Diabetes and Your Smile!

Did you know that 29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s 9.3% of the population. Approximately 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year—and 8.1 million people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it.

Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. All food you eat is turned to sugar and used for energy. In Type I diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, a hormone that carries sugar from your blood to the cells that need it for energy. In Type II diabetes, the body stops responding to insulin. Both cases result in high blood sugar levels, which can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body.

So what does this have to do with that smile of yours — and how can you protect it? First, it’s important to understand the signs of diabetes and the roles they play in your mouth.

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CPR in Dentistry!

This article is related to the presentation that I have given in my university. Here, I will be describing in detail the latest 2015 AHA (American Heart Association) guidelines along with comparisons from the previous 2010 AHA guidelines.

First let me start briefly explaining CPR.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, is an emergency procedure that combines chest compression often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. It is indicated in those who are unresponsive with no breathing or abnormal breathing.¹

(1): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiopulmonary_resuscitation

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Oral Cancer Screening – The Patient Perspective

After an informed public, the dental community is the first line of defense in the early detection of oral cancer.  It is important that both private individuals and members of the dental community realize that a visit to the dentist is no longer just about a cleaning, a filling, or a crown. Dental examinations, when properly done, and which include a screening for oral cancer, will save lives.

Unlike many other cancer screening procedures, oral cancer screening has potential for easier public compliance. With oral cancer screening, there is no invasive technique or pain involved, and visits are inexpensive or often free. Educating the public regarding oral cancer and the risk factors for the disease, as well as developing public awareness of the need for annual screening for oral cancer, are primary responsibilities of the dental community.

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Top 8 Complications of Local Anesthesia

Local Anesthetics (LA) drugs are those used to reversibly numb a specific or generalized area in the mouth so that the patient will not feel any pain or discomfort during oral treatment. It is used most widely during root canal treatment where the pulp of the tooth with all its nerves and vascular supply is extirpated to alleviate its pain and inflammation.

There are a variety of LA drugs available in the market and all of them produce a similar function in producing numbness however, each of them may show differences in their onset, duration of numbness, and side effects.

In this article, I will talking mainly about the complications or side effects where a patient should know.

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