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Gum Disease linked to development of Alzheimer’s Disease?

“The Telegraph (UK) (1/23, Knapton) reports that “gum disease may play a pivotal role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe.” According to the article, “Researchers said they now had ‘solid evidence’ that the bacteria which causes periodontitis produces an enzyme which destroys neurons leading to memory loss.” The article says that the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) is “one of the chief causes of gum disease and tooth loss in humans,” and “an international team of researchers tested the brains of 53 people with Alzheimer’s,” finding the bacteria enzyme present in 96 percent.

        Science Magazine (1/23, Kaiser) reports that “the provocative findings are the latest in a wave of research suggesting microbial infections may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.” Still, some scientists question a causal relationship between the bacteria and Alzheimer’s. “I’m fully on board with the idea that this microbe could be a contributing factor. I’m much less convinced that [it] causes Alzheimer’s disease,” says neurobiologist Robert Moir of the Harvard University. The findings were published in Science Advances.”

 

When you have a loved one with Dementia these articles really hit home. 

The quote,  “gum disease may play a pivotal role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease” continues to make us realize how everything is connected and good oral health can have a positive effect on your general health. 

Be Well in 2019

Tips about Health Insurance

New From MDA Check Up eNews…

January 2019

“5 tips to get the most out of your Health Insurance in 2019”

“Tip #1: Make sure you understand your health plan. For example, by law, all individual and small group health plans include 10 “essential” benefits. Pay close attention to the benefits that are available with no copay or coinsurance before your deductible is met.”

“Tip #2: Schedule annual preventive service tests and screenings. All insured health plans and many other plans cover a comprehensive list of preventive services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. Your deductible does not apply!”

“Tip #3: Make the most of your plan if you max out your deductible. Once you’ve met your deductible in most plans, you’ll pay significantly less out of pocket for any health care you use above and beyond that. So when you meet your deductible for the year, schedule other services you need at a decreased cost.”

“Tip #4:  Stick with in-network providers. The lowest charges are for doctors, hospitals, and labs that participate in your insurance network. Also check to make sure doctors who treat your children are in-network providers.”

“Tip #5: Take advantage of your plan’s freebies and incentives

  • The MDA Health Plan has free onboarding software with EaseCentral, a free mobile app, and some plans have health assessments and healthy living rewards.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plans have a free mobile app, healthy living education, disease management guidance and discounts, and many plans offer support to help you quit smoking.”

Navigating your insurance is often difficult but it is your responsibility to get the most out of what you are paying for and to understand the fine print and the extras you might be entitled to, be aware.

Sleep is connected to your Oral Health

It may not seem that your sleep is connected to your oral health, but it has been determined that your sleep habits affect all aspects of your overall health.  Everything is related.  The article below gives you valuable tips and is especially helpful this time of year.  Read on…

(HealthDay News) — Sleep is a complex biological process that helps you process new information, stay healthy and feel rested, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Not getting enough sleep can trigger illness, poor performance in daily activities, memory loss and other health concerns, the agency adds. 
The link below is worth checking out and gives you valuable tips on how to stay ahead of the sleep deprived curve. Scroll down on the link to “Bed Basics-How to get your best sleep ever” and even further down is all about “Know the signs of sleep deprivation” 

Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving

Cranberries-they’re not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

According to MDLinx internal Medicine Newswise November 14, 2018

For centuries, cranberries have had a reputation for boosting health, dating back to Native-Americans who used them to treat urinary tract infections as well as wounds and other ailments.  In more recent years, the fruit has been found to have other potential health benefits.

 

Amy Howell is a Rutgers expert in the health benefits of cranberries. Here she shares some of the benefits.

According to Howell, a specific compound in cranberries called proanthocyanidins (PACS) helps to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, so they can’t multiply and cause infection.  Consuming cranberries regularly can help prevent certain bacterial infections.  

This then helps to reduce the pace of large-scale antibiotic resistance development.

“Consuming cranberry products regularly can help prevent urinary tract infections but has also been implicated in suppressing bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.” Howell said.

Howell also has stated that since cranberries contain antioxidants, they may also help to lower oxidative stress, an imbalance that causes numerous chronic diseases, including inflammation, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease. 

“Research suggests that these cranberry compounds can reduce oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, increase the flexibility of arteries and reduce inflammation-all important risk factors for heart disease,” Howell said.

Thanksgiving may be over but healthy eating and drinking

is a year round goal! 

CRANBERRIES RULE

A Caregivers Guide to Dental Health

A Caregivers Guide to

Dental Health

Though many of us never saw this coming, we are now the caregivers for our loved ones.

The information below can help caregivers be aware of how important healthy mouths and teeth are as we age. 

AND how challenging it can be to stay ahead of possible infection and other serious issues.  

There are over 44 million family caregivers in the United States.  Caregiving can be a difficult, exhausting job.  Keeping your loved one’s mouth and teeth healthy is not only important for their dental health but also for their overall health and more.  The mouth and teeth can be the gateway for serious health issues and must be cared for and maintained to insure a healthy body. 

 

Keeping the mouth and teeth clean can prevent pain in your teeth and infection that can lead to other serious issues.

There are times and ages when adults need extra help to make sure daily care is happening. 

Memory loss is a huge issue with dementia often masking what the needs really are. 

The ability to hold a toothbrush can be lost with arthritis and other physical issues.  

Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes 

Clean between teeth daily with floss or other cleaner.

Rinse dentures after each meal

Brush them daily with denture cleaner

Take dentures out at night

Eat and drink healthy, avoiding sugary drinks and snacks.

Watch for symptoms that could signal larger issues.

While still mobile,  take loved one 😀  to the dentist for checkups.

Be Picky if it’s Sticky

CNN (10/26, LaMotte) includes candy in its list of “health hazards of Halloween,” noting the American Dental Association says to “be picky if it’s sticky.” The article explains that caramels, gummies, taffy, and other sticky candies cling to teeth longer, contributing to cavities. Hard candies also pose risks since they tend to stay in the mouth longer, contributing to dental decay, and they may also break teeth. Chocolate is a better choice since it washes off teeth more easily. In addition to maintaining proper oral hygiene practices, CNN encourages eating Halloween candy just after meals, noting “saliva production increases during meals and helps rinse away food particles and bacteria, the ADA says.”

        In addition, CBS News (10/26, Gibson) suggests trick-or-treaters “stick with chocolate, which washes off teeth easily and quickly, according to the American Dental Association.”

Remember “Be Picky if it’s Sticky”

The Flavor Trap

The “CURE ALL” Apple Cider Vinegar Craze

According to Readers Digest and other sources,

Apple Cider Vinegar 

has been praised as having all sorts of medicinal benefits but

it has one very definite negative side effect.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CAN ERODE THE ENAMEL ON YOUR TEETH

MUCH LIKE FRUIT JUICES AND SODA.     

Be aware and RINSE after you consume apple cider vinegar to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Back to School Check-ups

 

August is a time when parents and children make sure they check off their readiness list for heading back to school.  Besides a backpack of supplies and booster shots think about

the importance of a dental check up to help fight the most common chronic school-age disease, cavities. 

Prevention and early detection

can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences. 

Planning ahead is important so think about making that back to school appointment in the spring to avoid the rush. 

Parents can help their children get a “cavity-free” check up, by encouraging children to brush 2xday for 2 minutes and floss once a day. 

There are appropriate Dental Habits for each age.  Check out mouthyhealthy.org to find what is best for your child’s age.

Remember when scheduling your child’s dental appointment that timing is everything.  Pick an appointment time that fits your child’s schedule and helps them experience a successful check-up.

Remember to leave your own anxiety at the door.  Role model a healthy attitude towards the professional who will be taking care of their teeth. 

If your child falls apart, keep your cool.  Work with the dental team to help your child get through this situation in a positive manner.

All this adds up to a life long, positive attitude towards your child’s ORAL HEALTH