Caring for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s can prove challenging. Patients often resist care oral health because they feel threatened. Caring for their oral health can be easier thanks to a group of nurses at Penn State School of Nursing. The nurses developed a plan, Managing Oral Hygiene Using Threat Reduction, to assist caregivers in… Read more »
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Saliva plays an important role in maintaining good oral health. It washes away food particles, cleans teeth, and neutralizes harmful acids. Without saliva, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases. When your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, you suffer from xerostomia or dry mouth. To determine the cause of dry mouth, your dentist… Read more »
According to a recent study conducted at Yale University School of Medicine, people with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer strokes and die in their sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked by soft tissue in the mouth or throat. When the blockage restricts oxygen, bloodflow to the brain decreases… Read more »
Studies have shown that poor nutrition increases a woman’s risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. When women typically diet, they may deplete their bodies of essential vitamins and minerals. Doctors and dentists recommend women incorporate foods full of vitamins and minerals because the body will use food-sourced vitamins more efficiently than supplements. Our… Read more »
Lack of sleep worsens periodontal disease. During a study conducted in Japan, 219 factory workers were evaluated to determine the affect their lifestyles had on their oral health. Researchers examined lifestyle habits, including: exercise, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, amount of sleep, nutrition, stress, number of hours worked, and eating breakfast. The study revealed the number-one… Read more »
Oral cancer affects approximately 36,500 people yearly, which accounts for about two percent of all cancer diagnoses in the United States. According to recent statistics, of these 36,500 people, approximately 7,900 will die from the disease. The death rate is high due to late detection of the disease. Oral cancer generally metastasizes to the cervical lymph nodes in the neck.
Sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness not only lead to foggy days, but increase the risk of death for people 65 years and older. A recent study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Health System showed the combination of the two disorders significantly increased the risk.
We have discussed numerous times the importance of caring for your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing two times a day, flossing daily, and attending six-month cleanings and checkups to help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime.
A recent online poll indicated that men don’t visit the dentist regularly. Nearly 45 percent of the men polled stated they don’t see the need; 30 percent said they are embarrassed or afraid; 18 percent said they don’t have time; and 5 percent don’t even have a regular dentist.
As spring quickly approaches, allergy suffers begin to complain of sinus problems. Under certain circumstances, people may feel as if they have a toothache when in actuality, they are experiencing a sinus infection. People struggle to differentiate a toothache from a sinus infection because sinus cavities are so close to upper teeth.