WHAT YOU EAT IS WHAT YOUR TEETH ARE!!


According to the American Dental Association, what you eat is what your teeth are. To take care of teeth you need to consider what you eat, some foods such as sweets and candy only contributes to tooth decay. To determine what someone really eats, you should look at their mouth it will surely speak volumes and to prevent common gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontisis. Below are some of the foods that are healthy for your teeth:
Yogurt: High in calcium and proteins which both contributes to the health of your teeth. Yogurt has probiotics which is a beneficial bacteria used to protect your gums from harmful bacteria. Like fighting with then they get rid of bacteria that could cause cavities, when you opt to include yogurt in your diet the plain variety is the most suitable and appropriate one.

Cheese: If you love cheese then you are one of the lucky one, similar to yogurt they have a high pH which prevents tooth decay. Through chewing it cheese prevent a dry mouth by increasing the amount of saliva in your mouth, the calcium and protein quality in it strengthens the tooth enamel.

Leafy greens: Full of vitamins with fewer calories they include kales and spinach, these vegetables helps improve your oral health. The calcium quality in it helps build the teeth’s enamel; they offer other numerous health benefits which are treating gum diseases in pregnant women due to the folic acid and vitamin B.

Apple: Not only is it sweet, but it also has high fiber and water content. Apple prevents dry mouth by producing saliva which gets rid of bacteria and food particles, it helps prevent bad breath. Apple can be used to remove stains from your mouth after meal any meal consumption, not similar to brushing your teeth but it can replace it for a while until you get a chance to brush.

Carrot: Similar to apples, they are crunchy and have a high fiber and water content, increases the saliva content after every meal, not only does it contributes to strong bones and teeth, but it is also a great source of Vitamin A.

Celery: Full of fiber and water, it scrapes off food particles and bacteria from your mouth similar to a toothbrush. It has an excellent source of Vitamin A and C that keeps your gums and teeth healthy, to enjoy a lovely meal you can top it up with cream cheese.

Almonds: Good source of protein and calcium, it also strengthen your teeth and bones. It is good for the teeth because it is low in sugar, you can have it for lunch or mixed with some salad.

In a nutshell, not only should you take care of what you eat, but also consider what you are drinking too. Try to avoid drinks that has calories and sugar, hence water is the only best drink for you as compared to drinking soda or juice, to have that perfect smile that you have always longed way try to watch your diet.

Written by Paul J Ganjian, DDS, from Chemogan Pharmaceutical Research

Next Generation Dental ™ provides such services as Full Dental Care and Nutritional Consultation. Craniosacral therapy, Nutrition consulting. You may contact Paul Ganjian at: pganjian@nxdental.con

Eating Disorders , Anorexia & Bulimia


More than 10 million Americans currently are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. While anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, they are most common in teenagers and young adult women. In addition to having a negative impact on an individual’s health and quality of life, eating disorders also affect self-image, relationships with families and friends, and performance in school or at work. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to your health care provider.

Eating disorders can also affect a person’s oral health. Without the proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily. The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Throwing up frequently can affect teeth too. That’s because when strong stomach acid repeatedly flows over teeth, the tooth’s enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape and length. The edges of teeth become thin and break off easily. Eating hot or cold food or drink may become uncomfortable.

Types of eating disorders:

Anorexia. This typically involves an extreme fear of gaining weight or a dread of becoming fat. Even though these individuals may be very thin or even extremely underweight, they see themselves as “fat.” They may attempt to reach or maintain what they think is their perfect body weight by literally starving themselves. They may also exercise excessively. Others may eat excessive amounts of food in one sitting and then attempt to get rid of the food and calories from their bodies by forcing themselves to “throw up” or by the misuse of laxatives or enemas.
Bulimia. Like anorexia, bulimia also includes the fears of being overweight. But it also includes hidden periods of overeating (binge eating) which may occur several times a week or even several times a day. While overeating, individuals may feel completely out of control. They may gulp down thousands of calories often high in carbohydrates and fat–in amounts of food that would be greater than what an average person would eat at one sitting. After they overeat, the individuals try to “undo” the fact that they ate too much as quickly as possible by forcing themselves to “throw up” or by the misuse of laxatives or enemas. This is often referred to as “binging and purging.”
Binge Eating or Compulsive Overeating. This may affect almost as many men as women. In the past, these individuals were sometimes described as “food addicts.” They overeat (binge eat) as noted in bulimia above, but do not regularly try to get rid of the food immediately by throwing up or by misusing laxatives or enemas. Feelings of guilt may make it easier for the person to overeat again.
Prevention

Eating disorders arise from a variety of physical, emotional and social issues all of which need to be addressed to help prevent and treat these disorders. Family and friends can help by setting good examples about eating and offering positive comments about healthy eating practices. While eating disorders appear to focus on body image, food and weight, they are often related to many other issues. Referral to health professionals and encouragement to seek treatment is critical as early diagnosis and intervention greatly improve the opportunities for recovery.

If you suffer from an eating disorder these practices can reduce oral health problems associated with it:

Maintain meticulous oral health care related to toothbrushing and flossing.
Immediately after throwing up, do NOT brush but rinse with baking soda to help neutralize the effects of the stomach acid.
Consult with your dentist about your specific treatment needs.
See your dentist regularly.

The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer


The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012.

The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.

During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.

The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:

sores that bleed easily or do not heal
a thick or hard spot or lump
a roughened or crusted area
numbness, pain or tenderness
a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.
Keeping your mouth healthy during treatment:

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the first thing you should do before beginning cancer treatment is to see your dentist. After your treatment begins, be sure to check your mouth every day for sores or other changes.
Other NIDCR tips to keep your mouth moist:

Keep your mouth moist.
Drink a lot of water.
Suck ice chips.
Use sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy.
Use a saliva substitute to help moisten your mouth.
Tips for cleaning your mouth:
Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue with an extra-soft toothbrush after every meal and at bedtime. If it hurts, soften the bristles in warm water.
Use a fluoride toothpaste.
Use the special fluoride gel that your dentist prescribes.
Don’t use mouthwashes with alcohol in them.
Floss your teeth gently every day. If your gums bleed and hurt, avoid the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing your other teeth.
Rinse your mouth several times a day with a solution of 1/4 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt in one quart of warm water. Follow with a plain water rinse.
Dentures that don’t fit well can cause problems. Talk to your cancer doctor or dentist about your denture.

Importance of Nutrition for Your Oral Health


Proper nutrition acts as an effective way to ensure optimal health and prevent the occurrence of disease. Moreover, receiving adequate nutrients from a variety of healthful foods and beverages can positively impact dental health. Certain foods with poor nutritional composition can increase the incidence of tooth decay and other detrimental dental conditions, leading to the need for treatments such as root canal therapy or dental implants. Additionally, combinations of certain food substances can elevate the risk for cavities.

Current research suggests that antioxidants are often found in foods like fruits, beans, and vegetables—may positively affect immunity and increase the body’s agency to fight infection and inflammation, which aids in protecting an individual’s teeth and gums. Certain foods have even been demonstrated to have a significant consequence on the mouth’s ability to manage decay-causing bacteria.

Calcium operates as one of the best nutrients for oral health. Items such as milk, yogurt, and fortified juice assist in promoting healthy teeth and bones, which diminish the risk for tooth loss. For individuals who dislike dairy products, adding powdered milk to cooked dishes can confer the same benefits. In particular, cheese releases a burst of calcium. This calcium can attach itself to an individual’s teeth, immediately assisting in remineralization of tooth enamel.

Fruits and vegetables—specifically ones that are crisp such as apples, carrots, and celery—aid dental health by removing plaque from teeth and freshening breath. Furthermore, antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C help fortify gums and other oral tissues from harmful bacterial infections. Research points to a link between fresh cranberries and their ability to hinder oral bacteria from forming damaging plaque.

Folic acid, a member of the vitamin B group, stands as an excellent choice to promote dental health due to its ability to support cell growth throughout the body. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale should be eaten regularly. Additionally, brewer’s yeast operates as a substance rich in folic acid.

Cavity-causing agents feast on the sugars found in foods such as soda, candy, cookies, and pastries. These agents transform the sugar into acid, which bombards tooth enamel and results in tooth decay. Acidic foods—like citrus fruits, juices, pickles, sour candies, and wine—can erode tooth enamel to become overly sensitive and discolored.

The timing of meals can also affect oral health. Foods that require a lengthy chewing time, or that are held in the mouth such as hard candies and cough drops can significantly damage teeth as sugar is held against teeth for a long time.

Many health professionals discourage snacking on sugary, starchy, and acidic foods throughout the day. Ideally, individuals should avoid these foods to preserve optimal oral health. However, if an individual wishes to enjoy an occasional treat, it is recommended these sub-prime foods be consumed during a meal to minimize contact between acid and an individual’s teeth. Additionally, the body fashions extra saliva to digest bigger meals; thus, harmful bacteria are washed away before they can negatively impact teeth.

Paul J Ganjian

Email: pganjian@bxdental.con

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