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Diabetes Diagnosed by a Dentist?

Apparently dentists may be able to discover more than just cavities at your next visit. A recent study conducted by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine revealed that there are two dental conditions that can be seen at a dentist visit that may have the ability to diagnose diabetes or even prediabetes.

Many people are unaware of this, but diabetes can directly affect your oral health. People who have been diagnosed with diabetes are generally more at risk for having dental issues due to the lack of control over their blood sugar levels. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause interference with the white blood cell’s ability to fight off bacterial infections that take place in your mouth.

Having diabetes that is not under control can also cause decreased saliva flow and as a result, people can have dry mouth. Having a dry mouth can further lead to tooth decay which can lead to loosing teeth. It also can cause soreness and ulcers in the mouth. Diabetes sufferers are also at a higher risk of developing varying levels of gum disease and those with diabetes do not heal as quickly or as well after oral surgery or other dental procedures.

Diabetes affects a large number of people and the issue it becoming a bigger problem as time goes on. More and more people are becoming diagnosed with diabetes and if dentists have the ability to detect diabetes or prediabetes early, it can help people maintain control of their diabetes before more damage is done. If caught early enough, diabetes can actually be reversed. Columbia University researchers discovered that it may seem unconventional, but the disease can indeed be identified while in the dental chair.

Participants of this study included about 600 adults. Those who were non-Hispanic and white were at least 40 years of age and those who were Hispanic or non-white were at least 30 years of age. All participants went to a Northern Manhattan dental clinic. Nearly 530 of the participants were found to have at least one of the risk factors for diabetes based on self-reports. Risk factors include family history of diabetes, being overweight, and having high cholesterol. None of the participants however had ever been diagnosed with having diabetes.

All participants had a periodontal exam along with a test for hemoglobin A1C. This is a blood test which is used in order to both diagnose and monitor diabetes. The results of such testing show the average blood sugar level for each participant within the last 2 or 3 months. Participants were also asked to return and take a fasting test for plasma glucose which will reveal whether or not the participant has diabetes or even prediabetes.

Researchers discovered that there were two oral factors which were rather effective and accurate in revealing which participants had diabetes or prediabetes which hadn’t been diagnosed. One factor was the amount of teeth each participant was missing and the other factor was the depth of periodontal pockets. Periodontal pockets are depressions found within the gums which cause bacteria to build up in these areas. Researchers also found the results of the test for hemoglobin A1C to be valuable in determining whether or not participants had undiagnosed diabetes.

Dr. Evanthia Lalla from the College of Dental Medicine and lead author of the study, noted that the findings reveal a possible new approach which can easily be conducted during dental visits. Being able to identify undiagnosed diseases at the dentist’s office could actually be rather convenient since nearly 70% of all adults throughout the United States visit the dentist annually.

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Designing Web Sites

When an individual is designing a web site for personal, or company use there are many different ways that they will be able to write the program for their web site. The two main ways for an individual to make a web site. The two main ways is by using different software programs, and through different programming codes. The individual will be able to use these different types of programming systems to create the best web site for you.

If you are still wondering what web site designing is it is the process of programming that an individual or a company will go through to create a web page. From that web page the individual will create several more web pages in order to fully create a web site. The web pages that an individual will create can be viewed through certain software programs, and through your web browser. When an individual creates a web page, or site, they are using programming code. Some of these different types of programming code can include Javascript, Flash, Casading Style Sheets, XHTML, and HTML.

HTML stands for Hypertext Makeup Language. HTML is important in web designing, and many beginners use it to build beginners web sites that are very simple in nature, and plain in appearance. HTML is a key part in creating a web site, but if you only use HTML your web site will be plain in nature. You will want to use XHTML and other programming with HTML. HTML is used to add bolding, underlining, and italics to the documents on your web site. With HTML you can also embed objects, and pictures into your web pages. You can also use HTML to create interactive objects such as menus. HTML will also help you add headings, quotes, links, paragraphs, and many more extra options to your web pages.

XHTML is a more advanced form of HTML. XHTML allows you to further expand on the basic HTML code. XHTML stands for eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language. XHTML is a part of a family of programming called XML Markup Languages. XHTML Programming needs to be written perfectly, and in a concise way. If XHTML is not written correctly the programming that you have just written will not work.

So essentially if you are just beginning to create web pages then you will want to begin with HTML, and once you believe that you have gained enough potential knowledge to know how to handle HTML then you will want to move onto XHTML. Web site designing can be a very difficult process to learn, but once learned correctly. Once you can write this type of programming efficiently then you can learn newer types of programming codes. With these codes you can make the perfect web site for your every needs.

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