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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disease in which the body mistakenly attacks the pancreatic cells thatmake insulin. It affects about 5 percent of all people with diabetes.


According to the CDC, diabetes and its related complications rack up $245 billion in medical costs, lost work and wages, up from $174 billion in 2010.


Similarly, more than 3 million people in the United Kingdom are being treated for diabetes, an increase of nearly 60 percent in the past 10 years. According to the charity Diabetes UK, the figures show the majority there also have Type 2 diabetes.


Dr. Joan St John, a GP in Brent in northwest London, where diabetes levels are some of the highest in the country, said the condition had become incredibly widespread. She told the BBC News Web site, “It’s very noticeable in that not a week goes by that you don’t make a new diagnosis of diabetes, at least one if not two or three; previously that might have been one a month.”

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It is partly due to a lack of exercise and sugary diets. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes kills more than 71,000 people a year. If the current state continues, one in three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050. The condition over time can lead to limb amputations, blindness and kidney failure, among many other complications.


Over 29 million American adults have diabetes. And a quarter of them don’t even know it. That’s up from 26 million in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and represents more than 9 percent of the population.


According to Ann Albright, director of the division of diabetes translation at the CDC, these new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in this country. The CDC makes its estimates based on a national sample of Americans who are asked whether they have been diagnosed with diabetes and give blood samples. They are not asked specifically what type of diabetes they have, but the vast majority have Type 2 diabetes, which is often caused by poor diet and lack of exercise.


Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in childhood, is an autoimmune

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HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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