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. Many people do not realize that our oral health and overall health are linked in several ways. At the office of Jeff Van Treese, DDS, it’s very important to us that we help our patients in Sidney live healthy lives.
As we all know, large amounts of sugar can cause cavities and increases your risk for gum disease. And in turn, gum disease can also cause a systemic inflammatory response which can increase risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions as well as weaken your bone structure?
Confectionaries and fizzy soft drinks contain excess amounts of sugar. 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. This makes them very high in calories and low in nutritional value.
Also beware of “diet” drinks which have high acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of your tooth enamel. You can greatly increase your oral and overall health by simply limiting your consumption of these food items
Visit the American Dental Association for more information on proper oral health.