For most vegetarians and vegans, getting enough of the nutrients that are commonly found in animal products – including protein, iron, and vitamin B12 – can be a struggle.
For example, vitamin B12 is made by organisms living in water, soil, and the digestive tracts of animals. Thus, people who do not eat meat can have a hard time getting this nutrient from diet alone. Read More
Stars like Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson need killer smiles for their livelihood, but for us mere mortals, a whiter, brighter smile can do wonders for our appearance and self-confidence. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and surveys reveal that one of the first things that people notice about others is their smile. Whiter, brighter teeth are the result of more than just regular brushing. The food and beverage choices you make impact the wattage of your smile too. Read More
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide, Australia has produced the strongest evidence yet that fluoride in drinking water provides dental health benefits to adults, even those who had not received fluoridated drinking water as children. The study was conducted between 2004 and 2006 among random samples of the Australian adult population. Participants reported where they have lived since 1964. Researchers used this data to determine for what percentage of life each person lived in a community with fluoridated public water. The study found that those who spent more than 75 percent of their life living in an area with fluoridated public water enjoyed significantly (30 percent) less tooth decay than those who spent less than 25 percent of their lives in such areas. Read More
A strong connection exists between the food people eat and their oral/dental health, according to an updated position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, May 2013, Vol. 113:5, pp. 693-701). Dental health and nutrition are mutually related, as the health of the oral cavity directly impacts a person’s ability to eat and intake nutrition. Conversely, what a person eats and even how they eat it can impact dental health. For example, heavy consumption of sugar (in soda, coffee, fruit drinks, candy, cookies, etc.) and especially slowly dissolving candies has been proven to increase risk of oral and dental disease. Foods and habits to improve dental health include eating a high volume of fresh fruits and vegetables; choosing whole-grain, low-sugar bread and cereal products; chewing sugar-free gum briefly after eating; and spacing food and beverage intake at least two hours apart. Read More
Can’t Afford Dental Insurance? Here are 3 Great Alternatives!
If you don’t have dental insurance you shouldn’t wait to see a dentist. Seeing a dentist can be more important than it sometimes feels and unnecessarily stalling your visit will ultimately cost you more in the long run. Can’t get dental insurance coverage through your employer? If not, you may be tempted to skip dental cleanings and other treatments. But good basic care lowers your risk of suffering a major, expensive problem in the future. Three options if you are not covered by your employer include: Read More