Probiotics are the darling of the supplement industry, with sales well over $36.6 billion annually. While the quality and the strains of certain probiotic supplements can be confusing, research is very promising that these tiny organisms can help multiple areas of our health.
To understand why they have health benefits, we need to understand a little bit of the biology behind them. Read the rest of this entry »
You may have heard that bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease, a destructive, inflammatory condition caused by the bacteria in your mouth. And like high blood pressure, you may not feel the signs or symptoms until the condition is very advanced. Here are 8 reasons you shouldn’t ignore the “pink in the sink.”
Often referred to as “biologic” or “biocompatible” dentistry, “Whole-istic” dentistry describes practicing dentistry in a way that serves each patient as a whole. Since this is a philosophy and way of life for the dentist his or herself, this can manifest itself very differently in each dental practice that claims to be holistic. However, these guiding principles should be what your dentist uses to help determine the best course of action for each patient:
Managing your health can be overwhelming at times, even for healthy people. The challenge increases for diabetics, but it’s even more important!
Saliva, under normal circumstances, is responsible for keeping our mouth healthy and free of bacteria. But in diabetics, high levels of glucose in bloodstream as well as in saliva, aid the growth of harmful bacteria.
Foods that contain sugars or starches combine with these bacteria to produce a soft and sticky film called plaque, which causes tooth decay, cavities, gum disease and halitosis (bad breath).
Some of the diabetes-induced oral problems and their symptoms:
- Gingivitis: Inflamed and bleeding gums that are often red and swollen.
- Periodontitis: Advanced stage of gingivitis, characterized by chronic bad breath, receding gums and formation of pus between the teeth and gums.
- Candidiasis: Formation of white or red patches in your mouth which can potentially turn into open sores.
- Xerostomia (dry mouth): Caused by lack of saliva, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Cracked lips, a rough and dry tongue are not uncommon.
- Uncontrolled blood glucose levels can cause a burning sensation in the mouth, often leaving a bitter taste.
So, how can you decide if your tooth troubles are due to diabetes?
In diabetics, oral problems take a more severe form and take longer to heal. Conversely, gum diseases can make it difficult to keep your blood glucose levels in check.
Either way, your oral health cannot be neglected and an immediate visit to your dentist is in order.
Meanwhile, keep your blood sugar levels down through a combination of medication, diet control and physical exercise – high levels of blood glucose can lead to formation of plaque.
Untreated plaque eventually turns into tartar – a hard calcified deposit – making brushing and cleaning between your teeth difficult.
Diabetics should look out for sores in the mouth that do not heal easily, a nagging pain in the jaw or mouth, loose teeth, chronic bad breath, pain when chewing food, a changed sense of taste or a bad taste in the mouth.
Most importantly, diabetics should find a dentist they love, and see him/her regularly. Working together with your healthcare team can keep your diabetes under control, and sometimes even reverse it!
TEETHING IS NO FUN for babies or parents. Some babies’ teeth erupt with no problems at all; but for others, it could be a long and painful process.
Besides giving your child plenty of tender loving care, here are some things you can do to care for your child’s mouth during the teething phase.
We know you take meticulous care of your pearly whites. You avoid sugar-rich food, you brush your teeth unerringly twice a day, and you floss with almost religious fervor.
In fact, you could be a role model for many people out there who either partially, or worse, not at all follow the dental hygiene practices recommended by dentists.
While your oral hygiene routine may be commendable, if you are leading a lifestyle full of stress, all your good work with your teeth may be negated.
If you are an adult who takes your oral hygiene very seriously, with your daily brushing and flossing taking on ritualistic proportions, a semi-annual visit to your dentist is often enough.
GUM ISN’T ALL ABOUT freshening your breath. While it definitely helps after that garlic pasta you had for lunch, did you know chewing sugarless gum can also prevent cavities and improve your oral health?
CHOOSING TO BREASTFEED a child is a personal and special decision for a mother. Not only does nursing provide a valuable bonding experience for mother and baby, it also has many health benefits, such as decreasing the child’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and lowering the chances of mom developing breast and ovarian cancer. But what effect can breastfeeding have on baby’s oral health and development?
EVER THINK ABOUT HOW GREAT your saliva is? While we often take it for granted, saliva has a critical role in your oral and digestive health.
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