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TV Host Maria Menounos Puts Diabetes in the Spotlight
Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, learned at an early age about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health when her father, Constantinos, a Greek immigrant, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes...

Cracks in Corners of the Mouth: Are They Serious?
...Sources of infection can also include dentures that are not cleaned frequently enough, missing teeth that cause facial changes and added skin wrinkling, and health conditions such as iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin B deficiency, diabetes and cancer...

Gum Disease and You: A True-False Test
... Other risk factors for developing the disease include diabetes and pregnancy (due to hormonal changes)...

Take Care of Your Gums and They Will Take Care of You
...Gum disease can also affect your general health especially if you have diabetes, cardiovascular or other systemic (general) diseases of an inflammatory nature...

When Could Bridgework Be Preferable to a Dental Implant?
...Certain systemic diseases (uncontrolled diabetes, for example), the use of particular medications, or a compromised immune system may make even minor surgery an unacceptable risk...

Work With Your Child's School to Encourage Healthy Snack Foods
... These regulations will help fight obesity and related medical problems like diabetes, but many dentists don’t believe they go far enough in one particular area — the consumption of sugar, a major cause of tooth decay...

Be Extra Vigilant for Signs of Gum Disease During Pregnancy
...There’s a stronger link, however, between gum disease and diabetes; in fact, diabetes should be checked for in pregnant women who are diagnosed with gum disease...

A "Silent" Disease Gets Recognition
Today, many people are taking positive steps to reduce the risks posed by major health problems like cancer, cardiopulmonary diseases, hypertension, and diabetes...

Use Sweetener Substitutes Wisely to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
... But there is a downside to refined sugars like table sugar or high-fructose corn syrup: too much in our diets contributes to conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dental disease...

Could A Dental Checkup Save Your Life?
...One is that most systemic diseases (such as diabetes, leukemia, and heart disease, for example) can have oral manifestations — that is, symptoms that show up in the mouth...

Get Relief from Cracked Corners of the Mouth
... Initially, perleche may arise from a variety of sources, most of them locally from either inside or around the mouth, although it can be triggered by a general body infection or disease like diabetes or cancer, or vitamin or iron deficiencies...

Proper Cleaning Techniques can Help you Control Chronic Bad Breath
...Chronic halitosis, on the other hand, could have an underlying health cause like periodontal (gum) disease, sinus infections or even systemic illnesses like diabetes...

Monitoring Blood Pressure is Also Important During Dental Care
... High blood pressure is a risk factor for several major health conditions including heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and is one of the most common diagnoses in the United States...

Curbing Dry Mouth Could Boost Your Oral Health as you get Older
...Some diseases like diabetes or Parkinson's may also reduce saliva flow, as well as radiation and chemotherapy...

Take Steps to Ease That Burning Sensation in Your Mouth
... The root cause of BMS isn’t always easy to pinpoint, but it seems related to systemic conditions like diabetes, nutrition or vitamin deficiencies and acid reflux; it’s also been known to accompany the use of irradiation or chemotherapy for cancer treatment or psychological problems...

Sometimes It's Good to Be a Quitter: Smoking and Oral Health
...It harms nearly every organ of the body, causing lung disease, heart disease and diabetes, as well as cancer of the lung, kidney and bladder...

Diabetes and Oral Health
November is National Diabetes Month—a good time to look at the connection between diabetes and oral health...

You can Still have Implants with Diabetes - if you have it under Control
...with diabetes, you know first hand how the disease impacts your life...

Treating Dry Mouth is Important for Maintaining Good Oral Health
...There are also systemic conditions that affect saliva flow like diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and many autoimmune diseases...

Include Limitations on Sugar in Your Tooth Decay Prevention Strategy
...But the trend has also been linked to serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease...

Saliva Performs Many Functions for Both Oral and General Health
...Given the right equipment, saliva has the potential to indicate early signs of cancer (including oral), diabetes and other systemic conditions...

Do You Need Antibiotics Before Having a Dental Procedure?
...However, having a compromised immune system (due to diabetes, cancer, arthritis, chemotherapy and other factors) is still an indication that antibiotics may be needed...

Developing a Dental Care Strategy Could Save Long-Term Costs
...Your teeth and gums aren’t islands unto themselves — your oral health is heavily influenced by other conditions in the body, especially systemic diseases like diabetes or cardiovascular disease...

Oral Systemic Connection
...But recent scientific evidence suggests that it may have an even greater benefit to your overall health: Specifically, it could potentially reduce your risk for a number of systemic (whole-body) diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis — even premature birth...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
... Periodontal Disease & Your Overall Health Periodontal disease starts in your mouth but has actually been linked to more serious conditions, such as cardio-vascular disease (CVD), diabetes and preterm births...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
... In addition, some systemic diseases (such as diabetes, Crohn's disease, and heart disease) may produce effects that can be observed in the mouth...

Aging & Dental Health
...It's possible that medications prescribed for other diseases can adversely affect a person's oral health; it's also possible that a decline in oral health can worsen existing maladies (such as diabetes), or even cause systemic (whole-body) inflammation...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... Guidelines for Antibiotic Premedication Prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended before dental procedures if you have one or more of the following heart conditions: A heart transplant Artificial heart valves A history of infective endocarditis Some types of congenital heart problems - particularly if they haven't been completely repaired, or if their treatment involves prosthetic material If you have undergone a joint replacement procedure, prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended if you also have one or more of the following risk factors: A systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosis A weakened immune system resulting from HIV, cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, or another cause Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia A history of previous infection in a prosthetic joint Undernourishment or malnourishment There are other circumstances where taking prophylactic antibiotics would be a prudent step; there are also a number of situations where these medications might have been recommended in the past, but aren't currently required in all cases...

Bad Breath
...Halitosis may occur in people who have a sinus or bronchial infection, an oral yeast infection (which can be caused by antibiotic use), or even a systemic (general body) disease such as diabetes, kidney failure or a liver malfunction...

Diabetes & Oral Health
Diabetes is a group of chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the body's ability to process sugar...

Dry Mouth
...Other diseases known to cause dry mouth include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis and AIDS...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...Some research has even indicated a link between periodontal (gum) diseases and other serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes...

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