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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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to recognize and celebrate a nationwide annual campaign to give people more information about the disease. Breast cancer is the mostly commonly diagnosed cancer in women, according to the World Health Organization. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime; fortunately, early detection and treatment virtually ensures a high survival rate.


Abnormal cell growth that invades healthy cells in the body broadly defines cancer. Breast cancer occurs the same way. It begins as cancer cells that invade surrounding tissues; eventually the cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Women should perform monthly breast self-exams to see if there are any changes in the breasts. You can do this exam standing up in front of a mirror, lying down or when you’re in the shower. If there are changes to one of your breasts, contact a health care professional as soon as possible. Some of the most frequent signs include a change in the way the breast or nipple feels, a change in breast or nipple appearance and nipple discharge.


The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day. Women are encouraged to make an appointment for a mammography to see if they are at risk for breast cancer. A mammogram is a

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

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

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screening that can detect breast cancer in the early stages. Research indicates you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer if it is part of your family history. There are a few ways you can reduce your risk of getting cancer:


•  maintain a healthy weight;

•  stay physically active;

•  follow a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables;

•  do not smoke; and

•  limit alcohol consumption.


These are just a few good habits to adopt for a healthier lifestyle that may help lower your risk of developing cancer. The most important things you can do are having regular breast exams and going to your health care professional on a basis. This October, be sure to participate in events that bring awareness and raise funds for research and the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.