Fussy eaters and kids: the two tend to go hand-in-hand. According to the Better Health Channel, approximately half of all toddlers fit this description. Additionally, a staggering 8 out of 10 Aussie parents are concerned about their child’s eating habits. In other words, if you’re a parent, meal times can be a real source of stress.
Establishing a healthier food diet for your kids is easier said than done but it is important for a range of health factors. A question we’re often asked by parents is: how does my child’s poor diet impact their oral health?
Milk, dark, raw, white… ahhh, don’t you just love chocolate (it makes us feel like little piggies too!)?
Hello, who doesn’t love chocolate? There’s a reason a whole day is dedicated to celebrating this delicious delight. Let’s kick things off with five fast and interesting stats about chocolate:
- The world’s largest chocolate bar weighed 5,792 kilos!
- M&Ms were created in 1941 so that soldiers could enjoy these treats without them melting.
- Back in 2013, Belgium issued a limited edition of choc-flavoured stamps. Now that’s unique!
- Brace yourself for a gross one: the average chocolate bar contains 8 insect parts. Yikes!
A new documentary is causing quite the stir and for good reasons too! That Sugar Film sees filmmaker Damon Gameau document a 60-day experiment where he consumes the same amount of sugar as the average Aussie. That’s 40 teaspoons a day.
Gameau claimed the amount of sugar in his diet was the only thing that changed: the amount of energy itself didn’t. The documentary’s primary aim is to highlight the ‘hidden’ sugars found in everyday foods.
Here’s a question for you: what would you do if you saw someone throw 10 teaspoons of sugar into their coffee? You’d have a pretty crazy look on your face, wouldn’t you?
This Sunday is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) and each year, this very important day is dedicated to highlighting the risks tied to tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
We’re all aware of the more common negative health issues caused by smoking but have you ever considered what it does to your teeth? And we’re not just talking about your teeth going yellow here. It’s a lot more serious as you’ll read below. Continue reading
Did you know? The acidity of wine is comparable to most soft drinks as both have pH values of 3 and 4. Because of their high concentration of organic acids, this acidity is reported as being the main cause of the increase in tooth wear around the globe.
New research from the University of Adelaide suggests wine lovers may harm their teeth if they don’t take preventative care measures against erosion.
An article published in the latest edition of the Australian Dental Journal states demineralisation occurs as early as 10 minutes after enamel has been exposed to the organic acids of the beverage. Continue reading
It’s that time of the year again: Earth Day.
Celebrated annually, this day sees people coming together in support of environmental protection.
It’s days such as this one that really force us all to take a step back and consider the things we do on a daily basis that might be harming the environment.
Now, most of us brush our teeth at least once a day (although, if you fall into this basket, you should really be brushing more often). Continue reading
Yesterday was Garlic Day (yes, it really exists) and when it comes to vegetables and myths, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more discussed veggie than garlic.
Perhaps one of the most famous beliefs is that when combined with a branch of wild rose and hawthorn plant, garlic is said to ward off vampires.
In relation to your own set of fangs (or teeth), for many years, garlic has been said to have the capacity to treat toothaches. Continue reading
Hands-up who doesn’t want whiter teeth.
Why wouldn’t we all want a brighter smile that’d give Angelina Jolie or Bradley Cooper a run for their money?
It’s amazing how much our smiles can impact our looks and more importantly, our confidence.
Over time, daily habits such as drinking coffee, alcohol and eating certain foods, take their toll on our teeth. So much so that our teeth are no longer sparkling. Continue reading
It’s Banana Day! What are the origins of Banana Day? We’re not sure (and we don’t think anyone else quite knows either) but we do know this day is all about that yellow, delicious fruit/herb (yep, not a typo – Keep reading for more) that is a peel-and-go option for those busy beavers out there.
And hey, beyond being an easy option, they’re one of the most loved fruits/herbs out there because they’re downright delicious: Banana bread, banana pudding, banana smoothies… The possibilities are endless. Continue reading
Mmmm, cheese: It’s one of the most versatile ingredients at our fingertips. Enjoy it alone, in sandwiches, melt it (and your heart) on toast, whack it in any meal to take it to another level, include it in an antipasto meal platter to posh things up a bit… Ahhh, we love our cheese!
Here’s the even better news. Sure, cheese tastes great but it also provides a range of health benefits to the body and in particular, the teeth.
Fact: Teeth and bones are alike so just as the calcium, phosphorus and protein that’s naturally found in dairy foods is great for your bones, it’s also important for your teeth. Continue reading