Archive for 'Nutrition' Category

Stay Cool, but Protect Your Teeth

Dental Health Tips, Nutrition

When the summer sun is beating down, what can you do to stay cool? If you're tempted to grab an ice cold soda or a tall glass of lemonade, you might want to think twice. The combination of acid and sugar in these drinks can harm your teeth. Water is more...

School Lunches: Squeeze Out the Juice

Dental Health Tips, Nutrition, tooth decay

Sending the kids back to school means it’s time to start packing those lunch boxes! And when you do, keep in mind that what your children drink can affect their oral health just as much as what they eat. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that sugar is the most important more...

Just Say No to Fruit Juice Before Age 1

Nutrition, Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay

When the labels claim “100% juice,” “no added sugar” and “all natural,” it's tempting to think that juice is a good nutritional choice for children. That's why parents buy gallons of it every year, daycares stock juice boxes adorned with beloved cartoon characters, and school cafeterias serve juice to help more...

A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: Cut Out the Sugar

Dental Health Tips, Nutrition, tooth decay

Just days ago, countless people resolved to make positive changes in the New Year — for example, eating a better diet or improving their overall health. And while it hasn't been long since we flipped our calendars, many of us are already struggling to keep those promises. Some resolutions can more...

Voting for Better Health

Nutrition, Oral Health

With the presidential race of 2016 grabbing all the headlines, you may have missed some heartening news: Four U.S. cities and one county voted to place new taxes on sugary beverages. It's not often that people support new taxes, but the so-called “soda taxes” are strongly advocated by the World more...

Philadelphia Becomes First Big City to Enact a Soda Tax

Nutrition, tooth decay

Proposing a soda tax can be a political hot potato. Several bills were floated in New York, but none ever got off the ground. Legislation in the California State Assembly was pulled before it came to a vote. Some forty times previously, state and city governments rejected a proposed tax more...

New Nutrition Labels Make Added Sugar Easier to Find


By now, almost everyone knows that there's a whole lot of sugar in soda (not to mention those so-called "sports" and "energy" drinks). Sugar is also a major ingredient in many desserts, breakfast cereals, jellies and fruit preserves. But did you know that there's also an enormous amount of added more...

Preventing Tooth Decay: Is Your Diet Helping or Hurting Your Efforts?

Nutrition, tooth decay

The foundation for tooth decay prevention is daily brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings and checkups as often as your dentist recommends. But what you eat is also important — your diet could be hurting your hygiene efforts. So, how do your favorite foods fare in the war against more...

Sodas Are ‘De-Listed’ on Kids’ Fast-Food Menus

Nutrition, Pediatric Dentistry

Want to order a kiddie meal from one of the popular fast-food restaurants? You’ll see several main-dish choices, like a hamburger, cheeseburger, or chicken nuggets, plus a side dish and beverage. But there’s one thing you won’t see listed on the menu any more: fountain drinks, like soda. Bowing to more...

Sugar Has 56 Different Names

Fun Dental Facts, Nutrition, Oral Health

What do corn syrup, evaporated cane juice and agave nectar have in common? They are all names — aliases if you will — for sugar added to foods we eat every day. These include many foods you wouldn’t think of as being sugary: tomato sauce, bread and yogurt, for example. more...