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Dental Tip Tuesday: Chew that sugar-free gum!

Today’s topic is about chewing gum.  There are tons of gum options at the grocery store checkout, but which ones are actually good for you?  An easy way to find out is to look for the ADA seal of approval.  These products will most likely be sugar-free, meaning they will contain artificial sugars like aspartame, sorbitol, or mannitol.

The act of chewing itself promotes salivary flow, which can neutralize acids produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in your mouth.  Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay.

Find out more from the ADA here.  Just remember though that chewing sugar-free gum definitely does not replace regular brushing and flossing!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

-Charlene


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Dental Tip Tuesday: Some Foods to Eat for a Healthy Smile

We all know that, as a general rule of thumb, foods that are good for our health are good for our teeth as well.  Mouthing Off, the blog of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), shared three foods that can help to maintain a healthy smile.  Check out their post here to learn about these foods and the seriously interesting reasons behind them!

Bonus tip: although not a food, a straw can be your best friend.  They can be really handy if you must drink that soda, coffee, or juice to keep your smile white and healthy!

Have a great week everyone!

-Charlene


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Dental Tip Tuesday: Use Fluoride Toothpaste to Fight Cavities in Children

The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) is updating its guidelines to expand the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children, saying to use a tiny smear (about the size of a grain of rice) as soon as teeth erupt and a pea-sized amount for ages 3-6.

It is important to note that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million children suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S.

See the article on the ADA’s website here.

Happy Tuesday!

-Charlene


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Welcome!

With the start of fall quarter, it was great to see some new faces at the activities fair yesterday!  We will soon be sending an email with details on our orientation meeting next week.  If you are interested but did not give us your email previously, please make sure to email suat.ucla@gmail.com to receive this email.  Thanks!

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