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Living with diabetes? Watch your mouth!

January 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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11723Living with diabetes? Watch your mouth!

 

(Family Features)  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease. In fact, about one-third of people with diabetes have severe gum disease.

 

Why are those with diabetes more vulnerable to gum disease? High blood glucose levels impair the body’s ability to heal from oral infections and uncontrolled diabetes can make treating gum disease more difficult, according to the American Diabetes Association. The Association is joining with Colgate to launch a new “Watch Your Mouth!” campaign to help raise awareness surrounding the often over-looked link between oral health and diabetes. Here are some tips to help you live well with diabetes:

 

  • Watch your mouth! Begin to develop healthy oral care habits, like brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Research shows that brushing twice a day with Colgate Total toothpaste can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks.*
  • Don’t miss out on your favorite foods. Just eat healthier versions that everyone in your family can enjoy. Making simple substitutions to most dishes can help increase nutritional value, while not sacrificing on taste.
  • Use the right tools. Stay organized with a journal large enough to keep your diet, exercise, goals and health information together. Keep a week’s worth of prescriptions in one place with a handy pill case.
  • Know your risks. The American Diabetes Association lists the common risk factors for diabetes as being 45 or older, being overweight, not exercising regularly, having high blood pressure and being a part of certain racial and ethnic groups.
  • Visit your dentist. While your doctor and certified diabetes educator play an important role in helping with your diabetes, so does your dentist. If you don’t see a private-practice dentist, you can visit dental schools that provide services at a fraction of the cost to help you keep your mouth healthy.

 

For more expert tips and information, visit www.OralHealthAndDiabetes.com.

 

*Results improve with continued twice daily use, as shown in 6 month clinical studies of the general population.

 

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Daily Dental Care Tips

November 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Daily Dental Care Tips

(Family Features) While regular visits to the dentist’s office for routine cleanings are important for dental health, taking care of your teeth and gums each day is paramount to keeping your mouth healthy. Here are some brushing-and-beyond tips to help prevent oral health problems down the road.

Preventative care is imperative. Basic hygiene practices can help maintain the health of your mouth. Remember to:

• Regularly brush with toothpaste, floss and visit your dentist. Brush at least twice a day.

• Purchase a brush with soft bristles and make sure to use light pressure while brushing so you don’t wear away tooth enamel. A great option is a battery-powered toothbrush like the ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® ProClean®.

• Pay attention to your toothbrush. Does it need to be replaced? A good rule is to purchase a new toothbrush every three to four months.

• Speak with your dentist about best brushing and flossing practices, as well as the recommended number of visits to the dentist’s office each year. The number of necessary visits may vary depending on specific patient needs.

Preventing enamel loss. Consuming too many acidic foods or soft drinks, and a long list of other factors, can weaken enamel. Enamel loss can lead to cavities, tooth sensitivity, discoloration and other oral health problems. To help maintain your tooth enamel, try to avoid drinks such as soda and fruit juices, and foods such as those high in citric acid or sugar content whenever possible.

You can also look to products such as ARM & HAMMER® Complete Care™ Enamel Strengthening Toothpaste, which is specially formulated with Fluoride and Liquid Calcium® to help rebuild enamel. In addition, the baking soda within the toothpaste will help neutralize acids left behind by food and liquid.

When to call the dentist. Between dental visits, patients may experience symptoms of oral health problems. Make sure you call a doctor if you notice:

• Tooth pain
• Tooth decay or cavities
• Receding gum lines
• Bleeding of the gums
• Increased tooth sensitivity
• Discoloration of teeth
• Lumps on the lip or in the mouth or throat
To learn more about how to protect your teeth, visit www.myoralcare.com.

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Senior Mouth Problems (Nevada Senior Guide)

September 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Some people experience mouth problems as they become older. These situations can be inconvenient, embarrassing, painful, and downright irritating!

What issues could occur? Here are some examples of senior mouth problems and suggestions on how to help overcome them.

    • Discoloration. Repeated intake of certain foods or drinks like blueberries, cherries, tea, coffee, etc., can cause significant staining to the teeth. Because of this, it is best to clean teeth immediately after meals. Some toothpaste companies include ingredients such as baking soda to reduce surface stains. Naturally, regular flossing and brushing are extremely important when it comes to staving off discoloration, as are twice-yearly dental hygienist appointments (hygienists get teeth sparkly!).
    • Strange tastes. Some individuals experience an altered sense of taste as the years pass on. This can be frustrating because foods that once seemed appetizing no longer offer the same enjoyment. Certain medications can drastically affect taste in some people, so this is one possibility. At the same time, a diminished sense of smell occasionally accompanies taste alterations. If food is beginning to taste strange to you, consult with your doctor. He/she will likely strive to discover the cause. If the reason cannot be determined, then you may be referred to an ears, nose, and throat specialist. Independent of all of that, use certain nasal sprays with care. More than a few people believe their sense of smell became negatively impacted because of this type of medication.
    • Dentures misalignment. Dentures typically start off feeling fine but can become uncomfortable. The reason? Bone and gums change as time goes by, and what once fit properly may become loose or shifted. Bottom line? Call your dentist if your dentures are bothering you or if you have any questions. He/she will make the necessary adjustments so they can feel great again. Do not attempt to adjust dentures on your own, you could break the appliance or end up with an even greater degree of distortion.
  • Chewing difficulties. Chewing difficulties can be rooted in a number of different causes. The problem might be a canker sore that will heal in a few days, a dental appliance that needs fine-tuning, tooth sensitivity because of nerve problems (and the eventual need for a root canal), loose teeth due to bone loss and periodontal disease, and a medley of other possibilities. If you feel discomfort when chewing, it is important to find out the culprit. Some seniors fail to eat the proper foods because it hurts to do so and subsequently suffer from malnutrition. Consult your doctor for more information on ways to improve your problem with chewing difficulties.

 

Sure, mouth maladies may increase with age, but proper care can circumvent certain problems. Now that’s something most of us can swallow!

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