We all know of the negative health effects of junk food, but these sweets can also lead to severe dental health issues that can affect your overall health.
The large amounts of sugars normally found in sweets can cause cavities, increasing your risk of gum disease. Gum disease, along with weakening your bone structure, can cause a systemic inflammatory response which has the possibility of increasing your risk of inflammatory conditions such as heart disease.
Soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, candy and flavored water contain high fructose corn syrup, which is bad for your teeth as well as the rest of your body. You should also be careful of “diet” drinks. These drinks still have high acidic levels that damage tooth enamel. By limiting the number of these kinds of foods and drinks you consume, you will have a better chance of avoiding dental health issues.
Visit the American Dental Association for more information on oral health.
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Besides proper dental hygiene at home and healthy eating, visiting the dentist regularly is critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you are due for a routine dental exam, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni today!