Diabetes and Dental Diseases
Although good dental hygiene can help prevent many dental diseases it may not be enough if you suffer from diabetes. Gum disease is the most common oral disease that affects people with diabetes. Unfortunately, it is not the only one. Diabetes also makes you more susceptible to oral infections. Oral infections are caused by a group of germs that have settled in a specific area of the mouth. The symptoms of an oral infection can be quite painful, making it pretty obvious that something is wrong. If you are suffering from swollen gums and pus pockets that are red or white in color around a certain tooth or have constant pain in and around the mouth area, even spreading to the sinus area, chances are you are suffering from an oral infection and need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Another type of infection that diabetics are prone to is thrush. This is a fungal infection that can be caused by high blood sugar and repeated antibiotic use. Thrush presents itself as white (or less often, red) patches found in the mouth that can lead to painful ulcers. Again, good dental hygiene will help to lessen the likelihood of getting thrush. If you suspect that you have thrush, see your dentist immediately.
Dry mouth is also a problem for diabetes sufferers. Some medications or high blood sugar can cause dry mouth, which can then lead to cavities. Since the mouth produces less saliva to wash out the germs and acids in your mouth, proper dental hygiene becomes more important for controlling germ buildup. Chewing sugar-free gum and drinking more fluids may help to alleviate the symptoms. If it persists, see your dentist for guidance.
As you now know, the dental hygiene advice you have been hearing for years actually makes a great deal of sense. Following a daily home dental care program and regular dental check-ups are critical for maintaining lifelong dental health and a beautiful smile.
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Few Parents Enforce Shower-Before-Pool Rules that Prevent Illness from Water Parks
Summer is here! Water parks are great attraction for families and kids to have fun and to be physically active. However, that fun may come with the risk of getting sick with infections from water, illnesses that affect over 10,000 Americans each year. The best ways to reduce the risk of infection is to make sure parents and kids shower before playing in the water. (read more)
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Did you know to maintain healthy skin is to keep a balance pH level? The soaps, lotions, and other products you use can have an effect on the pH, and thereby the health of your skin. (read more)
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Vista Community Clinic: Tips to create a good dental hygiene routine
Did you know it is important to brush twice a day by starting off young and to develop a good oral hygiene routine?
A child’s first dental checkup should be around the age of 1 or after the first tooth erupts. While teaching a growing child to properly brush is important, they will require supervision and guidance until they develop the skills to complete on their own at a later age of 7 or older.
As adults, keeping teeth clean and establish a good brushing and flossing routine is important to prevent cavity, gingivitis and gum diseases. Children and adults should remember to get regular dental checkups twice a year. As we all know with only one set of teeth for lifetime, we should take extra care for it.
Scabies Outbreak Linked to Nurse’s Dirty Compression Glove
Researchers reported the three cases of scabies in infants were identified by a pediatric dermatologist during a three-month period. Further investigation was launched to find additional cases by contacting local pediatric dermatologists and hospital-affiliated pediatricians. “When evaluated, she was noted to have a rash and wore a noticeably dirty compression glove for lymphedema while on duty, making it impossible for her to clean her hands effectively.
Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by small species of mite. It is spread by direct contact with infected people, and less often by share of clothing or bedding.
WEDNESDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) — Compared with cellphones belonging to hospital staff, cellphones brought into the facilities by patients and the people who visit them are twice as likely to carry dangerous pathogens, a new Turkish study has found.
The finding stems from a bacterial analysis involving 200 cellphones belonging to patients, visitors and hospital workers.
“The types of bacteria that were found on the patients’ [cellphones] and their resistance patterns were very worrisome,” the study authors noted in a news release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
“Some investigators have reported that [cellphones] of medical personnel may be a potential source of bacterial pathogens in the hospital setting,” according to Dr. Mehmet Sait Tekerekoglu, of Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey, and colleagues. “Our findings suggest that [cellphones] of patients, patients’ companions and visitors represent higher risk . . . than those of health care workers. Specific infection control measures may be required for this threat.”
The findings are published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
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Does Your Dental Office Have a Plan Against Legionella?
With summer right around the corner when’s the last time you had your dental office’s air conditioning checked? Legionella Pneumophilia is a gram-negative bacterium that thrives at room temperature and is commonly found in air conditioning systems.
With the stream of daily patients coming in and out of dental practice the spread of Legionella is a real threat to the health of your employees and clients alike. Regulations in UK require that all business are required to undergo a Legionella risk assessment. For us in the US a simple office plan which includes the following maybe a good start:
- A detailed schematic of the water system
- An inspection of the system’s associated assets (tanks, heaters, sinks etc.)
- A thorough inspection of air and heating units
- Documented photographic evidence of potential risk areas.
ADA Statement of Infection Control in Dental Settings
American Dental Association (ADA) reiterates the need for all dental practices and professionals to adhere to Dental Health Care Settings guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC).
An example of best practices for infection control include the use of masks, gloves, surface disinfectants, and sterilizing reusable dental devices. (read more)
Musical Instruments Cause of Children Sickness
Chicago- Research has shown the correlation between playing a musical instrument leads to increasing a child’s intelligence, but playing a used instrument can be detrimental to a child’s health as well.
Testing of used woodwind and brass instruments resulted in the discovery of bacteria and fungi, many that are associated with minor to serious infections and allergic diseases, according to results from a recently published study in March/April 2011 issued of General Dentistry. (read more)