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Dentistry and Diabetes

Diabetes Defined

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a condition that results in prolonged elevated blood sugar levels throughout the body. Normally, our pancreas produces a hormone, insulin, to remove sugar from blood when we eat. In Type I DM, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Type II DM results from insulin-resistance, where the body does not respond properly to insulin production. Both types lead to persistent, dangerously high levels of blood sugar that negatively affect all tissues in the body, including those that support teeth.

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How to Make Your Teeth Stronger

The outer surface of your teeth is covered by a protected coat, called enamel. Over time, chewing and habits such as grinding or clenching can cause some wear to this layer. The good news is, there are many simple ways you can make your teeth stronger every day.

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Dani’s Vegan Oatmeal Brownies

For all you sweet lovers looking for alternative pastries to stay fit for the upcoming summer months and bikini weather, here’s a great recipe for you! Just for some background information, I came up with this recipe because I am allergic to egg yolk and milk. Furthermore, I am very health conscious and always watch what I eat, but like most people, I am guilty of the occasional sweet tooth. So, here is my take on brownies. Enjoy! 🙂

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The Dangers of Grinding

It is estimated that approximately 20% of the population grind their teeth without even knowing it, a phenomenon called bruxism. Most of these cases are at night, but some people may grind or clench their teeth during the day. Current research points at daily stress, anxiety, and tension as the biggest culprits of bruxism. Other causes can be due to medications, misalignment of teeth or even airway obstruction.

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How Harmful is Soda For Your Teeth?

First, let’s look at some numbers. About 50% of Americans drink 2.6 glasses of soda daily. This adds up to approximately 45 gallons of soda a year! While most of us know that soda contains high concentrations of sugar, this is only a small fraction of how these beverages harm our teeth. In addition to sugar, soda is very acidic. Acidity is what actually causes the protective outer covering of our teeth (i.e. enamel) to become soft and eroded. Soft, demineralized enamel is more prone to form cavities by bacteria.

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