Articles on dental anatomy

11 Tips for Getting Healthy Set of Teeth

Rashmi Gupta
Your dental health is more important than you realize ,tooth and gum problems have been known to cause larger complications like heart diseases. Having a great set of white teeth can boost your self confidence like few others..For maintaining good oral hygiene brushing ,flossing is a routine ,also there are some tips and tricks to help your protect and care for your teeth better.Get a healthy set of teeth by consuming 11 foods regularly.avoid toothaches ,cavities and gum diseases simply by including food in your diet.1.Water:Water helps wash away debris and boost your saliva levels in your mouth,which is why drinking 8\10 glasses of water is essentials  saliva is best defense agent tooth decay. 2.Milk: Milk is an excellent source of calcium,essential to keep your teeth strong your jawbones also protects against gum disease so make sure you drink a glass of milk everyday..3.Citrus foods:With high vitamin c content like oranges and grapefruits ,kiwis help strength your blood vessels  and connective tissue while treating inflammation.4: Green Tea: It contains catechins which are antibacterial and also great for oral health and hygiene.Studies have proven that regular intake of green tea prevent the occurrence of gum disease and delayed tooth loss in ld age.5: Onions: Eating raw onions have excellent bacteria busting properties due to antimicrobial sulphur compounds content in it,which provides much needed protection against decay.6: Nut & Seeds:Essentials for strong teeth.Very rich in micrnutrients such as potassium zinc magnesium phosphorus calcium,so add u it up in your breakfast.7:Raisins: Raisins are naturally sweet,they contain phytochemicals which kill cavity causing bacteria so eat it in and in between meals.8 Cheese: It help neutralize the plaque acids .A slice a day will keep dentist away.9: Strawberries/Craneberries and Kiwis:Eating all this helps prevention of collagen from breaking down and for overall health of delicate gum tissue.They are powerhouses of vitamin c. They have astringent properties  and prevent reverse discoloration caused by coffee ,tea and aerated drinks.10: Sugarless Gum:Chewing increases saliva production which is vital for cleaning away mouth bacteria. Make sure you take a sugar free variety. 11: Fish:Vitamin D is crucial for oral health .It helps faster absorption of calcium.Salmon and Mackerel are excellent source of vitamin D

Why Remove Teeth When We Can Save Them

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
PROBLEM V/S SOLUTIONS and tooth removal is the last one to go forCAVITY - GO FOR TOOTH COLORED FILLINGDEEP CAVITY WITH PAIN - GO FOR ROOT CANAL TREATMENTAFRAID OF RCT - GO FOR ROTARY , PAINLESS RCTFRACTURED TOOTH - GO FOR RCT + CAP/ CROWNBAD SMELL AND BLEEDING GUMS - GO FOR TEETH CLEANING AND POLISHINGYELLOW TEETH AND STAINS ON TEETH - GO FOR TEETH WHITENINGMISSING TEETH -  IMPLANTS OR FIXED CROWNS AND BRIDGESMALALIGNED TEETH - BRACESMOBILE TEETH - GET SPLINTING DONENothing can take the place of natural healthy teeth, each and every tooth is important.Saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed. Nothing, not even the most advanced bridges, and implants, can truly replace your natural tooth.If your dentist recommends extracting your tooth, ask if an endodontist can help save it with a root canal. This endodontic treatment removes the injured pulp (soft inner tissue) of your tooth and fills and seals that space.Your tooth is then restored and can function just like any other tooth for the rest of your life, ensuring comfortable chewing and a natural appearance.Endodontists can often save the most severely injured teeth.Do everything possible to save your teeth before considering extraction. Nothing is as good as your natural tooth!Benefits of Your Natural ToothFrom our experience, there is no better implant than the natural tooth. Saving your natural tooth has several benefits that cannot be received from dental implants. By saving your natural tooth, you maintain the natural structure of your mouth and jaw allowing you to continue chewing normally.When you replace a tooth with an implant, sometimes the implant does not fill the space completely. Spaces between your teeth can lead to bone loss and collapse. Your teeth then move around to fill the space. This changes the overall positioning of your teeth and may lead to the collapse of the bite, a situation known as occlusion. Not only does this alter your natural appearance it also creates chewing difficulties. More treatment is required to fix these problems. Your teeth do much more than just mechanically chew food. Teeth contain nerves that communicate with the brain. These messages tell your brain how hard to chew, thereby protecting your teeth from biting too hard. Implants have no nerves and so the sensory connection with the brain is lost and this communication is not possible.SPLINTING DONE TO FIX THEM

Management of Traumatic Dental Injury

Dr Mayur Bhattad
Accident or traumatic injuries to the teeth are very common especially in young age group population. Most of the people don't know what needs to be done after the injury. This article can help them to know what to do and not do.If anyone can face a traumatic dental injury which leads to pulling out the teeth (especially Front teeth) then following needs to be done to get the good outcome of the treatment. As it is a common myth the exfoliated teeth are useless but one should know that dentist can put the same teeth in to the socket and fix it, if proper care has been taken of the teeth and socket after injury. Do and Don't1) If the teeth get contaminated with soil or any other thing then clean the tooth under running tap water,        don't scrub or brush the teeth 2) If possible push the teeth again in the socket or put at least in the oral cavity and rush to the nearest              dentist2) If not possible to put in the mouth then avulsed teeth should be kept in a following storage media   a) Hank Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) (Buy from Medical Store)   b) Milk (Easily Available)   c) Saliva (Present in oral cavity)   d) Saline (Available on Medical Shop)   e) Water (Last Option if above medias not available) 3) Extra-oral dry time should be less than 60 min means don't allow to dry the teeth for more than 60 mins4)  Don't remove the tissues which is attached to the tooth structure as it help in attachment of tooth to the       its socket2) Rush to the nearest dentist as soon as possible3) These teeth needs to be get fixed with in 30 to 60 mins after the injury to get good outcome of the                     treatment4) Follow the instructions after completion of the procedure

Tips For "Healthy Teeth For Life"!

Dr. Gauri Mulay Arbatti, Dentist
Taking care of your teeth is important to help avoid decay and gum disease. Attention to gum disease is important for your general health too as mentioned in the earlier article.There are four basic steps to taking care of teeth and gums:BrushingFlossingBalanced diet/ Eating properlyVisiting the dentistTips for brushing:Brush at least twice a day. Brushing removes plaque, a film of bacteria that clings to teeth. When bacteria in plaque come into contact with food, they produce acids. These acids lead to cavities. To brush:Place a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on the head of the toothbrush.Place the toothbrush against the teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.Move the brush across the teeth using a small circular or vertical motion. ( never brush in horizontal motion.) Continue with this manner cleaning one to two teeth at a time. Keep the tips of the bristles against the gum line. Avoid pressing too hard that the bristles lie flat against the teeth. (Only the tips of the toothbrush clean the teeth.) Let the bristles reach into spaces between teeth.Brush across the top of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Make sure the bristles get into the grooves and crevices.Use the same small circular motion to clean the back of the upper and lower teeth, the side that faces the tongue.To clean the inside of the lower front teeth, angle the head in an up-and-down position toward the bottom inside of the mouth and move the toothbrush in a small circle.For the inside of the top front teeth, angle the brush in an up-and-down position with the tip of the head pointing towards the roof of the mouth. Move the toothbrush in a small circle.Give your tongue a few gentle brush strokes, brushing from the back of your tongue forward. Do not scrub. This helps remove bacteria and freshens your breath.After brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth with water.Replace your toothbrush with a new one every three to four months.Tips for flossing:Floss once a day. Flossing gets rid of food and plaque between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. If plaque stays between teeth, it can harden into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist. To floss:Remove about a 45 cm (18-inch) strip of floss from the dispenserWind the floss around the index fingers of each hand, leaving a 2.5cm (one inch) section open for flossingPlace the floss in your mouth and use your index fingers to push the floss between the teeth. Be careful not to push too hard and injure the gumsMove the floss up and down against the tooth and up and around the gum line. The floss should form a C-shape around the tooth as you flossFloss between each tooth as well as behind the back teethUse a clean section of floss as neededTips for balanced diet / eating properly:Eat a variety of foods but eat fewer foods that contain sugars and starches. These foods produce the most acids in the mouth and the longer they stay in the mouth, the more they can damage the teeth. Snacking on sugary foods can lead to tooth decay because most people don't brush after snacks. Starchy snack foods, like crisps, stick to the teeth. Avoid snacking on:Sweets, biscuits, cakes and piesCaramel containing chocolatesCrackers, bread-sticks and crispsDried fruit and raisinsDental check-ups:Visit your dentist as advised. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it's important to have regular check-ups and professional cleaning (i.e Scaling and Polishing). You should also see your dentist if you have pain in your teeth or bleeding, swollen gums etc.You can also ask your dentist about dental sealants. Sealant is a material used to coat the top, chewing surfaces of the teeth. This coating protects the tooth from decay and usually lasts a long time. It is a preventive treatment. Fluoride treatment is another preventive and useful treatment for patients having high decay rate. Thank you! Have a healthy mouth!

Myth and Fact About Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Vijita Mehta, Dentist
Myth - RCT is a painful procedure.Fact -RCT is done to relieve pain caused by pulped inflammation or a dental infection. Slight pain postoperative can be managed with painkillers.  Myth – Getting RCT done is a very costly affair.Fact-  No, Not really. Your natural teeth are like diamonds in your mouth. With RCT, you are saving your tooth. Consider the cost of replacing your natural teeth with bridge or implant. Then, you will find out that saving your own tooth at any expense is better than losing your natural tooth forever.Myth – There should be no pain after RCTFact- The patient will feel better in a significant way after the procedure. Sometimes, there is sensitivity and slight pain after the treatment. Painkillers are there for your help. Antibiotics can be given if there is infection. Myth - RCT is done in several appointments.Fact- These days RCT can be done in single appointment provided there is no severe infection. It all depends on the tooth condition and its anatomy.Myth – A tooth should be extracted if there is pain. Fact-The RCT success is very high. A Root canal can be re-treated if there is pain/infection. Extraction should be considered as the last option as saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages like efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation and helps you to maintain your natural smile. Most importantly,You can continue eating the foods you love to!

Root Canal Treatment Saves Tooth

Dr. Amit Berani, Dentist
Are you in immense need to treat your aching tooth? Has your endodontist suggested you root canal treatment for the same? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Dentists save millions of teeth by each year by endodontic treatment. Here is how root canal therapy can relieve your tooth pain and bring an attractive smile on your face.Eradicating Decayed PulpInside the tooth there is a soft tissue called the pulp which helps to grow the root of your tooth. Bust when your tooth is fully developed it can survive without the pulp. The tooth gets its nourishment by the tissues surrounding it. But when this pulp becomes inflamed or infected, root canal therapy comes into picture. Root canal deals with eradicating this decayed pulp from inside your tooth.What If Ignored?The pulp infection can be caused due to deep decay, faulty crowns or a crack in the tooth, repeated dental procedures etc. If pulp inflammation is left untreated, it can lead to dental abscess or unbearable pain.How To Save The Tooth?Endodontic treatment includes the removal of infected pulp. After cleaning and disinfecting your tooth a rubber-like material called gutta-percha is used to fill and seal the cavity in your tooth. At last this sealing is covered with a crown or filling for protection. Soon after this restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.Root canal therapy not only saves your tooth but also offers the following advantages: Efficient chewingNormal biting force and sensationNatural appearanceProtects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Reasons & Remedy for Tooth Sensitivity

Dr. Anish Goyal, Dentist
On drinking cold water or a sip of tea or coffee makes you uneasy or eating ice-cream or yogurt is a nightmare, you may have a common problem known as “sensitive teeth.”Various causes of sensitivity in teeth include:1.  Forceful brushing of teeth – it is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. It causes thinning of the protective layer on our teeth that is enamel. Enamel protects our teeth against insult from food or fluids we take. Loss of enamel leads to  sensitivity of  teeth.          Remedy:Gentle brushing of teethUse soft bristle brushChange brush after 3- 6 months ( as the bristles wear away)Use little toothpaste ( toothpaste has abrasive particles which causes wear away of enamel)Do brushing in up-down movement2. Tooth decayCaries in tooth lead to tooth sensitivity. Caries remove the protective enamel layer exposing dentine layer to food and fluids. Dentine carries nerves which causes sensitivity            Remedy: Treatment involves removal of tooth decay and placement of protective barrier on dentine that is a filling material3. Old tooth fillings – over a period of time fillings may crack or break or get removed which leads to sensitivity.Remedy:  Change of filling in tooth4. Exposed tooth roots- as a result of aggressive tooth brushing, gum recession and gum disease. It causes tooth sensitivity.          RemedyUse soft bristle brushVisit your dentist for gum disease treatment5. Plaque and calculusThe purpose of brushing is to remove plaque that forms after eating food. An excessive build-up of plaque can cause your enamel to wear away. Again, your teeth can become more sensitive as they lose their enamel protection. Remedy: The solution is to practice good daily dental care and visit your dentist for cleanings every six months.6. Habit of eating acidic foods - fruits like lemon, sweet lime, pickles and tomato juice contains acid which can dissolve enamel of teeth. Frequent use of acidic food causes tooth sensitivity.7. Habit of tooth-grinding – grinding also causes tooth sensitivity due to loss of enamel.Tooth sensitivity is treatable. You must have seen toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. However, toothpaste can only help limited no. of patient’s suffering from tooth sensitivity.If your sensitivity is extreme and persists no matter what you do, please visit your dentist for an oral examination. Visit to dental specialist can determine the most likely cause of your tooth sensitivity and the best solution for your particular condition.