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From Our Archives: Change Your Diet, Reverse Gum Disease?

If you just change what you eat, could it help reverse gum disease? Even if you don’t change your hygiene habits at all? A small but compelling German study in BMC Oral Health suggests yes. For two months, an experimental group switched from their regular diet to low carb. Their new diet was also rich […]

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Don’t Let E. coli Steal Your Leafy Greens

It’s no surprise that consumer confidence in leafy greens has plummeted since E. coli traced to romaine lettuce sickened hundreds of individuals, put 89 in the hospital, and killed five. What’s unfortunate is that it may be scaring folks away from any kind of leafy greens. Romaine sales are down nearly 45% from a year […]

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Micronutrients for Healthy Gums

Good nutrition is essential for fighting gum disease. But which nutrients matter most? The nutrients in your food can be classified as macronutrients or micronutrients. Macronutrients are the ones needed in relatively large amounts: fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. They fuel the body and provide many of the vital structural components from which it’s made. Micronutrients […]

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Which Plant-Based Milks Are Best?

Cow’s milk is a complete food, at least for baby cows. It has a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It also contains compounds that boost the immune system. But not everyone can drink cow’s milk – or any animal milk at all. Some have allergic […]

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Make Your Own Probiotic Drinks!

You hear more and more these days about probiotics – friendly bacteria that promote good health. One of the more important things they do is help keep harmful bacteria from taking over, essentially by crowding them out. In the mouth, this helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. We’ve briefly looked at some of the […]

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Could Sleeping More Lead to Healthier Dietary Choices?

A new clinical study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests it might. For the study, researchers randomly split 42 adults who were habitual short sleepers into two groups. One group was coached on increasing their sleep time. The other received no intervention and served as a control group. All participants kept weekly food […]

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Making Sure You Have Enough Vitamin D for Your Teeth

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for oral health. Among other things, your gut needs it to efficiently absorb the calcium from your food. After absorption, it helps ensure that you have enough calcium and phosphate in your blood to keep your teeth well mineralized, protected against decay. Of course, D is essential to your […]

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Why Most Animals Don’t Need to Clean Their Teeth but You Do

Everyone knows that dental tools such as floss, proxy brushes, and oral irrigators are the best way to clean between your teeth. But often, expediency rules, and other objects get used to remove trapped food. According to one recent survey, these include fingernails (61%), folded paper or cards (40%), cutlery such as a fork, knife, […]

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More Effects of Nutrition on Tooth Remineralization

Last week, we ended with a couple of basic points for naturally supporting your body’s ongoing process of tooth remineralization: Get enough minerals, especially calcium and phosphorous, but trace minerals, too. Get enough fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Now let’s dig a little deeper. For one, these are hardly the only nutrients you […]

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Beyond the Halloween Candy Same Ol’, Same Ol’ – Dozens of Ideas for Non-Candy Treats

Halloween is almost here, and for many kids, that brings up one thought: Candy!!! But we all know that all that sugar isn’t ideal, neither for their dental nor their overall health. We also know that Halloween candy is only the beginning of the deluge. Soon, the rest of the holidays will follow with their […]

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