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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Gibitz was a social worker and pastoral counselor when she decided to become a doula. She had a doula present at the birth of her son and found her very helpful, although she almost did not have a doula because she wanted as much privacy as possible. Once she went to birthing classes, she decided to have a doula and it was a wonderful experience. She decided to become a doula herself to “help women have better birthing experiences.” Her Web site is www.JoyfullbirthKy.com.


Gibitz’ training consisted of an intensive weekend of learning and attendance at a number of births. Gibitz said there are a number of good reasons for choosing a doula: you may feel safer, you may have a more empowering experience and you may want to have a way to get the father or partner involved in the birthing process.


Paulette Schalck, director of Nurse-Midwives at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, said, “We consider pregnancy and birth as normal life processes. Providing prenatal care,  labor and delivery and beyond  is what we do.”

Are you pregnant and planning for the birth of your child? Your pregnancy may be a special experience for you and your husband or partner as you welcome your new baby into the world. You could consider having a midwife assist you with your pregnancy, particularly through labor and delivery. Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) provide for delivery in a birthing center or at home. Using a midwife makes for a less costly experience.


A CNM is different from a CM or entry-level midwife. A CNM is an RN, a baccalaureate graduate with a BSN and subsequently trained and certified in maternity care. A CM is not a nurse but is trained and certified to care for a woman during pregnancy. An entry-level midwife is experienced in care of the mother but is not certified. Most midwives are CNMs. According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, as of August 2016, there were 11,475 CNMs and 108 CMs in the United States. Income for CNMs ranges from $30,000 to $80,000.


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MIDWIVES AND DOULAS: CHOICES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines.

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professionals such as an obstetrician;


According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, benefits of receiving midwifery care include:


Another option for the expectant mother is to have a doula. A doula, according to Abbie Gibitz, “provides emotional, physical and spiritual support to the mom and her support team, attends prenatal visits, provides for education of mom and dad, is a helping presence at labor and delivery and may attend post-partum to help with breast feeding.” Gibitz says a doula assists the mother but does not do anything medically related. She makes the laboring mother more comfortable, suggests positions to assume, looks after the father and empowers the mother.