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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It’s time for fun in the sun. But with summer comes some risks. Follow these tips to stay healthy and happy this season.


Sun Protection

Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is harmful to the skin. It can cause a sunburn or, worse, skin cancer – the most common type of cancer in the United States. Protect yourself and your children by wearing hats and clothing that cover exposed skin when going to the lake, beach or pool. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and surrounding skin. And don’t forget the sunscreen. The sun protection factor (SPF) is the product’s level of ultraviolet B waves (UVB) protection. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns. An SPF of 30 will make 30 minutes in the sun equal to one minute of UVB exposure. The higher the SPF, the smaller the difference in protection. Broad  spectrum sunscreens additionally protect against UVA. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin, including the face, ears and neck at least every two hours.


Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites can be annoying, and they can also lead to illness. Insect repellents with the ingredient DEET are the most effective. DEET doesn’t kill mosquitoes but it keeps them away. “All repellents are tested to see if they beat DEET,” said Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of the mosquito control division of Harris County Public Health and Environmental

SUMMERTIME SAFETY

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Services in Houston. Follow the label directions for how often to reapply repellent; the higher the concentration of DEET the longer it will last.


Food Safety

Higher temperatures can cause foodborne illnesses. When bringing food along for a picnic, use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, deli and luncheon meats or sandwiches, cold salads made with mayonnaise or eggs, tuna, chicken, pasta and egg salads, cut fruit and vegetables and any dairy products at the correct cold temperature. A full cooler will retain its cold temperature longer than a partially filled one. Keep the cooler out of direct sun exposure and avoid repeatedly opening it to maintain the temperature longer. Perishable food should not sit out more than two hours. In weather above 90 degrees, food should never sit out for more than one hour. Serve cold food in small portions and keep the rest in the cooler.