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Well-known side effects of diabetes include circulation problems and neuropathy. But did you know that diabetes can seriously affect the health of your teeth and gums? Moreover, your oral health can also affect the course of your diabetes.
The most common dental problem is tooth decay, which can lead to cavities, abscesses, tooth pain, and tooth loss. Decay is caused by the actions of bacteria that live naturally in your mouth. They secrete acid, which eats away at the tooth enamel, allowing cavities and other problems to develop. In normal numbers and with regular cleaning of the teeth, these bacteria are harmless.
Bacteria become overactive when they have lots to feed on in the mouth. This is why brushing and flossing to remove food debris is so important. In diabetic persons, especially when the diabetes is not in control, the bacteria have another food source: sugar. If you have diabetes, just as your blood has more glucose in it, so does your saliva. This glucose becomes another food source for the bacteria.
Even more serious than tooth decay, diabetes can also affect the health of the gums. Gum disease, or gingivitis, occurs when plaque buildup on the teeth and under the gums irritates the gums, causing them to become swollen, tender, and bleed easily. They also begin to retract from the base of the teeth, exposing vulnerable areas to tooth decay. Puffy gums and frequent bleeding give oral bacteria more places to collect and more to feed on.
Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease, which is a heightened inflammation of the gums. The gums can become permanently damaged and teeth can loosen or even fall out. And just like infections in other places in the body, periodontal disease can make it harder to control your diabetes.
Dental problems are not inevitable as a diabetes patient, any more than they are inevitable for persons in perfect health. Many of the steps you need to take to guard your oral health are simply basic dental hygiene, with a few extra considerations.
If your diabetes is not in good control, postpone any dental procedures that are not absolute emergencies, due to the higher risk of infections or other complications.
As fun and thoughtful as the Christmas season is, especially when taking into account all the gift giving, the holidays can also be somewhat wasteful. Just think about all the wrapping paper that is used to make your gifts look nice – only for it to be ripped apart and tossed away. It’s a huge waste and not a very environmentally friendly tradition. However, it is a tradition – and receiving your presents without any wrapping paper takes some of the excitement of the surprise out of it. Instead of using store-bought wrapping paper this year, consider using these six eco friendly wrapping paper alternatives instead:
Newspapers have a great visual quality and texture to them, making them perfect for use as wrapping paper. Use different sections of the newspaper to make the gifts more personal. For example, use the sports section for your sports-loving friend or the comic section for younger family members.
You should hold on to your old calendars because they make great wrapping paper. You can either use the portion of the calendar that depicts the pictures, or use the part that depicts the dates. Using the dates may seem boring, but it can be a great way to get creative. For example, you can use someone’s birthday month as their wrapping paper to make it a little bit more personal.
If you haven’t begun using your own reusable bags yet to buy your groceries, then you probably have a ton of folded up paper grocery bags stored away somewhere in your kitchen. Use these to wrap your gifts. They may be a little boring, especially if they have the grocery store brand stamped all over the paper, but you can personalize them by drawing whatever you want onto the blank side.
Do you have any old maps sitting in the trunk of your car or stored away in your home office space? Odds are they are pretty outdated if they are more than a few years old. Because most older maps are quite colorful, they make for a perfect eco friendly wrapping paper material.
Forgo wrapping paper entirely and use an old shoebox instead. You can leave it blank and simply tie a ribbon around it or decorate the outside using markers, crayons or anything else you can think of. Don’t be afraid of reusing different types of boxes – the box has an elegant look about it that wrapping paper doesn’t provide.
You may be able to use some of your gifts as the packaging itself. For example, if you are giving someone a beautiful new basket, fill it up with some of the smaller gifts that you were planning on giving to that person as well. Or if you are giving someone a new blanket, scarf or other clothing item, use that fabric to wrap another gift.
These are just a few things that you can use as alternatives to store-bought wrapping paper. Not only are they items that you would be re-using, thereby making the act of gift-wrapping much more environmentally friendly, but they are a more unique and personal way to wrap your gifts as well.
Chronic pain, whether in the form of joint pain, backaches, migraines or overall stiffness, is often a sign of inflammation in the body. Although inflammation is a normal process when there is an acute injury, chronic inflammation can result in pain and a decline in overall health. One of the best ways to fight chronic inflammation is to eat foods that manage pain, decrease inflammation and promote better overall health. From fish to green tea, these following foods can reduce pain just as much as some prescription medications.
Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish have significant anti-inflammatory properties. Whether in supplement form or through eating fresh fish, omega-3 fatty acids promote heart health and fight inflammation throughout the body. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: sardines, salmon, trout and anchovies.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in plant-derived sources like walnuts and flaxseeds, but research shows that omega-3 fatty acids are better absorbed by the body because no conversion process is needed.
Red Grapes, or other fruits that are red, purple or blue, contain the phytonutrient anthocyanin. This phytonutrient has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries contain this powerful antioxidant and are equally useful when eating to fight inflammation and improve overall health.
Ginger has been known for the medicinal properties it has for years. Used for the anti-nausea properties, it has been discovered that ginger can also reduce muscle pain after exercising. Ginger also relieves the aches and pains of osteoarthritis.
Ginger contains the phytonutrient gingerol, and gingerol is responsible for supplying the pain-relieving properties of ginger. Researchers have discovered that to treat soreness after exercise, ginger has been as effective as ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
To get more ginger into the diet, ginger can be minced and added to a stir-fry or vegetables. Ginger can also be made into tea by either boiling freshly sliced ginger or placing several slices into a tea ball and allowing it to steep. Ginger has a strong flavor and honey goes well with ginger tea.
Green tea, established as a superfood for years, is effective at pain management for osteoarthritis. One important phytochemical found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). EGCG, is a powerful phytochemical that has shown promise as treatment for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Green tea is best when loose leaf green tea is used, but even commercial green tea in bags contains powerful antioxidant properties. Researchers recommend drinking one to three cups of green tea a day but warn that green tea does contain about a third of the amount of caffeine in a comparable cup of coffee. Those that are caffeine sensitive should keep in mind that green tea does contain caffeine.
Olive oil, made from pressed olives, contains oleocanthal. This compound in extra-virgin olive oil acts in similar ways as anti-inflammatory medications and helps ward off pain.
To reap the most health benefits from olive oil it is best to use olive oil in uncooked dishes such as salads or to add spices to it and use the spiced olive oil as a dip for bread or vegetables.
Researchers have decided that long term consumption of extra-virgin olive oil has been effective as the long term use of anti-inflammatory medications without the harsh side effects.
It is important to purchase high quality extra-virgin olive oil because the darker the color, the more oleocanthal the oil contains.
Food can be a significant tool in the fight against chronic illness, pain, arthritis and other diseases brought on by inflammation. The foods that we eat can significantly decrease the inflammation response in the body and decrease the need for side effect causing medications.
Wisdom teeth often need to be removed, as they can cause problems with overcrowding, or become decayed or infected. There are several different methods that can be used to remove wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth that have fully erupted (completely broken through the gum) can often be extracted just like any other molar. First, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic to prevent pain. Next, he or she will widen the socket to loosen the tooth, then gently pull it out.
If a tooth is trapped within the gum, or is only partially erupted, the dentist may need to cut open the gum to reach it. A very small incision is made, just big enough to remove the tooth. The dentist may use dissolvable stitches to prevent the incision site from bleeding excessively.
Sometimes, the dentist needs to cut the tooth into sections to remove it from the gum. He or she will use precise surgical tools to split the tooth into pieces that are small enough to remove through a small opening in the gum.
If the tooth is trapped under bone, then the dentist may have to remove some of the bone using a surgical drill. Splitting the tooth into sections, as described above, and help to minimize the amount of bone that needs to be removed to access the tooth.
Many patients prefer to sleep through surgical extractions of wisdom teeth. IV sedation can be administered to put you to sleep for the procedure. After the extraction, you will wake up quickly once the dentist removes the IV line in your arm, but you might feel groggy for a while afterwards and should not drive.
If you prefer to stay awake, you will be given local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain. You can also have nitrous oxide gas, or oral sedatives, to help you feel relaxed or even slightly drowsy.
If you have any concerns about the extraction procedure that will be needed to remove your wisdom teeth, speak to your dentist for more information. The procedure that is used will depend on the position and condition of your tooth.
Although you can maintain good dental health during pregnancy, the necessary bodily changes can adversely influence your teeth and gums. The following tips will help you to deal with the factors that can reduce dental health during pregnancy.
Women often find that bleeding gums are a fact of life when it comes to dental health during pregnancy, so take care when brushing and flossing your teeth, and be aware that some hard foods may cause discomfort. If you find that your gums do bleed frequently, your dentist will have advice about improving dental health during pregnancy and can professionally clean you mouth to reduce the chances of infection.
Morning sickness promotes tooth decay due to the corrosive nature of stomach acid, so if you want to maintain your dental health during pregnancy then you should try to rinse your mouth with clean, cold water after you have vomited. This will make you less likely to develop cavities.
You should avoid elective dental procedures to improve dental health during pregnancy, since it is unclear whether things like whitening procedures have any negative impact on developing babies. If you are in urgent need of treatment for poor dental health during pregnancy, the second trimester tends to be the best time. At a later stage, lying in the dentist’s chair for a lengthy period may lead to discomfort and back pain.
The rumour that pregnant women lose one tooth per pregnancy may lead you to worry that it is impossible to maintain good dental health during pregnancy. However, no studies have supported this myth about tooth loss.
Good dental health during pregnancy will also include promoting the oral health of your unborn baby. In particular, abstaining from smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol reduces the likelihood of giving birth to an underweight baby with brittle tooth enamel and weakened teeth. Meanwhile, a high intake of calcium helps your baby to develop strong teeth and bones.
As a show of support for community and the future of dentistry, Dr. Khozema and Dr. Rokshana Chherawala recently sponsored a Conference Room and an Operatory Room at the University of British Columbia.
The Conference Room is intended to foster education and patient-focused learning at UBC while the Operatory room is designed to allow students to explore the latest in dental techniques and technologies in a prestigious learning environment at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry.
The Drs. Chherawala dedicate the Operatory to their hardworking and dedicated staff members at ValleyFair Dental Centre, Maple Place Dental Centre, Aaargon Dental Centre, AARK Dental Centre and Lougheed Laser Dental Group:
The Drs. Chherawala value community – and improving the lives of others through healthy smiles and are incredibly proud to support the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry and the next generation of dentists.
Drs. Chherawala and Family Unveil Conference Room Plaque
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Did you know Dr. Song is a proud alumna of UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry?
As a thank-you for all the knowledge and skill she learned at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Song recently sponsored an Operatory Room that will allow future dentists to explore the ever-changing field of dentistry in a state of the art, education-focused environment.
Dr. Song’s family was present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebrated with the UBC Faculty of Dentistry’s Dean Schuler the advancements in dental technology and resources available to dental students at UBC.
For more photos of the Operatory Room Opening, please visit the official Maple Place Dental Facebook page.
Dr. Song and her family with UBC’s Dean Shuler
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Regular visits to your Maple Ridge dentist, Maple Place Dental, are incredibly important for both your oral health and your general health. Why go to the dentist? Poor oral health has been linked to poor general health, so come in for an appointment at your Maple Ridge dentist, Maple Place Dental, and get a great smile and something to smile about.
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Prevention is key to most oral health care issues. You can avoid cavities, plaque building, gingivitis and a whole host of oral health care issues simply by practicing proper oral hygiene and booking your regular oral health checkup at Maple Place Dental, your Maple Ridge dentist.
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Dental extractions (removing teeth) may be a necessary procedure to prevent tooth misalignment in the case of wisdom teeth or to maintain the health of your other teeth and gums. Extractions nowadays are relatively quick and painless, so if you suspect you have a tooth that might require removal, contact your Maple Ridge Dentist, Maple Place Dental, today to book an appointment.
If it isn’t practical or possible to repair a tooth, our team of dental experts at your Maple Ridge dentist, Maple Place dental, may be required to do a dental extraction. Teeth that are extremely damaged by cavities or extensively chipped/broken will generally be extracted if root canal therapy isn’t a viable option.
Dental extractions are a must for a tooth that’s suffering from advanced periodontitis or gum disease because the chances of the tooth infecting surrounding tissues are high.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted (i.e. won’t be able to develop normally) or that simply don’t have room to grow are generally extracted.
If you are nervous or anxious about dental extractions, our dental clinic offers sedation dentistry for a stress-free dental appointment. To learn more about sedation dentistry, contact our dental clinic for more information.
Please contact your Maple Ridge dentist, Maple Place Dental, if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.
Dentists generally have a bad reputation. Expressions such as “It’s like pulling teeth” and “I’d rather get a root canal” are proof that doing something painful and hard is often compared to going to the dentist. In fact, going to the dentist is shown as something to be endured, not enjoyed.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way at all – and we at Maple Place Dental, your Maple Ridge dentist, certainly don’t believe going to the dentist is a terrifying ordeal for any of our patients. But don’t just take our word for it! Check out some of our testimonials.
Our oral health care experts do their very best to make your every experience at the dentist a memorable one – in a good way! We know why people dislike going to the dentist and we’ve worked to make our office, our staff and our technology into a perfect combination of excellent patient-focused care and excellent oral health care.
If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, we offer you several dental treatment options such as sedation dentistry and we believe in honest, open communication between you, the patient and us, the oral health care professionals. Let us know when you’re uncomfortable and we’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable and relaxed.
If you’re afraid of pain, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that current dental technology has made going to the dentist a virtually pain-free experience. Extractions, root canals and even routine cleanings are now the most efficient and stress-free possible.
If you’re worried you’ll be judged for your oral health care regime, we promise you’ll only get a better understanding of oral health care, not a scolding! We’re thrilled you’ve chosen our dental clinic as your partner in your quest for a healthy, happy smile.
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