Dentaltown November 2012 - (Page 108)

hygiene and prevention profile in oral health by John Peldyak, DDS The newest way of eating is the oldest. What does it mean for our dental health? The SAD Experience The motives were noble. There had to be new ways to supply food for a burgeoning population. Thanks to mechanized agriculture and technology we can now grow, fractionate, refine and recombine high-yield foods into irresistible, some say downright addictive, food-like products. Modern industrial food production has become so successful that now its biggest challenge is finding new ways to make “reduced calorie” foods. Since World War II, the United States has taken the lead in food technologies that supply an overabundance of tasty calories while holding costs down. But the Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with high-calorie saturated fat, vegetable oils, processed foods and sugar, leaving us overfed yet undernourished. The SAD has been ridiculed for decades as the junk food, fast food, refined food diet that makes Americans fat and sick. Over two-thirds of Americans are overweight, one-third are considered obese. And the rest of the world is rapidly catching up. In recent years, the SAD has spread into the Western Industrial Diet (WID) and now more universally morphed into the Worldwide Industrial Diet (WWID). This WWID is firmly taking hold in most urbanized, industrialized parts of the world, replacing traditional foods with enticing mass-produced calories. The high-calorie, low-nutrient WWID has been linked to many diseases of civilization. The United States is a leading indicator with a sharply increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Other developed countries are following the same pattern. Alarmingly, some of these degenerative diseases are relentlessly creeping down into younger age groups. The increasingly unaffordable pharmaceutical, medical and dental establishments struggle to keep pace with diet-induced damage. Coupled with the WWID, a sedentary indoor lifestyle under fluorescent lights contributes 108 NOVEMBER 2012 »

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dentaltown November 2012 Highlights
Continuing Education Update
Howard Speaks: The Fluoride Wars Continue
Professional Courtesy: Get Out of the Office
Second Opinion: Investing in New Technology
What Are You Guys Cementing Zirconia Crowns With?
Issue with Crown Seats! Help Please!
New Products
Product Profile: The Dental Sleep Network
Dentrix G5
Corporate Profile: Officite
Excellent Communication Benefits: A Full-mouth Rehabilitation Case
Product Profile: TruDenta
The Art, Science and Numbers of Clear Aligner Therapy Research: Endodontics
Cementation Simplified
You Should Know: OperaPager
Matching One Anterior Crown
Desired Smiles in Today’s Economy
Why We See Problems with Teeth Whitening: The Science of Whitening, Part 1
In This Issue: Garbage In, Garbage Out
Perio Reports
Ad Index
Profile in Oral Health: Paleolithic Teeth
Dentally Incorrect

Dentaltown November 2012