Dental Health Info Article

Super Supper For Dental Health Part One:

Dental health and proper nutrition are forever intertwined. Just like eating a diet filled with empty calories, soda and processed foods are known for causing dental problems (IE tooth decay, cavities and gum disease) consuming healthy foods will improve well being (by delivering essential vitamins and nutrients). Now consumers looking to get the most benefits from their meal can follow recommendations based on research as scientists have unearthed the healthiest meal on the planet.

Scientists from Leatherhead Food Research in England analyzed 4,000 health claims from manufacturers and supermarkets regarding the health benefits of various foods. After comparing that information with scientific data, the healthiest food list was cut down to a 222 contenders. That resulted in the the creation of the worlds healthiest super dinner packed with vitamins, flavor and foods to help improve dental health (

Salmon Terrine

For countless years, man has turned to the sea to fill their bellies. The ocean and related byways are brimming with countless delights and salmon is just one of them. That humble fish has scientifically shown to be a nutritional powerhouse brimming with ocosahexaenoic acid (good for the arteries, heart and brain) and Omega-3 fatty acid, a compound found to minimize the risks of developing gum disease and for that reason, salmon terrine (a type of loaf comprised of coarsely chopped ingredients) has been deemed to the healthiest appetizer by scientists.

In a separate study, Harvard University scientists found that diets rich in Omega-3 can lower the odds of getting gum disease and other health risks associated with the dental problem. Researches analyzed the eating habits and gum disease levels of around 9,200 adults over the age of twenty and broke down the participants by groups based on their levels of Omega-3 consumption. The data collected indicated that individuals who had diets rich with Omega-3 foods had a 23 percent to 30 percent decreased odds of having gum disease. Salmon is a great source of the stuff.

Mixed Greens and Olive Oil Dressing

Fruits and vegetables should be the backbone of every diet, but sadly a majority of people are not getting enough of the stuff. According to the Government's Nutrition Plate every meal should be 50 percent plant based. That is why a mixed green salad featuring a virgin olive oil dressing is included on the super dinner menu.

Leafy greens are one of the best foods to eat for dental health as research has concluded that vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and collard greens are excellent sources of calcium (a compound essential to oral health) and can reduce the odds of oral cancer developing in the mouths of female smokers.

According to data released by the British Dental Health Foundation, scientists analyzed data collected over the past 26 years regarding 147 confirmed cases of oral cancer. Based on their work, it was shown that for every one serving of leafy green vegetables consumed by the group of women smokers, the risk of oral cancer decreased significantly. The findings did not stand true for women who never smoked or had already kicked the habit.

Regardless of the type of greens being used, using an extra-virgin olive oil dressing is must. Olive oil is brimming with the healthy dietary fat called monounsaturated fatty acids. Research has shown the right quantities of this food can help improve cholesterol levels, enable blood clotting and potentially help those burdened with type 2 diabetes (a condition linked to dental health).

Multi-Grain Roll

Over the past few years bread has gotten a bad rap as being an unhealthy carbohydrate. Although it is true that there are countless breads that are devoid of nutrients, a roll made with an assortment of whole grains is a recommended part of the super feast.

Research conducted at the McMaster University in Canada has indicated that individuals who ate at least three servings of whole grains a day were able to keep their teeth longer than their processed foods loving counterparts. This study anaylazed statistics of over 34,000 men. Their dental health in relation to whole grains was analyzed for a period of 14 years. It was found that those who ate three servings of whole grain a day were 23 percent less likely to have periodontitist.

While these foods are certainly delicious, they may not be enough to satisfy hungry folks. That is why the researchers also have entree, dessert and snack options as well (described in "Super Supper for Dental Health Part Two".  1-800-DENTIST explains why those food choices are so great for dental health in part two of the series.