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Introduction - World diabetic day and importance of oral health

World Diabetes Day is an important annual campaign intended to spread awareness and aid in knowledge of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diabetes. Diabetes is a significant global health issue, shockingly with 537 million people living with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Unfortunately, existing medicine and care are not made available to millions of individuals with diabetes.

It’s a good thing we can open and close our mouths so that we can do the things that we enjoy like eating and speaking - we have our temporomandibular joints (TMJ) to thank for that! The TMJ is made up of muscles, ligaments, and the jawbones that help control jaw movement. The TMJ also contains a disc that helps absorb oral forces and allows the jaw to move. Like other joints in the body, the TMJ can experience issues that result in symptoms like pain and discomfort.

What is an oral cancer screening?

When you visit your dentist for a regular check-up, they’re looking for more than just cavities. Often, dentists are the first healthcare professionals to detect oral cancer and are trained to do so. In addition to asking about any changes in your medical history, they will perform an oral cancer screening and inspect the inside of your mouth including the lining of your lips and cheeks, your gums, tongue, roof and floor of your mouth, and your tonsils for instance.

What are veneers?

Looking to reinvent your smile? Dental veneers may be an option for you. Veneers are often used to cover stained, misshaped, or chipped teeth. Sometimes they are even used to close small spaces between teeth.

What is a wisdom tooth?

Although wisdom teeth have nothing to do with wisdom, it is still pretty wise to know about them. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are typically the last teeth to come into your mouth at around the ages of 17 to 21 years old. Most people develop two wisdom teeth in your top jaw, and two wisdom teeth in your bottom jaw, which appear at the very back of your mouth. However, these teeth commonly present with abnormalities, and sometimes become trapped underneath the gums and don’t erupt, which is known as tooth impaction.

What is Bruxism (teeth grinding)?

Teeth grinding, also termed bruxism, can be a painful habit leading to many problems. This happens when teeth slide against each other forcefully and may even produce a sound. Individuals who grind their teeth may find themselves waking up with headaches, tender jaw muscles, or toothaches.

What are braces?

Most likely, we all know someone who has or used to have braces. Braces are a common treatment option to not only straighten teeth, but also improve your bite. A proper bite is necessary for chewing, speaking, and the health of your jaws.

What is teeth whitening?

Interested in a brighter smile? Since a smile is one of the first things people notice when they see you, it’s important to keep your smile healthy and sparkling so that you can dazzle the world! From aging to drinking tea, coffee, or red wine regularly, often our teeth tend to become stained or appear more yellow. Fortunately, there are safe and effective teeth whitening options available.

The link between heart health and oral health

Our mouths are a window into the rest of our bodies, which is why it is extremely necessary to make oral health a priority. Many studies have found a link between heart health and oral health. It has been found that microbes from the oral cavity can spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and cause inflammation that can produce damaging effects. Research has suggested that individuals with gum disease have an increased risk of developing heart disease.

What is an eating disorder

Eating disorders are a serious mental and physical health issue that plagues our society and can impact anyone, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States will be affected by an eating disorder at some point in their lives. It can not only have a negative effect on one’s health, but also on one’s self-image, personal relationships, performance in daily tasks, and overall quality of life.

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