very important to us that we help our patients in Toms River live healthy lives.
Although junk food can be a treat every so often, these foods can lead to severe oral health problems that in turn can effect the rest of your body.
Large amounts of sugar can cause cavities and increases your risk for gum disease.
Gum disease, along with weakening your bone structure, can also cause a systemic inflammatory response which can increase risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions.
Sugar is found in excess in fizzy soft drinks and confectionaries. This makes them high in calories and low in nutritional value. Candies, sodas, flavored waters, energy drinks, and sports drinks are also loaded with high fructose corn syrup which is unhealthy for your teeth and bad for your body.
Beware of “diet” drinks which have high acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of your tooth enamel. Limiting your consumption of these food items can greatly increase your oral and overall health.
Visit the American Dental Association for more information on oral health.