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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the person you used to be,” said psychologist and counselor Anna Hamer. It is important to find ways to cope and enjoy your new lifestyle. Research has shown that women tend to suffer from empty nest syndrome more than men because child rearing is linked to their identity. This transition is also linked to a time in which depression, alcoholism and marital problems can occur. Instead of allowing this phase to be difficult, try to draw closer to your partner and your family. Show your appreciation for the moments you spend together by making family celebrations and dinners extra special. This is a wonderful time for both you and your child. Celebrate this milestone.

One of the greatest joys of a person’s life is becoming a parent. Parents enjoy watching their children develop, learn and play. However, those carefree days don’t last forever. Children eventually leave the nest and become adults themselves. They grow up and find careers and their own ways in life. While the children are out creating their own lives, it is the perfect time for parents to begin to explore the activities they always wanted to do, as well as try new things.


Parents spend 18 years or more raising a child. They have dreams and hopes for their children to become well-developed adults. During childhood and adolescence, parents spend their time teaching their children and helping them develop skills that will be useful throughout life. Good morals are taught and lessons are learned. It is no wonder parents feel a sense of loneliness when their children leave. Everything they know their life to be suddenly changes.


It is important for parents to realize their children leaving the nest is actually an achievement. You have provided your children with the knowledge to make them successful adults. That’s your job as a parent. It is natural to have some sadness and nostalgia with the changes that are occurring. Nonetheless, try to reverse your attitude of sadness into an attitude of gladness by celebrating and being proud of what you have accomplished.   

MOVING FROM PARENT TO EMPTY NESTER

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

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

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Having an empty nest is associated with new lifestyle opportunities. You can either resist them or embrace them. Embracing these changes can be fun. Here are a few simple ways to celebrate having an empty nest:


•  Save money by downsizing and getting a smaller home. You probably don’t need so many extra rooms anymore. That is just space you don’t use and more areas to clean. Purchase a home that better accommodates you.


•  Since you will save money without children in the house, you can take vacations. Take a trip across the country or even out of the country. You don’t have to worry about leaving the children with someone or having the expenses of children on the trip. You can splurge a little on yourself.


•  Get the vehicle you always wanted. You don’t need a family-sized car that fits all the children or a van that is perfect for carpooling anymore. You can finally get the car of your dreams.


Transitioning from parenting to having an empty nest can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. “The empty nest moment can be a good time to rediscover