The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on August 10, 1977 · Page 34
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Pantagraph C-4 Bloomington-Normal, III. - Wed., Aug. 10, 1977 Mouth reflects genera health even diabetes : it t Share a smile with someone special 4 Food for thought By Drs. Jean Mayer and Johanna Dwyer When a doctor or dentist looks into your mouth, he sees more than the state of your gums and teeth. The mouth also tells him a lot about your general health and nutritional level. , For example, signs of many diseases, including nutritional deficiencies, anemias and diabetes, may first appear ' in the mouth, and this is why a dentist is often the first person to spot serious ; health problems. Soft tissues, such as those in the gums, tongue and the lining of the mouth, react intensely to metabolic and nutritional problems because they are made up of very rapidly growing epithelial cells. Dr. Jean Mayer Since tissues with a rapid replacement ; rate are especially sensitive to nutritional shortages or illness, they are Her cornbread nets grand prize in Beard contest A recipe for raised Mexican cornbread, submitted by Mrs. Helen Bemis Black of Arlington Heights, is the grand prize best-of-contest winner in the James Beard Creative Cookery Recipe Contest, sponsored by Woman's Day magazine. Mrs. Black won out over some 22,000 competitors, for the top prize of a course in expert cooking techniques at the James Beard School in New York, and a week in New York for two with travel and expenses paid. Beard, one of the judges, is a Pantagraph food columnist. Raised Mexican Cornbread: 2 pkgs. dry yeast, 1 cup cornmeal, 1 T each salt and sugar, Vz tsp. soda, 2 eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, Vz cup cooking oil, 1 medium size onion, chopped fine; 3 hot canned chili peppers, chopped fine; 1 cup creamstyle corn, IV2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated; 5 cups all-purpose flour, V4 cup oleo, melted. (The recipe features Fleischmann's yeast, one of the participating advertisers.) Stir yeast into cornmeal and soda. Heat oil, salt, sugar, onion and buttermilk to lukewarm. Stir into cornmeal mixture. Add two eggs and beat thoroughly. Add corn, chopped pepper and cheese. Add flour, a cup at a time, till well mixed. Knead till smooth and elastic. Grease bowl and dough with melted oleo. Cover. Let rise in warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, till double in size 1 to lVz hours. Grease 2 loaf pans (10V4 by 3 by 2) with oleo and dust with cornmeal lightly. Divide dough in half and place on lightly floured surface. Roll each half into a rectangle about 8 by 18 inches, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets. Fold to fit loaf pans, placing seamside down. Brush with oleo. Cover. Let rise a second time, away from drafts, till double in size. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove from pans to a wire rack immediately and brush with melted oleo to prevent a hard crust that tears when sliced. Cool completely. Wrap in foil and freeze if you can wait. This makes delicious rolls, too, and good toast. Dairy producfs bulk of calcium Did you know that dairy products in 1975 supplied three-fourths of the calcium in U. S. diets? They also provided 34.7 per cent of the phosphorus, 39.8 per cent of the riboflavin, 22 per cent of the protein, 21.1 per cent of the magnesium and 19.8 per cent of Vitamin B-12, but only 11.4 per cent of the calories. affected earlier than other parts of the body, such as the teeth, which have a slower turnover of cells. Sometimes it is not necessary to look inside the mouth; important clues such as fissures or cracks in the corners of the mouth are readily apparent. As you may recall from school lessons in hygiene and health, cracks around the corner of the mouth may signal a deficiency of riboflavin, one of the vitamin B complex found in milk and cheese, lean meat, liver, eggs, leafy vegetables, legumes .and whole grains. Cracks in mouth . 1 But angular cheilosis, the medical term for these cracks around the mouth, may point to a number of other nutritional deficiencies, as well as to conditions that have nothing to do with nutrition. ; Dr. Abraham Nizel, a nutrition expert from iron-deficiency anemia, a pale tongue and blood tests showing low iron stores are probably more common and telling symptoms. Disorders of the mouth may also be caused by metabolic problems, such as diabetes. Indeed, dentists are sometimes the first to diagnose diabetes mellitus. Too little fluoride Telltale symptoms are bleeding gums that do not improve despite professional dental care, loose teeth and sores on the roof of the mouth that do not heal. Since the epithelial cells that form the lining of the mouth also act as a protective barrier against the invasion of toxic substances into the underlying connective tissue, any problem that endangers these cells may have far-reaching consequences. This is why diabetics need to take particularly good care of their mouths. By the same token, nutritional deficiencies are sometimes the conditioning factors that break down resistance and make it easier for local irritants to render their bad effects. What about the "hard stuff," such as the teeth? The most common "deficiency" here is too little fluoride when the teeth are growing. If fluoride is supplied at a concentration of about 1 part per million parts of water in the water supply, babies and growing children develop a harder, more resistant outer coat of enamel on their teeth. Good general care In later life, these teeth are better able to resist the development of dental caries or cavities. Therefore, it makes good sense from both a health and economic standpoint to have water fluoridated. Alternatively, fluoride tablets or applications of fluoride directly onto'a child's teeth should be considered if local water is not fluoridated. Of course, everyone should avoid a diet high in sticky, sugary foods, and remember to brush or swish after every meal and snack. Don't forget that the habitual use of hard candies, breath lozenges and cough drops, which are held in the mouth and sucked constantly often leads to cavities. Teeth, unlike the soft tissues of the mouth, do not grow back, and bridges or dentures cost a fortune and are never as good as the real thing. In short, a good diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, regular trips to the dentist and diligent attention to daily brushing and flossing are the surest ways to avoid the telltale signs of malnutrition in the mouth, and to have the kind of pearly teeth that will last a lifetime. A professional 8 x 10 color portrait for Choose from our selection f fi of 8 scenic and color f Jy ( VA oacKgrounas. Select additional portraits and save up to XA compared to 1975 prices. 4 at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, points out that angular cheilosis and other changes in the mouth may be caused by poor utilization or deficiency of niacin, folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, protein and iron, as well as riboflavin. And when malnutrition is the culprit, several nutrients are often lacking. The interrelationships between nutrients also may be very important. For example, if the problem involves a lack of both protein and riboflavin, even large doses of the latter may not correct the deficiency of that nutrient. But once a satisfactory protein status is restored, then much smaller amounts of riboflavin will correct the angular cheilosis. Why is this important for you to know? For one thing, if you have cracks in the corners of your mouth and think that the problem may be riboflavin deficiency, you would be wise to investigate further before rushing to the drugstore for vitamin supplements. Or diabetes Remember, riboflavin deficiency is relatively rare in this country, and the fissures may be caused by something entirely different. For example, frequent licking of the lips may cause such cracks. Local infections, excessive drooling, allergies and missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures are other possible causes. Also, doctors and dentists usually do not accept one symptom, such as angular cheilosis alone, as proof of a nutritional deficiency. Usually, two or three different signs pointing in the same direction are needed to confirm such a diagnosis. For instance, riboflavin deficiency is usually also characterized by a magenta-colored tongue. In pernicious anemia, a burning, painful tongue, as well as fissures around the mouth, may be present. And while angular cheilosis is sometimes seen in patients who suffer See our new large Decorator Portrait. Your complete satisfaction guaranteed or your money cheerfully refunded. No obligation to buy additional portraits PLAINS SNACX WED. AUG. 10 THURS. AUG. 1 1 FRI. AUG. 12 SAT. AUG. 13 Daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1701 E. EMPIRE-Beltline Loop 55 at Route 9 Bloomington, II. One sitting per subject $1 per subject for additional subjects, groups, or individuals in the same family. 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