Posts for: October, 2015
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.
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
You've Had Work Done
You Have Ongoing Medical Issues
Make your dentist part of your team if you have a medical condition (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive), or you are undergoing medical treatment (such as radiation, chemotherapyor hormone replacement therapy).
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
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 sores, cold sores, leukoplakia 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.