Silver diamine chloride has been used in Japan for almost a decade. It has now been approved by the FDA as a means of retarding tooth decay. It is an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on a cavity killing bacteria that will cause further tooth decay. It can prove to be extremely useful for children as well as older adults who have a problem with sedation, injections and drilling since none of these are needed. The process takes about 30 seconds and cost can be as little as $25 as opposed to around $150 for an actual filling. The only downside is it will change the decaying portion of the tooth to a black color. Parents prefer this in younger children since they will eventually lose their baby teeth. Older adults might not mind the procedure if it is done on the rear teeth.
- Go Meatless more often-use beans as your replacement for a protein source at least 1 or 2 times a week. They are a fraction of the cost of meat and work well with whole grains, soups and salads.
- Snack Smarter-nuts compliment fruit. Together they make up a snack that contains a healthy amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Nuts can be bought in bulk which is more economical if you are on a budget.
- Shop in Season-Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season. Out of season produce is not only more expensive but it may prove to be less nutritious since it has to be picked earlier to enable it to be transported.
The health community cannot quite decide whether coffee is beneficial or detrimental to our health. The reason for such controversy may lie in our genes. Researchers have zeroed in on a gene called CYPIA2 which determines how quickly we metabolize caffeine. Depending on how many variants of this fast gene we inherit from our parents can make the difference between being mildly euphoric and jittery.
The Jersey tomato was once looked upon as the sweetest tomato of the summer season. However due to its thin skin it became impossible to transport. This brought about cross breeding of the tomato which produced a thicker skin and the loss of flavor. Rutgers University was able to reinvent the actual 1934 version of the Jersey tomato. At its peak it represented 60% of all tomatoes sold. Rutgers agricultural programs once worked closely with Campbell Soup Company. It was discovered that Campbell still had the genetic material from the original parent plants which made the resurrection of the tomato possible. This is great news for consumers who are tired of large tasteless tomatoes. It is now possible to purchase either seedlings or seeds from these original tomatoes to grow in your own garden or purchase from your local small farmers.