HELP YOUR CHILDREN GROW AND LEARN

A healthy, nutritious diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent weight-related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. Children need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages. They need to eat three meals daily and have healthy snacks in between. The more active your child is, the more calories he or she needs. Here are some ways to encourage your child to follow a nutritious diet:

….FULL ARTICLE

SODIUM AND YOUR HEALTH

Sodium is an essential mineral for life. It is regulated in the body by the kidneys. It helps control the body’s fluid balance, affects muscle function and helps send nerve impulses. An Australian study showed the brain responds to sodium in the same way it responds to substances such as cocaine and heroin, which may explain why we tend to overindulge in high-sodium foods.

….FULL ARTICLE

HEALTHY EATING TIPS

A balanced healthy diet should contain a variety of nutritious foods and sufficient vitamins and minerals. Such a diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and reduce your risk of many diet-related problems, such type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. It’s recommended men have around 2,500 calories a day and women 2,000 calories a day. Studies indicate eating a typical Western diet filled with packaged meals, takeout foods, processed meats and sugary snacks may lead to stress, high rates of depression....

….FULL ARTICLE

Use the buttons below to scroll through more great articles on health and wellness issues

MORE ARTICLES

Be Sociable, Share!

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Bookmarks Share on LinkedIn Share on LiveJournal Share on Newsvine Share on Reddit Share on Stumble Upon Share on Tumblr

MORE FEATURE ARTICLES

CONTACT INFORMATION

© Health & Wellness Magazine - All rights reserved | Design by PurplePatch Innovations

MORE FROM ROCKPOINT PUBLISHING

HEALTH & WELLNESS MAGAZINE

HOME | FEATURE ARTICLES | COLUMNS | DIGITAL ISSUES | CALENDAR | DIRECTORY | ABOUT | CONTACT

subscribe to Health & Wellness

Gingivitis or gum inflammation leads to periodontitis or bone loss, which progresses at a slow pace. Logically, if you prevent or reduce the gum inflammation, you reduce bone loss or prevent periodontal disease.


According to the American Dental Association (ADA), even a small benefit is good, considering the fact that half of the American population suffers from periodontal disease. Moreover, the guidelines do not in any way rule out the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which accepts the importance of flossing.


If performed properly, flossing only does you good. A tooth has five surfaces; your toothbrush can only reach three of them. Only by flossing can you get access in between your teeth. The only time you should not floss is when you start feeling pain while flossing, but this generally happens only when you do it aggressively. There is a correct technique for flossing. Many people move the floss in a sawing motion. The right way is to move it up and down around the sides of the teeth, forming a “C” shape around the tooth, and going below the gum line.

To floss or not to floss – that is the question. This is the dilemma people are facing, especially after reading about the latest change in dental guidelines for Americans that was released in August 2016.


The change is based on certain reports that say the evidence of any benefits of flossing is very low quality or weak and unreliable because of fewer research studies and small sample sizes. Recent reviews concluded flossing is not very effective in plaque removal and reduction of gum inflammation.


But many dental experts still emphasize cleaning between the teeth at least once a day. To them, weak evidence of the benefits of flossing does not mean that flossing is useless.


So just what is flossing and why do dentists recommend it?


When food particles get stuck in the gap between the teeth and along the gum line, they rot and form plaque full of bacteria. This region is difficult to reach with your toothbrush, and that dental plaque causes gum disease. If the plaque is not removed with the help of a toothbrush or an interdental cleaner such as floss, it will harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing removes bacteria or plaque and food particles. This helps you avoid plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.

SHOULD YOU FLOSS?

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

more articles by harleena singh

Some experts say small inter-dental brushes are best for people who have spaces between their teeth. However, if the spaces between your teeth are too tight, flossing is a better option for cleaning the area. Talk to your dentist for more information.