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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allergies can also cause bad breath. Digestive problems are other known culprits. Some medications cause bad breath as a side effect until the medicines are discontinued.


•  Food with Strong Odors: Food such as garlic or onions have strong odors and can cause bad breath.


If your child has bad breath, teach her to brush her teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to take proper care of her mouth. Your child should also brush her tongue. Teach your children to develop a habit of rinsing their mouths after every meal. This will help remove the unwanted food particles that facilitate plaque formation and the build-up of germs in the mouth.


Another good habit your children can adopt is staying hydrated. Drinking fluids, especially water and reduced-sugar beverages, produces more saliva and keeps the mouth wet. As a rule of thumb in most cases, increasing saliva and decreasing bacteria in the mouth can help reduce the problem of bad breath.

Children may not realize it, but parents know bad breath is a matter for concern.


The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Although this condition may be temporary, it can be a source of embarrassment for your child. Bad breath can have many causes. Here are some of those causes and suggestions for overcoming bad breath problems in your children.


•  Oral Hygiene: It’s the most common cause of bad breath, generally because children may not brush or floss their teeth properly and frequently. As a result, food particles left in the child’s mouth will rot and start to smell. Plaque, which is a haven for bacteria, can also develop on the teeth, adding to the foul smell. Even your child’s tongue can become a place where bacteria is created.


•  Mouth Breathing: Some children breathe through their mouths either because they have a stuffy nose or just because they are used to breathing that way when they sleep. This sometimes leads to dry mouth. A dry mouth produces less saliva, and saliva helps wash away bacteria and cleanse the mouth.


•  Infection or Illnesses: Bad breath in children can be due to mouth sores or cavities. Conditions such as a sinus infection, tonsillitis or

WHEN CHILDREN HAVE BAD BREATH

HARLEENA SINGH

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In addition, make sure to take your child to a dentist for regular checkups and cleaning at least twice a year. The dentist can examine your child’s teeth and check for gum diseases or other problems that can damage the teeth and cause bad breath.