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Oral health and overall health are linked in several ways that many people do not realize. Although junk food can be a treat every so often, an overabundance of these foods can lead to severe oral health problems.
Consuming large amounts of sugar can lead to cavities and increases your risk for periodontal disease. Along with weakening your bone structure, periodontal disease can also cause a systemic inflammatory response which can increase the risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions. Read my blog entry about Periodontal Disease.
Sugar is found in excess in confectionaries and fizzy soft drinks, making them high in calories and low in nutritional value. Candies, sodas, flavored waters, energy drinks, and sports drinks are also filled with high fructose corn syrup which is not healthy for your teeth and body. Even “diet” drinks have high acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of your enamel. Limiting your consumption of these food items can greatly increase your oral and overall health. For more information on the topic, visit Science Daily.