Swap Processed Flour for Whole Grains
In our day-to-day existing, many individuals long to be refined in their appearance, manner or taste. While being refined may be great for ones social standing, when it comes to food and dental health, hearty and whole (as in grains) is a wiser move.
Whole grains are a source of natural goodness brimming with tons of components to benefit health. Research conducted at the McMaster University in Canada has indicated that individuals who ate at least three servings of whole grains a day are able to keep their teeth longer than their processed foods loving counterparts.
Other studies have shown that consuming whole grains (defined as a kernel having the bran, the germ and the endosperm) can help stabilize blood sugar levels. In turn, that will reduce periodontitis in diabetics and will also boost the dental health of others not afflicted with the condition.
The process of consuming whole grains involves reading food labels and choosing the best options available. Instead of processed white bread, grab a loaf that has 100 percent whole wheat flour as the first ingredient (and is the only flour) in the nutritional info. Perhaps you prefer pasta, make sure to grab an option that features that 100 percent whole grain on that label as well. Maybe you are looking for a healthy snack for dental health? Popcorn is a tasty whole grain food that packs a powerful and helpful punch!
Swap Traditional Candy for Lollipops
Since the evolution of man, sweet treats have been popular. The process started with ancient people reaching directly into bee hives to get honey. Once processed and refined sugar was introduced to the food chain, options including hard suckers, caramels, gum drops and chewing gum grew in popularity. As more sugar was consumed, the worse dental health became in the masses and contemporary man can fight that fate by eating the right lollipops.
Lollipops are believed to have first been created during the Middle Ages and since then the boiled sugar treat has come in countless brands, flavors, shapes, sizes and colors. Individuals looking to have their sweet treats while promoting dental health can opt for a delight made without sugar and with ingredients such as licorice root or xylintol.
The Research and Data Institute has found that preschool children at a high-risk of developing tooth decay were able to curb the growth of the responsible bacteria by enjoying the suckers made by Dr. John's Candies (http://drjohns.com/). According to the health candy manufactures website "One Dr. John's Herbal Lollipop in the morning and one lollipop in the evening, for 10 days, disables tooth decay bacteria for 3-6 months. Therefore, those at risk of cavities should use a 20-pack between 2 and 4 times per year," (http://www.drjohns.com/candystore/).
The connection between food choices and declining dental health cannot be denied. That is why 1-800-DENTIST advises individuals to make simple food swaps to save their teeth. A visit to a dentist cannot only verify these facts, but a professional dental care provider can also provide tips on how to incorporate the right foods into the diet of the average Jane or Joe.