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Manage Blood Sugar With Two Sweeteners

…should. Running a close second is xylitol. This sweetener looks and tastes like sugar, making it ideal for baking. Better yet, it’s good for your teeth: Xylitol actually reduces cavity and plaque formation, a dental claim approved by the FDA. Although xylitol is not calorie-free, it is metabolized much…

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Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

…become infected and inflamed. Signs that you may have periodontal disease include: * red, sore, swollen gums * bleeding gums * loose or sensitive teeth * bad breath * trouble chewing According to the CDC, young adults dealing with diabetes have about twice the risk of periodontal disease than those…

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Floss Your Way to Better Heart Health

Want to keep your heart healthy? Take care of your teeth. Numerous scientific studies have found a definite link between oral health and cardiovascular disease. The reason is that periodontal disease (infection and inflammation of the gums) is associated with increased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP…

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Smile With Confidence, Even If You Have Diabetes

…People with poorly controlled blood sugar levels are nearly three times more likely to have severe forms of gum disease, and they typically lose more teeth than people without diabetes. The main culprit behind the increased risk of periodontal disease is damage to blood vessels due to elevated blood sugar…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Importance of Minerals

…pressure, heart arrhythmia, asthma, and kidney stones. I recommend at least 500 mg of magnesium daily. Calcium Calcium is critical for strong bones and teeth. It combines with phosphorus to help form hard, crystal-like structures that create the latticework of these body parts. This mineral also plays a role…

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4 Embarrassing Health Problems, Solved

…tongue. Your tongue’s protective mucous coating makes it an excellent hideout for bacteria. To prevent bad breath, brush your tongue along with your teeth. You can also borrow a tip from Ayurvedic medicine and scrape your tongue once a day. Curved thin metal or plastic strips designed for this purpose…

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Nurture Your Microorganisms for Optimal Health

In 1676, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, scraped some plaque off his teeth, peered into a microscope, and discovered “many very little living animalcules.” In 2012, scientists completed the Human Microbiome Project, which determined that our bodies are home to 100 trillion microbes…

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Nutrient Spotlight: 3 Primary Antioxidants

…maintain an effective immune system. In addition, vitamin A is necessary for collagen and cartilage synthesis and for growth and repair of skin, bones, teeth, and the cells that line the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Beta-carotene is the most famous of the carotenoids, a widespread group of naturally…

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5 Signs of Hidden Health Problems

…sensation over your tongue, lips, or entire mouth (called burning mouth syndrome), may be caused by something as easily remedied as brushing your teeth/tongue too hard, using harsh mouthwash, or wearing irritating dentures. However, it also may be a sign of an iron, zinc, or B-complex vitamin deficiency…

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