Diabetes and Your Mouth

Diabetes and Your Mouth

We diabetics have to pay even more attention to our teeth and gums than other people.

We are at greater risk of cavities, gum disease and tooth infections. Not only that, but those infections can cause our blood sugar to rise, so it becomes a vicious cycle.

Here are some mouth problems common in diabetics.

Plaque

Plaque is, of course, a problem for many people, not just diabetics. But it’s caused by starches and sugars, and of course we have more than our share of those! So diabetics are highly prone to plaque.

Dry mouth

Sometimes my mouth is so dry in the morning I can hardly speak—I’m sure you know how that feels. But it’s more than just inconvenient, it’s dangerous to the health of our mouths. You see, saliva washes away many of the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Dry mouth cuts the amount of saliva available for this job, so the result is more cavities and gum disease. Dry mouth sometimes also creates inflammation of the soft tissue in the mouth, making eating difficult and unpleasant.

While there are artificial saliva substitutes, which your dentist can tell you about, you can usually stimulate your own saliva by sucking on a sugar-free hard candy. I like no-sugar-added Ricola for this purpose. And of course, drinking water helps.

Fungal infections

Not only do we diabetics have less saliva than we need, but the saliva we do have is high in sugar content, so it’s double trouble for us. This can cause a fungal infection called candiasis, commonly known as thrush. It produces sore red or white spots in the mouth. Medication can help though, so ask your dentist.

As a diabetic, you must pay great attention to oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss daily. Examine your gums for signs of problems—and always visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Say Cheese: Dental Benefits

Say Cheese: Dental Benefits

Dental insurance is often an afterthought when obtaining health insurance for a number of reasons. Some people may simply dislike the dentist and use the lack of dental insurance as a reason to not visit the dentist; others may feel that dental insurance is not worth the added cost to their monthly health insurance premium. Still others may simply feel that their teeth are in good shape and there is little need to spend the extra money to cover a part of their body that does not currently have any problems. Nevertheless, dental insurance is important because of several benefits.

When people think of the cost of dental work or procedures, they often think of costly bills. Even simple procedures like getting your wisdom teeth removed can average in the hundreds of dollars per tooth! However, one obvious benefit to dental insurance is the coverage of simple but costly dental procedures such as getting a tooth removed. In the end, the slight increase in a monthly premium may be worth it to avoid a high dental bill. Moreover, dental insurance also helps financially if a dental emergency develops. Perhaps you are in need of a root canal or dental implants – both extremely costly procedures that you often do not anticipate. Dental insurance will most likely cover a portion, if not all of these expensive procedures.

Also, while many feel that brushing and flossing daily is all the dental care they need this is simply not true – even for young, healthy adults. Dental disease is common and can affect your body in a number of ways. For instance, some dental diseases left untreated can lead to more serious medical issues such as kidney infections or even diabetes. Most people do now know of the connection between dental diseases and other illnesses. Thus, having dental insurance that covers routine visits to the dentist, which can help uncover dental diseases early, is extremely important. Dental insurance is designed to encourage preventative care, because spotting dental diseases or dental problems early reduces the overall cost of treatment.

Dental insurance may seem like just another gimmick to get a few more dollars out of you, but it is essential for your health. Your regular health insurance plan, whether it is through your employer as a group plan or an individual plan, should offer you the option of buying dental insurance coverage, and you should consider this piece of the plan thoroughly when purchasing health insurance.

Tips And Tricks For Beating Diabetes Symptoms (3)

Tips And Tricks For Beating Diabetes Symptoms

Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition that only occurs in pregnant women because her body does not make enough insulin to compensate for the needs of the baby. Since symptoms are usually absent or extremely mild, pregnant women are routinely screened for excess amounts of sugar in the blood.

Do not skip any meals if you are a diabetic. Doing that will cause you to be more hungry when it is time to eat and you will probably eat much more than you would have otherwise. This will lead to higher than usual blood sugar levels so it should be avoided.

You need to make sure that you understand that diabetes is a lifelong problem that can affect every part of your body. If you are in denial you will not be able to take care of yourself effectively and will most likely encounter many more health problems than you need to.

If you have diabetes, you should try to cut out alcohol or talk to your doctor if you can not. Alcohol can cause low blood sugar, which is called hypoglycemia. The effects can be very hard to predict with different people. Doctors will allow some people to have a drink or two with proper management, but it is best to avoid alcohol altogether.

If you’re struggling with diabetes, consider eating less meat. Some schools of thought have promoted a high-protein diet for diabetics, but research has shown that a diet that contains too much protein can actually cause insulin resistance. A more balanced diet will help prevent this problem and help control existing diabetes better.

If you suffer from diabetes, take excellent care of your teeth and dental hygiene. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly for cleanings and examinations to make sure any early stages of gum disease are diagnosed and treated quickly. Also, be sure to brush and floss carefully and monitor your gums and mouth for any sores or abrasions.

When planning a trip be sure to consult your physician. Crossing time zones can play havoc with your eating schedule and throw it out whack. Be sure to get prescription refills and ensure that you have more than enough medication to last through your trip with some in emergency reserve.

Alcohol, in moderation and in conjunction with food, can continue to be enjoyed. Make sure, however, that you confirm that this is okay with your own doctor first as each individual is different. Alcohol can interfere with the blood sugar being produced by the body which is why it is important not to over-consume.

Diabetics who notice that their fingernails and toenails are becoming very thick and even pulling away from the nail bed may actually have a fungal infection. Fungal infections are more common in people with diabetes; diabetes may also make them more likely to suffer liver damage from common anti-fungal medications. If your doctor prescribes an oral medication, be sure to have regular blood work during therapy.

If the initial screening is positive for high blood sugar, a second screening is ordered by the physician. This test checks how well insulin is metabolizing ingested sugar over a three hour period. The condition can usually be treated through diet and moderate exercise. Complications can arise, so women with gestational diabetes are closely monitored.

The Facts About Bad Breath

The Facts About Bad Breath

We have all had an experience where you have been required to speak to someone and you have been unable to concentrate on their response because of their bad breath. The medical term for this condition is known as halitosis and there can be a number of causes for it. However, the end result is always the same and it can be described as the presence of foul smelling gases in exhaled air.

So, what causes this to happen? Well, there are two main types of halitosis and one is easier to explain than the other. The first type is called transient bad breath and this can be caused as a result of a number of seemingly innocuous factors. Having a dry mouth, which can be due to thirst, stress or nerves, can cause bad breath as can certain food stuffs. Strong smelling food such as garlic, onion or other heavily spiced dishes can linger on the breath of the person who consumed it. Smoking is another factor which can cause bad breath and poor oral hygiene is a sure way to halitosis. Saliva is able to kill a certain degree of bacteria in the mouth but it does need to be helped by the use of toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash. The most common form of transient bad breath is commonly known as morning breath. This occurs as a result of your mouth remaining relatively still for a long period of time and so your saliva production is slowed drastically and the bacteria build up overnight. Brushing your teeth in the morning removes the bacteria and so removes the odour.

Chronic bad breath is a more serious condition and it is persistent and difficult to treat. It can affect up to 25% of the population and is caused as a result of certain types of bacteria being produced in excessive amounts. Treatment is not readily available and the clinics which are starting to appear tend to just be outlets for a bad breath product which claims to remedy the problem but which does not treat the cause. As such, these products are only temporary relievers of the problem and not a cure.

A third type of halitosis is recognised but it is a side effect of the more serious condition of chronic liver failure. This type of bad breath is known as fetor hepaticus and is described as smelling as foul as a freshly opened corpse.

For many, bad breath is seen as something comical and people who suffer from it are ridiculed and avoided. However, for the sufferers themselves it can cause real psychological difficulties. Many find it difficult to form relationships and even to speak to people as they are conscious of the odour. They can become very depressed and withdrawn.

For those whose bad breath is of the transient type, many things can be done to rid yourself of it. It is known that the majority of smells come from bacteria produced by food debris which is trapped in the mouth. Following a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing, will remove these pieces of food and so prevent the bacteria from building up. Using mint flavoured mouth washes, chewing gums and lozenges can mask the problem briefly but do not rid the cause permanently. However, if you are on the go they can be beneficial until you are able to clean your teeth thoroughly

Yes, You Have To Go To The Dentist

Yes, You Have To Go To The Dentist

Even if you say that you take care of your teeth very
well, you still can’t evade the fact that you still
have to go and visit your dentist at least twice a
year.

Sure, it’s really not fun to go to the dentist but if
you really want to achieve the best personal dental
care for your teeth, regular visits to the dentist
would be of great help to you.

What Happens At A Typical Visit To The Dentist Going
to the dentist every six months is considered more as
prevention against cavities, plaque build-up and other
teeth and mouth-related problems.

The goal of dentists is to prevent gun disease, tooth
decay, and other disorders that put the health of your
teeth and mouth in jeopardy.

A casual consultation with a dentist will usually
consist of three parts: a medical and dental history
(this is where the dentist asks questions about tooth
care and reviews past dental records), dental
examination and professional cleaning (oral
prophylaxis).

The dentist will then examine the gums, teeth and
other tissues surrounding the mouth. The joints of the
jaws may also be included in the examination to check
for the over-all health of an individual’s mouth.

Dentists usually use a probe and mirror to check the
crown (the visible part) of each tooth for evidence of
looseness, decay or plaque. The dentist may also check
the quality of your bite and the way your teeth fit
together.

After checking the teeth, the dentist will usually
proceed to examine the general condition of the gums.
Healthy gums are pink and firm – not swollen, soft or
inflamed.

If the dentist can find deep depressions (or pockets),
he or she might suspect that an individual has gum
disease.

When the dentist is finished examining the visible
parts of the mouth and teeth, the dentist will then
take X-rays that could possibly reveal abscesses,
tooth decay, or impacted wisdom teeth.

Abscesses should really be discovered right away
because it involves collection of pus surrounded by
tissues that are swollen. If it won’t be treated right
away, it might be a source for other complications.

Why Professional Cleaning Is Better Than Normal Tooth
Brushing Professional cleaning aims to remove hard
deposits with the use of a scraping instrument named a
scaler.

Aside from a scaler, an ultrasonic machine may also be
used by the dentist; it uses high frequency sound
waves to facilitate the loosening of plaque deposits.

After cleaning, most dental hygienists will polish the
teeth. Polishing of the teeth smoothens and cleans the
teeth’s surfaces, removing annoying stains and making
the teeth more resistant to plaque.

There are also some dental hygiene package that
consists of application of fluoride sealant or
compound to help prevent or slow down decay.

Going To The Dentist Isn’t So Bad After All Now that
you are already aware of what happens during a regular
trip to the dentist, you would probably think that a
trip to the dentist won’t be so bad, right?

If you want to promote personal dental care, you
should be the first one to have the initiative to go
to the dentist.

You can’t achieve the best personal dental care if you
just depend on yourself and your resources at home.

Dentists are equipped with tools, machines and
instruments that would surely make your teeth and
mouth cleaner, fresher and better.

Teething Without Biting Your Nails

Teething Without Biting Your Nails

For some babies, teething is a simple affair, with few noticeable side effects. For others, it takes months of pain and anguish to get those first teeth to pop in. Here is some information to help you get through the teething stage, without spending too much time biting your nails.

When will it happen?
Well, that largely depends on when it happened for you and your husband. The timing of the appearance of that first tooth is largely hereditary. The average age is about seven months, though the first tooth can appear as early as three months, or as late as after the first birthday. However, teething symptoms can begin two or three months before the appearance of the tooth, so your child can seem to be teething for months on end. For many children, the painful symptoms are much more pronounced in the first two or three teeth, but then subside somewhat on subsequent teeth.

How do I alleviate the pain?
There are many remedies to help with teething, without resulting to over the counter pain medicines. Homeopathic teething tablets, which dissolve on the child’s tongue, were a godsend when my children were teething. I also took those little baby washcloths, wet them down, twisted them into a sort of stick shape and froze them. They are easy to chew on this way, and are colder than a traditional teething ring put in the refrigerator, though these work great for some babies. When things get extreme, a little acetaminophen or ibuprofen before bedtime can help your child sleep better.

Are there other symptoms?
In some babies, there can be other symptoms that accompany the pain of teething. The most common is a stomach ache and diarrhea. This is thought to be caused by the extra saliva that a baby produces during teething. Many babies also run a low grade fever. Another, less common symptom is what we referred to as “teething poop”. Whenever my daughter was going through a bout of teething, her bowel movements would burn the skin on her bottom, as though it was very acidic. So, in addition to being in pain from the teething, she had a sore bottom, too. We alleviated this pain with oatmeal baths, and with being more diligent about changing her diaper immediately after a bowel movement.

Teething is a normal part of babyhood, and, even if it is painful, it is temporary. Keep on top of the symptoms, and soon you’ll be seeing a big toothy grin on your baby!

Personal Dental Care: Yes, You Have To Go To The Dentist

Personal Dental Care: Yes, You Have To Go To The Dentist

Even if you say that you take care of your teeth very
well, you still can’t evade the fact that you still
have to go and visit your dentist at least twice a
year.

Sure, it’s really not fun to go to the dentist but if
you really want to achieve the best personal dental
care for your teeth, regular visits to the dentist
would be of great help to you.

What Happens At A Typical Visit To The Dentist Going
to the dentist every six months is considered more as
prevention against cavities, plaque build-up and other
teeth and mouth-related problems.

The goal of dentists is to prevent gun disease, tooth
decay, and other disorders that put the health of your
teeth and mouth in jeopardy.

A casual consultation with a dentist will usually
consist of three parts: a medical and dental history
(this is where the dentist asks questions about tooth
care and reviews past dental records), dental
examination and professional cleaning (oral
prophylaxis).

The dentist will then examine the gums, teeth and
other tissues surrounding the mouth. The joints of the
jaws may also be included in the examination to check
for the over-all health of an individual’s mouth.

Dentists usually use a probe and mirror to check the
crown (the visible part) of each tooth for evidence of
looseness, decay or plaque. The dentist may also check
the quality of your bite and the way your teeth fit
together.

After checking the teeth, the dentist will usually
proceed to examine the general condition of the gums.
Healthy gums are pink and firm – not swollen, soft or
inflamed.

If the dentist can find deep depressions (or pockets),
he or she might suspect that an individual has gum
disease.

When the dentist is finished examining the visible
parts of the mouth and teeth, the dentist will then
take X-rays that could possibly reveal abscesses,
tooth decay, or impacted wisdom teeth.

Abscesses should really be discovered right away
because it involves collection of pus surrounded by
tissues that are swollen. If it won’t be treated right
away, it might be a source for other complications.

Why Professional Cleaning Is Better Than Normal Tooth
Brushing Professional cleaning aims to remove hard
deposits with the use of a scraping instrument named a
scaler.

Aside from a scaler, an ultrasonic machine may also be
used by the dentist; it uses high frequency sound
waves to facilitate the loosening of plaque deposits.

After cleaning, most dental hygienists will polish the
teeth. Polishing of the teeth smoothens and cleans the
teeth’s surfaces, removing annoying stains and making
the teeth more resistant to plaque.

There are also some dental hygiene package that
consists of application of fluoride sealant or
compound to help prevent or slow down decay.

Going To The Dentist Isn’t So Bad After All Now that
you are already aware of what happens during a regular
trip to the dentist, you would probably think that a
trip to the dentist won’t be so bad, right?

If you want to promote personal dental care, you
should be the first one to have the initiative to go
to the dentist.

You can’t achieve the best personal dental care if you
just depend on yourself and your resources at home.

Dentists are equipped with tools, machines and
instruments that would surely make your teeth and
mouth cleaner, fresher and better.

Statistically speaking, the dentistry profession has seen an influx in the number of people practicing dentistry and shows that many dental workers are in the business strictly

Statistically speaking, the dentistry profession has seen an influx in the number of people practicing dentistry and shows that many dental workers are in the business strictly

A good dentist or dental worker is one who is genuinely interested in the welfare of his/her patient; he/she is concerned enough to known the root of the problem and also expresses that same concern in the advice or counsel he/she gives to the patient…. In others words, the dentist who is more interested in helping his patient is easy to spot from his actions.|People who have teeth yellowed from years of drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes each day are more likely to be disappointed in teeth whitening products on the market… while the dull gleam of yellowed teeth may improve considerably, the perfect white smile will always be an elusive dream.

The beauty about dental trays is that you can have one made to fit your teeth perfectly… these serve as a covering over your own teeth and are treated with the peroxide solution to achieve that whitening effect; they are effective because they prevent the saliva from diminishing the effect of the solution on your teeth.|You should be extremely wary about eye catching advertisements made by dentist who claim to have a fast sure way to deal with your dental problems….. a majority of them are quacks who only want to make off with your money…. Stick with conventional dental treatments.|Choosing the teeth whitening product that works best for you can be a chore because of the competitive nature of the market which has led to an influx of new whitening products…. To be on the safe side, consult with your dentist to decide which product will work best for you.

Prior to purchasing any teeth whitening product; you should buy oxygenating tooth paste to brush your teeth with; this tooth paste contains gum and teeth strengthening properties that prevent sensitivity to the whitening products from occurring.|Oranges are excellent sources of vitamin C which can be used to combat flu germ…. They also make a good source of teeth whitening properties… rubbing the inner white part of an orange peel on your discolored teeth over time is guaranteed to give it a white shine.

To get a teeth whitening effect that last longer, you can opt for the chair-side bleaching procedure; this involves one or more trips to your dentist’s office…. The dentist protects your lips and gums by applying a protective get to your lips and rubber shields to your gums to protect them from the bleaching solution that will be used…. It is harmless and effective.|A visit to the dentist for a dental checkup may involve various test and examinations to ensure that you are in perfect dental health your teeth, lips, gums, palate, tongue, throat and inner checks are the main points dentist check out to determine the health of your teeth.|Misshapen teeth can be given a complete make over thanks to a branch of dentistry called cosmetic surgery…. cosmetic surgery generally refers to the visual presentation of a person’s teeth; cosmetic surgeons make sure that the teeth is beautiful to look at and wonderful to own.

When your mouth spells dry

When your mouth spells dry

Have you ever experienced difficulties in tasting, chewing, swallowing, and speaking? Ever noticed your saliva seems thick, or there are sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth? Then you may be experiencing a condition called “xerostomia” or dry mouth.

The dental term “xerostomia” means dryness of the mouth due to a decreased function of the glands that produce saliva. Lack of saliva is a common problem that may seem little more bothering, but a dry mouth can affect both your enjoyment of food and the health of your teeth. That’s why it’s important not to ignore a dry mouth.

The average healthy adult produces about 3 pints of saliva a day. This secretion serves many purposes. It helps prevent tooth decay and washes away food and plaque from your teeth. Saliva also limits bacterial growth that can dissolve tooth enamel or lead to mouth infections. It also neutralizes damaging acids in your mouth. Saliva enhances your ability to taste your food and makes it easier to swallow. In addition, enzymes in saliva aid in digestion.

As you get older, your salivary glands may secrete less saliva. Thirst and your perception of thirst also may change. Thirst receptors in your brain become less responsive to your body’s need for fluids. But xerostomia is more often related to the medications taken by older adults rather than to the effects of aging.

A dry mouth is not a diagnosis in itself. It is a symptom of various causes which include medication, radiotherapy to the head or neck, mouth breathing, dehydration or certain diseases. There are more than four hundred of medications, including some over-the-counter drugs, that produce dry mouth as a side effect. Among the more likely types to cause problems are some of the drugs used to treat depression and anxiety, antihistamines, high blood pressure medications, anti-diarrhea, muscle relaxants, drugs for incontinence, and Parkinson’s disease medications. Some diseases affect the salivary glands that can also cause dry mouth such as Sjögren’s Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.

The salivary glands can be damaged if they are exposed to radiation during cancer treatment. Drugs used to treat cancer can make saliva thicker, causing the mouth to feel dry. Moreover, injury to the head or neck can damage the nerves that tell salivary glands to make saliva. However, there are still other effective treatments for dry mouth. Here are some practical recommendations:

· sip water or other sugar-free juices frequently
· keep fluids at bedside at night
· chew sugarless gum or candy
· avoid tobacco, alcohol and foods high in sugar
· adjust the air humidity in your home
· breathe through your nose, not through your mouth

To determine if you have dry mouth, visit your doctor or dentist. They will likely examine your mouth and review your medical history. Sometimes, you will need blood tests and imaging scans of your salivary glands to identify the cause. Dry mouth can result in oral discomfort and can have serious consequences. If you feel you have this symptom, please see your oral health professional. If your doctor believes medication to be the cause, your physician may adjust your dosage or switch you to another medication that doesn’t cause a dry mouth and prescribe you other medications to stimulate saliva production. Dry mouth can happen to everyone, and as it is like any disease or disorder, it is always advisable to visit your physician if you are experiencing some of its symptoms. Again, early detection and prevention is always the best and effective treatment.

Career Talk, The Dental Practice And What’s With All The Smiley Faces?

Career Talk, The Dental Practice And What’s With All The Smiley Faces?

If you’re considering a career in the dental field this article is for you. (:-)

To begin we’ll give a quick overview of dental tasks, then mention some of the specialties you can pursue and finally we’ll look at the actions a person in the dental field takes within a typical day of working in other peoples mouths. (:-)

A dentist is a specialist who can diagnose, prevent and treat all disorders related to your teeth and gums. Dental care involves the restoration and preservation of your natural teeth, filling cavities, removing rotten teeth if necessary and providing artificial teeth replacement.

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Some dentists are general practitioners who work with preventative dentistry and use diagnostic procedures, X-rays and instruments to evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums. Dentists perform checkups, take impressions for dentures, fill cavities and fit bridges. They use a variety of dental appliances, hand instruments, and surgical implements to perform their work accurately. Giving anesthetics called numbing or freezing is also done by a dentist or a dental hygienist for those visits that will be quite painful. (:-)

The American Dental Association recognizes the following Dental specialties:
1) Oral surgeons
2) Periodontics (related with treating the gums)
3) Prosthodontics (making teeth or dentures)
4) Oral pathologist (treating diseases of the mouth)
5) Endodontics (root canal therapy)
6) Orthodontists (related with structure of teeth)
7) Dental hygienists (work with hygiene of oral cavity)
8) Maxillofacial surgeon

Phew! There’s allot of areas to study there, better have a (:-).

What Does a Dentist Do?
• Diagnose and treat malformations, injuries and diseases of the teeth and oral cavity.
• Dentists improve patient’s appearance by using various cosmetic dental processes and sometimes the help of surgical interventions.
• Dentists perform surgical procedures like tissue grafts, implants and extractions.
• Educate patients, mostly children on how to take care of their teeth and prevent cavities and oral diseases by showing how to floss and brush correctly and eat healthy foods. (:-)
• Dentists related with teaching field, teach dental hygienists and future dentists.
• Dentists perform research directed to developing new treatment methods and improving oral health.
• Dental hygienists work with patients alongside the dentist to perform allot of the routine and simpler tasks.

If you go to any dental practice, quite often the first person you’ll encounter is a dental hygienist. Make sure you give them a (:-).

Dental hygienists are specialists who take care of your teeth, gums and oral cavity. A dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth using tiny dental tools such as the mirror, tooth scrapper for plaque removal and special toothbrush. They also perform flossing to remove very tiny food particles from your teeth. They’ll check your dental cavities by taking x-rays of your teeth. After checking your teeth for cavities, they’ll recommend the needed treatment to you and your dentist and may refer to a specialist if necessary.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my smiling dental care article! Maybe you won’t pursue the dental field, that’s okay with me. I’ll just be glad to know you smiled a pile (pun intended) and didn’t waste your time while reading. Have a Great (:-) day!!

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