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Continue To Sink Your Teeth Into It!

Written by Ted Ingram Jr., RDN, LDN, CPT

Integrative Clinical Nutritionist for

JM Nutrition, Inc. and Block Integrative Cancer Treatment Center


October 2017


October is “Health Literacy Month.”  The focus should be on prevention in areas of lifestyle modifications such as healthier eating along with a consistent workout regimen.   Proper mastication of foods to extract nutrients requires healthy gums and teeth.   Your individualized oral health maintenance is paramount to your overall health.


Dr. Weston A. Price, a nutritional pioneer, was a surgical dentist and he studied extensively in the areas of oral health and nutrition.  What he found was an enhanced deterioration in oral health when one has a diet mostly comprised of sugary and processed foods.   Please check out Dr. Price’s website for more info on the importance of nutrition in oral health.  If you have any additional questions, go to and click on “Ask the RDN.”


Remember when eating these whole foods, always apply the rainbow principal, which means eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables daily.  See photo below.
















Check out my website –

Pick up my new book titled “Cook Your Junk Off!!”


This is a must book for your eBook or book library
































September 2017


The controversy continues to brew on about fluoride and the safety of this substance in your toothpaste as well as water.  The other substance of concern is mercury, which is found in the amalgam or silver fillings.  Dr. Gerry Curatola, DDS founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry, believes “the key to one’s total wellness is his or her oral health.  He warns against fluoride as well as mercury being promoted in the world of dental care.   Please see the interview with Dr. Gerry Curatola, DDS and Dr. Joseph Mercola at Check out “Oral Health Overall Wellness.”


Here are two nutrients to help strengthen your oral health and the foods containing these vital nutrients.


                 Nutrients                               Food Sources                                 Benefits










Dr. Andrew Weil, MD. Eating Well for Optimal Health, 2000.




August 2017


Is clove bud oil a benefit to your oral health?   Derived from the clove tree, clove bud oil is thought to be efficacious to dental health by relieving sore gums, bad breath, mouth ulcers, and cavities.   This is the result of the chemical compound eugenol, which makes up 90% of oil.


Ancient Greeks and Romans implemented the essential oil for toothaches and offensive breath.  At some point in time clove bud oil found its way into Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for similar usages.  To find out more about clove bud oil  please check out the references below.



1. Dr. Light Miller, ND & Bryan Miller, DC. Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing.

2. Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO. Herbal: Clove Bud Oil Benefits and Uses


Check out my website –

Pick up my new book titled “Cook Your Junk Off!!”


RD Teddy, vegetarian and natural foods pioneer, has compiled simple but significant

information on good and better carbohydrates, best cooking oils/fat sources, low-glycemic sweeteners, and more. Charts and tables have been implemented for easy reads. The book has over sixty great recipes, which exposes his skills as a cooking maven. He honed his cooking skills by preparing foods for such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey – Media Proprietress/Mogul & Philanthropist, Byron Allen- CEO of Entertainment Studios & Comics Unleashed, Dr. John McDougall, MD, Elvis Costello- International

musician & songwriter, Dr. Cass Igram, MD author of "Eat Right or Die Young", Dr. Keith I.Block, MD of the world renown Block Integrative Cancer Treatment Center, Tom Burrell CEO, Burrell Communication, Inc, Lily Tomlin – Actress, Writer & Producer, etc., just to name a few. RD Teddy (aka Ted Ingram Jr.) foray into clinical nutrition bought him full circle as to the importance of food choices and disease prevention.


Go to   Once on the page put in search engine

“Cook Your Junk Off!!  Enjoy the book with family and friends.





July 2017


Hey! Smiley and want to be smiley, I have more good news.  The info on gum disease prevention is getting better all the time.  The science on dysbiosis, an oral microbiome imbalance, is appearing to be more promising.  Researchers are coming up continuously with cogent findings on the value of probiotics against gum disease.


A healthy microbiome is key to mucous membrane and tooth enamel protection as well as a protector of your overall health.   I predict in the very near future that oral probiotic lozenges will become increasingly popular.  My caveat is that this should not replace healthy dietary habits and good dental practices such as adhering to your individual, dental program.


Being one, who is big on prevention, I am quite elated by these new findings.   Check me out at   Click on “Ask the RDN” for any questions regarding you health.


Bon appétit!










1. Bonifait L, Chandad F,  Grenier D. Probiotics for oral health: myth or relity? J Can Dent Assoc. 2009;75


2. Burton JP, Drummond BK, et al. Influence of the probioitcs Streptococcus salivarius strain M18 on

    indies of dental health in children: a randomized double-blind, placebo- controlled trial . J Med

    Micribiol. 2013;62(Pt 6):875-84.

3. Scariya L, Nagarathna DV, et al. Probiotics in Periodontal Therapy. Int J Pharm Bio. 2015 Jan;6(1):242-




June 2017


It’s summer time and the living should be easy!   Inclusive in the easy living for most Americans is the grabbing of convenient, cold drinks, which can be loaded with sugary ingredients.   Too much sugar promotes dental caries.  What I have discovered are some great alternatives.


Izze Sparkling Waters, which offer a variety of flavors, are sweetened with organic sugar.  A 12 FL oz. bottle will only give you 2 grams of sugar and 2 grams of carbohydrates.   Izze offers a sparkling juice as well, but be careful consuming this product.  Although it is a combination of sparkling water and juice, the sugar is hidden within the concentrated fruit juices.  This is why reading the Nutrition Facts label on purchased products is critical.  In a 12 FL oz. bottle of Izze Sparkling Juice is 29 grams of sugar and 31 grams of carbohydrates.   Check out their website


GT’s Kombucha Organic & raw drinks – made from fermented kombucha tea and comes in a variety of natural flavorings.  Ingesting this drink on sultry, summer days is an excellent way to stay cool and hydrated while promoting a healthier microbiome with probiotics.   Let’s not forget how important fermented products are to supporting  good bacteria production from the mouth to the anus.  An 8 FL oz. bottle will give you 10 grams of carbohydrates and 7 grams of sugar.  For more info on the product go


Indulge yourself with other easy, chilled foods for summer fun.


For more information on “what to buy” and “where to eat” go to  click on service.    Remember to keep those dental appointments because “your smile is your signature.”




May 2017


RD Teddy, UAD's Blogger, vegetarian and natural foods pioneer, has compiled simple but significant information on good and better carbohydrates, best cooking oils/fat sources, low-glycemic sweeteners, and more.  Charts and tables have been implemented for easy reads. The eBook has over sixty great recipes, which exposes his skills as a cooking maven.

Just Google:  Cook Your Junk Off to see how to order yours!



April 2017


I have been doing this blog for this great group of health care professionals for over 2 years and I truly hope that the information presented to you has made a difference in your oral habits as well as lifestyle.  As I continuously look at dental health research, my astonishment with the connectedness of human behavior with optimal health does not wane.


The health status of our gums is pertinent in risk reduction of heart problems, Alzheimer’s, cancer, lung and kidney disorders, etc.  The quest for a gum disease and tooth decay solutions might be getting near.  The buzz word is oral probiotics for more information go to click on: Ask The RDN


Scientists have been closely examining the oral microbiome, which consists of the healthy microorganisms.  It supports and protects the surface mucus membranes of the teeth.  The microbiome has a balanced relationship with the pathogenic microorganisms.  Any imbalances in the relationship compromise oral health.


These imbalances can result from poor diets, lifestyle,

drugs or disease.   The imbalance is referred to as

dysbiosis and it can induce havoc on the normal immune



What can one do about this?


One key dilemma incited by this imbalance is the mouth’s weakened immune fighting ability.  The strategies for one to implement are increasing fermented whole foods in his or her nutrition, arm your probiotic oral defense system with possible a probiotic lozenge, maintain a consistent relationship with your dentist, and stay tenacious toward your health care needs (e.g. brushing, flossing, hydro-flossing, etc.).


Kimchi (Korean) veggies are fermented and are excellent for building the gut microbiome. The fermented foods are classified as prebiotics; substances that promote the growth of good microorganisms for your well-being.



Happy Spring!!!



1. Sampaio-Maia B, Caldas IM, et al. The oral Microbiome in Health and Its Implication in Oral

    and Systemic Diseases. Adv. Appl Microbiol. 2016;97:171-210.

2. Saffi MA, Furtado MV, et al. Relationship between vasxcular endothelium and periodontal disease in atherosclerotic lesions:

    Review article. World J. Cardiol. 2015;7(1):26-30.

3. Yao QW, Zhou DS, Peng HJ, et al. Association of periodontal disease with oral cancer: a meta-analysis. Tumour Biol.





March 2017


Spring is upon us and the time for spring-cleaning is imminent.   Maybe some of your oral health products should be on the cleaning agenda of  “ discard or keep.”   There has been a plethora of on going research regarding toxic ingredients in some of the oral products such as toothpaste.


The concerns revolve around the use of suspected toxins, which might impact not only your oral health, but also your overall health.  Although most research is inconclusive, the information is worth paying attention to.  The gradualism of discontinuing oral health products with the following ingredients should be strongly considered:


1. Triclosan (antibacterial chemical)

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

3. Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame

4. Fluoride (J Am Dent Assoc. 2010)

5. Propylene Glycol

6. Diethanolamine (DEA)

7. Microbeads


Once you have familiarized yourself with the list of potentially toxic ingredients, shop for products such as Tom’s, Desert Essence, Dental Herb Co. Tooth & Gums Paste, etc.


 Please consult with your dentist for oral products recommendations.   For more info go to Go to Ask The RDN




1. Hye-Rim L, Kyung-A H, et al. Progression of breast cancer cells was enhanced by endocrine-disrupting chemical, triclosan and

    endocrine, via an estrogen receptor dependent signaling pathway in cellar and mouse xenograft models. Chem. Res.

    Toxicol., 2014, 27 (5), pp 834-84

2. Toxic Toothpaste Ingredients You Need to Avoid.

3. Levy SM, Broffitt B, et al. Associations between Fluorosis of permanent incisors and fluorine intake from infant

   formula, other dietary sources and dentifrice during early childhood. J Am Dent Assoc, 2010 Oct; 141 (10) 1190 –    201

4. Propylene Glycol.





February 2017


Are we being sufficiently mindful?  According to the American Heritage Dictionary – mindful means “attentive; heedful.”  Sufficiently can sometimes be ever so elusive for some of us.   This seems to be the challenge when it comes to being “sufficiently mindful” of our dental health.


Insurance companies (Big brother!) have been observing our oral health practices for years and the findings might be the reason for a non-existent a 80% dental plan coverage.  One is very fortunate to have a dental plan, which will cover up to 50% of the dental care cost.


What is one to do?   Stay mindfully committed to your annual visits to the dentist to help stave off more costly dental procedures resulting from neglect.  Understand that the foundation for strong and healthy teeth is nutrient dense eating.  These two habitudes can definitely help reduce your annual dental cost


Nutrients important to your oral health are vitamin C, D, K2, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and calcium.


                                              Rich Food Sources































For more information on nutrient dense foods to support your DNA composition contact me at




January 2017

As we move forward into the “New Year” focused on keeping our resolutions which should entail improving our dietary habits and oral health.  Let’s hope the new presidential administration aspires to have a more robust and affordable dental plans for every American as part of the ‘affordable health care act.


Dental insurance might pay a portion or nothing at all toward dental expenses.  Lawmakers need to be very savvy on health care issues, especially oral health.   David Snape’s book “A Layman’s Guide to Fighting Gum Disease, What You Should Know About Gum Disease” should be required reading for US lawmakers before they finalize any modifications to the “affordable health care act.”   This could be one of the true steps toward prevention and reducing health care cost.


David Snape has interviewed numerous dental professionals and documented their thoughts on periodontal disease.  It is estimated that 75% of the people have the disease.   This gum disease can have far reaching implications on one’s quality of life and longevity.


Maintaining a good, healthy oral foundation:


1. Brushing and flossing 2 to 3 times daily

2. Use a good oral probiotic as needed to boost healthy mouth bacteria

3. Visit your dental professional or dentist annual or adhere to your recommended

    dental plan.


Don’t forget “An Apple a Day Keeps More Than the Dentist Away”















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1. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 2009 Apr;24(2):152-61

2. J Med Microbiol. 2013 Jun;62(Pt 6):875-84



December 2016


As we near the exit of 2016 I do hope the blogs have motivated readers to take better care of their “choppers”.  Remember the health of your teeth can be a powerful indicator of your overall health.   Physicians are sometimes encouraged by chronically ill patients’ dentition status as to the length of their recovery time.   If patient has a mouth full of fillings and root canals, prognosis isn’t nearly as positive.


So here are my holiday tips.  At the risk of being redundant the holiday season will be full of merriment and gastronomy.   Knowing how to pair your food selections can pay huge benefits to one’s oral health.    The balancing of the acid and alkaline foods is key to proper pairing.    Here is the chart, I presented a year ago on acid & alkaline foods.




                   Acid                              Alkaline


          1.Turkey                         Chicken Breast

          2. Beef Tenderloin         Tofu (Fermented)

          3. Lamb, Pork                Fermented Veggies

          4. Alcohol (All)              Alkaline Water

          5. Coffee                        Herbal Teas

          6. Oysters, Lobster        Whey Protein

          7. Fish                            Eggs

          8.  Cakes, Sweets           Fresh Fruits

          9.  Cheeses                     Cottage Cheese

        10. Fats, Oils                   Apple Cider Vinegar


Vegetables are a great food to eat in abundance in neutralizing acidic foods.  My last caveat as I send you into the holidays with cheers “sugary foods” are very acidic, so enjoy in moderation.


Here is an excellent example of balancing the acidic foods with the alkalinity of the veggies.















Happy Holidays!!




Price WA.  Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.  8th ed. La Mesa, CA.: Price-Pottenger; 2009




November 2016


As we near the exiting of this glorious Indian summer, other sweet pleasures of life await us with the coming of the holidays.   Those sweet pleasures will be presented in various ways, but American gastronomy will probably hold the top spot for sweet pleasures during the celebratory holidays.


American cuisine has ingratiated itself with sugar, sugar, and more sugar, sometimes hidden in the appetizers, soups, and entrées.  All of this before you even got to the desserts.


Thank godness!! The havoc on our teeth hopefully will cease when the holidays come to a close as you struggle to commit to your New Year’s resolution (e.g. to taking better care of your teeth, making a dental appointment soon, etc.).   I am certainly not going to be the one to tell you to eat in moderation, but I will share a few healthy tips.


Reach for more whole foods such as ripen, fresh fruits to temper the sweet cravings, fill 1/3 to ½ of your plate with fresh vegetables, and choose desserts sweetened with low-glycemic sweeteners (e.g. raw agave, stevia, inulin, etc.).  If you are not familiar with these sweeteners, check out click on Ask The RDN.


Here is wonderful dessert to share for the holidays!!



                                                                                                      16 servings

1   Extra large organic sweet potato or 15 oz. can

½   cup raw agave

9   tablespoons organic egg whites Serving

2 oz. organic walnut oil

½  cup hemp milk

½  teaspoon nutmeg

1   teaspoon vanilla


     •   Bake sweet potato for 1 hour at 350F; let cool, peel and


     •   Mix sweet potato, agave, egg white, and hemp milk in blender

          until smooth.

     •   Pour mixture into pre-baked 9” pie shell; bake at 350F in pre-

          heated oven for 45 minutes.

     •   (Optional) once pie is ready, decorate with glazed pecans or pastry leaves


                                        Whole Wheat Pastry Shell

2    cups organic whole-wheat pastry flour

¼   teaspoon sea salt

5    tablespoons organic walnut oil

5    tablespoons filtered water

2    tablespoons raw agave


Press shell out in 9 or 10”   Pyrex glass pie bowl (Optional pre made pie shell)

Prebake shell at 350F for 10 minutes.


Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 61 g or 1 slice, Calories 165, Carbohydrates 20g, Protein 4g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sugar 3g, Sodium 43mg, Dietary Fiber 3g, Glycemic Load 9




October 2016


Properly Caring For Your Teeth:

As youths, our first education on good dental hygiene comes from our parents.  If they engage in improper practices in taking care of their teeth, chances are we will be starting at a deficit.  This, sometimes, undervalued habit can make the difference in maintaining good health later in life.


If you acknowledge this drawback, the good news is you can immediately start a close relationship with any of our dentists at the University Associates in Dentistry.   Those of you, who follow the standard American diet (SAD), need to get start sooner than later.


Good nutrition is paramount to helping the dentist save your teeth.  Try to reduce or avoid sticky foods such as gummy bears, licorice candies, caramels, etc.  Remember proper brushing and flossing are significant adjuvant to oral hygiene.


These foods below are truly heart felt.   Sink your teeth into them more and save them.


Pleaseeeeee! Ignore the silly sound bites coming across your boob tube or electronic devices such as “Current Research Showed No Real Benefits in Flossing One’s Teeth.”  Talk to your dentist about this one, because flossing certainly has saved my teeth.


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Proper Dental Hygiene Accurately Reflects Your Whole Body Health… - See Dr. Bill Osmunson, DDS – video on proper brushing.



September 2016


As an integrative clinical nutritionist one’s internal chemical load is of concern to me since some research seems to support the negative impact of chemicals on our biochemistry.


The assault can come by way of the product selection, air, and water quality.  The latter two are huge challenges to control.  The better informed we are about lifestyle choices the lower the risk for dis – ease in our biochemical terrain.


An article written by Dr. Joseph Mercola prompted the aforementioned thoughts.  He asked the question “Is Your Toothpaste Loaded With Toxins?”  This should be of concern because mouth absorption is greater than 90%.


Most of us are brushing at least twice daily, so our choice of toothpaste might be of significance if we are on “chemical alert.”   Keep in mind that toothpastes labeled “natural” could be a marketing ploy by the purveyors since there is no legal definition or regulatory guidelines for natural.


Some of the ingredients that have been put on the watchdog list are:


1. Sodium benzoate (synthetic preservative)

2. Potassium sorbate (synthetic preservative)

3. Sodium laureth sulfate (surfactant)

4. Artificial flavors and colors linked to behavioral problems in children.


Here’s your homework.   Please check out your toothpaste’s ingredients.


Remember!  Visit your dentist annually or stay in compliance to your dentist’s recommendations.  My perpetual caveat to you is “eat whole foods and avoid or reduce processed food consumption.”     Follow me at




1. Dr. Joseph Mercola. “Is Your Toothpaste Loaded With Toxins.”

2. Dr. Jerome Rigot., Behind the Dazzling Smile: Toxic Ingredients in Your Toothpaste (PDF)






August 2016


Can enhancing oral microbiota support gum and teeth health?   Some supplement companies are swearing by it.    The makers of these products with S. salivarius (Streptococcus salivarius) and GanedenBC 30 ™  (Bacillus coagulans), which are beneficial, probiotic strains, believe in their ability to reduce oral diseases.


While there is no substitute for good oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing, investigating  the use of some of these supplements might be worth the effort.  Adhering to your individualized dental regimen is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.  Please contact me to find out more about these products at


Remember good nutrition compliments good dental care!   Give your dentist a friendly call.


Enjoy the great farmer’s markets this summer.




1. J Med Microbio. 2013 Jun;62(Pt 6):875-84.

2. Benef Microbes. 2011 Jun;2 (2):93-101.





July  2016


It’s smoothie weather again!!

Review some of your favorite smoothie recipes for summer delights.  If you are going to consume ice cream during the sultry summer days, check out Oberweis or Amorino Chicago (838 N. State Street) for rHGH free ice creams.


Good Nutrition verses Good Oral Health!!

A great whole foods diet supports good oral health, but cannot take the place of competent professional care.   According to Dave Snape, author of “What You Should Know About Gum Disease”, 75% of people have gum disease.  The vast majority probably does not have a clue about their gum health.


Prevention is critical since the costs associated with dental implants and gum surgeries are expensive, not to mention other potential health problems.  Good nutrition is an adjuvant to acceptable dental and hygiene care.   Try some of these fermented foods to help increase your oral microbiome.


1. Sauerkraut

2. Kimchi ((fermented Korean veggies)

3. Kombucha Tea

4. Yogurts (with low glycemic sweeteners – best to get the regular and add fresh fruits).

5. Amazake (Japanese fermented rice drink)



Look for my exciting eBook, which titled “Cook Your Junk Off!!” Not Just Another Cookbook.  It will be released soon and will be available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, etc Great read for those interested in weight management and blood sugar control.  Informative charts on wise carbohydrate selections, better cooking oils, low glycemic sweeteners, etc.   To find out more about the release of the eBook sign up for my free newsletter at Cover of the eBook below.



1. Fermented Foods: How to ‘Culture’ Your Way to Optimal Health

2. Snape D. What You Should Know About Gum Disease. 2008.





June 2016


How important is dentition to proper nutrient extraction?  The dentition of your teeth is relevant to the development, the kind, and number of teeth in each of our mouths.  How each of us deals with our dental morphology can impact our overall health, especially our ability to utilize our nutrients from the foods.


A consultation with your dentist regarding a dentition analysis could be of benefit in making the best food choices if you suspect possible issues in this area.  Proper masticating or chewing of your food is a necessity not an option.  What adult wants to be on pureed foods!


The take home message is “a complete raw food diet might not be the best choice for you.”    The safe food selections for any dentition status for the summer months are

low-glycemic, fruit sorbets, fresh fruit smoothies, watermelon, etc.


Look for my exciting eBook, which titled “Cook Your Junk Off!!” Not Just Another Cookbook.  It will be released soon and will be available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, etc Great read for those interested in weight management and blood sugar control.  Informative charts on wise carbohydrate selections, better cooking oils, low glycemic sweeteners, etc.   To find out more about the release of the eBook sign up for my free newsletter at See the cover of cookbook below - followed by a wonderful, cooling Mango Mint Sorbet recipe for these hot summer days.  Enjoy!!



Mango Mint Sorbet________________________________________________

                                                                                                      Serves 14

6 cups frozen organic mangos

2 large frozen organic bananas

1 Tbsp fresh mint leaves finely chopped

½  cup agave

½ cup organic soft silken Mori –Nu tofu

2 tsps organic vanilla extract


    •  Measure out all fruits and place in freezer over night


    •  For preparation of the dessert place all frozen fruits and other

        ingredients into a food processor or blender.


    •  Blend into a nice creamy consistency and place back into freezer for 60



     •   Put two scoops in a decorative glass or bowl and garnish with

        unsweetened chocolate squares.


      Nutrition Facts: 4 oz serving (1 scoop) - Calories 82, Carbohydrates 20g, Protein 1g,

      Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sugars 15g, Sodium 3 mg,

      Dietary Fat 3g




1. GA Feldhamer, LC Drickhamer, et al. “Evolution and Dental Characteristics”, Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2007:48-67.

2. M. Balooch, S. Habelitz, JH Kinney, et al. Mechanical properties of mineralized

collagen fibrils as influenced by demineralization. Journal of Structural Biology; June 2008;162 (3):404-410.




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