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What makes our dentures different?
Aticle BannerAt David Spilkia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide patients with modern dentures that are made of the highest quality materials. When you come to our Philadelphia, PA office for a solution to your missing teeth, you can be assured that your dental prosthetics will look, feel and function naturally so that you can have confidence in your new smile. Dr. Spilkia and his team believe that a healthy, beautiful smile is important to patients’ emotional and physical wellbeing. All our treatment plans are highly customized to fit into each patients’ lifestyle. Whether you are just missing a few teeth and need partial dentures or need a full denture, you should contact the team at David Spilkia Family & Cosmetic dentistry to find out how we can help.

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Diabetes and dental health
World Diabetes Day, created by the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization, is observed on November 14. Meanwhile, November is also considered as National Diabetes Month. Organizations across the world host various events to raise awareness about this non-communicable disease during this period.

What does diabetes have to do with dental health? Everything! People who have been diagnosed as diabetic, whether Type 1 or 2, face a higher risk of suffering from dental issues. Periodontal or gum disease poses a special threat for diabetics, often signaled by increased thirst and a dry mouth. Gingivitis, thrush, and a burning sensation in the mouth are other common dental problems facing diabetes patients. This is due to the high glucose levels in the saliva contributing to the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth that combine with food to form plaque, which results in diseases such as gum disease, bad breath, cavities, and tooth decay.

If you are diabetic, it’s best that you follow these guidelines to ensure that your dental health is maintained at top level:
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss once a day.
  • Reduce your consumption of sugary and refined foods.
  • A plant-based diet rich in fiber such as vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains is best.
  • Regularly monitor your blood glucose levels.
  • Exercise.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • See your dentist at least twice a year.
Is there a link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer's?
Periodontal disease has been a serious dental issue for long time. As if its existing adverse effects are not enough, recent research (conducted on mice) found that the bacteria that cause the disease can also result in inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons, like the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans.

The results have led to the researchers believing that periodontal disease may trigger Alzheimer's. It’s thought that being exposed to the periodontal bacteria over the long term may lead to the formation of senile plaques which hasten the development of neuropathology observed in Alzheimer's patients. Even before this new research, it was known that periodontitis had a close association with cognitive impairment.

The research was conducted with 10 wild-type mice being given an oral application of the bacteria over 22 weeks with another 10 mice serving as the control group. At the end of the experiment, it was discovered that the first group had noticeably higher levels of accumulated amyloid beta, the senile plaque present in the brain tissue of Alzheimer's patients. The group also displayed higher levels of brain inflammation and less intact neurons. DNA from the periodontal bacteria was also discovered in their brain tissue while a bacterial protein was found in their neurons.

The researchers had advised the public to care for their oral health from a young age as a preventive method for serious degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, which could rob them of their quality of life in a big way, later in life.
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