Diabetes and Your Teeth

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Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

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DIABETES AND YOUR TEETH

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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Other conditions of the mouth include thrush, an overgrowth of the naturally occurring fungus in the mouth, and dry mouth, where a lack of saliva makes it easy for teeth to decay.


With diabetes, it is of utmost importance to keep the mouth healthy. Taking the following steps may prove helpful:


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. The good news is periodontal disease is treatable and sometimes reversible with good oral hygiene habits and professional treatment from a periodontist.


Plaque forms on the teeth and around the gum line. When it is not removed, it may turn into tartar, which makes cleaning between your teeth more difficult. As a result, the gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. This condition is known as gingivitis.


When gingivitis is untreated, it may progress to periodontitis. The gums may pull away from the teeth. Pockets form and become infected. The body fights against the infection, but it may slowly start breaking down the bone and the tissue that hold the teeth in place. If the periodontitis goes untreated, it may lead to the destruction of the gums, bones and surrounding tissues, as well as tooth loss. Your dentist may send you to a periodontist, who may do a deep cleaning or, in some instances, surgery.