Jones Smiles - December 2019

FIZZLED OUT? HOW SELTZER WATER AFFECTS YOUR ORAL HEALTH

The latest craze to hit store shelves, bars, and patrons’ glasses is seltzer water. Whether it’s alcoholic or alcohol-free, these light, bubbly drinks have become the go-to for health-conscious consumers who want to elevate their drinks with a little fizz. Health experts have sung seltzer water’s praises for offering the same level of hydration as regular H2O, but dentists haven’t been as quick to agree. Even though your teeth are protected by hard enamel, the items we ingest can damage or destroy it, and seltzer water isn’t innocent. The carbonation that gives these drinks their bubbles also inflates their acidity. Dentists point to a high-acid diet as a contributing factor to enamel erosion, which includes sodas, citrus fruits, and — you guessed it — seltzer water. Non-Alcoholic Concerns

of once per day, and drinking regular water afterward will do little to damage your teeth. Opt for a straw if you want the seltzer to bypass your

teeth completely. Keep in mind that this recommendation is for those who have a low-acid diet. If you regularly consume grapefruits, oranges, and lemons, then seltzer water may not be the craze for you. Note: Seltzer water is different than club soda in that seltzer water is purely carbonated by carbon dioxide. Club soda is comprised of other vitamins and minerals, giving it that salty taste. Consider your dietary restrictions before you reach for one or the other. If you enjoy the occasional alcoholic seltzer drink, you may have more to worry about than just enamel damage. Alcoholic beverages, including those made with seltzer water, often include high amounts of sugar. These sugars sit on your teeth and eat away at the enamel, causing tooth decay, cavities, and pain. For oral and overall health reasons, you should limit your consumption of these drinks. When you do indulge, opt for a straw and rinse your mouth with plain water to remove the fizz and sugar. Alcoholic Concerns

However, don’t be too quick to throw away your LaCroix. Consuming seltzer water in moderation, a maximum

SMILE-FRIENDLY RECIPES

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Inspired by Ina Garten

CLASSIC ROAST CHICKEN

Ingredients

• 1 chicken, approx. 5–6 lbs • Kosher salt • Freshly ground pepper • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, 20 sprigs removed • 1 lemon, halved

• 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise

• 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces • Olive oil

Directions

1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Rinse chicken inside and out, removing giblets if included. Move to a work surface, pat dry, and liberally season with salt and pepper. Stuff cavity with thyme bunch, lemon halves, and garlic head. Brush outside with butter, and then season again. Tie chicken legs together with kitchen string. 3. Meanwhile, in a roasting pan, toss onions and carrots in olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and 20 sprigs of thyme. 4. Place the chicken on the vegetables and roast for 1 1/2 hours. 5. Remove from oven, and let stand for 20 minutes covered with foil. 6. Slice and serve with the vegetables.

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