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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re-evaluate that relationship. Feel free to apply your skills, talents and hobbies to give others a gift or experience. Putting your heart, soul and personality into making a gift or providing a unique service to someone can be powerful and meaningful.

RADICAL HOLIDAYS - HOW CAN YOU AVOID CONSUMERISM THIS YEAR?

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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service; some make or bake gifts; and others only shop for family with a $20 cap. A common motivator is to highlight spending time with loved ones versus spending money. Most people remember who they were with last holiday season rather than what they received from them. Feeling obligated to buy for others is often why gifts can seem hollow, meaningless and quite forgettable – people don’t always know what someone else truly wants or needs, but they feel a societal pressure to wrap up some trinket. Several trade company surveys reveal Americans are mostly displeased with their presents. A 2014 survey found 75 percent of Americans probably won’t like their Christmas gifts. Rather than cherishing these gifts, most plan to get rid of them quickly by reselling or regifting them or donating them to charities.


To try lessening consumerism this Christmas, you could decide to only buy for immediate family members, perhaps with a spending limit. You could have each family member draw the name of one person for whom to buy. Tell others in advance that you won’t be buying gifts. You may be surprised how many others feel trapped in a maze and may react with relief to your announcement. If anyone balks and still wants you to buy something for him or her, you may wish to

On average, people spend roughly half their monthly income – about $830 – on holiday gifts. One in three people use credit cards and add to their personal debt over the holidays. As a country, we spend trillions of dollars during the holiday season.


For many years, there has been a growing, worldwide minimalist movement that extends to Christmas consumerism. Nearly one in 10 U.S. families didn’t exchange holiday gifts in 2014, according to MarketWatch. This equates to roughly 2 million households, about 9 percent of American families. Minimalists have shunned shopping and consequently have saved big bucks. They also say they find the experience liberating.


There are many reasons individuals and families around the world have stopped rampant holiday shopping. Some don’t celebrate the holidays; others have no one to give gifts to. But for many people, the cost has simply become too high. Nearly one in four Americans say the holidays are too expensive, according a 2015 Pew Research Center poll. Still others have taken a stand against consumerism and buying for the sake of buying. That same Pew Research Center poll found one in three Americans dislike the commercialism and materialism of the holidays.


How this plays out varies. Some people offer assistance or a