Thursday, February 12, 2009

Health Tips for February 12

Health Tip: X-Rays at the Dentist

Healthy teeth require more than good dental hygiene and regular cleanings. Dental X-rays can show potential abnormalities that your dentist couldn't otherwise see, indicating how healthy your teeth really are.

Here's a list of what dental X-rays can be used to identify, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • The number, size and position of all teeth.
  • Teeth that are impacted or those that haven't emerged.
  • Cavities.
  • Damage to the bones surrounding the teeth.
  • Abscesses.
  • Fractures in the jaw.
  • Other abnormalities of the teeth or jaw.

Health Tip: Diabetes and Gum Disease

Diabetes can make it more difficult to fight off gum disease, and in some cases, can make gum disease worse.

The American Diabetes Association says you should see if your dentist if you have any of these warning signs of gum disease.

  • Gums that bleed when you floss or brush.
  • Soreness, swelling or redness of the gums, or persistent bad breath.
  • Gums that have receded from the teeth.
  • Pus forming between the teeth and gums.
  • Teeth that seem loose or like you are able to move them.
  • Any change in your bite, or the way that dentures fit.

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