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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have to solve the monster’s dental problems, such as finding hidden cracks or pulling out creepy cavities with tongs, before its mouth slams shut. The kid-friendly app is for all ages.


The Colgate Tooth Fairy app helps families build regular brushing routines with fun timers to brush with. The app also provides tips on healthy oral care habits. Other games included in this app are Funky Smiles, where you can add crazy, funky smiles to a photo of yourself, and Teeth Battle, where you can fight bugs before they damage your teeth. This free app is available on Google Play.


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SMART APPS FOR DENTAL HEALTH CARE

Mint is the first smart oral health monitor that fits in the palm of the hand. It offers sophisticated breath analysis and insightful data. Here are a few more apps to check out:


KidsDental uses animation to teach children about dental health in an entertaining, educational format. The app also covers dental issues such as cavities, tooth loss and gingivitis.


The Dictionary of Dental Terminology app provides patients with a list of dental terms explained in a way that is simple and easy to understand.


My Smile lets you compare the color of your teeth on a 15-shade palette. The accuracy of your results depends on the quality and the lighting of the photo. Using this app, you can monitor the shade of your teeth over time and compare results.



Monster Mouth DDS is a fun app that turns you into a dentist for monsters. You

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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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. However, cavities remain the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Some 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental diseases and contribute to a lifetime of good oral health. If you are experiencing dental pain, don’t put off seeing a dentist. With dentistry’s many advances, diagnosis and treatment are more sophisticated and comfortable than ever. Everyone can practice good oral hygiene by:



There are a number of valuable dental apps that can help you understand what’s really happening in your mouth.