Fast Food: Worth Your Oral Health?

When hunger strikes, it can be hard not to resist the temptation of fast-food. It's relatively quick and easily accessible! However, passing up an opportunity to cook a meal at home can have a negative impact on your teeth. Often, fast-food restaurants will present "healthy options" and images of lavish foods that aren't actually healthy. In fact, to make food look as appealing and nutritious as possible in restaurant ads, food stylists use several tools (including blowtorches, tweezers and glue), good lighting, and fresh ingredients to attract our stomachs towards an unhealthy diet.

Many restaurants and fast-food chains offer foods having several added ingredients that are damaging to teeth. The food is typically highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and sodium, but offers little or no nutritional value. These food chains are not only surrounding many communities, but can also be found in some school cafeterias. If you pack a lunch for your child, opt for healthy lunch foods that promote healthy teeth.

Research published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2013 showed that children and young adults consume more calories in fast food and at  restaurants than at home. According to the National Institutes of Health, some fast food meals give you a day’s worth of calories!

Pizza happens to be one of the most eaten fast foods worldwide. Although tasty, pizzas are damaging to tooth enamel due to high amount of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken down by the digestive system into sugar, which is then released into the bloodstream. High amounts of carbohydrates, can contribute to diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Fermentable carbohydrates break down in the mouth, allowing bacteria residing in the mouth to produce acids that can stick around for over a half-hour. These acids can lead to cavities and other oral problems. Once the enamel of your tooth is gone, it cannot be replaced!

A diet consisting of fast foods can lead to poor nutrition, oral health, and overall health. Therefore, it is important to eat a nutritious diet and monitor sugar intake to prevent the following health problems:

New-Bitmap-Image-3Instead, choose a diet rich in nutrients and fiber to protect your teeth and body!

  • Choose a diet with plenty of whole grain products, fruits and vegetables.
  • Add fish, beans, nuts and seeds to your diet to meet protein needs.
  • Choose beverages and foods with low amounts of sugars.
  • Avoid high amounts of salt in foods.
  • Include dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


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