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The Mouth and Body Connection

Oral health: A window to your overall health

Oral health — Find out about the connection between your oral health and overall health. Read "Oral health: A window to your overall health" article

Common Medications Can Have Oral Side Effects

Many medications have side effects, and some can even affect oral health. Read "Common Medications Can Have Oral Side Effects" article

The Mouth-Body Connection

You may have heard of the mind-body connection, but what about the mouth-body connection? To many people, a dental visit is about getting their teeth cleaned, having a tooth pulled, or getting a filling. Read "The Mouth-Body Connection" article

Diabetes And Other Endocrine Disorders

Prevent Diabetes Problems, Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

Too much glucose in the blood for a long time causes diabetes problems. This high blood glucose can damage many parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels and kidneys.     Read "Prevent Diabetes Problems, Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy" article

Diabetes Dental Tips

People with diabetes get gum disease more often than people who do not have diabetes. Gum infections can make it hard to control blood sugar. Once a gum infection starts, it can take a long time to heal. If the infection is severe, teeth can loosen or even fall out. Read "Diabetes Dental Tips" article

Diabetes Patients Should Pay Close Attention to Oral Health

If you have diabetes, keeping your glucose level within a healthy range and regular dental checkups are key to managing your oral health.     Read "Diabetes Patients Should Pay Close Attention to Oral Health" article

Heart Disease and Oral Health

Cardiovascular Diseases

Some cardiovascular (heart and artery) diseases may affect your oral health. They also may require changes in your dental treatment and how you receive dental care. Recent research has linked periodontal disease with the risk of coronary artery disease and stroke. But there is not enough research to show whether periodontal disease causes these other conditions. Read "Cardiovascular Diseases" article

Heart Disease and Gum Disease

Overall the data indicates that chronic gum disease may contribute to the development of heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death in both men and women.    Read "Heart Disease and Gum Disease" article

Heart disease prevention: A link to oral health?

Taking care of your teeth and gums can help with heart disease prevention. Find out more. Read "Heart disease prevention: A link to oral health?" article

Dental Patients Should Alert Dentists About Heart Conditions

To safeguard your health, it's important to let your dentist know if you have a heart condition or have recently had heart surgery before you have any dental treatments.    Read "Dental Patients Should Alert Dentists About Heart Conditions" article

Cancer / Oral Health

Oral Cancer: Signs and Symptoms

Oral cancer is cancer that occurs on the lips (usually the lower lip), inside the mouth, on the back of the throat, the tonsils or salivary glands.    Read "Oral Cancer: Signs and Symptoms" article

Oral Care for Cancer Patients

Patients who undergo cancer treatment are sometimes unaware that it can affect the teeth, gums, salivary glands and other oral tissues    Read "Oral Care for Cancer Patients" article

Dry Mouth

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth means you don't have enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth moist.    Read "What is Dry Mouth?" article

Dry Mouth

Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while — if they are nervous, upset or under stress.    Read "Dry Mouth" article

Cleft Lip/Palate

What is Cleft Lip / Cleft Palate?

A cleft lip is an upper lip that is split, something that affects one out of every 700 babies in the U.S. Like a cleft palate, Read "What is Cleft Lip / Cleft Palate?" article

HIV/AIDS and Oral Health

HIV/AIDS: Oral Effects

Oral Effects. The oral effects of HIV and AIDS occur because of your weakened immune system and the medicines you must take. These effects are also found in other people with weakened immune systems. Read "HIV/AIDS: Oral Effects" article

Physical Disorders and Their Oral Effects

STDs and Related Conditions

Dentists and dental personnel who treat you will use "universal precautions" to prevent the spread of infection. This includes wearing gloves, a mask and gown, and following infectious-disease precautions. This protects them from being infected while treating you. However, you should remember that other people you associate with may become infected. Read "STDs and Related Conditions" article

Respiratory Diseases and Conditions

If you have a respiratory condition, make sure that your dentist always has an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. The list should be neatly written or typed. It should include prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines such as antacids. It also should include vitamins, herbal pills and other nutritional supplements. Read "Respiratory Diseases and Conditions" article

Special Needs

Oral Conditions in Children with Special Needs

Tooth eruption may be delayed, accelerated, or inconsistent in children with growth disturbances. Gums may appear red or bluish-purple before erupting teeth break through into the mouth. Read "Oral Conditions in Children with Special Needs" article

Special Care in Oral Health

What is Special Care? It is an approach to oral health management tailored to the individual needs of people with a variety of medical conditions or limitations that require more than routine delivery of oral care. Special care encompasses preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services. Read "Special Care in Oral Health" article

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