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

PTA (peritonsillar abscesses), also known as Quinsey or Quinsy, is a complication of tonsillitis. It consists of a collection of pus in the tonsil area, in the peritonsillar space. It is critical to deal with it as soon as possible. The most common cause of the infection is streptococcal bacteria in the soft tissue around the tonsils.


A peritonsillar abscess is most often a complication of tonsillitis. The bacteria involved are similar to those that cause strep throat. Dental infection (such as gum infections - periodontitis and gingivitis) may be a risk factor. Other risk factors include: Chronic tonsillitisInfectious mononucleosisSmokingChronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)Stones or calcium deposits in the tonsils (tonsilloliths)

Signs and symptoms: Unlike tonsillitis, which is more common in the children, Quincy has a more even age spread, from children to adults. Symptoms start appearing two to eight days before the formation of an abscess. 

A progressively severe sore throat on on…

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

It's important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby.

It's a myth that calcium is lost from a mother's teeth and "one tooth is lost with every pregnancy." But you may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. If the mother’s intake of calcium is inadequate during pregnancy, her bones – not her teeth – will provide the calcium her growing baby needs. This calcium loss is quickly made up after breastfeeding is stopped.
Before You Get Pregnant
Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy. Research has found a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. Babies who are…

The Other Woman By Sandie Jones - Book Review

When Emily meets Adam she knows he is the One. That together they can deal with anything that is thrown at them. But lurking in the shadows is another woman, Pammie. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants . . .
This story follows Emily, who has met handsome and successful Adam, the man of her dreams. They fall in love and are engaged within months. Things begin to drastically change when Emily meets her future mother-in-law, Pammie, a character I will not soon forget!
I picked this book because it was a book selected by Reese Witherspoon's book club and the blurb was interesting.
Here we have a love triangle of a different sort. That of a mother, a son, and his fiance. I need to give Sandie Jones credit in creating a wicked villain in Pammie. She is the reason why I continued to flip the pages. As the story progressed, I started t…

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

Your dentist may be the first health professional to suspect you have osteoporosis and refer you to a physician.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. This disease can affect any bone in the body, although the bones in the hip, spine, and wrist are affected most often. 

Osteoporosis is difficult to detect, and most patients remain undiagnosed until their bone density decreases to the point that a fracture occurs. However, your dentist may detect the first stages of osteoporosis based on a review of your medical history and the results of a clinical and x-ray exam. Your medical record provides information about risk factors such as genetics, calcium deficiency, smoking, menopause, excessive caffeine or alcohol intake and an inactive lifestyle. In addition, several other signs may alert your dentist to the possibility of osteoporosis:
Bone loss in the jaw and around teeth: Bone loss in the mouth may be a sign of bone loss in other par…

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

A well-balanced, nutritious diet is important for good oral health and general health. The food we eat supplies the nutrients that the body, bones, teeth and gums need, to renew tissues and help fight infection and disease, including periodontal (gum) disease. 

Risk Factors:
There are a number of factors that can put individuals at risk for poor oral and overall health such as an unhealthy diet, age, medication, allergies, restrictive diets, chronic disease, lack of vitamins (supplements), as well as socioeconomic conditions.  Children and teens: Children need a balanced nutritious diet so that their teeth develop properly and are strong and decay-resistant. Eating patterns and food choices are important factors that affect how quickly tooth decay develops and could put them at risk for serious ailments, such as diabetes and osteoporosis, later in life. The elderly: Often the elderly are at high risk for poor nutrition. Those on restrictive diets or undergoing medical treatment may be to…

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

Many medications, including vitamins, minerals and herbal preparations, can have a negative effect on your oral health. That's why your dentist, not just your doctor, should always know about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter products, vitamins, and supplements.

Common medication side effects include:
Abnormal bleeding - Reduced blood clotting is a side effect of aspirins and anticoagulants, such as heparin or warfarin. These medications can be helpful in preventing stroke or heart disease, but can cause bleeding problems during oral surgery or treatment for periodontal diseases.
Taste-altering medications - Some medications can cause a bitter or metallic taste or affect the ability to taste. A change in the body's ability to sense tastes is called dysgeusia. Among them are  cardiovascular agents central nervous system stimulants nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs antibiotics respiratory inhalants  smoking-cessation products such as nicotine skin patches

Low Birth Weight & Gum Disease (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Although it may seem improbable, infection in the gums of a pregnant woman may lead to a more than sevenfold increase in her risk of delivering a premature baby of low birth weight, which affects the health of a newborn.

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, “increasing evidence suggests that maternal gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (inflammation and disease of the structures surrounding the teeth) may be risk factors for preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.” One characteristic of both of these conditions that may induce early labor is the presence of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormones that are responsible for prompting delivery following a regular nine-month pregnancy term.
Prostaglandins are the hormones responsible for telling the body when a pregnancy has ended, and their function is to induce the delivery of a fully-grown fetus. When the mouth becomes infected, the body’s uses inflammation to defend against infe…

Kidney Disease & Oral Health (A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)

Kidney disease occurs when the kidneys become damaged and can no longer perform their proper function (removing waste, extra water and blood). 

Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the most common causes of kidney disease.

Kidney disease has the following effects in the oral cavity:
Dry mouthBad breathLoss of bone in the jawProblems in ChewingIncrease in plaqueGum diseaseInflammation of the mouth and salivary glandsTooth loss
Dental Treatment for people with Kidney related problems:

Be sure to tell your dentist you have kidney disease, are on dialysis or are a kidney transplant recipient. 

For People on Dialysis: Healthy teeth are important to be able to chew high-quality protein foods such as meat, fish, and poultry. Also, people on dialysis may receive a blood thinning medicine during their dialysis treatments to prevent clotting. Because some dental procedures can cause bleeding, it’s important to schedule dental appointments on non-dialysis days.For Transplant Candidates and Reci…

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

If you have jaundice, you may notice that your skin and the whites of your eyes look yellowish. This happens when your liver doesn’t work well enough to break down a chemical called bilirubin. If too much of it builds up in your blood, your skin can turn yellow. Jaundice can show up soon after you’re infected with hepatitis C. It can also appear after years of the infection and bad liver scarring called cirrhosis. To treat the condition, you’ll need to treat the hepatitis C infection and liver damage that’s causing it.

The classic definition of jaundice is a serum bilirubin level >2.5–3 mg/dL (42.8–51.3 ╬╝mol/L) along with the yellowish discoloration of the skin and sclera.

Patients with jaundice may present with no symptoms at all (i.e., the condition is found accidentally), or they may present with a life-threatening condition. The wide range of possibilities is based on the variety of underlying causes and whether disease onset is quick or slow moving. Patients presenting with acut…

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

Anemia occurs when your body doesn't create a sufficient amount of red blood cells. Because these cells carry oxygen throughout your bloodstream, a reduction of the the red blood cells keeps the body from getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including lack of color of the gums, soreness in the tongue and other problems affecting your oral health just as much as your energy level.

The most common form of anemia, iron deficiency anemia, which affects 30% of the population, occurs because the body does not process the iron that keeps you focused and resilient during the day. 
How does anemia affects the oral cavity? Because anemia reduces the number of red blood cells present, one common symptom is paleness in the gums, which some have come to consider anemia gums. Instead of a normal, healthy pink, they begin to take on a faded or even whiter shade of their normal color. This paleness can also affect the tongue and the mucous membranes insi…

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

Heart disease, also referred to as cardiovascular disease, occurs when blood vessels either narrow or become completely blocked, a condition that can lead to a heart attack, stroke or chest pain.
Recent studies show that if you have gum disease in a moderate or advanced stage, you are at a greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums. And second, your oral health can provide doctors with warning signs for a range of diseases and conditions, including those in the heart.

How are cardiovascular disease and poor oral health connected? A number of theories have been proposed, including: The bacteria that infect the gums and cause gingivitis and periodontitis also travel to blood vessels elsewhere in the body where they cause blood vessel inflammation and damage; tiny blood clots, heart attack and stroke may follow. Supporting this idea is the finding of remnants of oral bacteria within atherosclerotic blood vessels far from the mouth. Rather than bacteria causing the problem,…