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April 2013

Hank’s Healthy Habits: 13 Steps to a Joyful, Happy Life

He is 89 years old and the picture of health. Yet looking at the robust, healthy, laughing gentleman sitting across the desk from me on this Saturday morning, one would never guess his age. Hank has been married 50 years, is active in his church, and hosts a prayer breakfast most Saturday mornings.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2013

July 2010

Dental Care Deserves More Than a Brush-Off

Unfortunately, dental treatment and vision care are rarely included in basic health insurance plans. I don't know how insurance companies concluded that the eyes and the teeth are not parts of the body, but they managed it somehow. If you have diabetes, however, it's especially important to realize that contrary to the rationalizations of insurance executives, both your eyes and your teeth require attention and care.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 30, 2010

July 2009

Benign New Gum Treatment Seems to Work Long-Term

A new treatment for receding gums that uses patients' own blood to encourage regeneration seems to have "legs" and hold up over the long term, according to a small study by researchers at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 31, 2009

May 2009

Resolvins, Discovered in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Show Ability to Restore Lost Gum Disease Tissue and Bone

Dental researchers are reporting that resolvins, products derived from omega-3 fatty acids, may have the ability to restore the soft tissue and even bone lost in periodontal (gum) disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 7, 2009

April 2009

Study Shows Link Between Gum Disease and Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who have gum disease run a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes than pregnant women who have healthy gums, says a study from the New York University College of Dentistry.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2009

September 2008

Vitamin C May Lower Diabetes Risk, While Gum Disease May Indicate It

Abundant dietary vitamin C may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, say researchers from the Institute of Metabolic Science at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2008

June 2008

Adult Teeth May Come in Early for Children with Diabetes
Adult Teeth May Come in Early for Children with Diabetes

Children with diabetes may develop their permanent teeth earlier than normal, which could increase their risk of dental problems, according to findings published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2008

May 2008

Insights on Controlling Blood Sugar in the Dentist's Chair
Insights on Controlling Blood Sugar in the Dentist's Chair

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), people with diabetes are more prone to periodontitis, tooth decay, oral fungal infections, taste diminishment, gingivitis and delayed healing time than people without the disease.

comments 7 comments - Posted May 15, 2008

March 2008

When You Visit the Dentist, Be Wary: Diabetes Meds and Dental Materials Sometimes Don't Mix

People who live with diabetes on a daily basis are usually instructed to eat right, maintain regular physical activity, and if necessary, take medication. What many may not know is that these medications that help control healthy insulin levels may lead to unexpected events at the dentist’s office. According to a study in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, diabetic patients especially need to communicate special needs to their dentists. This is because of harmful interactions that could occur with materials and medications used at dental appointments.

comments 5 comments - Posted Mar 27, 2008

April 2007

Small Bacteria Big Impact: Two Studies Look at the Possible Connection Periodontal Bacteria may have with Other Systemic Conditions
Small Bacteria Big Impact: Two Studies Look at the Possible Connection Periodontal Bacteria may have with Other Systemic Conditions

CHICAGO Two new studies in the Journal of Periodontology explore the possible link between periodontal bacteria and coronary artery disease as well as periodontal bacteria and preeclampsia. These studies found that periodontal bacteria, which are often invisible to the naked eye, may account for big effects on general health conditions.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 30, 2007

Clean Those Choppers: Periodontal Disease May Accelerate Pre-Diabetes
Clean Those Choppers: Periodontal Disease May Accelerate Pre-Diabetes

It’s already clear that people with type 2 diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease than people without diabetes.  Now researchers at the University of Copenhagen School of Dentistry have found that periodontal disease may contribute to pre-diabetes, at least in rats.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 6, 2007

February 2007

Teeth are an Indication of Diabetes Complications in Type 1s
Teeth are an Indication of Diabetes Complications in Type 1s

Kuwaiti researchers say that periodontal disease severity is associated with both diabetes duration and the presence of diabetes complications in people with type 1.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

December 2006

Dry Mouth and Diabetes
Dry Mouth and Diabetes

We often take our teeth for granted, but the mouth is the first part of the digestive process. It’s amazing how what we put into it and what comes out of it can get us in so much trouble.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

October 2006

Letters to the Editor

I wish to raise awareness about and concern for dental problems that might be complicated by the new Exubera therapy and other therapies employing the dry powder inhaler (DPI) technology as a means of administering therapeutic medications.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

April 2006

Diabetic Patients Advised to Take Good Care of Their Teeth
Diabetic Patients Advised to Take Good Care of Their Teeth

If you have patients with diabetes, advise them to maintain good dental hygiene. A recent report states that people with diabetes have a higher severity of periodontal disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

October 2005

Be Good to Your Teeth—and Your BGs
Be Good to Your Teeth—and Your BGs

Improving the health of your teeth and gums can also improve your diabetes control, according to Turkish researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

March 2005

Caring for Your Teeth and Gums
Caring for Your Teeth and Gums

The sixth major complication of diabetes is periodontal disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

September 2001

Type 1s More Likely to Suffer from Dry Mouth

Type 1s who experience dry mouths may be displaying a symptom of diabetic neuropathy, according to researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2001

June 2001

New Toothpaste Accommodates Special Needs of People with Diabetes

An ingredient found in most toothpaste could be doing more harm than good, according to BioGlobe Tech Inc., manufacturer of a new line of oral-hygiene products.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

May 2001

Chew on This

Diabetes poses a risk factor for tooth decay and gum disease. However, many people with diabetes are in the dark concerning this fact.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

March 1999

Poor Blood Sugar Control Can Cause Gum Disease

Research has shown that individuals with type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to contract periodontal (gum) disease than individuals without diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1999

March 1998

Diabetes and Dentistry

No one enjoys going to the dentist, but for people with diabetes, getting that cleaning and check-up are especially important. The link between diabetes and oral health can't be ignored. In fact, dental problems in people with diabetes are so rampant that Mark Finney, DDS, believes oral disease should be referred to as "the sixth 'opathy' of diabetes," deserving of the attention given to retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy and the like.

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1998

January 1996

Tooth Tips

The following tips are from the National Institute of Dental Health:

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1996

October 1995

Medical Research Shows- People With Diabetes At Risk For Increased Dental Problems

Most people don't think about their teeth until something goes wrong. Several dental journals have recently published reports about the effect of diabetes on oral health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1995

January 1993

High Blood Sugar & Tooth Decay

The results of a study conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, suggest a possible relationship between poor blood glucose control and dental caries (tooth destruction) in children with type I diabetes. The report of the study was published in Pediatr Dent, May-June 1992.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1993

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