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    Is Your Body Trying to ask for Vitamins and Minerals?

    It’s been ingrained in us that a healthy and well-balanced diet is necessary for normal daily functioning and growth. However, it may not be that simple to realize when we’re deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, even when we’re eating healthy! Vitamins and minerals play a major role in carrying out the normal functions of our bodies, including synthesizing  tissues, removing waste products, and being necessary precursors for enzymes. Therefore, deficiencies can result in several health problems, so it is important to know what signs to look for in order to meet the body’s needs! For instance, oral signs such as burning tongue and mouth sores, feeling tired after a good…

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    Each Bite Counts: National Nutrition Month

    The popular saying, “You are what you eat,” reminds us that a healthy diet is important in order to keep our bodies healthy, vibrant, and energized. National Nutrition Month is a yearly initiative each March created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to educate individuals on healthy food choices. What we eat on a daily basis not only effects our general health, but also the health of our teeth and gums. In fact, the initial signs of poor nutrition can often first be seen in the mouth. Healthy teeth aren’t just a result of daily toothbrushing and flossing…nutrition plays a major role, too! It is important to include a…

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    Are Your Gums Affected by your Blood Sugar Levels?

    Diabetes, which impacts about 30 million people in the United States, surprisingly doesn’t just affect your blood sugar. Research has consistently showed that gum disease, including both gingivitis and periodontitis, is linked with diabetes. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways: individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing gum disease, and people with severe gum disease are more prone to have issues controlling their blood glucose levels. Early stages of gum problems begin as gingivitis, also described as inflammation of the gums. As bacteria invade the gum pockets and inflammation remains, gum recession and bone loss begin to occur in the more severe stages of…

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    Watch out for these fruits that weaken your enamel!

    Did you know that enamel, the hardest substance in your body, can be weakened over time by eating certain fruits? The FDA lists the 13 most acidic fruits and their pH ranges as: Lemon Juice (2.00 – 2.60) Limes (2.00 – 2.80) Cranberry Juice (2.30 – 2.52) Blue Plums (2.80 – 3.40) Grapes (2.90 – 3.82) Pomegranates (2.93 – 3.20) Grapefruits (3.00 – 3.75) Blueberries (3.12 – 3.33) Pineapples (3.20 – 4.00) Apples (3.33 – 4.00) Peaches (3.30 – 4.05) Mangos (3.40 – 4.80) Oranges (3.69 – 4.34) If you are experiencing sensitivity, you may want to cut out acidic fruits listed above from your diet as much as possible.…

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    Do you like a lot of sauce on your food? Here’s how your teeth are taking it

    It’s hard to resist dipping french fries in ketchup, adding a extra dressing on salad, or smothering steak in steak sauce. After all, all we crave is a little added taste for our food. Ketchup is basically crushed tomatoes, right? Actually, one bottle of ketchup contains approximately 33 teaspoons of sugar!  One of the main reasons why sauce is unhealthy and bad for your teeth is due to the added sugars and acidity of the sauces. The acid weakens your enamel, while the added sugars feed bacteria in your mouth. Both of these elements ultimately result in an increased prevalence of cavities. In addition to the negative effects on your…

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    To pick or not to pick?

    You may see these little wooden toothpicks in restaurants across your city, either by the register or on the table. Although you may feel tempted to grab one and pry food debris between your teeth, you may not be doing your gums and teeth a favor by doing so! Here are some reasons why tooth picking is a bad habit: It irritates your gums. People could be very harsh when trying to get food debris from in between their teeth. As a result, they may also end up picking their gums too harshly to the point where they are red and inflamed. If this is the case, stop picking your…

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    Do you have dry mouth like a desert? Here’s why

    Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, happens when salivary glands in your mouth do not produce enough saliva. If you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel the need to drink water- only to find that you still have a ‘dry feeling’ afterwards. Having a dry mouth may result in bad breath, a dry tongue, difficulty swallowing, and a general unpleasant feeling. Causes of dry mouth: Medications Side effects of several medications, including over-the-counter antihistamines and pain relievers, may include dry mouth. Tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use Reducing tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use is not only beneficial for your overall health, but also will reduce dry mouth. Certain health conditions…

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    Toothpaste: what type and how much?

    It is easy to be overwhelmed at the convenience store, where the stacks of toothpaste in the aisles leave you wondering if you are really using the right type of toothpaste for your needs. You finally decide on a toothpaste tube, only to go home and question whether you are using the right amount. Follow the tips below to end your worries! Prevent tooth decay: opt for a toothpaste which contains sodium fluoride as an active ingredient. Fluoride aids in the enamel remineralization process caused by tooth decay. By using a toothpaste which contains fluoride, you are preventing tooth decay! Prevent sensitivity: opt for a toothpaste which contains potassium nitrate.…

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    Happy National Nutrition Month!

    March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s the perfect time to start focusing on improving your diet! Eating healthy is not only important for your overall well being, but also your dental health because your teeth, gums, and mouth play a huge role in eating, chewing, and swallowing. Signs of poor nutrition can be easily detected from the status of your oral hygiene. Although what you need to eat to maintain your health depends on your age, gender, weight, and level of exercise, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recommends the following nutritional guidelines: Fruits and vegetables should cover half your plate Whole grains (oatmeal, whole wheat bread,…

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    Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

    Some common new year’s resolutions are exercising more or trying a new activity, but did you know that improving your oral health should also be one of your priorities for 2017? Healthy teeth is the key to your overall well-being! A few small improvements could lead to great rewards. The first step to a healthier mouth is to have better brushing and flossing habits. If you’ve had your toothbrush for more than three or four months, replace it! Worn bristles don’t clean your teeth as well as a brand new toothbrush! Brush at least two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes every day. This is the…