It’s a busy day, and you’re tired and hungry. You don’t have enough energy to prepare a meal at home, so you grab something to eat at a local fast-food restaurant. As expected, the meal does its job of satisfying your hunger, but it causes problems with your oral health.
Burgers and Buns
One of the more common fast food combinations is some meat placed between two slices of bread or buns, which can pose a problem because of the amount of refined flour. Refined flour has a lot of sugar and can produce harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Lemonade and Cooldrink
There are two primary ingredients in lemonade that can have terrible effects on your teeth – citric acid and sugar. The former wears down your enamel and the latter leads to decay and other issues like gum disease.
The sugar in cooldrink has been proven to be full of nutritionally-devoid calories. It coats the teeth with acidic fluids that wear down your enamel.
Instead of drinking lemonade or cooldrink, opt for water.
Fries and Chips
You may not believe it, but fries and slap chips are also detrimental to your oral health. They are loaded with starches, and they also contain different preservatives that erode your teeth. Instead of fries or chips, try a fruit cup.
It’s not the end of the world if you choose to indulge in a fast-food treat. However, on those occasions, it’s important to practice excellent oral health. Within 60 minutes of eating a meal, you should thoroughly brush and floss your teeth.
When you visit your dentist for a cleaning and check-up, you can ask about ways to avoid tooth decay and how to protect your mouth from potential issues.