Posts Categorized: Nutrition

A Spicy Fourth of July

Are you the type to celebrate holidays with lots of spicy foods to stimulate your taste buds? Hot chili peppers can add a little extra flavor and kick to any meal. Fiery spices have some benefits to your body, but you should beware of dangers to your smile, including burning mouth syndrome. Before you set… Read more »

How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ve probably wondered, “why?” whenever someone warns you about candy’s danger to your teeth, or wished there were some way around it. Though sugar inevitably fuels the destructive processes that can threaten your smile, understanding these processes and sugar’s exact involvement in them can help you take measures… Read more »

Should You Say Good-Bye to Gummy Vitamins?

A fun way for your child to get the recommended daily allowance of key vitamins and minerals, AND it tastes like candy? If it sounds too good to be true, there’s probably a good reason. Parents and children across the country have fallen for the seemingly harmless, kid-approved gummy multivitamin. The growing popularity of gummy… Read more »

The Link Between Tap Water, Bottled Water, and Tooth Decay

Over the last five years, Americans’ consumption of bottled water has increased at an astounding rate. According to the International Bottled Water Association and Beverage Marketing Corporation, Americans drank 9.7 billion gallons of bottled water in 2012. Many of Dr. Michael J. Young’s patients have concerns about whether drinking bottled water instead of tap water will… Read more »

Are Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks Better Than Soda? Don’t Bet on It

It’s no secret that Red Bull, Monster, and other energy drinks contain tons of sugar, but our patients often ask whether these drinks are a better alternative than soda. Unlike colas, many energy drinks claim to provide at least some nutritional value, usually B vitamins or mysterious herbal blends.  Not to be outdone, sports drinks… Read more »

Can Changing Your Shopping Habits Help Prevent Cavities?

If you grew up like most Americans, your parents probably warned you that eating too much sugar would “rot your teeth.” As a concerned parent, you’ve probably found yourself admonishing your own children to limit their sugar intake or run the risk of developing cavities. Unfortunately, reducing the amount of what scientists call “free sugars”… Read more »

What You Should Know About Summer’s Most Beloved Cold Drinks

As the months become warmer, thirst becomes greater, and little says summer like an ice-cold glass of tea, lemonade, or even a fruit smoothie. In fact, for many people, summertime refreshments are among the greatest things about summer. Nevertheless, just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they’re necessarily good for you or your oral health, and… Read more »

Lafayette Dentist Discusses How to Protect Teeth through Halloween Season

Candy, candy everywhere, so let’s all have a bite. Starting in October, children will be leveled with a barrage of seasonal candy displays in grocery stores. As school carnivals sweep in with cakewalks and apple bobbing, it might seem impossible to protect children’s teeth.  However, Dr. Michael J. Young provides a few tips to help… Read more »

Want to Fight Gum Disease? There’s a Tea for That

For over 4,000 years, green tea has been a staple of Asian culture. Ancient Chinese and Japanese civilizations believed drinking the liquid could cure diseases and heal wounds. In modern times, green tea’s popularity has drastically risen in Western culture, and research is establishing the beverage’s health benefits, including weight loss, heart health, and cancer… Read more »

Fast Food and Your Teeth

In today’s hectic society, finding time to sit and eat a home-cooked meal three times a day can be difficult. You may be too rushed to eat breakfast before you fly out the door on your way to work. Stopping at a fast-food restaurant for a quick breakfast may seem like a good idea when… Read more »