Archive for January, 2012

Fish Oil

Recent research suggests eating even moderate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in foods such as salmon and other fatty fish, may help ward off gum disease.  Dental exams showed participants in the study with more omega-3 fatty acid consumption were between 23 percent and 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who consumed less omega-3 fatty acids.  You can find omega-3 fatty acids in sardines, mackerel, swordfish, and even some types of nuts and seeds.  The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least twice a week not just for gum disease prevention but for overall health as well.  If none of those options seem appealing to you, try taking fish oil supplements.  In addition to omega- 3 fatty acids, gum disease can also be prevented by exercising good dental health.  Remember to brush at least twice a day, and to floss daily.



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Chocolate…Reduce Risk of Stroke?

In the latest research, Swedish scientists report that eating chocolate seems to lower a woman’s risk of stroke.  The study found that women who had the highest consumption of chocolate- about two candy bars a week- had a twenty percent reduced risk of stroke.  Dark chocolate consumption has also been found to reduce blood pressure, lower insulin resistance and help keep blood from forming clots.  The study found an association but it did not prove a cause and effect.

All this good news about chocolate, however, doesn’t mean you should be exchanging your broccoli for chocolate in your daily diet.  Other foods such as apple skins or grapes have the same benefits and without the high amounts of sugars and fats that chocolate has.  When consuming chocolate, keep in mind that dark chocolate contains more of the benefits and less sugar than milk chocolate.



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Low Folic Acid

A low Folic Acid count could affect your teeth.  One of the primary indications of a folate deficiency is oral irritation and degeneration.  Most often, a deficiency will result in a swollen tongue and frequent mouth ulcerations.  This can exacerbate to inflamed gums, weakened tooth enamel and even tooth loss.  However, these are typical of particularly extreme cases and can occur as a result of other health issues.  It is essential to obtain a professional diagnosis before making any determinations based on these symptoms.  Folate deficiency can have a marked influence on oral health, and other areas as well.  Other symptoms include curly or graying hair, slowed or arrested growth, or can even lead to anemia or low red blood cell levels.  The most common cause of folate deficiencies are poor diets that do not contain enough of the nutrient.  If you feel you have any of these symptoms consult your physician.


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Flossing vs Toothpicks

Everyone knows brushing your teeth twice a day should be part of your dental hygiene routine.  But what about flossing or using toothpicks?  Well it turns out they are both good for you to get in the habit of using.  Flossing should be done on a daily basis, usually right before going to bed.  But during the day, after eating a meal, using a toothpick is a handy way to remove food particles.  To use a toothpick correctly you must use it lightly and not too aggressively.  You should never do damage to your teeth or gums by using a toothpick.  You should guide the toothpick very gently without using too much force.  The same goes for dental floss.   Always remember to use them lightly to avoid causing damage.  Even though toothpicks are handy, they should never take the place of flossing or brushing your teeth.  Please remember to take great care of your teeth and gums by using a toothpick, dental floss, and of course by brushing.  Never use any other objects for cleaning your teeth or removing food particles.