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Snack on Carrots First



Next time you are looking for a healthy snack, consider having a carrot.  I personally prefer organic carrots but any carrot choice will do.  I’m sure you remember being told as a child “eat your carrots because they’re good for your eyes”. Well jack, that’s a fact and not a myth.  Mom was right.  Carrots contain Vitamin A which is a nutrient needed for good vision and the benefit of carrots doesn’t stop there.

Benefits of Carrots

Carrots provide a number of essential vitamins to provide overall good health.  In addition to Vitamin A, carrots provide vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E , K,  fiber, manganese and potassium. They also provide you with some powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients,   One of the powerful antioxidants supplied, which gives carrots their color, is beta- carotene.  Beta-carotene in itself has some amazing benefits. It stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen (which is considered to keep you looking young).  Several studies have shown that beta-carotene can protect the body from cancers and heart disease. The studies have also shown it can lower your cholesterol and reduce your chances of having a heart attack.

Carrots and Your Teeth

Eating raw carrots should be incorporated into your daily routine.  Raw carrots, when being eaten, are abrasive.  This abrasive vegetable stimulates your gums and eliminates sticky plaque from your teeth.   While chewing a carrot, your mouth produces lots of saliva.  The production of saliva benefits your teeth and gums in multiple ways.  Saliva washes away food and debris from your teeth and gums. It also plays a huge role in regulating the bacterial growth within your mouth.  It is acidic which aids in the prevention of plaque as well as calcium rich which aids in the process of strengthening your teeth.

So, with that being said, the next time you wander off the to refrigerator to search for something to snack on, grab the carrots first.  This healthy choice could be your first step to a healthy happier you.




Are Bad Teeth Hereditary?

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Do you remember when you were in high school and the popular kids seemed to have those award winning perfect smiles?  I’m sure you were secretly envying them from afar and wondering what great evil you bestowed on yourself to be given such crooked, cavity over run teeth?   I know it seemed like every time you went to the dentist, cavities needed to be filled.  Then finally your told braces are needed.  Your thinking “just great”!  “Metal needs to be put in my mouth to corral my teeth from escaping”?

The big question is, are bad teeth hereditary?  The truth is, only part of the blame can be put on your mom and dad. Perfect teeth are not just products of genetics but do play a part in the grand design.

There are many conditions directly related to genetics that can affect your teeth. For example:

  • Hypodontia- the absence of teeth
  • Oligodontia- missing more than 6 teeth
  • Anadontia- complete lack of teeth
  • Position of teeth- Misaligned teeth
  • Surface crevices- grooves that allow for the growth of bacteria
  • Saliva- natural ability to fight off cavities

As for the genetic components listed, the absence of teeth is rare.  More commonly seen are position of teeth issues, surface crevices or saliva.  The good news is these conditions can be effectively treated with modern dental treatments.

So how do you maintain a healthy beautiful smile?

  • Start children going to the dentist at age 2
  • Opt for Sealants on kids teeth
  • Use enough but not too much fluoride
  • Brush Twice a day
  • Floss Daily
  • Rinse or chew gum after meals
  • Mouth Guards for sports
  • Don’t Smoke
  • Eat Healthy
  • Avoid foods high in sugar
  •  See your dentist regularly