Reflections - April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019

This was my 3rd year of participation in the A2ZChallenge. I am definitely proud that I successfully completed it again this year.....especially this year, as it has been extremely difficult to get through with the challenge this time around!

While I was somewhat organized by having the individual topics all ready before the start of the challenge (and this was truly helpful), the actual posts were written every day. So in between balancing home, kids, work and a family medical emergency, I am mighty proud to have managed to bring out all the blog posts on time! God knows how I love a good challenge and hate leaving things incomplete and that's what prevented me from bailing out midway.
My theme this year was "The Mouth-Body Connect" and you can read all of my blog posts here.
Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to visit the other blogs like I had originally planned, or also reply back to many comments on my posts, which I will do soon!  But I will sign up for the "R…

Zinc Deficiency & Oral Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Zinc is one of the most beneficial elements when it comes to maintaining oral health. Zinc is a trace mineral, and can naturally be found in saliva. It has been proven to fight against the growth of bacteria and plaque, which can decay teeth and gum tissues, causing cavities and gum disease.

How does Zinc do this?
Zinc doesn’t strengthen your enamel in the same way that fluoride does, but it can still help with reducing possible demineralization of your teeth and may even help remineralize your teeth. Because of this, the chances you will experience tooth decay or have cavities is reduced. Zinc may help avoid common gum diseases, including gingivitis and other mild periodontal issues. 
What Does Zinc Have to do with Bleeding Gums?

You might be wondering why zinc is so important to our gums. This is because zinc helps with wound healing.Researchsuggests that periodontal health is significantly better with a diet containing zinc. When paired with vitamin A, zinc will help transportvitamin A…

Yeast Infection & Oral Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Yeast is all around us. For the most part, the tiny fungus does more good than harm. But some types of yeast can cause illness, such as a yeast infection in the throat. Also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis, or oral thrush, some people are more likely than others to develop a yeast infection in their mouth or throat.

Symptoms: Oral thrush in adults generally appears as thick, white or cream-colored deposits (spots) on the mucous membrane of the mouth (wet parts of the inside of the mouth).The mucosa (mucous membrane) may appear swollen and slightly red. The spots may be raised. There may be discomfort or a burning sensation.If the cream or white-colored deposits are scraped, bleeding may occur.The white spots may join together to form larger ones, also known as plaques; these may then take on a grayish or yellowish color.Occasionally, the affected area simply becomes red and sore, with no detectable white spots.Individuals who wear dentures may have areas that are constantly red and s…

Xeroderma Pigmentosum & Dental Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a rare dermatological autosomal recessive disorder that manifests itself early in life as severe sunburn usually after a short exposure to sunlight. The prime characteristic features include photosensitivity, hyperpigmentation and ichthyosis in sun exposed areas, and an increase in the risk of basocellular and squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas of the skin and eyes.

There is no definitive cure for the disease. Avoidance of ultraviolet radiation, use of protective clothing, sunscreens, oral retinoids, 5-fluorouracil and regular consultations with dermatologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists and dentists forms an important part of the treatment protocol. 
Some common oral manifestations associated with Xeroderma Pigmentosum are  leukoplakiaerythroplakiaActinic cheilitissquamous cell carcinoma of the tip of the tongue and lips Dental considerations: Use of a UV light meter in dental clinics to make sure all light sources the patient is exposed to (dental curing…

Weight & Oral Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Did you know that how much you weigh could have an impact on your teeth and gums, and that following the wrong diet might adversely affect your oral health? 

You might want to add regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight to your oral health care routine of regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist. According to a study by Japanese researchers, people with a healthy body weight and high levels of physical fitness had a lower incidence of severe periodontitis (gum disease).
Excessive weight is a considerable public health problem. The condition is the result of cultural, environmental, socioeconomic, behavioral, genetic, and metabolic factors. Overweight children have an increased chance of becoming overweight or obese adults and developing hypertension, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, orthopedic problems, sleep apnoea, and asthma which greatly affect their quality of life 
In a study involving obese patients, researchers found that those who opted for weight …

Vitamin Deficiency & Oral Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Malnutrition affects oral health and poor oral health in turn, may lead to malnutrition. Among the essential factors present in the diet, we find a group of substances known as vitamins. These substances are very important for the tissues, as they are related to tissue respiration and other biologic processes. In the absence of some of these vitamins from the diet, deficiency states develop which show characteristic lesions in the oral tissues.

Many doctors look for signs in the oral cavity to diagnose an underlying vitamin deficiency. The important vitamins needed for proper nutrition are Vitamin A (Retinoids), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin), B9 (Folic Acid).
Oral manifestation of Vitamin A deficiency: Due to increased keratin production, salivary glands can be blocked by keratinDelayed eruption of teethEnamel h…

Ulcerative Colitis & Oral Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic tissue destructive inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) of autoimmune origin, characterized by predominant bowel symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and relapse and remitting rectal bleeding leading to loss of weight. Extraintestinal manifestations, including involvement of the oral cavity, may also occur. 

Ulcerative colitis exhibits intestinal and extraintestinal complications. Local complications include: ischiorectal abscessrectal prolapsehemorrhoidsfibrous stricturepseudopolyposisperforationmassive hemorrhagecarcinoma of colon.  Extraintestinal complications are common in Ulcerative colitis and may dominate the clinical picture. Some of these occur during relapse of intestinal disease others appear unrelated to disease severity. These include:  erythema nodosumpyoderma gangrenous skin eruptionsuveitisarthritistransient hepatitisvenous thrombosis As the oral cavity is the portal of entry and part of the gastrointestinal tract, oral manifestations do oc…

Thyroid & Oral Health (A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

The thyroid gland is a bilobular structure that lies on either side of the trachea.The thyroid is the major regulator of metabolism and affects all of the bodily functions. Thyroid dysfunction is the second most common glandular disorder of the endocrine system which may rear its head in any system in the body including the mouth. 

The oral cavity is adversely affected by either an excess or deficiency of these hormones. The patient with a thyroid dysfunction, as well as the patient taking medications for it, requires proper risk management before considering dental treatment by the dentist.
Hypothyroidism:Hypothyroidism is defined by a decrease in thyroid hormone production and thyroid gland function. 

Causes chronic thyroiditis (Hashimoto's disease)radioactive iodinesurgerypharmacological agents such as lithium and amiodarone
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism slower metabolic rateweight gainlethargyintolerance to colddry and cool skinpuffiness of the face and eyelidsblood pressure appears to…

Sleep Apnea & Oral Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Our sleep impacts every aspect of our health and daily life. Sleeping well helps us look, feel and perform our best. But a sleeping disorder can be detrimental to our health and well-being. One of the most common sleeping disorders is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Dentists are often the earliest diagnosticians of sleep disorders. The first sign of sleep apnea is often tooth grinding.Dentists look for worn tooth surfaces, a sign that a patient grinds his or her teeth.

At night when you aren't breathing like you should while sleeping because of obstructive sleep apnea, your body will often try to compensate for this restriction by tensing your jaw and grinding your teeth, thus sending a message to your brain to wake up so you can take a breath. Tooth grinding also leads to other oral issues like wearing of teeth, sensitivity to hot and cold and gum recession.

Grinding is just one oral health sign of sleep apnea.Your dentist is also looking for other signs like a small jaw, tongue with scall…