The Tooth Friendly Kitchen – Fall Carrot Soup

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Fall is back! Leaves are changing, sweaters are coming out of storage and people are looking for that perfect recipe for their thanksgiving potluck. Lucky for them, the Tooth Friendly Kitchen is here to help! Our recipe for you thanksgiving feast is Carrot soup.

This fall favorite features, you guessed it, carrots! Chewing on raw carrots is great for your teeth. They act like natural toothbrushes and enhance saliva production to help prevent tooth decay and acid build up. Of course, we are making a soup so we will be cooking and blending the carrots. But feel free to buy extra carrots and cut them in to sticks. They make excellent snacks.

Besides carrots natural toothbrush abilities, they are chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Two of which will help that smile remain bright. Keratin helps to fight plaque, while vitamin A helps to strengthen tooth enamel. This soup is very easy to make, comforting on a cool fall evening and will add to any thanksgiving table.

Fall Carrot Soup

Ingredients

1 pound of carrots chopped

2 medium yellow onions diced

1 pound sweet potatoes chopped into 1 inch pieces

1 apple chopped into 1 inch pieces

8 cups chicken broth

4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons manuka honey

2 teaspoons salt

Fresh cracked pepper to taste

 

Prepare

  1. Melt butter in a pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent.

2. Add carrots, sweet potatoes and apples to the pot and stir to combine with the onions. Cook for 2 minutes, then add chicken broth and honey.

3. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the veggies are nice and tender.

4. Take off the heat and cool for 10 mins, then transfer to a food processor or blender and puree the mixture until smooth.

5. Transfer smooth soup back into the pot and stir in salt and pepper.

Serve warm with a swirl of garlic oil or a spoon of crème fraiche, or both!

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Halloween Candy Alternatives

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Giving things other than candy on All Hallow’s Eve is asking for trouble. From the classic house egging to trees covered in toilet paper, no one wants the trick side of the trick-or-treat. If you do find yourself feeling that candy is too unhealthy and you’d rather hand out something better to the children of your neighborhood, here are some alternatives to candy that will help kids keep their smiles bright.

Stickers – Anything from the latest animated movie to something fun and spooky, kids always love stickers.

Glow sticks – Kids go crazy for glow sticks. Plus, They help kids to be more visible as they go house to house, helping them to stay safe at night. They are also cheaper than candy.

Pencils/ Pencil toppers – Okay, so this borders on school supply, but what kid doesn’t love a fun pencil? Maybe it will inspire them to do more homework… sure, why not.

Gum – Isn’t gum candy? Sure, but chewing sugar-free gum can act increase saliva, helping to reduce acids and reduce tooth decay. Just make sure that you’re handing out sugar-free gum and then you can give out “candy” and not have your house egged!

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.

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Did you know there are over 700 species of bacteria present inside the mouth? Scientists even have a fancy name for it – “The Human Oral Microbiome”.

Now before you go freaking out and spraying your mouth with Lysol, you should know, some of these bacteria are good. Like Veillonella, that slows the development of caries. But (and seriously, don’t spray Lysol in your mouth) there are a lot of bad bacteria, like Streptococcus mutans, a significant contributor to tooth decay and Streptococcus gordonii.

Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons published a study in March showing that Streptococcus gordonii can produce a molecule that helps blood to clot. This molecule can slip into your blood stream and cause blockage of the blood supply to the heart or brain, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. In fact, studies show that having gum disease can quadruple your risk of stroke and spike your risk of a heart attack up to a dozen times higher!

Some bacteria can even lead to cancer. A Swedish study found that poor brushing can increase cancer risks by 80%!

Dr Paul Pharoah, reader in cancer epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, said the results of the Swedish study suggested higher levels of plaque (bacteria) are associated with ‘higher all-cause mortality.’ In other words, the worse your teeth are, the worse your overall health is and the more risk you are to serious illness and even death.

So, what can you do to help prevent bacteria growing? Try some of these tips:

Brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time.

– Floss your teeth and scrape your tongue daily.

– Wash out your mouth after every meal. An over the counter mouthwash is best but most of us don’t carry around a bottle of Scope everywhere we go. You could use these but water is a good substitute if nothing else is available.

– Cut out the sugar. Sugar promotes bacteria growth. So stay away from high sugar foods and beverages (e.g. candy, soda and fruit juices).  If you are a candy lover like myself, try to find some sugar free alternatives.

– See your dentist twice a year and get your teeth cleaned. “The cleaning done at the dentist is a special ‘deep’ dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally.” If you need to find a dentist to help get your smile back in shape, use DentistUSA.com.

Following these tips may not only get you a brighter smile; it might save you from something more deadly!