Are you ready for the Super Bowl 50 kickoff this Sunday, February 7th at 6:30PM? Whether you’re simply in it for the halftime show, or you’re actually a true football fan…this is an American tradition you don’t want to miss out on!
The Denver Broncos (AFC champions) and the Carolina Panthers (NFC champions) will face off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This is the eighth time the Broncos (2-5) have made the Super Bowl and the second time for the Panthers (0-1). Here are some stats about both teams:
This year’s halftime show will feature Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars.
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party? Here are some tooth-friendly snacks from the ADA to help you tackle your hunger. Recipes can be found here: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/super-bowl-recipes/?content=superbowl&medium=rotator&source=mh/
Remember to eat your veggies! The carrots in this dip can make your teeth extra strong – it has beta-carotene that helps in the creation of vitamin A. Sour cream also contains calcium, which is essential for strong teeth.
Hummus is a great choice for staying healthy in general, and especially for your teeth. Chickpeas are a great source of folic acid, which promotes oral health through cell growth. Cucumbers are rich in vitamins B and C and can help freshen your breath and whiten your teeth!
Cheese is full of calcium and casein, which helps protect the surface of your teeth. Make sure to choose whole wheat crackers that have fiber and to brush your teeth after the game to prevent bacterial growth from the crackers sticking to your teeth!
Goat cheese is especially great, because it is packed with protein and calcium but has less fat and calories per serving.
The cheese and Greek yogurt help neutralize tomato and citric juices, which are acidic and can create problems for your teeth. This dip is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, which all help maintain oral health.
Do you have a pet? Well, good news! Research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that pet dogs can decrease stress levels in children, which can have a positive impact on oral health as well. If you’re looking for something to add to your family wishlist, make sure to include “cute puppies!”
How can dogs can improve our health?
Birth control pills have many benefits and are a popular contraceptive method which increases estrogen/progesterone levels. However, they can also negatively affect your oral health.
According to The American Academy of Periodontology, many factors such as smoking, poor nutrition, genetics, and medications (including oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and heart medications) can impact gum health. These factors may increase risk for gum disease, which 75 percent of Americans, and especially periodontal disease, an advanced type of gum disease linked to osteoporosis, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and low-birth-weight babies that 50% of Americans have.
A classic food pairing is cookies and milk, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? Sure, this combination is delicious. But did you know that according to researchers in The Journal of the American Dental Association, a glass of milk after eating sweets could keep tooth decay away?
It’s the beginning of 2016 and a great time to make some resolutions for the new year! If staying healthy is one of your resolutions this year, make sure to add “excellent oral health” to the list as well. Dr. Nathan Pfister, a biological dentist in Alabama, claims that dental health and overall health influence each other in many ways.
Dr. Pfister recognizes the fact that dental bacteria and oral inflammation are connected to many medical conditions such as memory disorders, Alzheimer’s, heart problems, diabetes, and stroke. Therefore, he connects the diet and oral health habits of his patients by observing plaque samples with a microscope. This way, Dr.Pfister can determine whether dental issues are caused by poor oral hygiene habits, an unbalanced diet, or a medical problem.
There is even further evidence of the strong connection between dentistry and medicine in a study published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR),
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. According to this study, there is also a link between periodontal or chronic inflammatory gum disease (which can vary based on smoking habits) and an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Professor Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD, of the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions adds that this common disease is associated with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other cancers.
Out of the 73,737 postmenopausal women (none of whom were previously diagnosed with cancer) who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study led by Professor Freudenheim, 26.1% had periodontal disease. 6.7 years later, the women with this disease had a 14% higher risk of breast cancer.
Possible explanations for the connection between breast cancer and periodontal disease include the effect of inflammation on breast tissues and oral bacteria entering the circulatory system. Professor Freudenheim claims that more studies need to be conducted in other populations in order to determine if there is a causal relationship between oral bacteria and breast cancer.
Feel free to contact Dr. Zarah Ali and Drs. Ali & Ali if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.