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US News & World Report By: Joan Salge Blake

Based on research, this fall's bounty of delicious apples may be good for your heart, waist and teeth.

Apples are a good source of a group of phytochemicals, called polyphenols, which have been shown to help decrease the risk of getting heart disease. Apples are also rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that can help lower your blood cholesterol levels. A high blood cholesterol level can increase your risk of heart disease.

But the benefits of fiber do not stop there. Chomping on an apple can help you feel full longer as the fiber content slows down its departure from the stomach to the gastrointestinal tract as it's being digested. A study of more than 55 adults published in Appetite revealed that eating an apple prior to lunch helped reduce the calories at that meal by 15 percent, or about 185 calories. This daily calorie reduction could parlay into a loss of about 1.5 pounds monthly, or 20 pounds a year. The researchers of this study concluded that eating high-fiber fruit at the start of a meal increases satiety or fullness, which can help you to consume fewer calories when you sit down to eat.

Lastly, apples contain another type of a polyphenol called tannins that will delight your dentist. These tannins are thought to have anti-sticky properties that may inhibit the bacteria in your mouth from interacting together and producing that nasty plaque that can build up on your teeth.

Since it is apple season, try these three apple tips to help you stay healthy, from your teeth to your waist:

1. Add chopped apples to your morning yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal to keep you full throughout the morning and potentially help lower your cholesterol.

2. Chomp on an apple 30 minutes prior to your lunch to help you eat less.

3. Pack an apple to munch on during the workday commute home. A pre-dinner apple is good for your teeth and could help curb your appetite so you don't arrive home so ravenous that you're tempted to eat anything that isn't moving.

Enjoying apples this fall may end up being the sweetest health trick of the season.


By The Martin Center For Oral Health
October 27, 2015
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: MI Paste  
When brushing alone isn't enough, there are products that Dr. Wyman Martin, dentist at The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Roswell, Georgia, often prescribes for his patients to improve their dental health at home. MI Paste, Fluoridex and Enamelon are three of the most popular treatments. Learn about them here:
 
MI Paste
While MI Paste is applied like regular toothpaste, its chemical makeup makes it a very different product. It has two purposes: first, to enhance the saliva's natural function of reducing acid in the mouth, and also to help remineralize the enamel on your teeth, making it stronger and less mottled. MI Paste contains a special ingredient called ReCalDent, which is derived from dairy proteins and encourages calcium and phosphate to bond to the enamel. Your Roswell dentist often recommends MI Paste to patients who are experiencing dry mouth, tooth sensitivity, or white spots on their teeth from acid erosion.
 
Fluoridex
When his patients live in areas where their drinking water is not treated with fluoride, Dr. Wyman Martin often prescribes Fluoridex. This product helps prevent tooth decay that can come from irregular exposure to fluoride, a naturally-occurring element. Your Roswell dentist may also prescribe it to patients who are going through chemotherapy; one of the side effects of this cancer treatment is dryness of the mouth. Fluoridex can come in the form of mouthwash or topical paste and should be used daily.
 
Enamelon
This tooth gel combines the remineralizing aspects of MI Paste with the fluoridated benefit of Fluoridex. It helps to prevent cavities and gum disease, as well as lessen sensitivity caused by weakened enamel. It's also free of abrasives, gluten, and dyes, making it a comfortable choice for everyone.
If you think your dental health could improve from the use of these products, mention them to Dr. Wyman Martin, your Roswell dentist, at your next appointment!

12 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

Copied from ADA – American Dental Association

You Have Pain

Pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck can mean a number of things.

Your Gums Are Acting Up

If your gums are puffy, they bleed when you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease, it's time to make an appointment.

You Try to Hide Your Smile

Whether you're self-conscious about a missing tooth or hoping for a brighter smile, don't be shy about talking to your dentist.

You've Had Work Done

If you have fillingscrownsdental implants or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is in great shape.

You Have Ongoing Medical Issues

Make your dentist part of your team if you have a medical condition (such as diabetescardiovascular diseaseeating disorders or are HIV positive), or you are undergoing medical treatment (such as radiationchemotherapyor hormone replacement therapy).

You're Pregnant

It's safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. In fact, pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so don't miss your regular checkup.

You're Having Trouble Eating

Difficulty chewing or swallowing is not the norm. Try eating soft or liquified foods until you can see your dentist.

You Have Dry Mouth

Always feeling parched could be the sign of a medical issue or a medication side effect.

You Use Any Kind of Tobacco

From bad breath to oral cancercigarettes and chewing tobacco are harmful to your overall and dental health.

You're Having Jaw Pain

Make an appointment if your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up. See a dentist also if you have an uneven bite.

Your Mouth Has Spots and Sores

If there's something that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth, your dentist should examine any mouth sore that lasts a week or longer. Types of mouth sores include canker sorescold soresleukoplakia and candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes. Mouth sores could be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from bacteria, viruses or fungus or result from irritation caused by braces, dentures or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.

It's Time For Your Checkup

Even if you don’t have any symptoms, checkups are important because they can help prevent problems from developing and treat existing symptoms before they become more advanced.