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siblings hiking in the woods and eating fall food favorites like freshly picked apples

Fall Food Favorites That Are Good for Your Smile

With temperatures dropping below 100 degrees, us desert dwellers can finally cheer, “It’s fall y’all!” While we might not be busting out our heaviest sweaters or jumping into piles of crunchy leaves, it doesn’t mean we can’t dive into the flavors of fall. Luckily some of the yummiest fall food favorites are good for your […]

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Are Spicy Foods Good for You: The Oral Health Benefits of Hot Peppers

In the desert southwest, the tiny chili pepper is mighty in flavor and cultural significance. From packing heat into salsa and sauces to hanging decoratively on the walls of homes and restaurants, these bright, shiny-skinned peppers are the spice of life in Arizona. Part of the plant genus Capsicum, the chili pepper is a flowering […]

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3 Tips for Getting Your Picky Preschooler to Eat Healthy Food

You might love whole grains and leafy greens, but your kids are more excited for a McDonald’s Happy Meal. Getting your preschooler to show the same enthusiasm for healthy foods can be tricky. To encourage a well-balanced diet in young kids, here are 3 healthy eating activities for preschoolers. Play with shapes: A healthy sandwich […]

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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Harm Enamel?

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Harm Tooth Enamel?

Apple cider vinegar seems to be the star “super drink” of the natural craze. And Google is gossiping, claiming this sour solution can work wonders for things like weight loss and energy gain. Apple cider vinegar has a pH level of 3.075—making it as harmful to your teeth as stomach acid. Regardless of this cloudy […]

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Want A Sugar Crash? Plan on Ponying up The Cash

Could Sugar, Soda Taxes Improve Public Dental Health?

Want a sugar rush? Plan on ponying up the cash. Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are on the rise, which could bring sugar highs to an all-time low. Nationally, Congress considered the “SWEET” Act in 2014, which could have added a 1 cent tax per every 4.2 grams of added sugar in beverages. Although the U.S. hasn’t […]

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Back to School Foods that Boost Brainpower

Studying and snacking go hand-in-hand. Feeding kids hummus over hamburgers affects their smile, body and brain. Younger years are critical for cranium development, so use these tips to provide proper nutrition this school year. • Wake up to water. Kids nowadays aren’t getting enough water. And even mild cases of dehydration can cause kids to […]

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5 Foods that Naturally Whiten and Brighten Teeth

Did you know that certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten and defend your mouth against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums? There are two key factors you should keep in mind when it comes to a white teeth diet: chewing and saliva production. Choose foods that actively work to clean and protect your teeth […]

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When Pica Strikes: Substances Not for Snacking

When you reach for a snack, you may grab an apple, a cup of yogurt or cheese and crackers – not a stick of chalk. But for people with pica, an eating disorder that causes cravings for nonfood substances, those unorthodox eats are all too real. Pica can be caused by depression, stress, anxiety and […]

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Make Time for Break Time: Lunchbox Ideas for Work

It’s lunchtime on a weekday. Do you know where your coworkers are? Chances are they’re still sitting at their desks—just like you’re sitting at yours—doing something similar to what you’re doing: pausing between bites to catch up on emails, hop on a call or surf the web. It turns out that skipped lunch breaks and […]

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Is Juice Bad for Kids’ Teeth?

I can’t tell you when it happened, but at some point in the last year my baby morphed into a walking, talking toddler. Shortly after we celebrated my son’s first birthday, his daycare informed me that he’d be graduating to the toddler class, where they had juice with their snacks. Worried about his sugar intake, […]

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