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Question of the Week

November 3, 2003

Hello!
When you think about eating for good health, do you think about your dental health, as well?

"CHICAGO, February 2003 -- Children's health and welfare should be primary discussion points when decisions are made regarding exclusive vendor contracts (sometimes referred to as 'pouring rights') in schools, the American Dental Association (ADA) believes. 'Specific brand endorsements and marketing strategies, often found in exclusive soft drink contracts, may influence children's sugary beverage consumption patterns and increase the risk for decay,' the ADA says....The dentists' group opposes targeting children in promoting and advertising foods and beverages low in nutritional value and high in tooth decay-enhancing carbohydrates. Contracts that influence consumption patterns and promote increased access to soft drinks for children 'inevitably include the promotion of sugar-containing products,' the ADA observes."
http://www.ada.org/public/media/releases/0202_release02.asp

When you think about a healthy diet, do you take into consideration what you are drinking?

"BERLIN (Reuters Health) - If you rush to brush your teeth right after drinking soda, think again. Doing so may actually do more harm than good, and it's better to wait 30 or 60 minutes before brushing, according to new research. Because carbonated drinks are highly acidic and have the potential to damage a tooth's enamel, dentists at Goettingen University, Germany, conducted a study to determine the best time to brush after drinking such beverages. They found that later -- rather than immediate -- brushing is between three and five times more effective at protecting enamel from the erosive effects of carbonated drinks."
http://www.ucsfhealth.org/childrens/health_library/reuters/2003/07/20030707elin021.html

What else can you do to have healthy teeth? How do you know if your mouth is healthy?

"Have you been programmed to crave cereals and snacks packed with sugar, sweet carbonated soft drinks, and other junk foods? Advertisers may have also convinced you that you need to buy gum, breath mints, and mouth sprays to have nice breath. But fresh breath doesn't necessarily give you a healthy mouth and teeth. So how exactly should you take care of your teeth?...According to dentists, the most important part of tooth care happens at home. Brushing and flossing properly, along with regular dental check-ups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease."
http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/teeth.html

You know what you eat. You know how often you brush and floss. What else can you do?

"Eating sugar, as you probably already know, is a major cause of tooth decay. When and how often you eat sugar may be more important than how much you eat. When you eat sugary foods or drink sodas frequently throughout the day, the enamel that protects your teeth is constantly exposed to acids. Hard candies, cough drops, and breath mints are especially harmful because they dissolve slowly in your mouth."
http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/teeth.html

Questions of the Week:
When you think about eating for good health, do you think about your dental health, as well? When you think about a healthy diet, do you take into consideration what you are drinking? What else can you do to have healthy teeth? How do you know if your mouth is healthy? You know what you eat. You know how often you brush and floss. What are some simple changes you can make to get or keep your mouth healthy? What else can you do? What else should you do?

Please email me with any ideas or suggestions.
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I look forward to reading what you have to say.

Cindy
aehealth@yahoo.com
Health Community Coordinator
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum
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