Understanding The Link Between Alzheimer’s And Diabetes

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By Katherine Smith

diabeteswordIn recent years, doctors and scientists are discovering more evidence of a relationship between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Exactly why those with type 2 diabetes appear to be at a slightly higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s is under debate, but a number of studies have demonstrated a link between the two.

What We Know

Some research shows that those with type 2 diabetes are, in some cases, twice as likely than others to develop Alzheimer’s later in life. Diet seems to play a large role in the development of Alzheimer’s, and both diseases are affected by the role insulin plays in the body. In individuals without diabetes, insulin helps cells take in blood sugar and keep the blood vessels that supply the brain healthy. Insulin also allows the neurons in the brain to take in and utilize glucose, which is the brain’s primary fuel source – and insulin also plays a role in many other brain functions, such as memory formation and learning.

Previous research has established a link between type 2 diabetes (i.e. insulin-resistant diabetes; the body produces a normal amount of insulin but cells don’t respond to it) and Alzheimer’s. But new research from Kaiser Permanente is demonstrating a correlation between type 1 diabetes and Alzheimer’s as well. The subject was previously not well-explored due to the fact that, in the past, many patients with type 1 diabetes did not live as long into their senior years – but now that most type 1 patients can expect to live well into the age range at which dementia typically develops, the potential of a connection can be scientifically explored.

Lowering the Risk Factor

It’s important to note that the study claims no evidence of causation – in other words, there’s no way to tell whether type 1 diabetes is causing Alzheimer’s; the evidence only shows that in patients who have one condition, a higher percentage than usual (compared to the general population) also have the other. Though there’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, it stands to reason that taking measures to prevent diabetes, or to manage the disease properly, could also lower one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

As type 2 diabetes is often associated with being overweight or obese, a weight-loss plan developed with one’s doctor is an excellent way to reduce the effects of the condition. Controlling carbohydrate intake can also help type 2 patients manage their symptoms and control their diabetes. Creating an eating plan with a nutritionist is an option for patients who find themselves unsure of what to eat.

diabetestestFor those with type 1 diabetes, it’s important to take steps to monitor blood sugar levels and keep them as close to recommended levels as possible. Though injection therapy is an effective way to manage insulin, an insulin pump can help provide a steady dose of insulin throughout the day without injections. The device delivers a constant dose of insulin through a cannula inserted under the skin. A pump also has the added benefit of holding enough insulin to last for multiple days – the t:flexⓇ by Tandem holds 480 units, which can last for up to three days depending on an individual’s needs.

Treatments

Although there are no clearly defined treatments for Alzheimer’s, researchers have begun exploring the possibility that some of the same medicines being used to treat type 2 diabetes can also help treat, or at least alleviate, some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Doctors are also hopeful that further research can provide a more definitive picture of the link between Alzheimer’s and diabetes, as well as potentially produce a way to treat or prevent dementia.

The Link Between Gum And Heart Diseases

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malesmilePeriodontist Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. recognizes American Heart Month this February and reminds patients with bleeding gums in the Metro Detroit area about the link between gum disease and heart disease. Dr. Nemeth is specially trained and certified to administer a gentle laser gum disease treatment called the LANAP® protocol that eliminates periodontitis without cutting and stitching the gum tissue.

During American Heart Month this February, Dr. Joseph R. Nemeth wants to remind area patients of the scientific link between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease is a relatively common disease that causes symptoms like gum inflammation or bleeding, and painful teeth or receding gums. Dr. Nemeth is proud to offer a patient-friendly treatment option for those suffering from gum disease in the Metro Detroit area through the LANAP® protocol.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease. Researchers found that the bacteria that cause gingivitis enter the bloodstream through the gums and travel to other organs, potentially wreaking havoc throughout the body. They found that people who had higher levels of the bacteria in their mouths were more likely to develop deposits of fat and other substances, known as plaque, in their arteries.

Bleeding gums is usually the first sign of a periodontal infection, and can be an indicator of serious dental concern. Causes can range from hormonal changes with pregnancy, menopause, or adolescence, to problems with brushing techniques.

To treat gum disease, Dr. Nemeth uses the Periolase-7™ laser to target infection along the gum line. The patented computer-guided laser eliminates pockets of infection and damaged gum tissue, leaving strong healthy gums in place after the quick, minimally invasive LANAP® surgery. Even better, the laser heat stimulates increased bone density beneath the roots of the teeth, for stronger, firmer teeth.

For more information about the warning signs of gum disease, including bleeding gums, call the office at 248-357-3100. Or, visit the office on the web at http://www.drnemeth.com to learn more about LANAP®, the exciting laser gum disease treatment that Dr. Nemeth uses to improve his patients’ oral health in Michigan and the Detroit areas.

About the Practice

Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Southfield, MI. Dr. Nemeth has been serving patients for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan Dental School, and completed graduate study in periodontics at New York University. Dr. Nemeth belongs to the one percent of dental professionals currently providing the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. Dr. Nemeth is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the North American Society of Periodontists, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. To learn more about Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates and their dental services visit their website at http://www.drnemeth.com/, or call 248-357-3100.

Doctor Reminds Patients Of The Link Between Gum Disease And Diabetes

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toothIn honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr. Robert E. Danz reminds patients that a link exists between gum disease and diabetes. This makes November is a good time for patients to visit their Hudson, NY dentist.

Dr. Robert E. Danz celebrates Diabetes Awareness Month by educating patients. One of the factors connected with diabetic risk is gum disease. Unfortunately, gum infections rarely cause pain in the early stages, leading patients to believe that it is not a serious concern. Actually, gum problems are significant. They can lead to increased oral problems and have been linked with many health complications, such as diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and other issues. Rather than wait for problems to worsen, Dr. Danz recommends patients visit a Hudson, NY dentist for the treatment they need.

Gum disease begins with bacterial plaque on the teeth and under the gums. This plaque hardens into tartar, or calculus. The hardened material irritates the gums, and in response they turn a darker color and begin bleeding more easily than normal. As calculus builds, it leaves a growing gap between the gums and teeth, creating pockets for bacteria to thrive. At this point, the gum disease has progressed far enough that it will not heal without treatment. Eventually, the pockets extend along the roots of the teeth until the bacteria infect the bone in the sockets, creating bone loss. If left untreated, it can cause the teeth to loosen and potentially require extractions. Throughout the progression of disease, bacteria can travel to infect other areas of the body through the bloodstream.

It is unnecessary for patients to endure gum disease. Regular dental examinations are enough to catch the disease in its early stages. Before it becomes severe, Dr. Danz performs treatment, such as the LANAP® protocol. This laser procedure eliminates the diseased tissue and loosens calculus to aid in removal. In as little as a single visit, patients undergoing treatment with this leading Hudson, NY dentist are put firmly on the road to recovery. Treatment requires no cutting, stitches, or grafting. It is minimally invasive, and healing afterward involves almost no swelling and very little discomfort.

Those who want more information about the link between oral health and diabetes, or about the LANAP® protocol, are encouraged to visit Dr. Danz’s website. He also invites anyone who is looking for a Hudson, NY dentist to contact his office. With a personal consultation, he can respond to individual questions.

About the Doctor

Robert E. Danz, DDS is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for Hudson, NY gum disease patients. Not only does Dr. Danz run his own practice, he is involved in his community. Dr. Danz received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry after earning his bachelor’s degree from Long Island University. He has also taken numerous postgraduate education courses, specifically focusing on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Danz is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Robert E. Danz, DDS and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.hudson-dental.com and call (518) 444-4215.

The Link Between Sleep And Obesity

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By Doug Johnson

SleepingWomanHow many hours of sleep are you getting at night? If you’re like the average American, your answer is most likely: not much. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep has been linked to a whole host of problems, but more recently it’s been linked to obesity.

It makes sense, right? You sleep less, therefore you’re more sluggish, less motived to exercise and more tempted to snack throughout the day. Yes, that’s the underlying link between sleep (or lack thereof) and obesity, but there’s much more to it than that.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70% of Americans are overweight, and at least 35% are considered obese. One of the main problems with weight gain/loss is that it’s hard to stabilize your diet and routines when, as a culture, we’re always on the go. Pulling an all-nighter, waking up when it’s still dark out and going to bed in the wee hours of the night are all things we do on a weekly basis, and it’s having a dramatic effect on our metabolisms. Unfortunately, this trend of get-up-and-go isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. It’s now estimated that one in three children who were born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes.

You’re Hungrier When You’re Sleepy

A lack of sleep can actually make you hungrier. When your sleep cycle is disrupted, your hormones become imbalanced, and the hormone that controls your appetite, leptin, can become disrupted.

This is one of the main reasons why restrictive-type diets have such a high failure rate. People may initially see promising results, but their bodies are too inclined to living a certain lifestyle, and are actually pressuring the person to eat more—even going so far as altering how much energy they exert in order to make them crave more food. This may seem hard to believe, but it’s true.

Leptin is the hormone that regulates how much fat your body stores. It’s the hormone that determines whether you’re hungry, whether you’re full and how much energy your body expends throughout the day. One of the biggest risks of sleep deficiency is that you become more susceptible to a leptin deficiency which, you guessed it, leads to weight gain.

Other Effects of Less Sleep

stresssleepingOne of the most common themes we’ve seen in patients is that most aren’t sleeping enough. Sleep deprivation can alter your blood sugar levels. It can also throw off your body’s natural body heat, making you either feel warmer, colder or both. Worse still, it can aggravate your back.

Muscles that are fatigued have a harder time supporting your spine, making you more likely to slouch. When you slouch you put more pressure on your spine, which in turn puts more pressure on your spine’s discs and joints. It’s a viscous cycle: back pain can lead to a lack of sleep, but a lack of sleep can also lead to back pain.

How to Curb Your Appetite

Fortunately, the effects of sleep deprivation aren’t permanent. Experts say you need about 7.5 hours of sleep a night to be awake actively throughout the day. Unfortunately, The Better Sleep Council reports 48% of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. That said, everyone’s body is different and the amount of sleep really isn’t as important as the quality of sleep you’re getting. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, start by taking a look at your activities throughout the day.

• Are you a coffee or tea drinker? If so, how often and when do you drink? Experts say you should limit your caffeine intake to before 2 pm—anything after could make it harder to fall asleep.

• How often do you exercise? One of the easiest ways to help you fall asleep at night is to be active enough for your body to want to rest. Sleep deprivation may cause you to be awake longer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more active. Quite the opposite, actually. So you’re up longer, eating more, and probably exercising less.

• Are you constantly on the computer before bedtime? If so, you may want to limit how long you’re online before bed. This CNN report mentions how the artificial lights on computer screens and iPads can make it harder to fall asleep.

• How cold is your bedroom? When your body is at a cooler temperature, it’s easier to fall asleep. Anyone who lives in the South can attest to this, as I’ve spent many sweltering summer nights tossing and turning.

By limiting how much caffeine you’re drinking throughout the day and exercising more, you’ll help make it easier to fall asleep at night. In addition, work toward making your nightly routine more conducive to sleep by turning off all electronics an hour before bed and turning the heat down a little. Remember, a little more sleep goes a long way in improving your health, and helping to avoid issues like obesity and back pain.

– Author Doug Johnson helped create North American Spine and manages all medical staff, in addition to training physicians in proper AccuraScope® procedure techniques.

Correlation Between Blood Pressure Stress Response And Underwater Treadmill Training

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informationredDuring their scientific investigation of blood pressure as it relates to stress during exercise on an underwater treadmill, authors Lambert, et al, tracked the responses of 60 adults who worked out on either land-based treadmills or in a HydroWorx therapy pool on an underwater treadmill during very specific sessions each week.

For the estimated 67 million Americans who suffer from high blood pressure, finding natural ways to improve their condition can be challenging, especially for those who are generally sedentary. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that only 47 percent of people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure have it under control. Unless this figure changes considerably, the cost of health care associated with high blood pressure treatment will only continue to skyrocket as Baby Boomers follow the natural aging processes. Thankfully, a recent study released by researchers at Texas A&M University may hold the key to helping those with higher than normal blood pressure keep their numbers at a lower rate through regular activity on an underwater treadmill in a HydroWorx therapy pool.

The study, Aquatic Treadmill Training Reduces Blood Pressure Reactivity to Physical Stress, has been published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. During their scientific investigation of blood pressure as it relates to stress during exercise on an underwater treadmill, Authors Lambert, et al, tracked the responses of 60 adults who worked out on either land-based treadmills or in a HydroWorx therapy pool on an underwater treadmill during very specific sessions each week. The results of the testing showed that while all endurance exercise reduces blood pressure and the body’s related stress responses, the aquatic treadmill training significantly reduced the participants’ resting diastolic blood pressure more than the land-based treadmill training did. The researchers concluded that high blood pressure brought on by stress levels could be organically reduced through regular endurance intervals on an underwater treadmill.

Says Anson Flake, Co-Founder and CEO, HydroWorx, “We have heard anecdotal evidence of people using our therapy pools as a way to lower their blood pressure for years. Now, Texas A&M has put solid numbers to those claims. The science proves what we have always thought: Our products provide a low-impact, high-results alternative to lowering responses to everyday stressors.”

The outcome of the Texas A&M study provides a great deal of encouragement for those with high blood pressure who wish to become healthier through the use of a more natural remedy than medication. Even more reassuring is the fact that the participants were not highly active in their everyday lives, revealing the potential for any person to reap the benefits of aquatic treadmill exercise regimens.

About HydroWorx

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx—based in Middletown, PA—has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with built-in underwater treadmills to enable physical therapists to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions. For more information, please visit http://www.hydroworx.com.

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Link Between Nutrition And Eye Health

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eyeTo Celebrate National Health & Vision Month, IALVS Doctors Expose Often ‘Unknown’ Link Between Nutrition & Eye Health.

International Academy of Low Vision Specialist Doctors from across the country are working diligently this month to educate Americans so they can eat right and protect their eyesight. It may sound like an unlikely link but, with forty-three million Americans suffering from Cataracts or Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there has never been a more vital time to highlight the common dietary errors that are huge contributors to vision loss and blindness.

While National Health & Vision Month brings with it an abundance of awareness and advice, Doctors of Optometry from The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are preaching from the rooftops about an epidemic that rarely gets airtime – the proven link between nutrition and eye health.

One in six Americans will suffer from Cataracts or Age-Rated Macular Degeneration (AMD) in their senior years and, as IALVS’ Doctor John Pino explains, it likely has a strong correlation to what they eat.

“Research indicates that there is a strong correlation between good nutrition and the prevention of these age-related eye diseases,” he explains. “Eating foods rich in key nutrients including the antioxidants Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and essential fatty acids (Omega 3), as well as vitamins C and E, and the mineral Zinc can help protect eye sight and vision.”

Dr. Richard Shuldiner, founder of IALVS adds, “The problem is that most people don’t get this education in their younger years, while they can still take preventative measures. This month we’re working tirelessly to make the link between nutrition and eye health known, so we can lower the statistics for future generations.”

Dr. Pino, Dr. Shuldiner and the rest of the IALVS member doctors have produced some handy ‘fast facts’ to assist all Americans with their dietary choices:

carrotsMany Americans (48%) still believe, incorrectly, that carrots are the best food for eye health.

In reality, spinach and other dark leafy greens with their large amounts of naturally occurring lutein and zeaxanthin are the healthiest foods for the eyes.

* In order to maintain healthy eyes, studies show that 10 mg of lutein should be consumed each day. The best way to achieve that is with one cup of cooked spinach four times a week.

* More than 50% of Americans do not take in the recommended dosage of vitamin C per day.

* One cup (8 fl oz) of orange juice per day contains 81.6 mg/serving of vitamin C, more than enough to help offset some eye diseases.

To learn more, contact the nearest IALVS doctor today by visiting http://www.ialvs.com or calling (888) 778-2030.

About IALVS:

The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes in LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS. The IALVS brings new hope and sight to those with macular degeneration and other vision limiting conditions. The IALVS can bring back the enjoyment of retirement.

If you are now having problems seeing and doing the things you enjoy, an IALVS eye doctor can help. If you have been told by your eye doctor that a change in your eyeglass prescription will not help you see any better, call an IALVS doctor who is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference. When your doctor says, “Sorry, I cannot get you to see any better,” an IALVS doctor often says, “It may not be perfect, but it definitely is better!”

– Submitted by James Collins

What’s The Difference Between Cosmetic And Aesthetic Dentistry?

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By Samuel Addison

dentistThe Center for Disease Control claims most oral diseases are actually avertible. Provided you have a good oral care routine in place, you can dramatically reduce the likelihood of developing any oral problems.

Fortunately, a good dental regimen does not have to be complicated. Flossing, coupled with regular brushing and a biannual dental visit thrown in, form the basics of a solid preventative regimen.

However, over the years, dentistry has evolved so much, and all for the better. With this evolution comes cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry.

What exactly are these two and how are they different from one another?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Considered a part of restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry works by improving smiles and pearly whites to a level that reflects natural symmetry, harmony, and of course beauty. Simplified, it entails producing a smile that is not there to begin with. Putting it another way, it is sometimes referred to as the art of producing restorations that are not easily noticeable by the eye, alongside a smile that will accurately mimic nature.

Common examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures are the following:

• Whitening. Often referred to as “tooth bleaching”, it is deemed as one of the most common among the list of cosmetic dental procedures. While there are numerous whitening options currently available including over-the-counter options, whitening treatment supervised by dentists is still considered the top option.

• Veneers. Bespoke and ultra thin, veneers are porcelain laminates that are directly bonded to the teeth. In addition, veneers are sometimes considered an option to close teeth gaps or disguise teeth discolouration.

• Bonding. This process involves having a dental composite material that is enamel-like in nature applied to a surface of the tooth. After application, it is sculpted, hardened and then polished.

• Gum Lift. This cosmetic dental procedure is done for those who wish to raise and sculp the gum line. The procedure entails reshaping of the underlying bones or tissue to create the illusion of a more symmetrical teeth.

Aesthetic Dentistry

toothIn a nutshell, aethetic dentistry involves more than just improving the appearance of your pearly whites. More importantly, it also involves improving oral health as a whole. In essence, its main aim is to generate the best possible outcome in terms of aesthetics, functionality and oral health.

Common examples of aethetic dentistry procedures are the following:

• Crown. Made from varied materials such as metal, composite and porcelain, crowns help improve not just the shape but also the alignment of teeth. Two appointments are needed for crown procedures. The first involves preparation of the teeth and the second visit involves the actual fitting.

• Bridge. Just like the crown, a bridge is a permanent fixture . Oftentimes, this is the alternative employed to replace a missing teeth. A bridge is anchored to the natural tooth in order to ‘bridge’ the gap so to speak. In addition, a bridge helps prevent drifting of the adjacent natural teeth.

Whatever your dental needs may be, it is reassuring to know that most, if not all dentists nowadays are equipped with both the knowledge and the technical skills to provide you with the dental treatments that will suit you best.

– Samuel Addison is a professional content writer with over 8 years of experience both in writing and internet marketing. Samuel started having interest in cosmetic dentistry when he himself undergone a dental operation 3 years ago. To learn more, you may navigate here.

What’s The Difference Between Cosmetic And Aesthetic Dentistry?

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By Samuel Addison

malesmileWhen you smile or laugh, do you usually cover your mouth with your hand or with a fan to conceal uneven, stained, or missing teeth? Fortunately, this is a thing of the past. Now that you can discuss dental problems with an expert, you could have attractive set of teeth fit for Hollywood stars.

Dentistry has two terms for the dental enhancement procedure that promises a glimmering, glamorous, and healthy smile. An awesome smile, which will boost your confidence and self-esteem, is now possible through cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry. Are these two fields the same? Or are they totally different?

Cosmetic vs. Aesthetic Dentistry

When you visit a dental clinic and ask the dentist to erase your hideous cavities or fix your ill-formed teeth, you might get either solution: cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry. Truth is, dental practitioners are divided by their philosophy of dental care and personal preference so you would probably receive either reply: “Consult a Cosmetic dentist.” Or “Consult an Aesthetic dentist.”

What is Aesthetic Dentistry?

Aesthetic dentistry attempts to copy the features of teeth or smile that the human eye finds beautiful or attractive. Aesthetic dentists perform almost any type of dental works with one goal – to bring out the best set of teeth in terms of functionality, oral health, and beauty. The alteration has to look as natural as possible so the aesthetic dentist takes into consideration the patient’s facial features like the alignment of the jaw and the facial tissues involving the lips and the cheeks. Common aesthetic dental procedures include regular teeth cleaning, root canals, cavity fillings, and teeth repairs or restoration (fractured or decayed teeth using materials that would match the natural colour of the original teeth).

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

mansmileCosmetic dentists enhance teeth beyond what is perceived as natural. They are willing to perform extreme teeth makeover to achieve an enhanced natural teeth appearance. Cosmetic dentists treat uneven or crooked teeth and discoloration using veneers, crowns, dental implants, invisalign braces, bridges, and teeth-whitening products. People undergoing cosmetic dentistry would need to make sure that their oral health can keep up with cosmetic dental treatments.

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized practice. Not all dentists can specialize in cosmetic dentistry.

Which Procedure to Choose?

A reputable dentist would let you know which treatments are appropriate for your teeth, if budget is out of the question. The general public, media, and perhaps even your dentist will tell you that cosmetic and aesthetic dental procedures are the same but remember that cosmetic procedures may be more severe than aesthetic dental treatments. Only a few dental professionals will differentiate aesthetic from cosmetic dentistry (they use them interchangeably) so try to ask further details prior to any dental procedure.

– Samuel Addison is a professional content writer with over 8 years of experience both in writing and internet marketing. Samuel started having interest in cosmetic dentistry when he himself undergone a dental operation 3 years ago.

What’s The Connection Between Poor Oral Hygiene And Overall Health

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By Clara Carol

malesmileRegularly brushing your teeth twice, followed by flossing and periodic dental checkups are a great way to ensure healthy gums and teeth. But is this sufficient for a healthier you? In addition to all these dental practices, maintaining a good oral hygiene also plays a vital role on your overall health. Let’s examine below the connection between Oral Hygiene and overall Health.

Cavities, tooth loss and sore gums are largely considered a result of poor oral hygiene. What they do not realize is that poor oral hygiene also causes adverse effects on your overall health and well being. The truth is that if you do not take complete care of your oral hygiene, there are chances one will be subject to more serious consequences that go beyond mere toothache or some unsightly tooth stains.

Mentioned below are five health ailments that are directly connected to unhealthy oral habits.

1. Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is characterized by affecting the soft tissues of your mouth including tongue, lips, internal lining and floor of your mouth. If left untreated, it can also spread to the other parts of your body. If ignored oral cancer may even lead to facial disfigurement. You are at a potential risk of developing oral cancer if you are an abusive alcoholic drinker, you consume tobacco or if you are infected with the human papillomavirus.

2. Diabetes

Majority studies reveal a two-way relationship between diabetes and gum diseases. For any person suffering from diabetes with a high blood sugar and gum diseases, will face a tough time controlling his diabetes as chronic inflammation in the mouth poses a challenge for the body in respect of controlling its metabolism of sugar. You can however prevent your gum diseases by practicing good dental habits and maintaining dental hygiene.

3. Heart Diseases

healthyheartIrrespective of studies that have associated bad oral hygiene with major heart diseases, no certain “cause and effect” relationship between the two has yet been established. However, it is always advisable to maintain a proper oral health, especially if you are a heart patient.

4. Pneumonia

People aged 80 or above, residing in a retirement home or any long-term facility are at a much greater risk of developing aspiration pneumonia if they by any means practice bad oral hygiene. It is very easy for them to build up dental plaque or bio-film inside their mouth, which they can very easily breathe down into their lungs along with the harmful bacteria. These bacteria can ultimately lead to pneumonia that can prove to be very serious for people above 80 years of age.

5. Tooth Decay

Your bad oral hygiene practices if left untreated and unlooked can cause some very serious cases of severe tooth decay. Untreated hygiene problems can even spread and affect other parts of your body including your brain and your eyes. Majority of untreated tooth and gum problems ultimately transform into abscess, which can later cause swelling and might as well compromise on your ability to swallow or even to breathe openly. The worst case scenario of bad oral hygiene problems can even transform into life threatening health hazard.

Clara Carol is practicing dentist in New York. She loves to write when finds time she has written various articles pertaining to dental hygiene and overall health for various online health blogs and e-magazines.

The Link Between Skin Cancer And Tanning Beds

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sunGetting a good tan without moving out of the house is called indoor tanning. More than 1 million people tan in salons every day. Of these, a significant number are teenagers.

What is a tanning apparatus?

To get a good tan, people use tanning beds, booths or sunlamps. A tanning bed, or a sunbed produces tan in the skin of the user by emitting ultraviolet rays. Tanning beds that are used inside the home use lamps of 12 to 28 watts, while in salons 100 to 200 watt lamps numbering 24 to 60 are used.

Ultraviolet rays, or UV for short, from the sun or from the artificial sources like lamps are unsafe and are known to cause cancer in the skin. There are two types of ultraviolet rays that penetrate the skin when the skin is exposed to UV. They are UV-B and UV-A rays. The rays penetrate the skin.

The top layer of the skin is penetrated by UV-B rays, which are responsible for sunburns. The UV-A rays penetrate deeper and affect layers beneath the top. UV-A rays are responsible for allergic reactions like a rash. Both kind of rays damage the skin and may lead to skin cancer.

Tanning devices used at home or in the salon use both these kinds of radiation to tan the skin.
Myths about Tanning Indoors

* People believe that tanning beds are safer than sunlight. But it’s a myth. Both tans are hazardous. Tanning beds operate on a timer, but still emit ultraviolet rays that affect different people in different intensities based on age, type of skin and the kind of lamps that are used.

* Some women use tanning beds to get the initial tan which they think will protect them from an actual sunburn when they go out in the sun. But this is not true. A tan is actually a response to the injury of skin cells which are damaged by exposure to harsh light. They produce more pigment to get protected from the
damage caused by UV.

* Many people have the misguided notion that indoor tanning generates vitamin D in the body, which is entirely wrong. Vitamin D is important, but getting it from tanning beds is hazardous as it creates more problems than solve any. Also, the amount of vitamin D one gets out of exposure to sunlight or artificial light varies from person to person.

High risk of cancer from using tanning beds

* Innumerable studies on the use of tanning beds have shown that use of indoor tanning is directly related to very high skin cancer risks.

* Tanning indoor is very hazardous for people less than 30. It heightens the risk of melanoma which is a deadly cancer.

* People who use tanning may increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 2.5 times more.

* People using tanning beds have 1.5 times more risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.

Other risks in using tanning devices

* Tanning causes premature aging as it causes the skin to lose its elasticity, and therefore the skin wrinkles early.

* UV-B radiation suppress immune system, leaving the skin vulnerable to diseases.

* Irreversible damage is caused to the eyes, by way of exposure to UV radiation from the tanning devices.

* Sensitive skin will develop allergic reactions when exposed to heavy UV radiation.

* According to International Agency for research on Cancer which is part of WHO, tanning devices emit UV rays and are very dangerous and are named as highest cancer risk category.

* National Cancer Institute (NCI) has linked melanoma, the deadliest cancer, to high sunburns which may have come from tanning devices especially at a younger age.

More and more legislation are coming in to ban the tanning devices in many countries all over the world. So the next time you are considering a tanning salon for an easy tan, think again.

– Michelle Tyler is a medical writer who writes well-researched, in-depth cancer articles which provide relevant information to help patients combat the deadly disease. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) prides in providing the best cancer treatment solutions to patients who have endured to various cancer types. With cancer centers in Philadelphia, Tulsa, Chicago, Newnan etc., CTCA aims at providing the best treatment options to cancer patients.