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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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

References:

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1312660/type-2-diabetes-signs-symptoms-diabetic-ketoacidosis-halitosis-blood-sugar

https://www.diabetes.org/resources/statistics/statistics-about-diabetes

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25342350/

https://www.shalby.org/blog/endocrinology-diabetology/diabetes-silent-killer/

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/bad-breath

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/diabetes-and-other-endocrine-disorders/diabetes-and-dental-problems-0614

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fneed-extra-precautions%2Fgroups-at-higher-risk.html#diabetes

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-ketoacidosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20371551

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What's Perio Breath?

January 9th, 2020

So, what exactly is causing the bad odor? Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a result of the bacteria within the mouth that produce volatile sulfur compounds --the source of the bad smell! These sulfur compounds can be exacerbated by oral infections and gum disease. According to research published in the Journal of International
Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry, approximately 80% of patients with some degree of gum disease also experienced continuous bad breath.
On the bright side, your dentist can help you manage bad breath depending on the underlying cause. Other conditions that can contribute to bad breath include dry mouth, tobacco use, certain food diets, and other systemic diseases.
Treating periodontitis sometimes can involve a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. This involves the removal of bacteria both above and below the gumline. In some more severe cases gum surgery may be needed.
Keep up with brushing and flossing habits, in addition to brushing your tongue to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Good oral hygiene habits will help lower your risk of both gum disease and halitosis.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/bad-breath/what-is-perio-breath-the-connection-between-gum-disease-and-halitosis

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4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

October 5th, 2019

The work dental hygienists do is tremendously valuable, and worth celebrating every day! In fact, the month of October represents Dental Hygiene Month across the nation. Each October we are all reminded to promote healthy smiles. Practicing good oral health is necessary to keep strong teeth, healthy gums, and even a healthy overall body. The connections between periodontal disease (gum disease) and systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes is real. Unfortunately, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) reports that approximately 75% of people in America have some form of periodontal disease, which is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This, however, is preventable with good oral hygiene practices.

With early starts to your day and a big to-do list, it can sometimes be easy to skip some of your oral hygiene routine. But, not to worry! The American Dental Hygienists Association and American Dental Association offer four essential , quick, and easy tips on how to keep a healthy and clean mouth, even when you're on-the-move: Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew. Check it out:

Brushing:

Brushing your teeth is necessary twice daily for two minutes each time. Brushing is key to help eliminate the accumulation of food particles and plaque that oral bacteria feed off of leading to gum disease and tooth decay.

 

Flossing:

Flossing may seem tedious, but your oral health depends on it. Flossing is recommended once daily to help remove plaque and food in hard to reach areas between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot remove.

 

Rinsing:

Mouth rinses are not only good to help freshen breath, but also offer an antibacterial component that helps fight and prevent cavities. Be sure to purchase a  non-alcohol based mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Mouthwash will help eliminate plaque and keep your gums healthy.

 

Chewing:

Sugar-free gum has been found to help improve your oral health by stimulating saliva to wash away remaining food particles. It also can help strengthen enamel by neutralizing the acids produced by oral bacteria and is recommended to chew for about 20 minutes after consuming meals.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/ada-october-is-national-dental-hygiene-month

https://nationaltoday.com/national-dental-hygiene-month/

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It's not you, it's your morning breath!

June 15th, 2017

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Have you ever wondered why despite keeping good oral hygiene, brushing your teeth and tongue regularly, using a mouthwash and flossing before bed, you still wake up with an unpleasant odor coming from your mouth? Well, it's not you; bad breath in the morning is very common. The condition is also known as halitosis. It happens because during the supposed 8-hours of sleep at night, our mouth goes through a period of reduced salivary flow and no access to food and water. The main function of saliva is to 'rinse' and remove solid food particles which if not removed cause bad breath. And when there is no source of carbohydrates at night, your body ends up breaking down the proteins, the byproducts of which feed bacteria and lead to their growth in the mouth. But as you may have noticed, bad breath disappears after having breakfast and going through our morning dental routine, as most bacteria are removed.

Here are some things that you can do to help yourself and minimize the odor of your ‘morning breath’! Regular dental cleanings and check-ups should go without saying. Professional cleaning helps remove plaque from above and below the gum and places that are hard to reach, or we often neglect. Also, pay attention to the instructions and recommendations your dentist gives you for brushing, flossing, and rinsing. And your overall health matters as well! Try improving your diet, physical activity, and reduce work-load and stress. Remember that everything is interconnected.

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There are also conditions which cause oral malodor. Chronic oral malodor is a condition resulting from chronic dry mouth. Other medical conditions such as diabetes, GI disturbance and respiratory infections can also contribute to chronic malodor. It is important to consult your dentist if you experience dry mouth and they will refer you to a primary care physician in the case of medical conditions.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

 

Source: https://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/oral-malodor

The Fantastic Four of Dental Hygiene

December 12th, 2015

Want to become a dental hygiene superhero? Make sure to follow these four steps of fun recommended by the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program!

1. Brush twice daily!

Brushing your teeth properly for a full two minutes twice a day is the key to excellent oral health. It can prevent both gum disease and tooth decay, which are the two most common causes of loosing teeth. Brushing is effective in limiting oral bacterial growth.

However, in order to ensure that your brushing is as optimal as it can be, make sure to switch to a new toothbrush every few months and to use a toothpaste that has fluoride in it (to prevent cavities).

2. Floss, floss, floss!

Flossing is crucial for cleaning those spots in your mouth that your toothbrush can't reach, such as spaces between teeth and gum pockets. In order to maintain healthy teeth, floss at least once daily.

Proper flossing technique includes digging deep into the pockets between your gums and teeth and refraining from snapping floss against your gums, which could lead to bleeding and irritation. Furthermore, use plenty of floss to ensure that there is a clean piece for every space between your teeth.

3. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash!

Mouthwashes can do a lot more than simply making your breath smell more pleasant. Their property of killing germs associated with gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath is essential to having good oral health. However, make sure you pick out a mouthwash that is alcohol-free, because alcohol tends to dry out the mouth. According to the American  Dental Hygienists' Association, you should rinse once per day.

4. Chew sugar-free gum!

Chewing sugar-free gum is a fun and effective way to help decrease your risk of getting cavities. The act of chewing and the gum's flavor help produce saliva, which can wash away debris and bacteria that could cause cavities. Increased saliva flow also helps minerals that strengthen and rebuild enamel travel to the teeth.

Finally, make sure to schedule regular dental checkups!

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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 oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.wrigleyoralhealth.com/

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Onions Are Nothing To Cry About

September 13th, 2015

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Many of us have shed tears when cracking open an onion to prepare for a meal. Yes it's true, they may make you cry every now and then, but the benefits of onions may help reduce your risk for many diseases that affect your oral health and overall health. Onions have been found to help improve the immune system, bacterial infections, respiratory diseases, and even reduce your risk of developing tooth decay! They are even known to keep blood-drinking insects away.

Onions are one of the most widely used vegetables and are typically known for giving a tasty kick to many foods. They come in a variety of sizes, colors that are grown across the globe based on the season. The great part is that onions have many medicinal applications because they are full of important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. This includes, vitamin C, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, Folate, and potassium. They are also rich in sulfur compounds, which are found to stop biochemical processes that lead to asthmatic conditions.

Here’re some of the awesome health benefits of onions:

Good For Your Oral Health:

Of course, onions are the most delicate-smelling food items. But, with proper oral health habits, you can keep your breath smelling good and still reap the benefits that onions have to offer. Onions are believed to help prevent tooth decay and oral infections. Particularly when eaten raw, onions have powerful antibacterial properties as a result of their antimicrobial sulfur-containing compounds. Consuming raw onions can kill many bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease in the mouth.

Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy: 

Onions act as a blood-thinner, which in helps to prevents blood clot formation that could lead to cardiovascular diseases.

A Good Insect Repellent: 

Onion juice can be used to keep insects away and also to help with bee stings.

Can Help Maintain Beauty:

The many antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E help to keep the skin shining. In addition, the high sulfur content in onions can help with hair growth.

Helps Improve Asthma:

As mentioned, onions contain quercetin and sulfur compounds, which researchers have found to act similarly to an antihistamine.

Prevents Colon Cancer:

Quercetin not only helps asthmatic conditions, it also aids in preventing the development of tumors.

Sinus Relief: 

If you experience sinus problems, onions can help loosen mucous and make breathing much easier!

Improves the Immune System:

Onions contain significant amounts of phytochemicals, which helps stimulate the action of vitamin C in the body and prevent toxins that can lead to illness.

Helps Reduce Risk of Cancer:

Vitamin C also helps stop the formation of free radicals in the body and thus the spread of deadly diseases like cancer.

Prevents Diabetes:

Onions can help to lower glucose levels and maintain sugar levels appropriately in the body.

It is important to eat for your teeth!  Healthy teeth and gums significantly depend upon one's diet. Onion is an important ingredient in all kitchens and can easily be added to your favorite dishes. So, the next time onions make you cry, turn them into tears of joy, considering the many health benefits of consuming onions.

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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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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 oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/slide/3-raw-onion#oFPz1A6k2Fc9UBKJ.97

http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-onions/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/onion.html

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"Does My Breath Smell?"

March 22nd, 2014

Cure Bad BreathHaving bad breath can be a symptom of a host of oral health problems like severe tooth decay, infections in the mouth, and gum disease.  In other cases, bad breath can just be the result of a garlic-heavy lunch.  Regardless, having odor-free breath is essential in our day-to-day social interactions with others.  Have you ever wondered if your breath smelled and had no way to check?  Although many people employ the strategy of breathing into their cupped hands to check, this method is actually ineffective.  Our bodies are all individually acclimated to our own scents, and thus it is difficult to notice any changes in the smell of our breath.

Luckily, there are other ways you can quickly check the smell of your own breath.

  • Cotton test: Take a cotton swab and run it across the top of your tongue near the back and smell it.  If it smells bad or is yellow in color, this suggests elevated sulfide production.
  • Wrist test: Lick your wrist and wait about 10 seconds before smelling it.
  • Dental floss/toothpick test: Smell floss or toothpick after you are done using it and look for any bad odors.
  • Mirror test: If the very back of your tongue is whitish in color, this may suggest foul odor.
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 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

Sources:

http://www.therabreath.com/breath-test.html
http://www.breathmd.com/how-to-smell-your-own-breath.php
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/bad-breath
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