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Quip toothbrush review: Is it better than brushes twice the price?

BY: SARAH MITROFF, www.cnet.com If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen ads for Quip. The company created a sleek and simple toothbrush to get you to brush your teeth the recommended two minutes twice a day. Sure, there are plenty of electric toothbrushes you can buy (including ones trying to drastically reduce the time you brush). But what sets Quip apart is the design of its brushes — they’re slimmer and more stylish than most of the competition. Plus, Quip sends you replacement brush heads in the mail every three months. Good looks only get you so far though — are they enough to make Quip the right choice for your oral hygiene needs? I spent more than a month…

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Which Seven Foods Are Best For Healthy Gums and Teeth

By: www.menafn.com Gums are very important for your oral health, so you should consider them if you have an unhealthy diet. If you change a few of your eating habits, then you will be able to enjoy your gums staying healthy. Foods that are beneficial for your gums will be foods that contain calcium and phosphorus (think minerals to strengthen your bones aka teeth), vitamin D, vitamin C, and a high amount of water. Below you will find some specific examples of foods that fit this description. Onions Onions are strong enough not only to make you cry but to fight against the bacterial properties in your mouth, such as bacteria that can cause disease in your gums. Keep in…

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A healthy smile for babies is part of a healthy start

By: www.local12.com The first smile is a milestone that can warm your heart. After many long and often sleep-deprived nights, suddenly your baby turns to you and grins. But a baby’s smile is so much more-it has an important role in his or her lifelong health. Baby teeth are vital for chewing foods and speech. They prepare the mouth and jaw for permanent teeth as well. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among children today-the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 in 5 kids ages 5 to 11 have untreated tooth decay. Yet we know that proper oral health early in a child’s life can also reduce problems later on. What parents…

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Childhood nutrition and exercise key to healthy life

By: www.newarkadvocate.com Nutrition and exercise habits made during childhood can be vital for a person’s long-term health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that children now spend over 7.5 hours in front of a screen each day, showing the lack of youth exercise. The organization also reported the number of obese children has increased from 4 to 20 percent over the past 40 years, reflecting the lack of nutritional awareness among our youth. Developing a healthy lifestyle for a child through proper nutrition and exercise will create a healthier life for children and make a difference for children in future generations. A healthy eating plan can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, consume…

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Early care can take the bite out of dental problems later

By: Larry Wood, www.aikenstandard.com Good dental health begins in infancy, and that early attention to oral hygiene and care can mean strong teeth and gums as children become young adults and seniors. Dr. Thom Akins, a pediatric dentist in Aiken, said the earlier a child begins visits to the dentist, the better. “We like to see children earlier than most people anticipate,” Akins said. “Historically, people are accustomed to taking their children to the dentist around age 3 or 4, but as pediatric dentists, we prefer to see them within six months of the first tooth coming in or by the age of 1, whichever comes first.” During those early visits, a parent holds the child while he does an…

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12-year-old candy entrepreneur makes it big with healthy lollipops

By: Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune Haave you ever wondered what the prequel to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” would look like? It may resemble the career trajectory of Alina Morse — the 12-year-old founder/inventor of Zollipops (aka the “clean teeth lollipops”). Zollipops are natural lollipops that contain erythritol, xylitol and stevia (sugar alternatives), which neutralize acid in the mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities. The sixth-grader had the idea for healthier suckers when she was still in the single digits, according to her father and manager Tom Morse. A simple visit to the bank and a teller offering her a lollipop with sugar led her to ask her father: “Why can’t we have candy that’s…

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Kids’ vitamin gummies—unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative

By: Ken Harvey, Eliza Li, Rosemary Stanton, and Stuart Dashper, The Conversation, www.medicalxpress.com There are many brands of kids’ “gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavored and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. The “active” ingredients are usually listed as vitamins, minerals and sometimes omega-3 fats and vegetable powders. They may say “contains sugars” or they may not. Rarely, some list an amount of sugar and other ingredients such as food acids like citric acid, lactic acid and ascorbic acid. In our opinion, these products are unhealthy and exploitative. Their high sugar content may appeal to young children, but they’re not a good introduction to a healthy diet….

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Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes daily can prevent cavities and tooth decay

By: Anonna Dutt, www.hindustantimes.com Want to prevent cavities and tooth decay? Chew gum for 20 minutes every day. Make sure it’s sugar-free though. A 25-country study published in the American Journal of Dentistry shows that increasing the consumption of sugar-free gum by just one-piece a day as part of the oral hygiene routine can reduce the global expenditure on treating tooth decays by $4.1 billion a year. “The study represents a solid and substantial approach to the accurate calculation of cost savings in industrial countries that would arise from increasing sugar-free gum consumption,” said professor Reinhard Rychlik, the study’s lead author. “Chewing sugar-free gum as a preventive measure for tooth decay has the potential to deliver significant dental care cost…