IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN ORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health is linked to oral health, and vice versa. Good oral health can enhance mental and overall health, while poor oral health can exacerbate mental issues. Likewise, mental conditions can cause oral health issues. The connection between them is direct, cyclical and, when oral health is neglected, detrimental.

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DIABETES AND YOUR TEETH

Diabetes may cause serious problems with keeping your mouth healthy and having an attractive smile. The disease causes difficulties in the mouth, and problems in the mouth may cause trouble with diabetes. With diabetes, glucose is present in the saliva. When diabetes is not controlled, increased glucose in the saliva allows harmful bacteria to grow.   Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most widespread chronic inflammatory condition worldwide, says Dr. Wayne Aldredge.

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SMART APPS FOR DENTAL HEALTH CARE

Oral health is often taken for granted. The mouth is a window into the health of the entire body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases – those that affect the entire body – may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.   Regardless of age, oral health is very important. Positive oral health leads to improved overall health. More Americans today are keeping their natural teeth throughout their lives.

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at fighting inflammation. They can be purchased fresh, dried, frozen or canned. However, be sure to check the labels because many canned and dried fruits contain added sugar.


6. Oranges


If you eat just one orange a day, you will get all the vitamin C you need. This low-GI fruit also contains folate and potassium, which may help normalize blood pressure. Another great citrus fruit choice is grapefruit.


7. Guavas


These are considered a super-food. They are high in vitamins A and C and contain high amounts of dietary fiber, which is good for constipation.


Other fruits to try include jackfruit, papaya, watermelon, kiwi, pomegranate, pineapple and apples.

According to guidelines put in place by nutritionists and medical institutions, everyone needs to eat at least four to five servings of fruit daily. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says fruits are loaded with fiber, minerals and vitamins and should be part of a diabetes-friendly diet. If you have diabetes, you need to keep an eye on portion sizes and avoid fruits canned in syrups or any other type of added sugar.


The following fruits are recommended for people with diabetes:


1. Berries


According to the ADA, blueberries, strawberries and other types of berries are packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins; they are low-glycemic index (low-GI) fruits. You can try eating berries in a parfait, alternating layers of fruit with plain non-fat yogurt, which makes a great breakfast or dessert.


2. Pears


They are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin K. They make a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. Store pears till they are ripe and ready to be eaten. Slice a pear and toss it into your next spinach salad.

7 GOOD FRUITS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

3. Apricots


This summer fruit is a wonderful part of a diabetes meal plan and a good source of fiber. Four fresh apricots equal one serving and provide more than 50 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement. Try mixing diced fresh apricots into hot or cold cereal or add some to a salad.


4. Peaches


This fruit contains vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium. They are delicious on their own or used in iced tea for a fruity twist. For a quick snack, whip up a smoothie by pureeing sliced peaches with low-fat buttermilk, crushed ice and a pinch of ginger or cinnamon.


5. Cherries


These, too, are low-GI, especially tart cherries, which are packed with antioxidants that may help fight cancer, heart disease and other diseases. Cherries are good

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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