February is nearly upon us, and so we have for you this month’s health management resources.
WellConnected Monthly Newsletter
This month’s WellConnected newsletter includes information on tanning beds, the importance of good posture, how to prevent foodborne illness and a fudgy fruit recipe that’s sure to become a favorite!
Health Article #1: Dental Care – Oral Health & Wellness
Did you know that poor oral health can lead to many seemingly unrelated medical conditions? In fact, oral bacteria and oral disease have been linked to a variety of serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and pregnancy complications. For more information on oral health, please check out this month’s health article.
Health Article #2: Dental Care – Visiting the Dentist
A simple routine of brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental checkups, can be enough to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Your dentist can not only determine the health of your teeth, mouth and gums, but can also make conclusions about your overall health. Oral exams are important to determine any oral diseases and conditions you may have that can affect your overall health, such as: bad breath or bleeding gums can be a symptom of adult-onset diabetes or bruxism, or the grinding or clenching of one’s teeth, just to name a few. Be sure to check out this month’s health article...and schedule that appointment with your dentist that you’ve been putting off!
Just because primary teeth fall out doesn’t mean children can go without dental care until their permanent teeth come in. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should see a dentist when their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. Babies with dental problems, due to trauma, disease or a developmental abnormality should see a dentist immediately. For more information on your children’s dental health, please check out this important article.
Health Article #4: Oral Cancer
Oral cancer affects more than 40,000 Americans every year, claiming more than 7,000 lives. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best way to minimize your chances of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer can develop in any part of the oral cavity, but it usually begins in the tongue or the floor of the mouth. It is one of a group of cancers referred to as head and neck cancer. When oral cancer spreads (metastasizes), it usually travels through the lymphatic system. Cancer cells then often appear in nearby lymph nodes in the neck. For information on the risk factors, symptoms, treatment and prevention, please review this important article.