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Bad Breath: A Possible Early Sign of Diabetes

August 1st, 2020

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With roughly 1.5 million Americans diagnosed each year, diabetes remains a silent killer, as early symptoms are often easy to miss. Interestingly, your breath could be warning you that something’s going on in your body. One of the many potential causes of bad breath, also known as halitosis, includes diabetes.

So, What is Diabetes?

The latest statistics noted by the American Diabetes Association reveal that approximately 34.2 million (10.5%) Americans had a diagnosis of diabetes in 2018. Plus, a whopping 88 million (34.5%) individuals aged 18 years or older have prediabetes in the U.S.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body has too much blood sugar (glucose) within the bloodstream. Some of the most common types of diabetes that you may have heard of include Type 1 and Type 2. In Type 1 diabetes, the body is blocked from producing insulin, which is normally released by the pancreas to absorb the sugar from the foods you eat for energy. Therefore, treatment involves taking insulin each day to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Type 1 is believed to be caused by an autoimmune response. On the other hand, individuals with Type 2 diabetes suffer from inadequate amounts of insulin release, or their bodies no longer appropriately respond to the action of insulin. Fortunately, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise, a healthy diet, and practicing good oral hygiene! Diabetes can have a negative, and sometimes life-threatening impact on major organs, including your heart, kidneys, and eyes.


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Bad breath, a possible early sign of diabetes?

Individuals with diabetes may experience bad breath for several reasons which may be detected early. Early diagnosis and treatment of pre-diabetes and diabetes is important for early management and to lower the risk of detrimental complications to your overall health. Some of the common causes of bad breath in pre-diabetic/diabetic patients can include periodontal disease or ketoacidosis:

Periodontal disease:

  • What some people may not know is that diabetes can impact your oral health, and vice versa! This two-way relationship has been shown in several studies revealing a significant link between uncontrolled diabetes and the more severe form of gum disease, periodontitis, as well as severe gum disease being associated with high blood sugar levels.
  • Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that involves oral bacteria which attack the oral tissues and bone that surround your teeth. Other systemic diseases, like heart disease and strokes, are linked to both diabetes and periodontal disease. Bad breath is a common sign of periodontal disease, and is typically a result of the bacteria within the mouth that produce volatile sulfur compounds. If blood sugar levels are not controlled, periodontal disease can progress and lead to tooth loss.

Ketoacidosis (DKA):

  • One of the complications of diabetes is ketoacidosis. This condition occurs when the body does not have enough insulin, which leads to certain cells not receiving enough energy from the uptake of sugar.
  • This causes your body to break down fat for energy, which consequently makes a high amount of acids in the blood called ketones. A high amount of ketones in your body can lead to bad breath, and you may notice a smell similar to nail polish. Once reaching an unsafe level, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs, which can present with a sweet and fruity odor on your breath, frequent urination, trouble breathing, confusion, abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. This condition can be life-threatening, and immediate medical attention is necessary if you experience these symptoms.Common Causes of Bad Breath

Take a look at some of the other associations between diabetes, oral health, and bad breath:

Dry mouth:

  • Diabetics may experience dry mouth, which can also cause bad breath. Your saliva does more than you may think! Without saliva, acid produced by oral bacteria can attack the surfaces of your teeth and lead to tooth decay/cavities. Not to mention, saliva helps wash away leftover food particles that the bacteria feed on. To fight dry mouth, stay hydrated with water. Chewing xylitol sugar free gum can also help stimulate saliva production. Dry mouth may also be a result of certain medications, including those taken for diabetes. Be sure to keep your dentist in the loop regarding all of your current medications.

Greater Risk of Infections:

  • Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing infections due to a weakened immune system. Plus, uncontrolled diabetics may experience slow wound healing due to poor circulation from high blood sugar levels. It is especially important to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong during these unprecedented times. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals with Type 2 diabetes are considered at a high risk for experiencing illness from COVID-19. Make sure to continue practicing social distancing, proper hand-washing and disinfecting, and wear a face covering to help fight coronavirus.
  • In addition, people with diabetes may be at a higher risk of developing an oral yeast infection, also known as oral thrush. Oral thrush often appears as a white coat on the tongue or inside of the cheeks and can result in uncomfortable mouth sores and ulcers, along with a foul odor and taste. Your dentist will be able to diagnose oral thrush and offer treatment recommendations.

Remember, your oral cavity is a window to the rest of your body so be sure to take care of it! Your body may be showing you small signs that relate to a bigger health issue. Keep up with your regular dental appointments and practice good oral hygiene at home. When tooth brushing, don’t forget to brush your tongue, which is a common ground for odor producing bacteria.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.


Popular "Health" Trends that aren't so Healthy!

July 28th, 2019

From online ads to television commercials, we are surrounded by many popular trends that are intended to improve our overall health. But are these trends truly thinking about your health overall? Often these trendy recommendations leave out the health of your pearly-whites, which play a critical role in the health of your body. Not to mention, you might be wondering are they backed by scientific evidence or just out to get your money? Take a look at these popular trends that could be doing more harm than good:

Juice Cleanses

Juice cleanses have become relatively popular for individuals looking to lose weight or detoxify the body. This diet often is based on drinking only juice from vegetables and fruits and is marketed as a way to help increase vitamin and mineral intake, as well as help improve digestion. However, many of the claimed benefits have not yet been proven scientifically. In addition, juice cleanses are not tooth-friendly because juices typically are high in sugar and can put you at a higher risk for tooth decay. Some fruit juices are also highly acidic, which can wear down your tooth enamel overtime. When consuming acidic beverages it is important to wait to brush until approximately 45 minutes later so that you do not harm your enamel during its weakened state.

Non-Dairy Milk

Almond and soy milk have become advertised as healthy alternatives to milk, but how true is this? Non-dairy milks often are high in sugar, which can be detrimental to your smile. In addition, non-dairy milk may be lacking calcium, which is an essential part of your dental health. Be sure to check the calcium content and aim for buying products with at least 120 milligrams of calcium per 3.4 fluid ounces.

Charcoal Toothpaste

There has been a lot of talk about charcoal toothpaste lately, particularly for its claimed whitening properties. Yet, a recent study showed that charcoal toothpaste can lead to permanently stained teeth. When choosing a toothpaste, the best option is one that contains fluoride, which will help promote enamel remineralization.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Could Apple cider vinegar keep the doctor away? This product has been said to help alleviate bloating and heartburn, lower blood sugar, and help with weight loss. However, according to the University of Chicago Medical Center these claims are not strongly supported by evidence. Not to mention, consuming apple cider vingar can cause enamel erosion due to its acidity.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.






High Blood Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

October 27th, 2016

To be heart healthy, you not only need to pay attention to your habits, but also your diet!

According to a study published in the journal Nature, scientists discovered that cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that causes irregular heartbeats, is linked to a biological pathway activated by abnormally high levels of blood sugar. This finding explains why diabetes greatly increases the risk for heart disease.

The National Institutes of Health claims that diabetics are four times more likely to have heart disease, and the American Heart Association notes that about 65 percent of the death of diabetics are caused by heart disease or stroke. Therefore, if you have diabetes or high blood sugar levels, make sure to check on your heart health!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


Cancer Causing Foods

August 8th, 2012

We all know that certain foods are healthier than others. However, did you know that some foods can actually lead to the development of cancer? Some of the ingredients in common foods are carcinogens, or cancer causers. Once you get to know these ingredients, you can make smart choices about the foods you eat.

Part of what causes cancerous tumors to develop is sugar in the blood. Consuming too many sugar ridden snacks (simple carbs) creates an ideal environment for cancer cells to grow. Eating a low-glycemic diet means avoiding refined sugars at all costs.

Some examples of these are high-fructose corn  syrup, sugar, sucrose, enriched bleached flour, white rice, white pastas, and white breads. Also, eliminating soda and sweeteners is advised. Not only will you be eating healthier, you'll also help keep a good body weight and warding off diabetes.

Below are five cancer causing foods to avoid:

- Hot dogs: Children should not eat more than 12 hot dogs in a month. If these are a favorite of your child, look for ones without harmful sodium nitrite as an ingredient.

- Processed meats/bacon: These also have sodium nitrite as an ingredient most of the time. Going to an organic market would be the best way to find some without it. There is also a high amount of saturated fat, which is bad for heart health.

- Doughnuts: They are loaded with hydrogenated oils and are condemned by experts as a terrible breakfast choice.

- French fries: Hydrogenated oils are an ingredient in these as well. They're fried at an extremely high temperature and contain saturated and trans fats, which are counter productive to heart health.

- Chips, crackers and cookies: What makes them so delicious is excess sugar, trans fats, and white flour. Also, there are often preservatives to maintain their shelf life.

Avoiding these foods as much as possible is an easy way to a better, healthier life!

Diabetes and Oral Health

June 29th, 2012

Although good oral health is important for all people, diabetics need to be extra vigilant when it comes to monitoring their mouths. Having a thorough understanding of oral care and things to look for will help ensure a healthy smile.

Gum disease is a common thing to happen to diabetics. This is when dental plaque has been sitting too long on teeth without being properly removed. Over time, gums can become inflamed and gingivitis could result. Symptons of this include red, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing.

Diabetics are also more likely to spread infections throughout their body due to the elevated blood sugar levels.  An easy way to help prevent this is keeping your glucose levels under control. However, the body's natural defense mechanism in the presence of an infection is to raise blood sugar.

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is an easy way to help maintain your oral health. This keeps your dentist on top of any problems that may be developing. Another major thing to be aware of is heart problems. Cholesterol build up in the bloodstream can happen as well.

You can read more about diabetes and oral health care here. Also, Drs. Ali and Ali would be more than happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have regarding diabetes care. Contact us at 781-237-9071 or!

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