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That can ruin my teeth?

Hannah Johnson - Thursday, October 25, 2018

There are many common AND surprising things that can ruin your teeth that most people do, or consume, every day. Some may be obvious, yet others may be a surprise. These can include food or non-food items.

 

Non-food:

  • Biting nonfood items:
    • We often find ourselves fidgeting by biting water bottles, nails, or other plastic. This can lead to gingivitis and tooth loss
  • Overdoing it on brushing/flossing
    • You can wear away your enamel by over brushing or over flossing. This can ultimately result to receding gums
  • Grinding/clenching teeth
    • If you have facial or jaw soreness in the morning, you may be doing this in your sleep; it can cause enamel erosion and cracking or chipping of the teeth overtime
  • Drug abuse
    • Tooth loss and teeth decay can be caused directly by drug abuse
  • Poor dental hygiene
    • On the other hand, not brushing and flossing at all or very little can also hurt your teeth; gum infections and gum disease can come about with devastating results

Foods:

  • Sour candies
    • This is not a surprising one. Sour candy contains all different kids of acid that can ruin your teeth and create cavities by getting stuck in your teeth.
  • Bread
    • As you chew bread, your salvia breaks the starches down into sugars and the pieces get stuck in between your teeth
  • Alcohol
    • Ever notice when you drink, how dry your mouth becomes? Saliva is needed to keep your teeth healthy and drinking alcohol contributes to saliva loss
  • Carbonated Drinks
    • Drinking a large amount of carbonated drinks can be as damaging to your teeth as using methamphetamines
  • Ice
    • Chewing on ice can actually damage your enamel and chip or crack your teeth. Once your enamel is gone, it is gone
  • Citrus
    • The acidity from citrus fruits and drinks can erode enamel and your teeth may become more prone to decay
  • Potato Chips
    • These are loaded with starch that breaks down into sugar as we eat them that can cause cavities
  • Dried fruits
    • Because of their stickiness, they get stuck in your teeth leaving behind loads of sugar
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How to Eat Right this Holiday Season

Hannah Johnson - Thursday, October 18, 2018

Eating habits are very important for kids when it comes to them maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, maintaining eating habits for kids can sometimes be a struggle for parents.

Some of the easiest ways to keep your children’s eating habits healthy include portion control and having a limit on sugar and fat intake. Limiting sugar intake can be as easy as not having soft drinks available in your home and a few simple ways to limit fat intake include: low-fat or non-fat dairy products, whole-grain breads and cereals, lean meats, and healthy snacks that are fruit or veggie based.

Availability. Always having healthy foods available is a great start to healthy eating habits for your children. Avoid putting obvious restrictions on your children’s diet; doing that can make them avoid eating healthy foods and could potentially lead to more serious eating issues.

When your child does choose to eat healthy, praise them for it. What this does is make them feel as if they can make their own good choices and will make them want to eat healthier on their own. This also helps them to realize they can do things on their own, especially when it comes to making healthy eating choices.

Educate. Avoid nagging them about their poor food choices; you can suggest a healthier version of what they chose to eat instead. Educate them on what is healthy and what is not, however, never make them feel guilty for their poor food choices. There should be a good balance between them eating healthy and eating “like a kid”.

Have them tag along with you for grocery shopping trips. This will allow your child to pick out the healthy foods that they would want to eat rather than choosing what is available to them at home. This is another great opportunity to educate them. You can also plan a food schedule by setting a time to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks throughout the day.

Teamwork. Another creative idea is cooking with your child and taking pictures of the healthy foods, then even collecting the photos and starting a mini blog or scrap book with your children. They will be begging to make the next meal. This will create a balanced diet for them. They can choose a meal, then you can choose a meal; you have control of the products you buy at the store. For example, if they want to make pizza, you can use wheat dough and low fat cheese.

Maintaining your child’s healthy habits do not have to be stressful. Watching their portions, sugar, and fat intake can contribute to their healthy lifestyle tremendously.

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