HEALTH BULLETIN: Diabetic patients more prone to periodontal disease

Diabetic patients more prone to periodontal disease

People diagnosed with diabetes have to endure a lot of things, like the unsweetened taste of food, for instance. And while diabetics veer away from sweet treats, they are not spared from gum disease – in fact, they are at an increased risk to have it.

According to the Health department, nine out of 10 Filipinos suffer from periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease that causes the teeth to wear off. Also known as periodontitis, this manifests through excessive plaque formation, bad breath, painful chewing, swelling of gums, and bleeding of the gums while brushing or flossing.

Anybody can be a candidate for periodontitis, according to Healthway Medical general dentist Dr. Angelica Beatriz De Castro. However, because diabetes affects the body’s ability to use blood sugar, diabetics are at a higher risk to have periodontal disease. “Periodontitis is a precursor to diabetes. It usually releases periodontal pathogens that trigger abnormal insulin production,” explains Dr. De Castro.

Diabetes reduces a person’s ability to fight bacteria, and when bacteria stay on teeth long enough, it leads to the formation of plaque. When this happens, diabetic patients are prone to infection that may eventually trigger their blood sugar to rise. This highlights the importance for people diagnosed with diabetes to prevent severe gum disease that may help in managing blood sugar levels. Aside from controlling sugar intake, patients are advised to brush their teeth lightly at least twice a day, floss at least once daily, schedule regular dental cleaning, prevent smoking, and consult a dentist regularly.

If you think you have periodontitis or any other oral health concerns, visit any Healthway Medical clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Shangri-la Plaza, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5.


Naturally effective relief from arthritis

Getting older comes with a number of gifts – wisdom, for instance. But as we age, we become more at risk of suffering from joint pains or osteoarthritis. While there are many medications available in the market today, more people are looking into natural remedies.

Enter medications backed by science and powered by nature. Fitting the bill is Arthrite. It is the first phyto-medicine approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration that consists of 14 herbal components that work together to reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis.

To prove its efficacy, the brand commissioned a local clinical study and tapped Dr. Eduardo Rommel Poblete, assistant director and Fellowship Training Officer of St. Luke’s Medical Center-Geriatric Center. In his presentation, Dr. Poblete explained that results of the clinical study (that is yet to come out) proved that Arthrite is proven effective and safe in providing sustained pain-relief to patients suffering from OA.

“We need not suffer all throughout our lives because there is an effective and safe medication that can provide relief from joint pain,” declared Dr. Poblete.


Access quality health care in one click

Finding the right doctor and quickly getting an appointment is one difficult process. It’s trial-and-error combined with tedious waiting and scheduling. It will take you an average of three to five hours for a successful consultation, depends on the queuing or how in-demand the doctor is.

To save time and effort, you may consider following these steps in scheduling an appointment: Step 1. Know your location. Check the hospital or medical facility for your easy access and convenience; Step 2. From a comprehensive line-up of Specialties, and based on your present condition, choose your preferred doctor; Step 3. Make an appointment.

But these could have been easier if they were done in just one click of a button – something GetMed offers.

Developed by UNA I.T. SOLUTIONS, GetMed is a medical app that aims to bridge the gap between the doctor and patient. With just one click, the user is empowered to locate a doctor, make an appointment, check the nearest hospitals or clinics – making the lives of patients and consumers a lot easier.

GetMed currently has 17,000 registered doctors nationwide. It also has 3,053 hospitals, clinics and barangay health centers. GetMed also features articles on health, tips, trivia, health horoscopes or anything that can be of value in building a better lifestyle.

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How to smile with dentures

In the Philippines, the three common reasons why people wear dentures are careless oral hygiene, accident and illness. Losing teeth and having to wear false substitutes are already a struggle – physically and emotionally – to begin with. In fact, according to a recent survey commissioned by a denture adhesive label, 76 percent of denture wearers avoid social activities due to the stigma and embarrassment.

Eating hard to chew food is a challenge; talking and smiling another. The struggle usually stems from the fear that dentures would be damaged, mid-bite, or worse – fall off especially when the fit isn’t tight and right. For seniors, the struggle goes up a notch as they experience degenerative tissue changes.

“These changes may include, among others, resorption of residual ridges, decline in adaptive capacity physiologically and physically, reduced salivary flow, and poor tonicity of muscles,” notes Dr. Danny Magtanong of the Philippine Prosthodontic Society. He added that these problems affect not just comfort but also the retention and stability of dentures.

According to Dr. Magtanong, the lifespan of dentures is five to seven years, but the materials used in its fabrication deteriorate over time due to the environment in the mouth and exposure to chemicals. Hence, correct cleaning and proper denture hygiene regimen are necessary to prolong the dentures’ durability.

Dr. Magtanong emphasizes maintenance of denture hygiene, regular dentist consultations and proper use of adhesives.

Polident offers a range of products that help preserve and protect dentures. Polident Denture Cleanser, which is formulated to clean dentures, removes stains and kills 99.99 percent of odor-causing particles. Polident Denture Adhesive Cream, on the other hand, seals off gaps and helps secure dentures properly for up to 12 hours.

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