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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If you’re taking part in food preparation, cut down on sugar and increase your use of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and other sweet-tasting spices. You could replace half the fat in your brownie, cake and cookie recipes by using apple sauce or baby-food prunes. Use fresh lemon or lime juice on steamed vegetables, pasta or salads. Use onion or garlic to add flavor to meats and vegetables. In place of sour cream, use non-fat plain yogurt. Substitute olive oil for butter or margarine. You might also use light mayonnaise or a combination of light mayo with non-fat plain yogurt.

This is the year you’re doing it: eating properly while enjoying the holidays.


The holiday season is upon us, and with the festivities comes time for renewed effort on the part of the person with diabetes – to eat within the guidelines but still celebrate. The same advice could be given to every American. Twenty-two million Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Eating turkey isn’t the problem; it’s the array of delicacies also on the table for the meal. Drinks and snacks are presented at parties. Christmas candy waits at work and cookies must be baked for the children and guests. All of these are temptations for a person with diabetes. So what can you do to minimize the damage?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following advice:


SENSIBLE HOLIDAY FEASTING

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 She wishes you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year.

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The American Diabetic Association offers these tips for managing your sweet tooth at this time of year, when temptations abound: