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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No arboretum would be complete without a rose garden. The one at the Arboretum has an extensive collection of over 1,200 different rose cultivars. Its mission is to showcase many different rose types and cultivars to inspire current and future rose growers. Included in the collection are Rugosa, Floribunda, Hybrid Tea, Polyantha, Climbers and Landscape roses. The rose garden contains two trial beds where American Garden Rose Selections and Star Roses are testing some of their newest plants for performance and disease resistance.


The Fragrance Garden is lined with wooden columns covered in climbing roses. It has winding trails, rows of lavender and espaliered fruit trees. This garden’s Mediterranean feel makes it unique. It contains some of the arboretum’s oldest heirloom roses and a wide assortment of herbs and other plants known for their fragrance.


Other physical features in the gardens include vine and rose covered pergolas and a dry laid stone wall. There is also a sculpture featuring 49 stainless steel birds in flight over a base of black granite. Created by Douwe Blumberg, the sculpture commemorates the people who lost their lives in the crash of Flight 5191 at Bluegrass Airport on Aug. 27, 2006.


Located at 500 Alumni Drive in Lexington, The Arboretum is owned and operated by the University of Kentucky and the Lexington- Fayette Urban County Government with the support of the Friends of The Arboretum. The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. Admission and parking are free. For general questions, call (859) 257-6955. Call (859) 257-9339 to learn about the Kentucky Children’s Garden. For more information, visit the arboretum’s Web site at https://arboretum.ca.uky.edu/home


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Thanks to Molly Davis, director of the Arboretum, and Jackie Gallimore, Children’s Education Coordinator, for their assistance in preparing this article.

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden. Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


For kids, the Arboretum is a cool place. It is a natural treasure providing year-round color and change throughout the seasons. In the gardens you’ll see a large and diverse community of plants from around the globe. Molly Davis, director of the Arboretum, said, “We partner with horticultural clubs and groups, university professionals and plant breeders to bring some of the newest selections of annuals, perennials, roses, trees and shrubs to the gardens at the Arboretum.”


Especially for youngsters is the Kentucky Children’s Garden. Director Jackie Gallimore says it provides many benefits. “The Children’s Garden is a safe two-acre outdoor learning environment designed to help children as young as 2 years of age through teens gain an opportunity to discover plants and the environment,” she said. It features an integrated combination of various “child-scaled” theme gardens

LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

and garden-like elements for experiential play. The most popular features include the wading stream, a model train layout featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, a pioneer house for dramatic play and raised beds with fun themes. The gardens at the Arboretum are specifically designed to stimulate the olfactory and visual senses with the different plants’ fragrances, rich and varied colors, textures and leaf forms. They serve as a classroom for educating the kids who visit.


Another extraordinary feature is The Walk Across Kentucky. It was first planted in 1991 after extensive plant collection efforts in the 1980s, which sought to secure the botanical diversity from across the common- wealth and cultivate it in a common location for research and conservation efforts. The collection is a two-mile paved pathway that meanders through over 80 acres of native plantings representing the seven physiographic regions of the state. The collection is constantly expanding, currently including over 520 native species from 99 plant families and 2,500 trees and shrubs. Efforts have been made to further develop the interesting ecosystems found across Kentucky, including tallgrass prairies, wetlands, savannahs and glades.

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

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