Category: Nutrition

4 Ways The Stuff You Eat Affects Your Oral Health

Do you ever think about the fact that the foods you eat and the beverages you drink happen to have quite a serious effect on your oral health? In some cases, the choices you may can have a greater impact over a longer amount of time. In other cases, just one snack can lead to… Read more »

Chocolate: Good or Bad?

It’s too good to be true; it’s high in fat and can cause cardiovascular problems; and it’s loaded in sugar and can easily cause teeth cavities. Chocolate lovers have long worried about such warnings, but closer looks at the cocoa product and its effects on your oral and overall health have put these worries to… Read more »

Eat Healthy For Your Teeth

You’re given one body and one set of choppers, and you try to take good care of them for the most part. You may lift weights for your bone and muscle health, exercise for your heart health, and watch what you eat so you don’t gain weight, but what do you do for your teeth?… Read more »

Celebrate National School Breakfast Week with Tips from Your Dentist

March 3 through 7 is National School Breakfast week, a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day. The theme for 2014 is “Take Time for School Breakfast.” Experts say that children who eat a nutritious morning meal get better test scores, have fewer behavioral issues, and are… Read more »

Ankeny Dentist: Healthy Hearts and Healthy Smiles

Did you know February is American Heart Month? Across America, physicians and healthcare professionals are trying to raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In the United States, one out of every three deaths is a result of heart disease or stroke. Many people don’t realize that cardiovascular disease prevention is possible with diet and exercise…. Read more »

How Turkeys Chew Without Teeth: Ankeny Dentist Explains

Each November, turkeys everywhere feed families and provide sustenance for holiday parties and gatherings. Travel plans typically ramp up this time of year and so does stress in many cases. Luckily, humans can still indulge in our holiday favorites with the help of teeth. Birds like turkeys do not use teeth to chew and process… Read more »

Ankeny Family Dentist: Top 3 Healthy Fall Herbs, Spices

The smell of a cooked turkey can tantalize the senses and cause many a mouth to water. Herbs and spices add dazzling flavors and aromas to a plethora of dishes. As the fall season continues and the holidays approach, many people search for spices with added health benefits. Your Ankeny family dentist, Dr. Amanda Foust,… Read more »

Ankeny Dentist Recommends Sweet Fall Foods

Are you planning to snack on a candy bar this Halloween? As October arrives, candy will be consumed at alarming rates throughout the country, by adults and children. The amount of sugar and acids found in Halloween candy can be extremely harmful to teeth — and lead to cavities — which leads to toothaches. Rule… Read more »

Ankeny Dentist Explains Which Fruits to Eat for Better Smiles

Replace Sugary Snacks with Fruit Sugary foods, processed carbohydrates, and acidic fruits all top the list for foods that harm your teeth. You may already know about some of the worst foods for your dental health, but do you know which foods can help you have a whiter smile, less risk of cavities, and fresher… Read more »

Garlic and Gum Disease

Over the years, garlic has been a part folklore, ancient myth, and household remedies. By looking back into history we can apply some old world uses of garlic for new ways to improve oral and overall health. On National Garlic Day, Ankeny dentist, Dr. Amanda Foust will call to attention ways that garlic can treat… Read more »