Dentist Recommended Sweetener Alternatives For Healthier Mouthes

October 29, 2018

If you’re like most people, you like a little bit of sweetness in your life. The problem with this is that many people are finding that their sugar intake levels are higher than what they would like.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain a healthier diet, looking for more natural alternatives, or the numerous other reasons there are to cut out or reduce your sugar intake, the following are a few sugar substitutes, you may want to take a look into.

Agave Nectar

Agave nectar has become increasingly popular over the last few years. While we wouldn’t identify this sugar alternative as being “healthy” it is going to be better than your run-of-the-mill refined white sugar.

Agave nectar can go great as a healthier syrup substitute or even a sugar substitute in coffee or teas.

While the flavor will not be for everything, those who like agave nectar, really like it.

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is derived from coconuts. It’s considered a healthier sugar option, as it’s perceived as being incredibly sweet while containing fewer carbs than traditional sugars. It’s also a more complex sugar and thus takes longer for your body to break down, which helps keep your blood sugar levels from spiking.

A nice advantage of coconut sugar is that many people can’t tell the difference in baked goods when coconut sugar is substituted.

Honey

Honey has been used for centuries as a natural sweetener. Honey is probably one of the healthiest natural sweeteners due to the nature of it being a more complex carb. Your body is going to take longer to process the sugar, thus not causing your blood sugar levels to spike.

It’s also been known to have multiple other natural benefits like:

  • Helping with weight loss
  • Naturally boosting energy
  • Improving muscular performance
  • Being rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Containing antiseptic and antioxidant properties
  • Improving sleep

Honey is likely to be a more noticeable substitute, however. When baking or using honey instead of a traditional sugar, you are going to be much more likely to notice quite a bit of difference in the taste between the two.

Stevia Extracts

Stevia is a sugar substitute excreted from the leaves of the species of plants known as the Stevia rebaudiana. This plant is native to Brazil and Paraguay.

Stevia can be a very divisive subject for many people as it seems to be divided down the middle of who loves and who hates Stevia.

It seems that many people’s pallets perceive the taste of Stevia differently. Some people’s taste buds perceive Stevia as being very sweet, while others perceive it as being extremely bitter. This perception different causes the love/hate relationship with Stevia.

Depending on your perception of Stevia will depend on how much of a difference you’ll notice substituting it out for traditional sugars.

Ratio Differences

One thing to note when substituting out sugars with other more natural sweeteners is that each substituted ingredient will have a different ratio that will need to be used to achieve the same level of sweetness.

You can typically search online for what the best ratio is to determine how much you will need to use.

The Sweet Tooth’s Guide To Keeping Cavities At Bay

December 24, 2017

As a result of the repeated admonitions of dentists, hygienists, teachers and parents alike, just about everyone understands that the consumption of candy and soda is likely to boost the risk of cavities. This is a frustrating reality to those who like their sweets, because not only do they feel at risk of suffering tooth decay, but also substantial guilt.

The good news is that heeding just a few key tips can go a long way toward preventing cavities and fostering good oral health, even in folks who eat more sugar than most.

Here are a few tips from our friends over at Farnham Dentistry they are an ADA Dentist in Jacksonville Florida.

Frequent Brushing

Though this may sound obvious, there are often times when hectic lifestyles keep people from brushing their teeth as frequently as recommended. In order to maintain clean, healthy teeth, consider doing the following:

Keep a disposable or travel-sized toothbrush on hand day or night. These toothbrushes are ideal for those who are on the run, facilitating quick pit stops for toothbrushing in office, restaurant or other bathrooms. Whenever a sugary treat is consumed, it is easy to steal away for a few minutes to remove the residue from the teeth. There are even disposable products on the market today that come equipped with toothpaste, enhancing the convenience factor.

Swap out old toothbrushes at home with regularity. Those who eat lots of sweet foods face a significant danger of plaque buildup, considering that plaque tends to take hold in the presence of carbohydrates. Toothbrush models that feature advanced bristles and diamond-configured heads are perfect for getting into remote corners of the mouth. Electric or battery-powered toothbrushes are a top choice for many who find them powerful as well as comfortable to use.

If toting a toothbrush and stopping throughout the day to use it is too much to ask, there are some other methods for preventing cavities. Mouthwashes can be helpful in eliminating a good deal of the sugars that remain after eating. Fluoride-containing products are best, but even simple water by itself can make a difference in a pinch.

Sugar-free gums are also useful in eliminating excess sugar from the teeth. Gum boosts saliva production, which works to get sugar off of the tooth surface. Opting for snacks that contain lower amounts of sugar is a beneficial strategy as well. Fruits are good for taming a sweet tooth, but if that does not satisfy, there are other options that still serve to lower the risk of decay.

For instance, certain types of cake are less likely to leave a sticky, sugary residue than, say, a piece of peanut brittle or taffy. Ultimately, the goal when it comes to cavity prevention is to make certain that the mouth does not stay coated in sugar because the sugars form acids, which lead to decay.

How to Make Moist Brownies Every Time

December 24, 2017

Enjoy Great Food magazine recipe creator, Brandon Palmetto, has the key to making super-moist brownies every time. Cook them at the right temperature for the right time. A few minutes extra and they lose the fudgy, moist richness. There are some steps you want to take every time to make the perfect brownies.

Check Your Equipment

Do not substitute a pan for the one called for in the recipe. It will make a difference, so make sure to use one that has the correct measurements in the recipe. If the recipe calls for using a 9 by 11-inch pan, be sure to use it. This will give your brownies the proper baking so that they get done properly.

If the pan is the wrong size it can cause them to cook slower, and this raises the chances of brownies coming out sticky rather than moist. Be sure that, in addition to using the correct size, that you use the right type of pan. A glass or light-colored metal pan will do the best baking as opposed to dark-colored metal.

Check Your Technique

Baking is a science. It requires proper measurements and mixing unlike cooking does at times. Make sure that you measure your ingredients just right. Resist the temptation to overmix ingredients or your brownies will come out tough. When the batter is dense it does lend to the resulting brownies being very moist, but make sure to beat it just to the point where the ingredients mix. Use a wooden spoon. When you take your batter to the baking pan, spread it evenly. This allows the brownies to cook evenly.

Check Your Temperature

The dial on your oven may read 350 degrees F but this does not mean that it is precisely that. If your oven is off by a few degrees, it can change the outcome of the baking. Use an oven thermometer to make sure that your oven is at the right temperature before you bake your brownies. The precise temperature is necessary for moist brownies.

Check for Doneness

Are you hoping for perfectly moist results? Then be careful not to set the timer and walk away from the kitchen. After you put the brownies in, check them in about 20 minutes. Press the center down gently. You can also use a toothpick for this test. If the brownies bounce back up or the toothpick comes out clean your brownies are done and ready to cool.

If the test reveals that the brownies need more time, give them about eight more minutes and check again. If moist crumbs come out with the toothpick, take out the pan. You are ready to enjoy your perfectly cooked, moist brownies. Note that if they are slightly undercooked this is all right. Brownies that are undercooked slightly are much better than overcooked ones.

So Sweet You’ll Need To Slap Your Endodontist!

September 28, 2017

YOU

WILL

LOVE

SWEET

TOOTH

FESTIVAL

like a fat kid and chocolate!

I promise you!

There isn’t another festival like Sweet Tooth Festival.

Imagine a world surrounded by the best delicacies you could ever imagine?

Think about chocolate cake so moist you could only compare it to a baby’s diaper…except well, minus the disgusting part..

How about candy that would put Willie Wonka to shame..

All of this can be found at the divine Sweet Tooth Festival.

Last year we had an amazing turn out.  There were hundreds of people who came out to experience the very best our city had to offer.

We had people come in from all over the state and even had a couple out of country visitors pop in to experience what we had to offer.

I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely excited about this next year!

Get ready and get excited!

We’ll be updating more soon!