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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lose a tooth, an implant is more the standard of care. Costs are getting less expensive as well.”


Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers in-house credit as well as Care Credit™. Care Credit is a way of financing a procedure completely interest free for the patient.


“I grew up in poverty in Eastern Kentucky, so I understand that spending $1,000 to save a tooth can seem overwhelming,” Dr. Adkins said. “But if that tooth lasts you another 10 years, you’ve actually spent only $100 a year saving a tooth – less than $10 a month. Good dentistry is not expensive. At Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we try to build lifelong patients with work that lasts a lifetime. I understand that a smile can be life changing. Healthy teeth are necessary for function and for dietary needs, but a nice smile can improve self-confidence and with that often you’ll see better relationships, better jobs and better well-being. We want our patients feeling well. Our patients are family to us. We try to treat them just as we would our parents or siblings. We understand they have a choice in choosing who will be their dental provider, and we are honored when they choose us.”


Dr. Adkins is currently building her second practice. “I’m building it one family member at a time,” she said.


Patient Keishia wrote in a Facebook review: “Dr. Adkins and all of the staff are so knowledgeable and nice. They took amazing care of me and knew exactly what was going on. This is especially comforting when you’re pregnant. They even consulted with my OB to let her know what was going on. I’m so appreciative of the care and compassion that I received while there.”


Patient Michelle wrote, “Dr. Adkins and her staff definitely went above and beyond for me even as a new patient. They made me feel comfortable and walked me through step by step what we were going to do. I’ll always remember the kindness Dr. Adkins showed me and the top-quality care they gave me.”

Whether your smile needs a little boost or a complete makeover, Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is your place to be. Dr. Ruth Adkins offers excellence in beautiful, healthy smiles. Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides a complete range of general, family and cosmetic dentistry. Services range from simple fillings and tooth whitening to implants and complete smile design. No patient is too young and no patient is too old. “We love all ages, and our variety of team members have unique qualities that cater to all,” Dr. Adkins said.


Dr. Adkins is a 2003 graduate of the University of Louisville College of Dentistry. She has been practicing dentistry for 15 years now. She founded Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Hamburg 11 years ago. “I love working with and helping people,” Dr. Adkins said. “Dentistry is an art, and I take pride in the art I create. Once I restore a smile, I claim that smile. My favorite patient is the patient who comes routinely for check-ups because then I regularly get to see my artwork.”


Dr. Adkins often jokingly tells patients they better take care of her hard work. But honestly, that is what she offers as her best advice to patients. “Take care of what God gave you,” she said. “Floss daily and brush at least two times a day.”


Dr. Adkins says one of the worst things we can do to our teeth is putting sweet, acidic drinks in our mouths. “These drinks create an acidic

DENTISTRY IS AN ART

environment that is detrimental to our enamel and just welcomes tooth decay,” she said. “Once you have tooth decay, you cannot brush it away. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist at least twice a year. Fixing problems early on while they are small is so much easier than fixing the larger issues with more broken-down teeth. Catching things early makes it easy on the patient as well as the dentist.”


Along these same lines, Dr. Adkins likes to inform her patients: “We cannot build our houses in the sand. It is imperative to have a good foundation with healthy gums and periodontal tissues. Healthy periodontal tissue comes from routine cleanings at your dental office and diligent home care.” Again she stresses flossing daily and brushing often. Mouth rinses are also a great idea, especially those with anti-bacterial properties.


Some people may wonder if their smile is salvageable. Dr. Adkins asserts repairing and enhancing even the most neglected smile is possible.


“There have been many changes in dentistry and many innovations,” she said. “For example, it used to be if you had an implant, it was a luxury. Nowadays if you


Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry now has two convenient locations, with the second location now seeing patients in the Wellington area of Lexington. “We try to make our practice affordable and available,” Dr. Adkins said. “Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has extended evening hours by appointment and also offers same-day emergency visits. We are in-network preferred providers with many dental insurances.”


Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to give patients exceptional care in a comfortable environment. “We offer the best modern equipment from digital X-rays to laser whitening, even down to the massage chair and the in-office televisions for patient comfort,” Dr. Adkins said.


Another favorite quote of Dr. Adkins’ is: “If I wouldn’t put in my mouth, I’m not going to put it in yours. You won’t see any silver amalgam fillings at Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and it has been that way since the beginning. We use the best materials with tested longevity and strength. We want your fillings to look just as good five years from now as they did the day we placed them. That’s my artwork, remember.”


Something new and somewhat unique to dentistry is now certain accredited dentists can offer facial enhancements to complement your smile. Dr. Adkins is certified to perform Botox® Cosmetics and Dysport® as well as facial fillers. “I’ve been doing this for about five years now and I love it,” she said. “I definitely believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Most of our patients are already beautiful and they just don’t know it. I love completing something as simple as a lip enhancement or wrinkle removal and watching a beautiful patient realize his or her beauty. That beauty was always there; we simply enhanced it. For that reason, I try to make our facial cosmetic procedures accessible and affordable for anyone who wants them. We offer free in-house consultations for pricing on these procedures.”


Dr. Adkins is proud to say she may very well have one of the most exceptional dental teams in town.


“The staff are always friendly and they are kind when I bring in my two young children for their cleanings, even though they are not the most cooperative patients,” patient Amanda wrote in a Facebook review.


“The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional,” patient Charles wrote. “Dr. Adkins made me feel very comfortable.”


As busy as Dr. Adkins is with her growing practices, she says her greatest accomplishment and joy in life are her two children, Madeline, 15, and Aubrey, 9. “These two have basically grown up in our Hamburg office,” Dr. Adkins said. “I love that they have seen me and my entire team working hard to help others, showing care and compassion, taking pride in what we do and always giving our patients 110 percent.”

TANYA TYLER

Tanya Tyler is the Editor of Health & Wellness Magazine

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