The Truth about Healthy Snack Bars


Those seemingly nutritious snack bars can look like a pretty good option for topping up your energy levels. But beware because even though they might look healthy, a granola bar can contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar. Unfortunately, snack bars often use large amounts of sugar to hold together the ingredients. What’s worse is that they can contain loads of saturated fat. Lots of these snack bars are marketed as being ‘organic,’ ‘natural’ or ‘dairy-free’ which implies they will automatically be good for you, but which doesn’t reveal anything about the nutritious value of these foods.

Key things to be aware of when choosing a snack bar are the salt, fat and sugar content, and the number of calories. Ideally, a snack should contain between 100 to 150 calories or at the very most 200 calories. It’s also worth thinking about whether you will have anything in addition to your snack bar, to make sure you eat the proper portion size. Also, pay attention to the fibre content and as a rule look for something that has more than 3g per serving. To improve satiety, choose snack bars that are higher in protein. Alternatively, choose another snack such as eggs or bananas, or fresh fruits and veggies with hummus.

Childhood Tooth Decay from Sugary Lunches


Childhood tooth decay is unfortunately a huge problem. In NSW approximately one-third of children aged 5 to 10 have decay in their baby teeth while one fifth of children aged 6 to 14 already have cavities in their permanent teeth. This problem also affects children who brush their teeth properly because it’s largely due to excess sugar consumption. Children’s packed lunches are particularly concerning, as it’s often easier to pack processed and high sugar items including muesli bars and orange juice. Although these items are often cleverly labelled as being “natural” or “fat-free” they tend to contain high levels of hidden sugars.

When children’s teeth become decayed, it’s often necessary to remove them, which can be upsetting for the child and their parents. By the time teeth are removed, a child will generally have experienced sleepless nights and dental pain. This can affect their general development, making it difficult for them to eat properly and to concentrate at school.

Here at Apple Dental, we prefer to take a preventative approach and if we notice your child has problems with tooth decay, despite a good oral hygiene routine, we can investigate why this is happening. If needed, we can analyse their diet and will offer advice, as to which foods are healthier for teeth.

Baked Salmon with Lemon, Dill & Asparagus


Salmon is nutrient dense, tasty and quick to cook so we think you’ll enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients

2 salmon fillets with skin removed

2tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 bunches asparagus

Thinly sliced lemon

Dill

Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and place half the asparagus on baking paper with a piece of salmon on top. Drizzle with olive oil and season with lemon, Dill and salt & pepper.
  2. Carefully fold the baking paper into a parcel, sealing the edges by overlapping the paper. To create a really good seal, tuck the final crease under the pouch. Repeat with the second piece of salmon and asparagus.
  3. Bake salmon parcels in oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before opening and enjoying. This recipe also works very well with green beans.

Protect Your Mouth While Playing Sports


Every year, dentists see thousands of sports-related accidents that have caused damage to teeth or even worse have completely knocked them out. The financial, psychological and social costs of dental injuries can be considerable. One study discovered that 75% of dental injuries amongst high school students happened while they weren’t wearing a mouthguard. When correctly fitted, a mouthguard can prevent shock and impact injuries to the teeth and jaws, reducing the risk of broken teeth and cut lips and jaw fractures. By choosing a custom-made mouthguard, your risk of suffering dental injuries is minimised.

Why Have a Custom-Made Mouthguard?

Custom-made mouthguards provide the very best level of protection and most importantly they are comfortable to wear and will not hinder breathing, so you will actually want to wear your mouthguard. Each mouthguard is specifically designed to provide maximum protection and is thickened in critical areas, according to your preference for particular sports. Custom-made mouthguards are fabricated using a model of your teeth, ensuring they fit the teeth exactly and if necessary they can be adapted to accommodate orthodontic appliances and braces. Our mouthguards are available in a wide range of colours and are made from a tough thermoplastic material that is odour-free and taste-free.

Seven Small Changes that will Make 2018 Your Healthiest Yet


Some of your New Year’s resolutions may have fallen by the wayside, so instead make a few small practical changes that are easy to keep.

  1. Make breakfast your biggest meal of the day because your metabolism is faster in the mornings.
  2. Eat more plants and going meat-free for even a day a week can have major health benefits.
  3. Start lifting weights to boost metabolism and muscle mass. You will still be burning extra calories hours after working out.
  4. Try skipping to improve coordination, strengthen your core and calm the mind. Still not convinced? Just 10 minutes of skipping provides similar health benefits to a 45-minute run.
  5. Eat your dinner 2 to 3 hours before going to sleep. Going to bed immediately after eating affects your diaphragm, impacting the position of your colon, gallbladder and heart.
  6. Take a short walk after every meal. Walking for less than two hours a week is associated with a third lower risk for respiratory disease and lowers your risk of dying from heart disease or cancer.
  7. Aim to get eight hours rest each night and the optimum time to go to bed is 10:39 PM!

How Much Protein Do You Need at Every Age?


The human body contains more than 600 muscles, each of which has a specific function. Some control actions such as swallowing, while others allow our skeleton to move effectively. When you eat protein, it helps to repair muscle and to maintain it, but it won’t make them bigger. This is controlled by the amount of exercise you do and its type, as well as your gender, age and your hormones. The amount of protein you need is dependent on your age, gender and weight.

Generally, protein should account for 15 to 25% of your daily energy intake and teenage girls and women aged 19 to 70 require about 46 g, while men and teenage boys need approximately 64 g. Older men and women aged 70 and above need more protein at 81 g and 57 g respectively. For women this amount is only higher if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do You Have Chipped Teeth? Do You Know about Dental Veneers?


Dental veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are bonded onto the surfaces of front teeth. They can be a very good cosmetic solution for correcting crooked, stained or discoloured teeth, and especially for mending teeth that are chipped. The procedure for dental veneers is very quick as they can be precision-made and placed in a single visit to Apple Dental, using CADCAM technology.

What Is the Procedure for Dental Veneers?

After first preparing your teeth by removing a tiny amount of tooth enamel, your teeth are digitally scanned, creating a virtual 3-D model of your mouth. Our dentist uses specialised software to custom-design your veneers before sending this design to our CEREC machine, so your veneers may be created using the latest computerised technology. The veneers are made from a block of pre-shaded, high-quality porcelain, creating restorations that are strong, beautiful and durable. Once completed, your veneers will be fitted and bonded in place so there is no need for a second visit.

Summer Chicken Salad


This tasty chicken salad has a hint of spice and is bound to become a family favourite.

Ingredients

750g chicken breast fillet

1tbsp mango chutney

1tbsp mild curry powder

1tbsp olive oil

½ cup mayonnaise

1 trimmed, washed and dried butter lettuce

440g can pineapple pieces in natural juice

1 peeled mango, sliced into thin wedges

1 peeled, sliced avocado

1 small finely chopped brown onion

½ cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts

4 thyme sprigs

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in a single layer in a large pan and pour pineapple juice over the chicken, setting aside the pineapple pieces. Add thyme sprigs to chicken and bring to boil over a medium heat before reducing heat to low. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes before removing from heat.
  2. Set aside and allow the chicken to cool in poaching liquid before removing the chicken and reserving a ¼ cup of the liquid. Slice chicken diagonally.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the onion. Cook the onion for 3 to 4 minutes or until just soft and stir in chutney and curry powder. Remove pan from heat and stir through mayonnaise and reserved poaching liquid.
  4. Tear lettuce leaves in half and arrange on a serving platter. Top with pineapple pieces, mango, avocado, sliced chicken and macadamia nuts before drizzling with dressing. Season to taste and serve.

Why You Should Consider Invisalign


Traditional metal braces are made from brackets that are fixed onto teeth and which are attached to wires and elastics. While traditional fixed braces are still widely used, nowadays it’s becoming far more common for patients to choose Invisalign.

Treatment Is Discreet

Invisalign utilises the very latest orthodontic techniques to nearly invisibly move teeth, using advanced and fully removable aligners. These aligners are made from clear, thin, BPA-free plastic and are custom-designed to fit snugly over your teeth. Once in place, they are very difficult to see, and this is one of the primary reasons why Invisalign is so popular.

No Need to Change Your Dietary or Oral Hygiene Habits

There is no need to change your diet as you simply remove the aligners for eating. It is just as easy when you need to brush and floss your teeth, as you can simply brush and floss normally. With Invisalign you can enjoy good oral health right throughout your treatment.

Treatment May Be Faster Than Traditional Braces

Invisalign can be a quicker way to straighten your teeth, especially if you only require cosmetic changes to reposition your front teeth. Most adults typically complete treatment within a year or so.

To discover if Invisalign could benefit you, why not book a consultation here at Apple Dental?

Four Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Work


Spending hours at work can be challenging for dental health but our simple tips will help you to maintain good oral hygiene and fresh breath.

  1. Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum helps to stimulate saliva flow, washing away any loose food particles and some bacteria. Choose a gum with xylitol because this can help to reduce decay-causing bacteria in saliva. Chewing gum will also ensure your breath is always beautifully fresh and inoffensive, which is especially important if you regularly speak to clients or colleagues.
  2. Keep hydrated with thirst-quenching water.   Try to sip on water throughout the day and swishing it around your mouth will help to rinse away bacteria and loose pieces of food. Remaining well-hydrated helps you to produce sufficient saliva to keep your mouth clean and fresh.
  3. Keep a dental kit at work. Keep a toothbrush, toothpaste and some mouthwash at your office so you can freshen up after eating or whenever you feel the need.
  4. Choose the right foods for dental health. It can be tempting to grab a sugary snack, but it is better to choose fresh fruit or veggies that contain plenty of fibre and which have a slight scrubbing action on teeth while increasing saliva flow.