Foods and dental health

By: Katie Scott

Media Influences

On a Doritos commercial all the people are eating Doritos and having fun and they look like they like the chips. What the commercial doesn't say is how bad the chips are for your teeth. The commercial influences people to eat them because the people look like they like them and the commercial doesn't say what the chips do to your teeth.


There is a scene on the movie Big Daddy where the kid eats all this junk food including chips, candy, and soft drinks. The kid enjoys all the food and it looks like he likes all the food. This influences other kids to eat what he was eating because he liked the food and he ate a lot of it. The movie does not say anything about how bad the food is for your teeth so they don't know that they shouldn't be eating all that junk food.


In the movie Cheaper By the Dozen, the mom goes to the grocery store to buy food for the family. The majority of the food in the cart was junk food including chip, donuts, and candy. She says that it is the only food she can buy to get the kids to eat. She ends up buying all the food and there is nothing about how bad the food is for your teeth. This could influence other moms to buy the same kind of food for her family because the movie says nothing bad about all the junk food she buys. Moms may not know what all the junk food could do to her kids' teeth.

Interpersonal Communication

Someone you can communicate with to talk about food and dental health is my dentist, Dr. Eichmeyer. He works at Commerce Drive Dental which is at 2040 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003. If you don't want to go in and see him you could call him at 507-345-7786. You could talk to anyone that is involved with dental work. I would suggest you ask whoever you are talking to about what foods are good and bad for your teeth and what could happen if you eat too many things that are bad for your teeth. You could also ask how to fix your teeth if you have already damaged them too much.


You could also talk to your parents. Your parents are for the most part wiser than you are. They would most likely know what you could do to prevent damage on your teeth. You could ask them what you should eat to keep damage from happening and you could ask them what could happen if you eat too many things that are bad for you teeth.

Immediate Risk Factors

Tooth decay and cavities are The bacteria in your mouth makes acids and the acids will process and cause cavities. Most foods that are bad for your mouth will break down in your mouth and the better foods will break down further down in the digestive system. The carbohydrates that break down in your mouth will turn to acid and that will start the decay process. The bacteria that is on your teeth will use the sugars from the bad foods to create acids.The acids will dissolve minerals inside the tooth enamel. When minerals are being lost too fast as the result of eating too many sugary foods and other foods that aren't good for your teeth, dental tooth decay will begin. It is possible for the bacteria to start making acids constantly which will make the decay process go faster.



Long Term Risk Factors

Your mouth is highly sensitive to poor nutrition. Eating too many bad foods too often can have some long term effects on your mouth. Some of those effects could be tooth loss, serious gum disease, and bad breath. If you end up having any of these problems it could result in losing all your teeth and have to get dentures. Also, any of these factors could result in very big dental bills. Having gum disease and losing teeth will cost a lot to get fixed.

Advances

A research group has developed a method to help repair enamel that has begun to wear away. It is a process that involves applying a concentrated solution to the tooth that is wearing away. The solution is made of calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. While you are sleeping the solution is diffused into the enamel and restores the original strength of the tooth surface by embedding the minerals into the crystal framework. This will help repair the enamel that gets worn away when you eat foods that are bad for your teeth.


An oral biologist has developed a mint that uses saliva's chemistry to neutralize acidity that can erode enamel. The mint's active ingredient is a cavity-fighting agent called Cavistat. It introduces an amino acid which neutralizes sugars in food.The Cavistat contains other compounds that keep the enamel intact. The mint doesn't replace brushing and flossing which also help the enamel stay intact, but it will help.

Katie Scott

10/22/12

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