National Dental Assistants Recognitions
Dental Assistants Recognition Week: March 2-8
National Nutrition Month 2008
The mouth is a mirror
of overall nutritional health!
Get a Taste for Nutrition
As a way of celebrating National
Nutrition Month you can receive a FREE dietary analysis to
help you fight tooth decay
Our goal is to help you keep your teeth
for a life time!
If you have a lot of cavities now or if you
have a history of cavities in the past, we need to restore the
decayed teeth. But more importantly, we need to find out why
you are having the cavities and how we can work
together in finding pro-active solutions that would lessen or
stop the cavities in the future. To achieve this, we recommend
that you keep a “diet diary” for seven days. Here is how
you do it:
Keep a small spiral bound note book and a
pen with you at all times for 7 consecutive days.
- What you eat or drink
- Amount of what you eat or drink (e.g.
12 oz. etc.)
- Most importantly the length of time
it took to consume it.
- How many times a day and the length of
time you brush, floss, and/or rinse and what
products you use.
The rule is, if anything enters your mouth,
it gets recorded - even vitamins, breath mints, chewing gum
|Bring this diet diary to the office or
mail it too: 1415 Sage Street, Gering, Nebraska 69341
|E-mail it too: [email protected]
|Fax it too: 308-436-3451|
|Be sure to put your name and
contact information on it. |
I will analyze it, high light areas that are
contributing to cavities and make suggestions to help you
improve your dental health.
Here is a suggested dental
diet diary for your use.
After all, if you keep on doing what you
have been doing, you will keep on getting what you have been
This service is FREE.
Nutrition Fact Sheet from AGD
What Does Your Mouth Say
About Your Overall Health?
in a fast-paced society where fast food
seems to dominate the food chain can mean a
great deal for oral health – and poor
food choices can even have a negative effect
on teeth. In fact, in order for the
body’s tissues to resist infection and for
teeth to remain healthy, minerals and
nutrients are essential in a person’s diet.
The presence of too much or too little of
any nutrient can have harmful effects,
particularly on the mouth and teeth, and may
contribute to oral diseases and infection,
according to an article in the March 2007
issue of AGD Impact, the
newsmagazine of the Academy of General
nutrition affects the entire immune system,
increasing susceptibility to many common
disorders. People with lowered immune
systems have been shown to be at higher
risk for periodontal disease.
Additionally, research shows a link
between oral health and systemic
conditions, such as diabetes and
in vitamins can cause poor tissue
connectivity which can allow for tissue
breakdown and subsequent invasion by
the additional factor of poor oral health
care, the situation can be exacerbated and
exhibit as a more severe case of periodontal
disease since nutritional deficiencies can
compromise the immune system.”
Patients can improve their oral health and
reduce the risk of periodontal disease by
eating a balanced diet based on the
well-known food guide pyramid, which
recommends eating a variety of foods from
the five food groups-grain, fruit,
vegetables, milk and meat.A diet rich in
dark, leafy green vegetables and fresh
fruits helps the body to have adequate C and
B vitamins, and limited amounts of sunshine
help the body to produce Vitamin D, which is
necessary for the absorption of calcium,
which helps to build strong bones and teeth.
Eating a variety of foods as part of a
well-balanced diet may not only improve
dental health, but increasing fiber and
vitamin intake may reduce the risk of other
foods may be bad for your mouth?
Carbohydrates: Chips, bread,
pasta, or crackers can be as harmful to the
teeth as candy. |
Sticky, chewy foods: Raisins,
granola bars, jelly beans, caramel, honey
and syrup stick to teeth and make it
difficult to wash the sugar away.
Sugary snacks: Cookies, cakes
or other desserts contain a high amount of
sugar, which can cause tooth decay.
Gum and candy: When chewing
gum and eating candy, the sugar coats teeth,
which can lead to cavities. |
Carbonated soft drinks:
Regular and diet sodas contain phosphorous
and carbonation, which wears away the enamel
on teeth. |
Fruit or vegetable juices:
These beverages tend to be high in sugar,
which can damage tooth enamel and lead to
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You, and Your
Mouth, are What You Eat
Your mouth can say a lot
about what you're eating, and your
dentist may be the first person to spot
potential nutritional imbalances.
result when there is an imbalance
between what the body needs and what it
is getting. And those
imbalances are particularly reflected in
the oral cavity, where soft tissue
renews very quickly – often in as little
as three to seven days. The
sensitivity of oral tissue can be
particularly telling regarding
deficiencies in folic acid, zinc and
iron, which can show up as gum disease.
Other conditions, such as diabetes and
infection can also show symptoms in the
As such, your dentist may
be the first member of your health care
team to notice potential nutritional
problems. It is important that patients
keep all members of their health care
team well informed on their medical
histories, lifestyle and eating habits,
so they can work together to identify
any risks.Nutritional deficiencies
limit the body's ability to fight
disease, and in many cases the mouth is
the first line of defense.
Healthy gum tissue and saliva are
crucial in fending off invading
Patients can improve
their oral health and reduce the risk of
periodontal (gum) disease by eating a
balanced diet based on the well-known
Food Pyramid, which recommends eating a
variety of foods from the five major
food groups – grains, fruits,
vegetables, milk and meats. Vitamin and
mineral supplements also can help
preserve periodontal health and boost
overall health and well-being. Milk,
which contains high levels of calcium,
is particularly important for oral
health and strong teeth and bones.AGD 08
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18 Winning Ways to Get Kids off the
Junk Food Track-Free
adults should be screened for obesity
and obese patients should receive intensive counseling and behavioral
interventions to help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight says U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force. Americans should be screened for obesity
using the body mass index (BMI). People BMI between 25 and 29.9 are
considered overweight; people with BMI of more than 30 are considered
obese. The report says that men with a waist circumference greater
than 40 inches and women with a waist circumference great than 35
increases are at increased risk for heart
Annals of Internal Medicine 1/03 Academy
of General Dentistry AGD Impact pg 7 2/03
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What We Eat and What We Say We Eat
to 1970 Americans are now eating:
20% less beef, nearly twice as much
chicken and turkey.
50% more grain products. Less
than 2% of what flour is whole wheat
25% more fruits and vegetables,
potatoes account for 30% of our vegetable servings, mostly as fries or
chips. Iceberg lettuce is the number 2 veggie
75% more cheese, but 22% less
milk. Mozzarella is 36% of our cheese consumption.
We drink more nonfat or reduced fat milk than whole
75% more vegetable oil, 25% more shortening,
25% less margarine.
30% more added sugars, we consume 34
teaspoons of added sugar a day (500). Intake of non diet sodas
has increased 65%.
Americans are eating more of almost everything
which adds on 300-500 more calories/day than 30 years ago.
80% of all people underestimate food intake
called the eye-mouth gap. On the average we underestimate our
daily diet by 800 calories. We overestimate our fruit and diary intake
and underestimate our sweets, refined grains, oils and other fats.
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You, and Your Mouth, are What You Eat
Your mouth can say a lot about what you're eating and your dentist can
be the first person to spot potential nutritional imbalances!
Nutritional deficiencies result when there is an imbalance between what
the body needs and what it is getting. These imbalances are
reflected in the mouth where soft tissue renews as quickly as 3-7
days. Deficiencies in folic acid, zinc and iron show up in gum
disease. Nutritional deficiencies limit the body's ability to
fight disease, in many cases the mouth is the first line of
defense.. Healthy gum tissue and saliva are crucial in fending
off invading pathogens.
Vital to Good Oral Health:
Needed for Oral Health:
||Improved wound healing
tissue pockets around teeth
|| Health gums -essential for smokers and
patients with diabetes
||Loss of gum tissue, gum bleeding, tooth mobility
||Strong teeth and jaw bones
||Bone resorption in the jaws, tooth loss
||Protects against oral leukoplakia
||Prolongs wound healing
|Vitamin B 2
Decreases redness and bleeding gums
Dryness/sores in the corner of lips, inflamed tongue-red,
painful and smooth
||Promotes good oral health
AGD, Dentalnotes pg 3 Spring
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mouth equals a healthy body.
The link between periodontal disease,
cardiovascular disease and other health conditions is being studied.
The mouth is the pathway to the body as shown by the link between heart
disease and gum disease. The theory is that the bacteria present in
infected gums can come loose and travel throughout the body. Thus
periodontal disease becomes a risk factor for
cardiovascular disease along with smoking, high cholesterol and
Almost one-half of
Americans don't visit their dentist regularly. This can result in
poor oral health and disease. Neglecting your oral health can affect
your overall health.
visits to your dentist along with at home oral health regimen that
includes brushing twice
a day , flossing, limiting intake of foods that
cause decay and using a mouth rinse that destroy
*Dentalnotes Spring 2001
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Snack Today For a Healthy Tomorrow.
Did you now that 75% of people
snack at least once a day? Snacking can be a nutritious
addition or launch into chaos depending on what you choose and how much
you eat. Snacks can help keep your body fueled so you can feel
energized and perform at your peak.
The best snacking plan starts with:
Good food choices to fuel your body.
Complex carbohydrates that are low in sugar and
high in energy.
Calcium rich snacks like cheese or yogurt to help
build strong teeth and bones.
When you do snack, try to eat the snack at one time
rather than nibbling on it over a long period.
Don't forget to brushing right after eating or
rinsing your mouth.
Many foods in the Food Guide
Pyramid contain nutrients that help maintain a healthy smile.
So snack wisely for health.
..... a fun way to test your nutritional knowledge on
Test Your Food Label Knowledge!
Here is a link on: Guidance on How to
and Use the Nutrition Facts Panel on Food
Here is a link for free E-mail nutrition
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March 26, 2008