Ever since the first Automat opened in New York City on July 7, 1912, Americans have had a love affair with fast food. Research has indicated that around 23 percent of all Americans consume fast food on a weekly basis (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/20/opinion/polls/main1060315.shtml). Other studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between fast food and America's obesity (and subsequent dental health) crisis. While the offerings at a typical fast food restaurant may all be tasty, individuals concerned about their health can make strategic choices to get the most nutritional bang for the buck.
There are over 25,000 fast food restaurants across the nation and the menu offerings range from burgers and fries, Mexican fare, Chinese and nearly every type of culinary delight imaginable. Although the meals typically sold at fast food restaurants are indeed yummy and filling, they are not known for providing the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients recommended by the US Government's Nutrition Plate. Since a huge faction of American's depend on the foods sold at the specific types of establishments, knowing which fast food meals are the most healthy and nutritious can help provide the most bang for the buck, especially in regards to oral health.
For decades, breakfast has been singled out as the most important meal of the day. The process of eating a morning bite will kick start metabolic systems as well as provide the calories needed for morning energy. Nearly every fast food place has expanded their menus to serve this particular meal and individuals grabbing their morning nosh on the run are advised to skip pancakes, waffles and bacon and instead go for options like yogurt, oatmeal or an egg sandwich.
Yogurt is one of the best dairy foods for dental health; research has shown that the right (low fat and sugar free) yogurt can lower the odds of children developing tooth decay and cavities. Oatmeal is another nutritional powerhouse as the food is made from whole grains, a powerful superfood known for boosting dental health. Individuals who prefer a one handed meal should then opt to get a breakfast sandwich featuring eggs and lean meat for a lower-fat, protein rich fast food option. Regardless of what fast food option is selected, individuals are advised to sip either unsweetened green tea or coffee as both caffeine option can help wash away simple sugars left on teeth after dining and even neutralize the acid byproduct that oral bacteria produce digesting the sucrose left behind.
Ever since the first Neapolitan style pizza was created and consumed in 1889, the food has come to dominate the world. The combination of bread, herbs, tomato sauce and cheese is tantalizing to many individuals, and when ordered correctly, it can also be one of the best foods for dental health.
Chances are most fast food pizza while feature a crust made from white flour, not the whole grains needed to boost dental health. In order to combat that lackluster nutritional base, individuals should opt for slices with cheese (not too much as it is a fat dense food) and tomato sauce (the best source of the cancer fighter, lycopene). Asking for a slice with leafy greens such as broccoli or spinach will help deliver even more nutrients, as they are known to be chock full of minerals and vitamins and have long been promoted as being part of a nutritious diet as they can protect eyesight, minimize problems associated with aging, deliver a rich source of calcium for vegetarians and can help ward gum disease and protect against oral cancer thanks to the levels of phytochemicals (AKA Phytonutrients) naturally present.
No matter if you decide to visit the Golden Arches, opt to run for the border or prefer to dine with a King, make to skip the super sized soda and instead opt for a refreshing glass of ice water instead. Soda is known has a major smile killer as excessive consumption of the beverage has been linked to a myriad of dental problems include tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. There is no need to spend the money on bottled water as tap water is free and also contains the tooth protecting agent, fluoride. As a customer, all you need to do is ask for a cup of water and resist the up-sell.
Individuals looking for more tips on what fast food meal options can promote dental health can get some more tips directly from their dentist. Don't have a dentist? Feel free to dial 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 and one of our professionally trained operators can help you find a dentist close to home and up the task of providing you with the dining out tips you long for.