Category Archives: Family Health

Routine Dental Hygiene Visits Are More Important Than Many Think

By James G. Jenkins

Maintaining your teeth and gums is a lot like maintaining a car. With a car, you can clean it every day, always park it in two spaces, and even with this meticulous care, the car requires periodic maintenance of oil changes and tune-ups to keep it operating in optimum condition.

Now even with this maintenance schedule, eventually things like brakes and tires wear out and require replacement. Can you still drive a car with bad brakes and tires? Yes, but would you put someone you love in the car and let them drive it?

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High Sugar Intake Can Lead To Teens’ Heart Disease

Teenagers who consume a lot of added sugars in soft drinks and foods may have poor cholesterol profiles, which may possibly lead to heart disease in adulthood, according to first-of-its-kind research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Added sugars” are any caloric sweeteners added to foods or beverages by the manufacturer during processing or the consumer.

The National Health and Nutrition Survey of 2,157 teenagers, ages 12 to 18, found the average daily consumption of added sugars was 119 grams (or 476 calories), accounting for 21.4 percent of their total energy.

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