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Pack a lunch that’s good for their teeth

Image result for lunch boxDo you pack a lunch for your child? If so, there are some steps you can follow to pack a lunch that’s teeth-friendly.

  • Use wholegrain instead of white bread to cut down on sugar.
  • Include crunchy snacks, like celery or carrots, that act like a toothbrush.
  • Add some dairy. The protein in calcium from cheese or natural yogurt strengthens enamel.
  • Pack a water bottle. Many kids prefer sugary drinks, which you know are not good for teeth. Water washes away excess acids after they finish lunch.

And we know everyone is busy, making it difficult some mornings to pack a lunch. We’re big fans of packing small portions on a Sunday afternoon to make weekday mornings a little less hectic.

Is mouthwash really innovative?

It’s not on the top of our list when we think about cutting innovations!  But a company based out of Tallahassee is thinking innovation when it comes to mouthwash by promoting a 2-ounce bottle that’s good for 30 uses.

They took out the extras and left the absolute minimum in a concentrated form so a couple drops in water is enough. Unlike a travel size, this small bottle of Fly Mouthwash will last longer.

If you do try it, let us know what you think! They are doing well with reviews on Amazon.

A new tooth instead of a filling?

No one likes to get cavities taken care of, including us! How about regenerating a new tooth instead of dealing with that cavity ?

Researchers recently discovered certain drugs, including one developed to treat Alzheimer’s, stimulate innate self-repair mechanismsIt’s possible that one day our teeth could be “taught” to regrow themselves.

There is still work to be done, but the advances we see in science amaze us. If you’re interested in reading more about the study, view the story on ScientificAmerican.com

Omega-3s reduce signs of periodontal disease

Omega-3s, one of the ‘good’ fats,  have several health benefits.

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There’s research indicating they may help lower the risk of depression, dementia, and arthritis.  But did you know they are also beneficial to your teeth?

Since omega-3s reduce chronic inflammation, found in joint pain, it makes sense that it could also reduce inflammation associated with periodontal disease.  Some studies show that omega-3s can even reduce the signs of periodontal disease whether through diet or supplements.

Before taking any supplements, it’s good to check with your primary doctor or pharmacist to ensure there is not an interaction with any current medications.