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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•  Local Museums

Learn some history by visiting a local museum. Let your children engage and educate themselves on a particular subject, period or area. Experiences such as a museum visit can become a meaningful part of a child’s identity and contribute to successful socialization. Many museums offer free or discounted admission during certain hours or on certain days.


•  Zoo or Aquarium

Explore wildlife by visiting the local zoo or aquarium. This is a wonderful learning experience that allows children to study animals in a simulation of their natural environments.


There are many amazing places in your area your family can go explore for free or at a low cost. Check with your local chamber of commerce or visitors center for more ideas. This summer, make it your goal to get out of the house to learn about and explore your local area. Your children will have fun, and you will, too, as you watch them expand their horizons. The opportunities are limitless.

With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably looking for family friendly activities in which everyone can participate. Instead of planning a big family vacation, you could choose to take a few fun day trips. These trips are usually less expensive and less time consuming than a full-out vacation. Enjoy a full day of activities provided by some of the local attractions in your city.


To discover what is within your area, go online and search TripAdvisor or other Web sites that provide similar content. Look for discounts – a certain day of the week might be cheaper to go visit an attraction than another. Be sure you have all your necessities ready before you venture out: your tickets, snacks for the drive there and back and clothing suitable for whatever activity you may be doing, such as swimwear, hats and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water, especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. You need to stay hydrated.


Here are a few attractions you can visit that are in most cities or just a short drive away:


•  Fire or Police Station

Many fire and police stations offer free tours. Call your local fire or police department, tell them about your interest in touring the facility and set a date and time. This will allow children to have an educational

FUN DAY TRIPS TO TAKE WITH YOUR CHILDREN

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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experience as well as learn safety tips.


•  Library

During the summer, many libraries have programs for children that entail storytelling, movies and crafts. Children can get their own library cards and check out books themselves. A weekly trip to the library can form a lifetime habit of reading.


•  Waterpark or Amusement Park

The local waterpark or amusement park is the perfect place to go to let loose and have some fun, especially when it gets hot. Again, you’ll want to pack plenty of sunscreen and hats when you go and also bring water.


•  State Park

Enjoy nature at a local state park. This is a wonderful way to bond with your family in the great outdoors. Pack a picnic and have lunch outside. Embark on a nature hike or bring your fishing poles if there’s a lake. You can even enjoy fun physical activities such as soccer or football or you can bring a board game or play cards.