Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

6 Back-to-school Tips for Kids’ Oral Health

Friday, August 29th, 2014

 

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School is right around the corner. And that means preparing your youngster for class, buying new books and making sure he or she looks presentable - that includes oral hygiene. No one wants to show up on the first day with bad breath, so check out these simple back-to-school tips. 

1. Swap toothbrushes
The start of school is a great time to for your child to ditch his or her old, summer-scuffed toothbrush for a new one. Dentists recommend getting a new toothbrush every two to three months. Otherwise, bad bacteria and food particles can cause microbes to grow on bristles and handles. If your kid has an electric toothbrush, swap heads – and make sure they clean the handle, too.

2. Instill brushing and flossing into their routine
In the morning routine, your kids can start the day off right by brushing and flossing their teeth. Scrubbing your chompers will get rid of morning breath while flossing can detach food debris from those hard-to-reach places. Everyone’s supposed to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. If 120 seconds feels like an eternity to your little one, tell them to hum their favorite song while brushing – whether it’s Beyonce, Justin Timberlake or Sam Smith, it’ll likely get them to clean a little bit longer.

Don’t forget a nighttime scrub! Dental experts say brushing habits that children develop between the ages of 4 to 14 affect the way they’ll brush for the rest of their lives.

3. Invest in mouthwash
Say goodbye to bad breath with alcohol-free mouthwash. Ingredients in mouthwash bind to the surface of germs and cause them to burst, which helps reduce buildup on teeth and gums. Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol, as it actually dries out the mouth, which can lead to stinky breath.

4. Eat a balanced breakfast
We hear that phrase a lot in cereal commercials – “a balanced breakfast.” Yet most people skip the fruits and head straight for the box of sugary cereal. A healthy morning meal contains a mix of complex carbohydrates and protein to fuel your child until lunch. You can pair more nutritious whole-grain breakfast cereals or whole-wheat toast with a protein source such as milk, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter or cheese. Add an apple, orange or banana to the mix and your child will have a truly balanced meal.
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Spotlight on: College Students’ Eating and Dental Hygiene Habits

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cheese quesadilla“I have six tests this week so I’ve combined all my meals into a massive one around lunchtime called ‘Linnerfast.’”

“Instead of brushing I take my gum with my finger and rub it across my teeth.” “YOLO.”

If you’ve found yourself saying any of these things lately, it might be time to adjust your eating health habits. In college, we tend to shift our attention toward book work and red cups, leaving our eating schedule out to dry. Yet to ace those finals (or come close) and stay up till dawn partying with a toga and laurels, you have to maintain long-lasting energy. Junk food is actually counterproductive. It gives you short-term energy from simple carbohydrates that leave you feeling sluggish and hungry. Notice the marinara sauce congealed on your chin come dawn – those late-night pizza deliveries are a great way to tack on the freshman fifteen in no time. In fact, one might say, the freshman fifteen is for underachievers. Why not go thirty? Wrong, Sir. Sugary foods don’t make the grade.

Since oral health and overall wellbeing are like the overlapping center of a Venn diagram, it’s important to look at how eating habits affect both our mouth and body. You don’t have to be perfect, but take a mental note about what you’re ingesting. This stuff directly affects you and your ability to perform. Indeed, it can be tricky with a floor full of friends and a limiting meal plan, but it can be done.

Here’s a cheat sheet of healthy alternatives to replace your rigid microwaveable mac ‘n’ cheese and cereal diet:

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Missing Breakfast Helps Cause Bad Breath

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

As you’ve been told from childhood, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In today’s busy world, it’s all too common for people to get up and run out the door to the office or school without having time to grab something to eat. But eating breakfast is very important. Your body hasn’t eaten in many hours (depending on how long you sleep) and your metabolism needs to get kicked back into gear with a meal to carry you throughout your day.

But did you know that skipping breakfast can also lead to bad breath? Chewing while eating your breakfast helps to stimulate your salivary glands, thus creating saliva to keep bad breath away and to help digest the food you are eating.

Most people wake up with morning breath. This is because while we sleep, our brain tells our salivary glands that we are sleeping and decreases saliva production. Learn more about morning breath and how to treat it here: http://www.therabreath.com/art_morningbreath.asp. (more…)

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