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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•  A change in the contour, size, texture or temperature of the breast. A pitted, reddish surface that resembles the skin of an orange could be a sign of advanced breast cancer.


•  A change in the nipple, such as dimpling, retraction, itching, ulceration or a burning sensation. A scaly rash of the nipple may be Paget’s disease, which could be associated with an underlying breast cancer.


•  Unusual discharge from the nipple that may be bloody, clear or another color. It is usually caused by benign conditions but may be due to cancer in some cases.


•  Unexplained swelling or/and shrinkage of the breast, especially if it is on one side only.


•  A lump in the underarm or breast that persists after your menstrual cycle. Often this is the first apparent symptom of breast cancer. These lumps are usually painless and are visible on a mammogram before they can be felt or seen.

Breast cancer is a tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. It can spread or metastasize to other parts of the body. Detecting breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. You can keep up with your breast health by knowing how your breasts normally look and feel. A sign, such as a rash, can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional. A symptom, such as pain or tiredness, is something only the person experiencing it can feel and know. A doctor should check unusual symptoms.


The most common symptom of breast cancer for many women is a mass or lump. However, many women have breast lumps; nine out of 10 of these lumps are benign, which means they are not cancerous. Most benign breast lumps are cysts (sacs of fluid) and are very common. Some are fibroadenomas – a collection of fibrous glandular tissue, common in younger women under 30 years of age – and some are areas of normal lumpiness that are more obvious just before a period.


Initially, breast cancer has no symptoms. However, as the tumor develops, you may notice the following signs:


•  Swelling in the armpit or a marble like area under the skin, which may be a sign that breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Although these lumps and swellings are often painless, they may be tender.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER

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Other signs include pain or tenderness in the breast; a noticeable flattening or indentation on the breast, indicating a tumor that cannot be seen or felt; or an area that is different from any other area on either breast.


These signs and symptoms do not necessarily mean cancer. Bloodstained nipple discharge, inverted nipples or a rash can also be due to other medical conditions. However, you should see your doctor to be sure. He or she can refer you to a breast clinic.


Later, other signs and symptoms occur as cancer grows larger or spreads to other parts of the body, including other organs. These include weight loss, bone pain, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice, headache, double vision, muscle weakness and buildup of fluid around the lungs.


Inflammatory breast cancer, a rare type of breast cancer, can have different symptoms. The whole breast may feel hard, can be very sore and look red and inflamed. The skin sometimes looks like an orange peel because the pores stand out in the inflamed area.


Any breast cancer symptoms you notice should be investigated as soon as possible.


Sources and Resources:


www.cancer.org

www.cancerresearchuk.org

www.nationalbreastcancer.org

www.webmd.com