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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do so for a short period of time. They learn some valuable lessons and incorporate them into their lifestyle down the road. Benefits come over time.


“We see people get stronger and lose weight, and a lot of our elderly population are able to walk up a flight of stairs without even holding on to the handrail,” said Miller.


Dedication is the key moving forward. To be successful, you need to stay committed to training. It is normal to want results quickly, but instant gratification does not happen.


“You are going to have to give yourself three to six months for a physique transformation if you do everything the right way,” Goodrich said. Also, you need to remember that making a change requires more than just exercise. “Diet is 80 percent of changing your body,” Goodrich said.


The hardest part is getting started, so encounter- ing some roadblocks is to be expected. “You have to give yourself at least two to three weeks to acclimate to your new lifestyle,” Goodrich said. “Your body is going to be shocked, sore and uncomfortable, but if you stick with it, you will be fine.”

If you’re looking for a safe, effective program that will help you get toned, become more flexible or lose weight, personal training could be for you.


A personal trainer will teach you proper form and technique to keep you safe and injury free. But first, he or she needs to know what your goals are – whether you want to lose weight, get healthy and tone up or train for bodybuilding, fitness competitions or powerlifting. Perhaps you’re an older person who wants to work on balance and stability.


 “First and foremost, I sit down and speak to potential clients for about 30 to 40 minutes in a consultation to get an idea of what their goals and lifestyle are, to get to know the person a little bit and explain about the program,” said Jason Goodrich, owner and fitness professional at Physiques ‘N’ Weeks (www.physiquesnweeks.com). “You have to map out a schedule and decide how many times a week you will train, go over food and diet, which is the most important thing, and explain that if they want to make a change in the way they feel, their physique and their health, they will have to put the effort in.”


“The trainer should find out what you want to do and make a plan that is practical,” said Melissa Miller of Transformation Personal Training.


Some people work with a trainer on and off for years while others

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JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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