Your Miraculous Mouth
Q: When do you go to the dentist? A: Tooth- hurty.
S erving as your
main mode of nutrition and
communication, your mouth can also help you diagnose chemical imbalances, digestion
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR DENTAL HEALTH AND DIABETES
problems, allergies, and myriad chronic conditions. Diabetes is one of the most
prevalent conditions that can appear in your mouth, making regular dental care that much more important for those with a diabetes diagnosis.
According to the American Dental Association, 1 in 5 cases of total tooth loss is linked to diabetes. The
reasoning behind this phenomenon stems all the way to the toothbrush nature has provided for humans. Patients with a diabetes diagnosis often have trouble creating enough saliva, which is produced by the body as a way of cleaning your mouth. This can lead to a dry mouth, plaque buildup, bad breath, and gum diseases, especially if patients avoid routine care and treatment. Additionally, patients with diabetes are predisposed to developing periodontal disease, which is classified as an infection of the structures that surround your teeth, including your gums and the bones that keep your teeth in place. In fact, the American Dental Association estimates that 22 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes also have periodontal disease. The link between diabetes and periodontal disease goes beyond a diagnosing connection, however. The two conditions can also feed off one another. Diabetes and periodontal disease both make it difficult for the body to regulate its blood sugar — or glucose — levels. Fortunately, diabetes and periodontal disease can both be preventable, because healthy habits that mitigate the effects of your diabetes can also work wonders for your mouth. Not using tobacco, having a healthy diet, improving your exercise routine, and seeing your dentist regularly are some of the best ways you can foster a healthier body and smile. Your mouth can be one of the most important components to your health, so monitoring it and practicing healthy habits will make you stronger. Learn more about how Woo Wang Dental can help you maintain a healthy smile by calling 301.993.1833 and 240.683.3833 or by visiting MyBestDentalCare.com. Unfortunately, when these levels are poor, there’s a greater chance of periodontal disease, and the severity increases as well. Essentially, if your body develops periodontal disease or diabetes, you could face a diagnosis of the other condition, as well.
Inspired by foodnetwork.com
This Italian favorite makes for the perfect date-night dessert. It’s easy to whip up and will make the evening feel extra special. Ingredients
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6 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pound mascarpone cheese 1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled
2 teaspoons dark rum 24 packaged ladyfingers
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish
1. In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to beat together egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. 2. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. 3. Fold in 1 tablespoon of espresso. 4. In a small, shallow dish, combine remaining espresso with rum. Dip each ladyfinger into mixture for 5 seconds. Place soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of a walled baking dish. 5. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the first layer of ladyfingers. Top with another layer of ladyfingers and another layer of mascarpone. 6. Cover and refrigerate 2–8 hours. 7. Remove from fridge, sprinkle with chocolate shavings, and serve.
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