Dental Health Info Article

Food Swaps for Dental Health:

Since its creation over 200 years ago, America has evolved from the "Land of the Free" to a country battling dental problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have cited tooth decay as a chronic yet preventable epidemic impacting the nations youth and that four to twelve percent of all adults have advanced gum disease. The average American diet is one major factor contributing to the nation's declining dental health and implementing some simple food swaps is a quick and affordable way to help combat the issue.

According to The UC Berkeley News reported that junk food comprises nearly 30 percent of the daily calories of the average Americans diet. While processed foods are indeed tasty, inexpensive and readily available, they are devoid of many of the vitamins and nutrients needed for dental health and are high in carbohydrates and sugars (both of which will contribute to high levels of dental plaque and subsequent dental problems). Fortunately, individuals in the know can make some easy and affordable food swaps for dental health.

Swap Soda for Water

Every day, individuals must hydrate their body to maintain their health. When fluid levels are low, a body may not be able to function properly and that can lead to other health issues. Thirst is the body's own mechanism for letting people know when it is time to have a drink, but when it comes to maintaining health (for both body and teeth) grabbing water over soda is a smart and simple swap.

Statistics indicate Americans drink more soda than any other nation; annually Americans consume 13.15 billion gallons of bubbly beverages. While the soft drinks may be tasty, all soda products (both sugar laden and sugar-free options) are void of any nutritional value and in fact and will not really quench thirst (because of the PH balance in the beverage). That is why suggests sipping water instead.

When soda is consumed sugars and carbohydrates will be deposited onto teeth. As that is left behind, oral bacteria will group together to form dental plaque and feast on the elements and will produce a tooth eroding acid as a byproduct of their digestion process. Additionally, malic and tartaric acids are often added to sodas and in test-tube studies those additives have been found to cause damage to tooth enamel. Finally, the caffeine present in many colas can result in unconscious tooth grinding increasing the odds of unnecessary dental wear and tear.

Water is devoid of any of the harmful components associated with soda and instead will actually wash away particles known for making tooth decay possible and will moisten a mouth, minimizing the risk of dental problems including dry mouth and bad breath. Finally, since tap water is free, the money typically spent on soda can be funneled into getting dental care from a professional dentist.

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 ( 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," (

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.