Is it Smoking, diabetes, or periodontal disease?
Periodontics and Dental Implant Blog
How do you think other medical conditions such as these affect periodontal needs and your oral health? All bones have a connection and interact; they also have the same blood flowing through them. Your mouth and teeth are no different; they are linked to other kinds of health problems because of the blood your body shares. Because infections can be in your blood, it can be carried throughout your body.
The answer by most is yes. But, there are those that still do not think this to be the case. The association with diabetes and inflammatory periodontal diseases has been examined extensively for many years. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder defined by high blood sugar resulting from defects of secretion and a decrease in insulin activity.
Cognitive development is the construction of thought processes, intelligence, remembering, problem-solving, language development, and decision-making.
Poor oral health appears to contribute to a decline in quality of life, job opportunities and even income levels. There is little knowledge about the relationship of cognitive function and oral health. One thing we do know is individuals with lower cognitive scores had a higher number of decayed and missing teeth and a higher proportion of periodontal issues. The good news is these conditions can be reversed!
In more than one study reviewed people with high levels of dental decay who answered dental screening questions from a large sample, the following information was gathered. The results from these test taken the participants had fewer than 20 teeth (most adults have 32 teeth), and a good percentage had gum recession, many had severe gum bleeding. In all the cognitive tests viewed; the participants had lower scores than those that visited a dentist at least once every few years. Having fewer teeth and gingival bleeding had associations with low word fluency, low verbal communication and diverse vocabulary.
Cognitive function and education and how it relates to oral disease may be all about education. No one is willing to say that if you are in poor health and have poor oral hygiene it is because of education. But education plays a big part in how people take care of their general health. Many dentists have said, you very seldom see a person that is in excellent physical health with poor oral health. A higher percentage of people that take care of their body will be more consistent with their oral hygiene efforts.
It is also determined through multiple studies that individuals with poor oral health are not as healthy in general and have additional medical issues such as diabetes or cardiac disease or obesity just to name a few. Sometimes many of these diseases can be controlled by diet, exercise and education. Lack of desire to take care of your oral health has been related to overall body health, energy levels and motivation to get more out of life. It should be to no one's surprise that the quality of life has a very strong connection with the status of your overall health including your oral health.
Take care of your mind and body and your oral health will follow. Remember to brush often, floss and see your dentist regularly. It has been determined that it takes effort to pay attention to your overall health but your quality of life will be enhanced with better oral, physical and mental health.
Diabetes is a disease that determines how your body controls blood glucose. Diabetes has many well-known symptoms including urinating frequently, and possibly feeling very thirsty or hungry. Also, you can become tired, and have blurred vision. Your cuts and bruises heal slowly; you may have surprise weight loss, as well as tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands and feet. When you notice this, you might categorize the symptoms and discount them as old age. This disease can take place at any time in an individual’s life, from children to someone in their 80’s. These symptoms can occur during pregnancy even if a woman has never been diagnosed with diabetes. When diagnosed with diabetes, there are various methods available to help monitor and manage blood-glucose levels. Depending upon which type of diabetes, diagnosis of this condition typically requires a change in lifestyle or at a minimum you will be required to monitor your diet closely. Failure to appropriately manage your blood sugar levels can ultimately lead to major complications, including severe infections, blindness and heart disease. These conditions could result in death, sometimes at a very young age.
The majority of people over 50 still have many of their natural teeth. From what we are learning, the 65 and older crowd suffer higher rates of gum disease, oral cancer, mouth infections, dental decay, and tooth loss. Taking care of your teeth to keep your mouth looking and feeling young will prevent issues such as gum and bone deterioration.
Dental insurance is a very complex subject that is confusing for many people and dental patients. The complexities of dental insurance and the lack of accurate, correct information provided by insurance companies make it virtually impossible for many including our patients to understand the benefits if there is any. Even more confusing is trying to understand how to work properly with your dental insurance company achieving the highest level of insurance coverage and benefits that are controlled by you.
A day doesn't pass that one of my patients asks me a variation of the following questions:
The current consensus of opinion is that the implant placement should be delayed until the jaws have stopped growing. Although it varies from person to person, growth of the jaws is not complete until the late teen: 16-18 years old in girls and 18-21 years old in boys.
The reason that it is necessary to wait for growing cessation before placing implants lies in the difference in the way in which teeth and implants attach to bone.
Dental implant surgery can give you a brighter, straighter smile that makes you look more attractive and feel better about yourself. If you are looking into this procedure and want to learn more about the cost for dental implant surgery, these five factors should be considered before you move forward with your surgery.