Health & Safety

April 20, 2012

An apple a day keeps the dentist away

By SrA Jessica Peterson
99th Dental Squadron

The military lifestyle comes with inconsistency in schedules, making it hard to maintain healthy habits.  Long hours, demanding missions and frequent travel can lead to a diet high in carbohydrates and a lack in oral care.

Eating foods high in sugar causes tooth decay; so it is important to regulate sugar consumption and practice proper oral hygiene.

Fruit is a great alternative for sweet snacks such as candy or soda.  Many fruits and vegetables contain xylitol, a natural carbohydrate that tastes like sugar and reduces tooth decay. Xylitol is also found in some sugar free gums and candies with endorsements from six national dental associations.

Other tips may change your brushing routine. Flossing before brushing allows fluoride to reach between teeth where plaque accumulates. The daily use of fluoride found in mouth wash, can strengthen teeth against acids that cause tooth decay.

Aside from using dental hygiene products, another way to improve smiles is by eating healthy.  When mouth bacteria come in contact with sugar, acid is produced.  The acid attack on teeth lasts about twenty minutes after eating a sugary snack, eventually leading to tooth decay.

Keeping current with dental appointments is the best way to identify and treat potential or existing dental problems. Furthermore, it helps dental professionals identify any aspects of your current oral hygiene care that may need adjustment.

For further information contact the 99th Dental Squadron at (702)653-2600.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Ask the Doc

Q. Does TRICARE pay to replace durable medical equipment? A.  Yes, as long as you own it. The damage must be accidental and the equipment is broken and unrepairable.  Also, it may be replaced if there’s a change in your physical condition or the Food and Drug Administration states the equipment is unsafe. Regional contact...
 
 

Health Benefits Program open season dates set

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program runs through Dec. 8, officials announced recently. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire for the following year. Eligible employees...
 
 
doctor

Ask the Doc

Q: What benefits are available to me if I were injured on active duty?  A: We have many programs and benefits available if you were injured on active duty. How you get your care depends on your military status. Active duty ser...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Nellis holds MARE to prepare

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Firefighters from the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron spray an F-16 Fighting Falcon that is playing the role of a downed F-35A Lightning II during a major accident response exercise ...
 
 
smoke-detector

Remember to change your smoke detector battery

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The staff of the Moody Fire Prevention office is urging everyone to make a potentially life-saving move when they set your clocks back one hour Nov. 2: Take a moment to change their smoke alarm b...
 
 
doctor

Ask the Doc

Q. How do I login to Beneficiary Web Enrollment? A. You can login to Beneficiary Web Enrollment with a Common Access Card, or CAC; a Defense Financial and Accounting Service, or DFAS, login; myPay Login ID and Password; or Depa...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin