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Vitamin A helps maintain healthy teeth

By Madeleine Burry, www.prevention.com Ever wonder how you can make your way around your home in the middle of the night without crashing into a wall? Thank good ol’ vitamin A. The fat-soluble nutrient helps maintain night vision, among a trillion other things. “Vitamin A does a lot in the body,” says Lisa Samuels, RD, founder of The Happie House. It aids immune function and helps maintain healthy vision, teeth, bones, skin, and nails, Samuels says. Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays a critical role in the maintenance of various vital organs including the heart, lungs, and kidneys, according to the National Institutes of Health. Though vitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States, ensuring you include…

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Five healthy food swaps

By: www.independent.ie Making simple swaps in the foods that we eat can make all the difference to our diet and motivation. When we see one easy change work, it can spark a chain reaction in our confidence and reap huge health benefits. The key to success, according to national dietetic advisor for the HSE Margaret O’Neill, is to tackle change in bite-size chunks. “Pick one change at a time,” she says. “Start with one thing and try to stick with it – we know that behaviours can take a while to change: it can take two to three weeks to bed in. “Some people will be able to cut down from five biscuits a day to one; for others, it’s…

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Oral health: These 6 foods can whiten your teeth naturally

By: Nupur Jha, www.ibtimes.co.in Yellow teeth are a major turn off; it’s something everyone wants to avoid. Various reasons cause yellow teeth, which can range from unhygienic oral health maintenance to excess consumption of food or beverages that leave your teeth pigmented. Not taking proper care of the teeth can cause teeth caries leading to tartar, cavities, etc. Using too much of chemicals on the teeth might cause damage. Hence, adapting natural ways to combat the yellowness and resurrecting the whiteness is the best thing to do. Here are some foods which you can include in your diet to maintain the whiteness and shine along with a beautiful, healthy smile: Nuts Nuts comprise of proteins, which aid in teeth whitening….

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7 ways to whiten teeth naturally

By: Lambeth Hochwald, www.mnn.com If your teeth have been looking less than pearly white lately, and you don’t want to use commercial whitening products to perk them up, read on. Turns out, there are seven smart ways to whiten teeth that don’t require the use of tooth-whitening strips or abrasive products. 1. Harness the power of fruits and veggies Strawberries and apples contain malic acid, which acts as a whitener, says Kourosh Maddahi, a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, California. In general, most crunchy fruits and veggies have enough abrasiveness to clean tooth surfaces without posing any harm to the enamel. “In addition, the high fiber in fruit acts like a gentle scrub, too,” Maddahi says. “They also increase saliva…

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Xylitol: A Sweetener That’s Good For Your Teeth

By: By Robert Iafelice, www.lifeextension.com A sugar substitute with beneficial health properties that is growing in popularity is xylitol. While xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables, it is also naturally produced in our bodies during normal carbohydrate metabolism. An average-size adult makes up to 15 grams of xylitol daily. Xylitol is classified as a sugar alcohol (like sorbitol, mannitol, erythritol, etc) because its chemical structure partially resembles sugar and partially resembles alcohol It is actually a carbohydrate that looks and tastes remarkably like table sugar with 40% fewer calories and practically no aftertaste It is used as a sweetener in chewing gums, mints, beverages, sweets, toothpaste and in tabletop granular form. It has been approved for…

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6 Benefits of Cranberries to Health: Teeth Protection, Cancer Buster and More

By: www.foodworldnews.com At only 46 calories with 12 grams of carb and 2 grams of sugar a cup, the phytonutrient-rich cranberries have so much to offer to human health and well-being. To make the most of this wonder berry, consumption of fresh cranberries is best. Anti-Inflammatary As an anti-inflammatory agent, cranberries may help in easing rheumatoid arthritis and problems in the digestive and cardiovascular systems. It also protects the vessel walls. Anti-UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) Cranberries are a well-known remedy for UTI. Because of their rich content of the antioxidant proanthocyanidins, cranberries prevent UTI-causing bacteria from lodging into the urinary tract walls. Anti-Ulcer Stomach-ulcer causing Helicobacter pylori may be prevented from lodging into the stomach lining by consumption of cranberries…

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Kid-Friendly Oral Health: To Eat or Not to Eat

  By: Frankie Rendon, huffingtonpost.com Within recent years, dentists have reported an alarming influx of children — sometimes even as young as 18 months — suffering from tooth decay or gum infection. Often, these conditions require invasive surgery, resulting in the loss of numerous baby teeth. The statistics are nothing to smile about. In 2014, Australia’s Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne indicated that, of the 1,000 minors who underwent general anesthetics for tooth removal, 178 were aged three or younger. In light of this startling fact, parents have begun wondering — what is the main culprit of early childhood dental issues, and how can they be avoided? Typically, the answer lies in today’s pervasive high sugar diet. Kid-proven favorites like…