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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Ornaments are often passed down through generations, but many older ornaments were decorated with lead paint. Wear gloves when handling vintage ornaments. Try making home-made ones from paper, fabric or cardboard. Check out www.care2.com for inspiration and instructions.


Lights are another safety concern because lead is a common component in vinyl, which is used to coat wiring and bulb sockets. A report from Cornell University found detectable levels of lead in Christmas tree light cords that exceed the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HealthyStuff found 54 percent of tested lights have more lead than regulators allow in children’s products – some with more than 30 times those levels. These chemicals are often found in household air and dust, so it may be better to string holiday lights outdoors only. Wash your hands immediately after handling lights and don’t allow children to handle them. Or get LED strands that claim to be lead-free.

DON’T LET TOXIC DECORATIONS DAMPEN YOUR HOLIDAY SPIRIT

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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“These products are being used as a dumping ground for old plastic waste, which is loaded with toxic chemicals,” said Jeff Gearhart, a researcher with The Ecology Center. “We estimate a single year’s inventory of Mardi Gras beads may contain up to 900,000 pounds of hazardous flame retardants and 10,000 pounds of lead.”


Some people think artificial trees are more environmentally friendly. Americans spent $1.19 billion on them in 2014. Artificial trees are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a fire-resistant plastic used in construction pipes, toys, medical devices and car interiors. PVC uses metals such as lead, tin or barium as stabilizers. Sometimes PVC contains phthalates. It also releases gases known as volatile organic compounds that can irritate the eyes, nose and lungs. Products made from PVC tend to release more harmful gases as they start to degrade. If you purchase an artificial tree this year, remove it from the box outside and let it air out for as long as possible before bringing it indoors. Look for PVC-free trees made from polyethylene, generally considered safer and not known to leach harmful chemicals. Your safest bet would be to decorate a living, pesticide-free tree, bush or houseplant.  

Many beloved holiday traditions and products can be toxic. Home decorations are largely unregulated and may legally contain lead or phthalates in quantities the Consumer Product Safety Commission prohibits in children’s products. If a product is not labeled as intended for children, it is not subject to lead, cadmium or phthalate restrictions. Lead exposure is an established risk factor for hypertension, infertility and diminished IQ in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asserts there is no safe level of lead exposure. Phthalates are recognized as endocrine-disrupting chemicals shown to lower testosterone in lab animals and humans. Other metals and flame retardants are linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer.


Researchers from The Ecology Center (www.HealthyStuff.org), an environmental non-profit that regularly tests seasonal products, report two-thirds of these products contain one or more hazardous chemicals linked to serious health problems. The center tests tinsel and plastic garlands, stringed lights, wreaths, stockings, figurines and gift bags from Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Lowe’s, CVS and Dollar Tree. The study identified lead, flame retardants, tin compounds and phthalates, among other hazardous substances. Light strings consistently showed high levels of lead and bromine. Beaded garlands were found to contain a multitude of toxic contaminants. They are made from recycled plastic material, including waste from electronics.