4 Oral Health Conditions That Diabetics May Be Vulnerable To

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

People who have been diagnosed with diabetes frequently don’t realize that they may be particularly vulnerable to developing certain oral health issues. Here are four conditions that you should be on your guard against if you’re a diabetic: Xerostomia Xerostomia is an oral condition caused by reduced saliva flow. Diabetics may be particularly vulnerable to developing xerostomia because high blood sugar levels are a common cause of the condition. Besides the feeling of simply having a dry mouth, signs of xerostomia include: Difficulty swallowing and chewing. Tingling or burning sensation in the mouth. Cracked, dry lips. Excessive thirst. Food and beverages taste metallic. Dentures may be difficult to wear. Fortunately, there are several effective ways of circumventing xerostomia, such as: Taking frequent sips of water. Using an alcohol-free mouthwash. Applying lip balm on a regular basis. If symptoms persist, you should make an appointment with your dental care professional so that you can receive appropriate treatment. Gingivitis Diabetes decreases the body’s ability to fight off bacteria, making you more vulnerable to the development of conditions such as gingivitis. You might have gingivitis is your gums are sore, particularly if they bleed. Regular removal of plaque by flossing and brushing will help reduce your chances of developing gingivitis. However, if you suspect that you may have come down with this condition, consult with a dentist as soon as possible in order to prevent it from developing into periodontitis. Periodontitis Left untreated, gingivitis may turn into an infection known as periodontitis, which is an advanced and serious gum disease that can cause the bone and soft tissues that provide support for the teeth to corrode. In its later state, periodontitis may become so severe that the teeth actually separate from the gums and fall out as a result. Periodontitis may also cause spikes in blood sugar levels, making it particularly important for diabetics to take as many preventative measures as possible to circumvent this condition. Unfortunately, periodontitis generally takes longer to heal in diabetics than in others, because diabetes lowers the body’s ability to successfully fight off infections. Thrush Oral thrush, otherwise known as Candida albicans, is another condition that those with diabetes are particularly prone to developing. Thrush is basically a fungal infection that occurs when yeast that is found naturally in the mouths of most people grows out of control. Symptoms of thrush include: Whitish-colored lesions on the tongue, interior of the mouth, gums, or tonsils.  Pain where the lesions are located. Dry, cracked corners of the mouth. The lesions may also bleed if they are disturbed, and you may have difficulty swallowing if the lesions have reached your esophagus. Complications from thrush can involve the infection entering the...

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7 Dangerous Health Effects Of Smoking E-Cigarettes

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Electronic cigarettes have gained great popularity since arriving on the U.S. market in 2007.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 250 e-cigarette brands are currently on the market. So what’s the appeal? E-cigarettes have been marketed as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. They do not produce noxious smoke or contain tobacco and many of the chemicals associated with the growing and processing of tobacco. However, it’s important to understand that smoking e-cigarettes can still affect your health in a number of ways. 1. Blood Flow Restriction While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, their primary ingredient is still nicotine. Nicotine is considered a “vasoconstrictor” and restricts blood flow to the body. This reduction in blood flow can inhibit the mouth’s natural cleaning functions and slow down disease-fighting mechanisms. 2. Slower Healing The nicotine found in e-cigarettes limits the body’s ability to heal and create new, healthy cells and tissues. Cuts and bruises, both inside and outside the body, take longer to heal and pain problems can become more chronic. This is caused when blood vessels tighten, reducing the delivery of nutrition and oxygen to the skin. 3. Addictive Qualities The nicotine found in e-cigarette cartridges is highly addictive. When you stop smoking your e-cigarettes for an extended period of time, you can get the same withdrawal symptoms associated with conventional tobacco cigarettes. Irritability, depression, anxiousness, and restlessness are just a few of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Just like tobacco cigarettes, smoking e-cigs can become a hard habit to break. 4. Poison Risk As nicotine is considered a toxin, individuals who use liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes are at risk, as well as children and pets in the household. Even in tiny amounts, these “e-liquids” can cause vomiting and seizures and can even be lethal when consumed or absorbed through the skin. According to the NY Times, a reported 1,351 cases linked to e-liquids were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2013. 5. Unknown Ingredients E-cigarettes are new to the market and not yet heavily regulated. Most e-smokers do not know what they are actually inhaling into their bodies in the form of vapor. According to Scripps TV Station Group, when the FDA tested a small sample, they found several dangerous toxic chemicals. One chemical found was diethylene glycol, an ingredient usually found in antifreeze. 6. Cardiovascular Effects Many smokers switch to e-cigarettes to gradually wean themselves off of traditional tobacco cigarettes. Unlike nicotine patches and other products that enter the system slowly, the chemicals in e-cigarettes are inhaled rapidly. The nicotine can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, as well as unpleasant symptoms like nausea, diarrhea and sweating. 7. Youth...

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