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What We Used to Eat in the Caveman Days

March 30, 2017

Our ancestors may have thought they had their diets all figured out, but did they? They’re thought of as only primitive people who ate the foods available to work, reproduce, and survive. But is this true? While the environment seems to have been the main dictator of their diet, it was still a diet nonetheless. Did they eat better than we did? And did this better eating serve their teeth well? And if they did eat better, why was their life expectancy low (only 18 to 25 years)? Here we’ll unveil the truth about what we used to eat in the caveman days and how it affected our health.

Since the environment dictated cavemen’s diets, cavemen up north ate mainly animals due to the cold, and because of the warmth, those around the equator ate plants and animals. Here we’ll focus on the equatorial cavemen. These are some of the things they ate.
Fruits & Vegetables
Cavemen dieted on a variety of fruits and vegetables. As we mentioned before, which fruits and vegetables these were depended on the area. Those that they came across most frequently were carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, berries, apples, oranges, and the like. They ate fruits that had skin because skin meant more nutrients and fiber. These fruits had less sugar than today’s fruits.
Meats
Cavemen ate fish and lean meats. They ate the eyes, tongue, bone marrow, and organs. These days, people will not eat most of these parts of an animal, although those parts contain enough fat to satisfy a healthy diet. Other fatty foods that were part of the regular diet for these people include eggs nd non-vegetable oils such as macadamia, olive, and coconut oil.

Healthy Eating Ideas

 

If you are one of those to have jumped back on the health wagon, here are 5 super foods you should be eating!

1. Pomegranates – Its juice has more antioxidants than any other fruit. Just a cup a day might help keep free radicals from oxidizing “bad” LDL cholesterol, keeping your heart healthy and happy.

2. Dark, Leafy Greens – Dark leafy greens, such as kale, chard and collards are rich in vitamins A, C and K. Collards, mustard greens and escarole are also excellent sources of folate, important for women of childbearing age.

3. Citrus – Citrus fruits, including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit, are at their juiciest in the wintertime and can add sunshine to the dreary winter. Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C and one medium orange delivers more than 100 percent of your daily dose. Similar to the pomegranate the citrus contains hesperidin, a flavonoid that boosts good heart health.

4. Potatoes – This one may come as a surprise since potatoes are often thrown in with other starches like white rice, or white bread. Potatoes, however, contain several beneficial nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamins C and B6 – 2 essential immunity boosters. They are also a good source of folate and fiber.

5. Winter Squash – There are many varieties of winter squash—including butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash—and they are all excellent choices! One cup of cooked winter squash has as few as 80 calories, and are high in vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of vitamins B6, K, potassium and folate.

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/5_of_the_healthiest_winter_foods

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

The trip down the toothpaste aisle isn’t as simple as it used to be yeas ago. There used to be just a handful of choices – gel or paste – peppermint or spearmint. Nowadays, the same aisle is filled with a confusing lineup of different formulas. It can be a daunting task to find the right type of toothpaste for your particular needs or the needs of your family.

Toothpaste companies are showcasing their new formulas – some helpful for minor dental issues, while others only leave us with empty promises. Below we have put together a helpful guide to help make your next trip down the toothpaste aisle a little easier.
Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride is the primary ingredient that most all oral health professionals agree is great for helping maintain a healthy, beautiful smile – at any age. Fluoride helps in removing plaque; the main cause of gum disease and tooth decay. You will also find that fluoride is great for strengthening tooth enamel. Most all ADA-Accepted toothpastes contain fluoride. (A list of all ADA-Accredits toothpastes can be found here )
Enamel-building Toothpastes
Bacteria, as well as certain foods and beverages, contain acid – a huge enemy to our teeth’s enamel. There are toothpastes on the market that claim to protect against acid erosion by “building” enamel. The bad news is – no toothpaste can rebuild lost enamel. The good news – you can protect your teeth from the acid that eats away at the enamel.

If you are already using a toothpaste that contains fluoride, you are more than likely preventing enamel loss. It’s also important to reduce the amount of acidic food and beverages you consume – stay away from too many [...]

A Super Summer Salad for Healthy Teeth

A Super Summer Salad for Healthy Teeth

07/22/2016

Dental Tips

Salads are a fantastic go-to meal when you’re trying to eat more vegetables. And they’re especially nice as a light meal on a warm summer day. Wondering what to put in your salad? Here are 3 perfect ingredients that make for a tasty salad and healthy teeth!

Leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals such as calcium and folic acid, which are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Almonds and cheese are also high in calcium and contain phosphorus, both of which are building blocks for your teeth’s enamel.
Apples keep teeth healthy in a few different ways. Their crunchy texture makes them a natural abrasive that gently scrubs the surface of teeth. Plus, along with raisins, they’re full of antioxidants that fight inflammation and gum disease

Five Simple Steps to Keep Teeth Healthy this Summer

Many common summertime treats, such as soda pop, cotton candy and other high-sugar snacks can lead to tooth decay if consumed in excess. According to Dr. Rhea M. Haugseth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a significant 50 percent of children aged 2 to 5 already have tooth decay. Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth by providing him or her with yummy, yet nutritious foods this summer. These tips will show you how.
1. LIMIT SWEET BEVERAGES
There’s no denying the importance of staying well-hydrated when the weather is hot. However, chilled beverages do not have to be limited to juice, soda, sports drinks and lemonade, which all have high concentrations of sugar that can lead to enamel erosion and tooth decay. Provide your child with plenty of water to quench his or her thirst. Add instant flavor to plain water by infusing it with chunks of fresh fruit.
2. PACK HEALTHY SNACKS WHILE TRAVELING
Many families vacation during the summer, which can make it difficult to gain access to healthy foods. Fortunately, there are many nutritious snack options that are portable and require minimal preparation. Bring along small bags of sliced apples, baby carrots, trail mix, celery sticks or string cheese. Freeze bottles of water to ensure that you have plenty of cold beverages during your trip.
3. LOOK FOR LOW-SUGAR SUBSTITUTES
Many of your child’s favorite summer snacks can be found in low-sugar varieties. Low-sugar popsicles, juice, funnel cakes, ice cream and other delicious treats carry a fraction of the sugar found in the originals, generally with the same great taste.
4. TAKE PRECAUTIONS DURING ACTIVITIES
From swimming and diving to contact sports like soccer, softball, and basketball, the risk of [...]

Why Are They Called “Wisdom” Teeth?

Posted in Fun Dental Facts, Wisdom Teeth

Third molars have been referred to as “teeth of wisdom” since the Seventeenth Century and simply “wisdom teeth” since the Nineteenth Century. The third molars generally appear much later than other teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25 when a person reaches adulthood. It is generally thought among linguists that they are called wisdom teeth because they appear so late, at an age when a person matures into adulthood and is “wiser” than when other teeth have erupted.

Lately, science has added some credence to the idea that the third molar does indeed erupt when a person is “wiser”. Recent research has shown the brain continues to grow and develop right on through adolescence: in fact, most researchers believe the brain does not reach full maturity until the age of 25. Perhaps, then, our ancestors weren’t so far off the mark — that the eruption of “wisdom teeth” is a sign that the carefree days of childhood have given way to the responsibilities of adulthood.

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

Why is Oral Hygiene so Important During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a very exciting and busy time. There are so many changes going on in your body and your mouth is no exception. Good oral hygiene is extremely important during pregnancy because the increase of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause dental problems to be intensified.

One of the most common dental problems associated with pregnancy is a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, which usually occurs during the first trimester.

Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis are usually bleeding, swollen, red and tender gums.

Good oral health during pregnancy could also be important to your fetus. Some researchers have suggested that the serious stage of gum disease, periodontitis, could cause premature birth and low birth weight.

The tips listed here can help you maintain good oral health throughout your pregnancy
•Visit your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings. This is the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
•Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day to remove plaque.
•Floss your teeth daily. Flossing will remove food debris from in between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
•Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse. Antimicrobial mouth rinses can help prevent gingivitis.
•Brush or scrape your tongue daily to help remove bacteria.
•Eat nutritious meals and healthy snacks.
Now that you know what to do to protect your oral health, sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful time in your life. Don’t Forget About the Dentist
Pregnancy is a very exciting and busy time. There are so many changes going on in your body and your mouth is no exception.

Interesting dental facts

60% of people don’t know that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack – especially in women.

32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.

38.5 = the total days an average American spends brushing their teeth over a lifetime.

73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.

Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

The average woman smiles about 62 times a day! A man? Only 8!

Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Grown-ups laugh about 15 times.

Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker-faced peers.

Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children ages 5-17 with 59% affected.

More than 51 million hours of school are lost each year by children due to dental related illness.

 

Mouth-Healthy Foods and Drinks

The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

Poor food choices include candy — such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints — cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. These foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay.

The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks — day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.