Why a NutriBullet Might be Right for You

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It can be challenging to eat healthy, especially for those of us who find a chocolate chip cookie more appealing than a kale salad. However, it is important that we all consume the necessary fruits and vegetables so that our bodies are supplied with the proper nutrients.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we consume “a variety of vegetables” and “whole fruits.”

A great way to pack all of these fruits and vegetables into your diet is by drinking healthy smoothies, and the NutriBullet is an excellent choice for smoothie making. According to the NutriBullet website, this machine uses Nutrient Extraction, which is different from traditional blending or juicing:

Nutrient Extraction is the mechanism the NutriBullet uses to break down fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant foods down to their most absorbable state. Unlike juicers and blenders, NutriBullet nutrient extractors break down the cell walls of fibrous plant foods, releasing important vitamins and minerals contained within.

While we can’t promise that everyone will enjoy drinking green smoothies, you may want to consider trying them if you are struggling to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Our office manager Angela has a NutriBullet and loves her green smoothies! One of her favorite smoothies includes kale, spinach, a banana, and almond milk. The banana helps to naturally sweeten the smoothie and gives it more flavor.

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With the NutriBullet, making healthy smoothies is easy!

In addition to smoothies, some versions of the NutriBullet can be used to make other foods and drinks such as soups, pancakes, eggs, dips, sauces, dressings, nut milks, nut butters,  and desserts (try to consume sweet treats in moderation).

What you eat affects your entire body, and that includes your oral health. So, make good choices that help you to feel your best.

Take care of your smile!

 

Tooth Decay Prevention

You’ve probably been told several times in your life that you should brush your teeth twice a day. Have you ever wondered why (besides the simple “it’s good for your oral health” answer, of course)? Brushing and flossing your teeth is part of an important hygiene regime that helps prevent tooth decay.

What is tooth decay? The infographic below breaks down everything you need to know about tooth decay, including how to prevent it and how it’s treated.

Tooth Decay Prevention

The following video further explains how the tooth decay process occurs inside the mouth.

 

So remember, if you are concerned about tooth decay, the best thing that you can do is practice good oral hygiene, limit your sugar intake, and visit your dentist regularly.

Take care of your smile!

The Effects of Alcohol on Teeth

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patricks Day is known for being a day where we wear green and hope for good luck. It is also notorious for the parties and drinking that often occur on this holiday. While talking about celebrating with good food, family, and friends is fun, there is also the not-so fun fact that alcohol and drugs can have harsh effects on your oral health. The following video explains why:

So if you plan on having a drink today, just make sure that you brush your teeth afterwards to help prevent the damage that acid and sugar can cause.

It’s also important to note that smoking cigarettes can be detrimental to your dental health, too. Read our post Tobacco and Your Teeth to find out why.

The bottom line is, have fun – but also be safe and take care of your smile!

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Eat healthy to keep your whole body at its best – including your teeth.

Since nutritional needs can differ when it comes to gender, here’s an infographic that hits on some of the key points of both male and female nutrition.

Healthy Foods - Men vs. Women

Ready to start your healthy eating journey? Fitness.gov offers helpful tips.

Also, follow our Healthy Eating board on Pinterest for more tips and healthy recipes.

Take Care of Your Smile (and the rest of your body, too!)

Ten Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This day of giving  thanks is also known for being a day when we indulge in our favorite foods with our loved ones. Though tasty, certain foods can be harmful to our oral health. But don’t worry, having a more mouth-friendly Thanksgiving doesn’t

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Crunchy foods like carrots and apples clean your teeth as  you eat them! (Photo courtesy: “Carrot Dice” by Steven Jackson)

necessarily mean that you have to avoid that sweet potato pie. Here are 10 tips for a healthier (and safer) holiday.

1. Drink water. While it may be tempting to reach for that bubbling soda, swap the drink out for a glass of water. The sugar and acids in drinks such as soda and orange juice can damage your enamel and lead to the formation of plaque.

2.Remember to brush and floss. It is recommended that people brush twice a day and floss once daily. No matter how tired you are after all of the festivities, please try to set aside two minutes to give your teeth a proper cleaning.

3.Add a little crunch to your salad. Fresh vegetables and fruits such as apples, carrots, and celery can add a pleasant crunch to a salad. These foods also help clean your teeth as you chew.

4.Don’t chomp on those ice cubes. Some people enjoy being able to chew on ice cubes. Even though they may not seem incredibly hard, doing this can cause teeth to crack or chip.

5. Chew sugarless gum in between meals. When looking to freshen your breath in between meals, try chewing sugarless gum. It doesn’t contain the sweet stuff that bacteria prey on, and it helps stimulate saliva production.

6.Quit those bad habits “cold turkey.” This goes along with tip #4. WThe holidays can be a stressful time. When some people get stressed, they begin to grind their teeth or bite their nails – neither of which is good for teeth. Try not to practice these bad habits. To lower your stress level, ask family members to help with the meal preparation, setting the table, etc.

7.Save the sweets for dessert. Instead of snacking on foods high in sugar throuout the day, allow yourself to enjoy  sweets at one specific time. This limits how much your teeth are exposed to the damaging effects of sugar.

8.If it’s “hard-as-a-rock,” don’t eat it. Use caution when eating hard foods like nuts and croutons. Like ice, trying to chew these items can cause damage to your teeth.

9.Avoid using your mouth as tool. Plan ahead so that you have scissors, a can opener, a bottle opener, and any other tools that you will need on hand when cooking. Using your mouth to open packages is dangerous and can cut your gums and/or damage your teeth.

10.Be careful when playing sports. No one wants a friendly game of backyard football to end in someone knocking out a tooth. Wear a mouthguard to protect yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And, as always…

…Take Care of Your Smile!

Candy: A Treat…or an Unhealthy Trick?

It’s the end of Halloween. The last of the trick-or-treaters have gone home and the porch lights are off. You walk over to that bowl full of candy on the counter, grab a couple of your favorite candies, and enjoy a late night snack. Then, tired from the long day, you head to bed – without brushing your teeth.

Whether you are eating leftover candy or digging into the kids’ stashes, it may seem harmless to grab a piece of candy here and there. However, before you pick up those Halloween treats on Friday and the days afterwards, you may want to consider these facts about the effects of sugar on teeth.

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Katie, Ashley, and Alex sort through their candy after a fun night of trunk-or-treating! Remember, it’s okay to eat candy and other sugary treats in moderation. Just make sure that you brush afterwards!

What Does Sugar Really Do to the Mouth?

  • When you eat foods cotaining sugar, the bacteria in your mouth begin to make acid. This acid can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth and cause cavities.
  • According to PRNewswire, when plaque is supplied with sugar, the acid that is made can “[attack] the teeth for about 20 minutes.”

Tips to Protect Your Teeth:

  • Instead of grabbing a piece of candy everytime you pass that bowl, choose one time of day to snack on sweet treats. Minimizing the amount that times per day that your teeth is exposed to acid-causing sugar means potentially less damage.
  • Brush your teeth after eating candy.
  • If you can’t brush your teeth right away, try to drink water after indulging in a sugary snack.
  • Instead of eating candy every day, make an effort to eat it in moderation. Some healthy substitutes that are better for your teeth include apples and carrots.

Be mindful of your oral health, but also enjoy the holiday.

Happy Halloween and take care of your smile!

Healthy Eating & Your Oral Health

Everything that we consume first enters our body through our mouths. Our teeth are responsible for shredding our food, making it easier to swallow. However, when we eat certain foods – such as sugary snacks – they can damage to our teeth and possibly lead to other oral health problems.

What Not to Eat

  • Treacherous Treats – Foods that contain a large a large amount of sugar truly are misleading. These delectable
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    Sodas pose a double threat: the acid wears down enamel and the sugar fuels the production of plaque.
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    goodies can put a smile on any sweet tooth’s face, but eat too many treats and your mouth is sure to suffer the consequences. Harmful bacteria feeds off sugar, leading to the creation of plaque and other problems such as weakened enamel, gum disease, and even tooth loss.

  • Hard Foods: They’re Nuts – Hard foods such as peanuts and ice pose a threat to your oral health. When you bite down on something hard, you risk chipping or cracking your tooth. This includes extremely hard candies and even inedible objects, such as pencils and silverware.
  • Sizzling Sodas – Sodas are a common beverage that can be purchased almost anywhere. You may want to think twice before picking up a soda while you are in the check out line, though. These drinks pose a double threat: the acid wears down enamel and just like desserts, the sugar in soda fuels the production of plaque. It is also important to be mindful of how much fruit juice – orange juice in particular – that you consume because these drinks are also high in acid and can damage your enamel.
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Crisp fruits like apples help clean your teeth while you chew them.
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What to Eat

  • Things That Go Crunch – Crisp fruits and vegetables such as carrots and apples are good for your teeth. These foods help clean your teeth while you chew them.
  • Milk: It isn’t Just for Kids – People of all ages should make an effort to consume  calcium-rich foods, such as milk and cheese. The calcium helps keep teeth strong.
  • Water: While water is not the choice of beverage for some, it is a good idea to try and drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated can help prevent bad breath and dry mouth, and can help those with chronic Dry Mouth conditions. (TIP: Find out how much water you are supposed to drink). Also, drinking water after eating foods that are high in sugar can help rinse out your mouth.

Some of the foods on our “bad” list are loved by many. If you are thinking, “I can’t give up brownies!” – or peanuts, or soda, or chewing ice, or any of your other favorite foods – that is OK. We do not ask that you stop eating any food that can harm your teeth, but simply that you enjoy some of the more harmful foods in moderation and be careful when you do. No matter what you eat, be sure to brush & floss each day to remove food particles and keep your smile looking great!

For more healthy eating tips, follow our office’s “Healthy Eating” board on Pinterest.

Take care of your smile!