It’s very reasonable to think that gum disease will only impact your gums, and therefore only cause issues within your mouth. But, surprisingly, the bacteria associated with chronic gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), has been found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
The heart is an amazing muscle, beating up to about 100,000 times a day and keeping us alive to spread love to those we encounter! That’s why it’s extremely important to keep your heart healthy and to be informed about heart disease. Each February, awareness about heart health is spread nationally in celebration of American Heart Month. What many may not know is that heart disease isn’t just a disease that affects older adults. It can happen at any age, and there are many factors that can put you at risk. Here’s what you need to know:
Did you hear the news? It seems like floss was all the talk when news broke out about Oral-B Glide floss potentially containing toxic chemicals. A recent study published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology claimed that flossing was not safe due to the Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in certain floss brands. So what’s PFAS? These chemicals have been linked to some health problems, but are used in a variety of products sold in the market, ranging from cooking appliances, electronics, clothing, and food wrappers for the purpose of adding water resistance and non-stick properties.
But, don’t be so quick to quit flossing! Here’s why:
Diabetes, which impacts about 30 million people in the United States, surprisingly doesn’t just affect your blood sugar. Research has consistently showed that gum disease, including both gingivitis and periodontitis, is linked with diabetes. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways: individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing gum disease, and people with severe gum disease are more prone to have issues controlling their blood glucose levels.
Early stages of gum problems begin as gingivitis, also described as inflammation of the gums. As bacteria invade the gum pockets and inflammation remains, gum recession and bone loss begin to occur in the more severe stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis. People who have diabetes unfortunately have a a harder time clearing bacterial infections, which they are also more at risk for developing. That’s why having good oral hygiene practices is so important, especially if you have diabetes or a current diagnosis of periodontal disease. Take a look at how you can manage your oral care with diabetes:
Your caring team at WDG is excited and looking forward to co-hosting a community blood donation drive with the American Red Cross and the Wellesley Community Center again this year! The WDG Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 from 12:30pm-5:30pm. The blood drive will be located at the Wellesley Community Center (219 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482).
Why should you join us in donating blood? Sadly, every 2 seconds that passes by someone in the United States is in need of blood, which can save their life, according to the American Red Cross. On the bright side, just a single donation can save up to 3 individual’s lives. At our upcoming blood drive we are aiming to help thousands of people in need. Everyone is invited to attend.
Here’s a glimpse at our past blood drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41IU8UX98V8
Please spread the word and we can’t wait to see you there! The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn.
For more information and to register for the blood drive, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online at tiny.cc/WDGdonateblood. Please bring picture identification, and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.