Oral health tips for diabetics

29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s 9.3% of the population. Approximately 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year—and 8.1 million people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it. In Type I diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, a hormone that carries sugar from your blood to the cells that need it …

Link between Alzheimer’s disease and oral bacteria

We have touched on connections between oral health and Alzheimer’s disease before, yet felt the need to re-touch on the subject again. Nearly 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and with aging of baby boom generation, the number of cases is expected to increase 70 percent by 2020.Now that the movie Still Alice has shined a light on Alzheimer’s disease, the …

Forming Flossing Habits

Flossing is just as important as brushing. flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. (WebMD). The reason many don’t floss is because flossing doesn’t produce an instant gratification. Yet flossing can remove the bacteria and protect teeth from disease and from falling out. Here is some ways to build a …

Chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatment affects oral health

Chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatment affects oral health of patients being treated for cancer. Dental and oral health refers to the well-being of the entire mouth, including the teeth, gums, lining of the mouth (mucosa), and salivary glands (the glands that produce saliva). Dental and oral side effects may make it difficult to eat, talk, chew, or swallow.     …

Location of oral cancers differs in smokers, nonsmokers

The location of oral cancers differed in smokers and nonsmokers with nonsmokers having a higher proportion of cancers occur on  the edge of the tongue, according to a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Researcher Brendan J. Perry, B.Sc. M.B.B.S, of the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, and fellow co-authors sought  to examine whether oral cavity cancers …

Health Coaching Empowers Diabetics and improves oral health

By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication. The research findings have just been published in Clinical …

Tooth Loss Can Be Linked to Anxiety and Depression

Tooth loss can be linked to more than just your biological health; tooth loss can be linked to anxiety and depression. A new study suggests dental problems are often associated with a variety of biosocial conditions including depression and anxiety. The study was presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. R. Constance Wiener, Ph.D., …

Bridging the Gap between Dentist and Patient Communication

Many avoid the dentist for many reasons. Some of these reasons include: fear, anxiety and the stigma of going to the dentist. There is even the joke “that was a much fun as going to the dentist” in  a sarcastic tone. Now University of Florida research hers have discovered that difficulty understanding and using health information, a skill known as …

Could Red Wine Helps Prevent Cavities?

There has been another benefit linked to red wine. It has been well documented that red wine helps the heart and heart conditions. Now, a study suggests that red wine helps prevent cavities. Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed grape seed extract helps prevents cavities. Cavities, gum disease and tooth loss are caused by the …

How your dentist can spot oral cancer?

Close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day (oralcangerfoundation.org).If you do or have abused alcohol or smoke, or have at one time performed oral sex, of have cancer in your family history, it would be a good idea …