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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DIABETES AND YOUR TEETH

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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Other conditions of the mouth include thrush, an overgrowth of the naturally occurring fungus in the mouth, and dry mouth, where a lack of saliva makes it easy for teeth to decay.


With diabetes, it is of utmost importance to keep the mouth healthy. Taking the following steps may prove helpful:


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. The good news is periodontal disease is treatable and sometimes reversible with good oral hygiene habits and professional treatment from a periodontist.


Plaque forms on the teeth and around the gum line. When it is not removed, it may turn into tartar, which makes cleaning between your teeth more difficult. As a result, the gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. This condition is known as gingivitis.


When gingivitis is untreated, it may progress to periodontitis. The gums may pull away from the teeth. Pockets form and become infected. The body fights against the infection, but it may slowly start breaking down the bone and the tissue that hold the teeth in place. If the periodontitis goes untreated, it may lead to the destruction of the gums, bones and surrounding tissues, as well as tooth loss. Your dentist may send you to a periodontist, who may do a deep cleaning or, in some instances, surgery.