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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In order to have a healthy, bright smile, it is important to have regular dental exams and practice good dental hygiene. These are necessary for preventing gum disease and reducing the risk of tooth loss or dental problems. Proper dental hygiene not only is good for your teeth, but also has numerous other health benefits. Regular dental care isn’t expensive, but having a dental difficulty can become very expensive. That is why it is imperative to perform one of the main preventative actions: Brushing your teeth.


Some of the benefits of brushing your teeth include:


•  Reduced cost of dental care. Prevention is much less expensive than a cure. Brushing your teeth helps prevent cavities and other dental complications.

•  Prevention of gum disease. Regular brushing stimulates the gums, which keeps them healthy and thus prevents gum disease.

•  Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. The American Journal of Medicine has connected dental health to risks of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease is one indicator of heart disease. Also, bad bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream, which also increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.


Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day,

THE BENEFITS OF BRUSHING YOUR TEETH

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

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

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once in the morning and once in the evening. Select a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. Other ingredients in toothpaste, such as abrasives and detergents, are used to remove stains and bacteria. Flossing helps get rid of plaque, particles and food between your teeth. Both of these habits are essential for dental health.


Select a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid doing any damage to the teeth and gums. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and begin brushing from the gum line to the chew surface. Brush your teeth softly with short strokes. Use the same method on the inside of your teeth as well.


Dentists usually recommend using unwaxed floss because it is thinner and easy to slide between the teeth. Carefully insert the floss between the teeth by using a back and forth motion to get it near the gums. Make a letter “C” shape around the edge of the tooth and glide it up and down. Do this same process on all your teeth and be sure to floss the back sides of your teeth as well.