Articles on dental care

Revisiting Motherhood! Your Dental Care

Dr. Sumeeta Jayant, Dentist
Motherhood is one of the most privileged blessings that the fair sex has been endowed with. It defines who they are. Motherhood is just not about carrying baby and then bringing it to life, it’s a gamut of expressions – the deepest and the most touching kinds.Kindness, Care, Compassion, Unconditional Love, Adoration, Bond, Connect – the emotions and experiences are unparalleled. Myself being a new first time mom but a relatively old doctor, I wish to educate the whole lot of young women on dental care who aspire to be moms. As surprising it may sound, healthy mouth and teeth are essential to healthy and safe pregnancy. These seemingly innocuous conditions and can go a long way in either marring or enriching your pregnancy experience.What changes during pregnancy?Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum diseases which can affect the health of developing fetus.Before planning to conceive• Get a dental appointment ant get oral screening done before getting pregnant.• Get your teeth professionally cleaned and avoid the risk of getting gum infection. In fact, get all your dental problems addressed in time. As I always say, a healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy living.Once you have conceived and carry a beautiful life inside of you Do not skip your dental checkup appointment simply because you're pregnant. Regular periodontal exams are very important because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk of periodontal disease, pregnancy gingivitis which can hinder with the growth of the fetus and may lead to premature birth. I have written extensively on this issue in past.Don’t forget to tell your dentist if you're pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be also done. Elective can be done post pregnancy.Before coming to dentist check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special precautions or instructions for you. Give all the details about the names and dosage of all the medicines you are taking prescribed by the obstetrician. Based on this information dentist may alter your treatment plan. Better still, carry your medical prescriptions and documents.Dental x-rays can be done during pregnancy by safeguarding you and your baby through shielding your abdomen and thyroid.Try to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the pregnancy by brushing twice and flossing everyday.If you're not brushing your teeth due to morning sickness then switch to bland tasting toothpaste. Rinsing your mouth with a medicated mouthwash is good option, ask your dentist for options.Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Healthy diets containing dairy products, cheese and yogurt are a good source of minerals which are essential for baby's developing teeth, gums and bones. Avoid sugary snacks. Have lots of raw vegetables.With these little caveats, you should be on the way to being a great mom - a super mom!Happy Mother's Day.

Child Dental Care

Dr. R. Rajkumar, Dentist
DENTAL TREATMENT FOR KIDSDentistry for Children: Paediatric dentistry is a very gentle method of dental treatment of children which aims to make a visit to the dentist a more comfortable experience for your children. We have purpose built area specifically designed to make your children feel relaxed and at ease. The Children's Dental Centre is dedicated to encouraging as many children as we can reach, to adopt good habits in dental hygiene.To this end, we offer reduced fee dental services to underprivileged children. Although the centre would like to offer its services as broadly as possible, it is necessary to establish eligibility guidelines pertaining to prospective patients.Children's Teeth Children's teeth begin forming before they are even born. The first primary, or baby teeth, to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors. These are followed closely by the upper central incisors which come through around four months after birth. Although all twenty primary teeth have usually appeared by the time the child reaches three years old, the pace and order of eruption varies from child to child.Oral care should begin soon after birth. Gums should be cleaned after each feeding. You should begin brushing your child's teeth as soon as they appear.Pit and Fissure Sealings for Teeth of Children At the age of six years, permanent molar erupts in children. The deep grooves are prone to caries. In case of children, this grooves can be sealed in order to prevent decay. This is called pit and fissure sealings treatment for children.Dental Care for ChildrenYou should always clean your infant's gums after feeding. Gums should be wiped with a clean, damp cloth or gauze pad. Parents should brush children's teeth daily with a soft wet toothbrush and a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When children are very young it is necessary to supervise their brushing to ensure proper brushing habits are adopted. Your dentist will probably recommend regular fluoride treatments which will strengthen enamel and help your child’s teeth resist decay. To prevent your child suffering from nursing bottle mouth, you must give your baby a bottle at nap or bed time. Fill the bottle with plain water and not milk, formula or juice.ROOT CANAL TREATMENT OF MILK TOOTHIs Root Canal Treatment of Milk Tooth necessary?There was a time when countless milk teeth were extracted stating that they are just "temporary tooth" or "milk teeth know ,anyhow it is going to fall" and for so many other reasons. But the milk teeth are there for a specific purpose. Each and every milk teeth has to stay for a particular period of time. The change in dietary habits have resulted in a lot of milk teeth getting decayed at an earlier stage than before. These milk teeth have to be preserved whenever possible. They are the natural SPACE MAINTAINERS which are there to preserve the space for permanent teeth. Whenever a milk tooth is decayed badly, where a normal filling cannot be placed root canal treatment has to be considered before removal of tooth is considered.How many sittings it will require to perform root canal treatment for a milk tooth?It can be performed in single as well as multiple sittings. The pediatric dentist will decide the best method depending upon the situation.Is the procedure painful?No, it is not painful. If necessary the pediatric dentist can anesthetize the tooth and carry out the procedure.After root canal treatment will the milk tooth will fall on its own?Yes, after root canal treatment the tooth is almost like a natural tooth. It will fall on its own.After root canal treatment is follow up necessary?Yes, after root canal treatment the tooth has to be monitored at least once in every six months.Is there any way to prevent this?Yes, and the only way is to detect tooth decay early and treat it. If we detect tooth decay early we can save the tooth by a normal filling. It is better not to wait until pain develops, because once pain develops then preserving the tooth needs extensive treatment like root canal treatment. Hence it is always better to start the FIRST DENTAL VISIT when the first milk tooth erupts into the mouth (between 8-12 months of age). If the first dental visit has taken place at this stage one can completely prevent tooth decay if the parents strictly follow the pediatric dentists instructions.

Dental Care With Diabetes

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
Proper dental careTo help prevent damage to your teeth and gums, take diabetes and dental care seriously:Make a commitment to manage your diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar level, and follow your doctor's instructions for keeping your blood sugar level within your target range. The better you control your blood sugar level, the less likely you are to develop gingivitis and other dental problems.Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush in the morning, at night and, ideally, after meals and snacks. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums. Consider using an electric toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush well. Get a new toothbrush at least every three months.Floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing helps remove plaque between your teeth and under your gum line. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, use the waxed variety. If it's hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder.Schedule regular dental visits. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and checkups.Make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes. Every time you visit your dentist, remind him or her that you have diabetes. Make sure your dentist has contact information for your doctor who helps you manage your diabetes.Look for early signs of gum disease. Report any signs of gum disease — including redness, swelling and bleeding gums — to your dentist. Also mention any other signs and symptoms, such as dry mouth, loose teeth or mouth pain.Don't smoke. Smoking increases the risk of serious diabetes complications, including gum disease. If you smoke, ask your doctor about options to help you quit.

Motherhood - Your Toddler, Dental Care, and Your Role in It!

Dr. Sumeeta Jayant, Dentist
Once a mom, it’s such a joy and pleasure to watch your toddler grow. The fondness for the little one grows as he/she keeps growing up. The eye contact your baby makes with you, his constant babbling, his attempts to cuddle up to you – these experiences are incredible.Baby’s teething are cause of concern for most parents – the right timing of it, the right shape, the number of them – teething along with crawling, and babbling symbolizes the healthy growth and development of the baby. On Mother’s day, I intend to share little tips for all those worrying mother’s out there. Start cleaning your baby's mouth even before her teeth come in. After each feeding wipe the gums with a warm wet wash cloth or a dampened piece of gauge.Make your baby drink water after every meals as most infant foods easily wash off baby's teeth with just a drink of water.Avoid cavities by avoiding bottle feeding. Bottle feeding should not be prolonged for more than a year.Child should be given juices in limited amount as they increase the risk of caries. Give sugary drinks and foods at mealtimes and use juices as a treat.Don't let your baby drink from sippy cup all day long. Too much use of sippy cup can lead to decay on the back of the front teeth if the drinks are sugary.Children's medications can be flavored and sugary and if they stick on the teeth, the chance of cavities increases. Children on medications for chronic conditions such as asthma and heart problems are more prone to caries and so in such cases it's advisable to talk to your dentist about how to keep good oral hygiene and avoid caries.Take good care of teeth as soon as they start erupting. Milk teeth are also very important as these teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones and help baby chew and talk. If not cared properly they will affect the permanent teeth.Even though your baby is not using a fluoride toothpaste he should get enough fluoride important for preventing tooth decay from drinking tap water. If your drinking water is not fluoridated ask your doctor about fluoride supplements baby can take once he is 6 months old.Start using non fluoride toothpaste once baby is about 2. At the age of 3 when child is old enough not to swallow the toothpaste introduce the fluoride toothpaste.Stop using the pacifier by age 2 or 3 as the prolonged use can affect how his teeth line up. It can also change the shape of the mouth.Last and the most important take your child should see a dentist by his first birthday. That will get him into the habit of preventive dental care, remove his fear of dentists (which by the way is funny to start with becomes a niggle once he grows up!), keep in good health and save some money in the long run! Trust me, this visit is going to be one of the better Birthday Gifts you would ever conjure of.With these little somethings, you can be assured of a relatively healthy baby.I wish all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. Stay strong, stay loving, stay the Supermom you are!

Dental Emergencies-by Dr Gaurav Malik (Shree Krishna Dental Care)

Dr. Gaurav Malik, Dentist
Dental emergencies and role of parents: There is nothing more traumatic for a child to loose his front teeth due to trauma and nothing more traumatic for parents to watch it helplessly.we are talking here of dental emergency in case child's permanent tooth or for that matter anyone's tooth gets knocked out.complete knocking of tooth out of socket is called avulsion and is a dental emergency.most of you are not aware that even if someone's tooth get knocked out and if it is brought to us in a suitable media I.e milk.we suggest milk coz it is readily available in shortest time say less than 60 has a very good prognosis.we have successfully done many cases of reimplantation.what is role of parents?dont let the child panic.control the bleeding by pressing the socket against cotton gauze.look out for lost tooth ,hold it by its crown ,dont touch the root .gently wash it and carry it in a container of milk or a ice bag .always remember in these kind of injuries you are fighting against time.Shorter the time spent by tooth outside of socket better is the prognosis.we hope you find this article written by dr.gaurav very informative and helpful.we are proud to tell you that dr.gaurav malik is helping patients get rid of their dental problem through online consultation and video conferencing depending upon his time and if u have any dental problem u can ask dr.gaurav malik and he will personally depending upon his time and availability.for more details you can always login to our website note down our 24×7 dental helpline no.9814871823.copyright of this article written by dr.gaurav malik exclusively with shree krishna dental care amritsar.

Dental Veneers - Add Brilliance to Your Smile

Dr. Kamlesh Kothari, Dentist
Veneers and lumineers in dentistry are materials placed on teeth to fix the broken surfaces of the teeth. They are mainly used for the esthetic property which they provide to the teeth. This makes the veneers one of the most demanding dental procedures among patients who want quick fixes for their broken teeth. Veneers are one of the most important and basic dental procedures for a cosmetic dentist. They are mainly of two types, i.e. dental porcelain and composite.Veneers are required in patients who have small spaces in between two teeth. Such spaces which cannot be filled by orthodontics are done with veneers. Many individuals have chipped off or broken teeth as a result of accidents or hurt by some object. This can be seen very commonly in the anterior i.e. front teeth. Individuals who have spaces of triangular shape in between the teeth due to gingival recession can also be benefitted by the veneers. Veneers not only improve the appearance of the particular teeth but also improve the functioning of the particular teeth. Food lodgment is prevented with the help of veneers. Many a times, patients complain of yellowish teeth that don’t get cleaned easily. Here,The procedure of veneers is quite simple than other dental procedures like dental implants or oral surgeries. It can be completed within a few appointments. The dentist can perform the procedure directly in the mouth. The composite type of veneers can be built by the dentist directly in the mouth. The other way is that the dental technician prepares the veneer. Then, the veneer is placed on the particular tooth by the dentist. The dentist checks the placement of the veneer, its’ appearance and functioning to ensure that the veneer doesn’t trouble the patient. Once the dentist is confirmed that the veneer is perfectly fine in the patient’s mouth then the procedure is finally completed.Lumineers and veneers are very commonly used together in dentistry. Both of these dental procedures have similarities as well as differences. Lumineers are basically a type of veneers. They require the least removal of teeth and absolutely less or no tooth preparation for the procedure. This gives them a priority above the major types of veneers. Lumineers are thinner than other types of veneers and resemble the thickness of a contact lens. This shows that they are actually easy to apply and a quick procedure too. But they cannot replace the results provided by the orthodontic treatments. So care must be taken while choosing the cosmetic dental procedures that any major space or occlusal default should be fixed only with the orthodontic procedure. Patients who have more gaps and are not willing to opt for metallic braces are recommended for the traditional veneers. This provides the required flexibility and satisfactory results to the patient as well the dentist. So one must discuss with the dentist prior to choosing a treatment and check for the long term results when veneers or lumineers are considered in the cosmetic dental procedures.

Do You Have Regular Dental Check Ups?

Dr. Meeta Malik, Dentist
So how often do you really need a dental check-up? Your colleague in the next cubicle goes three times annually, and your best friend sees the dentist just once a year and your parents have never been to the dentist unless they have a problem. Confused? Here's the professional answer to all your doubts. Even though many of us might think that our teeth are in good shape, regular visits to the dentist are very important. Your oral health depends on two factors: brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist every six months for an oral examination and professional teeth cleaning. You will not be alone in wondering why you need to visit a dental professional so often if you are taking good care of your teeth and gums. But even the most diligent of us can miss hard to reach areas of the mouth and leave them vulnerable to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.Your six monthly oral examination will ensure that your dentist spots any problem at an early stage and addresses these adequately. Moreover, regular professional teeth cleaning will ensure that one prevents many oral health issues from occurring in the first place – saving you both physical and financial pain that is sure to occur if you neglect your teeth and allow problems to develop. Periodic and timely care and prevention of diseases in the mouth are the best possible care you can give your teeth. Tackling problems early will save your teeth from Root Canal treatment of worse still, having to be extracted. So, spend your money and time wisely - get to the dentist on a regular basis rather than after things have gone wrong!

Diet and Dental Health

Dr. Vijita Mehta, Dentist
Your body is a complex machine. The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable.Tooth decay happens when plaque comes into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. Common sources of sugar in the diet include soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition.Wise choicesFor healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician's advice in mind when choosing foods.For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:Drink plenty of water.Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:whole grainsfruitsvegetableslean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumeslow-fat and fat-free dairy foodsLimit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.

10 Important Dental Tips for a Great Smile

Dr. Suhani Talesara, Dentist
Everyone wants to have a great smile which is why good oral hygiene is important! Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems in the future such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.Here is a list of 10 Dental hygiene steps you can take to promote great oral hygiene.1. Proper BrushingOne of the easiest steps to do to help your teeth keep clean. When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the inside surfaces of the teeth and gums, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle again and repeat the back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. Lastly, brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria, which might cause bad breath.Try to brush at least twice a day to prevent acid buildup from the breakdown of food by bacteria. However, if your work or activities prevent you from doing this, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the amount of food that would serve as substrate for the bacteria.2. Flossing!We know, it’s a chore and alot of times forgetful after brushing if rushing out the door or heading to bed. However, flossing can help you remove food particles and other detrimental substances that brushing regularly cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even mouthwash cannot wash away. We recommend flossing at least once a day.3. Avoid TobaccoThis will be a big favor to your teeth. One, it will save you from oral cancer and periodontal complications. Two, it will save you from the countless ill effects caused by the agents used to mask the smell of tobacco. For example, if you smoke a cigarette, you may use candies, tea or coffee to mask the smoky breath and odor. This doubles the amount of damage caused.4. Limit Sodas, Coffee and AlcoholAlthough these beverages contain a high level of phosphorous, which is a necessary mineral for a healthy mouth, too much phosphorous can deplete the body’s level of calcium. This causes dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make pearly white teeth appear dull and discolored. Therefore, it is best to choose beverages like milk, which helps strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel, giving you a healthy, beautiful smile and water which hydrates your body longer than sugary drinks.5. Consume Calcium and other Vitamins that are good for the bodyYou need plenty of calcium for your teeth. It is essential for the teeth as well as your bones. It is better to drink milk, fortified orange juice and to eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. You can also take a calcium supplement, taking different doses according to your age and necessity as per prescription. Calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for maintaining the health of gums and teeth. Vitamin B complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are also required for maintaining healthy dental hygiene.6. Visit Your DentistYou should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring.7. Use Mouthwash along side brushing and flossingMouthwash is not particularly necessary and not all mouthwashes are useful. Mouthwashes containing Listerine our chlorine dioxide are very helpful because they help to kill and maintain the bacteria in your mouth. It can help maintain good breath as well as help maintain strong teeth. Mouthwash cannot do all the work but if your are already brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist and eating well, mouthwash is the cherry on top that will make your dental health great. 8. Having a toothache or noticing other dental symptomsIf you are having tooth and jaw pain make an appointment  as soon as possible. Your dentist needs to diagnose the underlying cause and correct it before it turns into a greater problem.9. Look at the Big PictureEveryone understands that you should take care of your teeth to avoid toothaches, maintain your looks and keep dental bills at bay. Many people, however, don’t understand how crucial oral health is to our total health picture. Tooth problems can lead to diabetes, heart disease, systemic infections, an inability to eat or speak properly and other maladies – some life-threatening. Crooked or crowded teeth can contribute to gum disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Straight teeth are no longer just for looks. 10. Clean your tongueClean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a professional tongue cleaner you remove countless bacteria that otherwise live, particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue. These can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your dental health.Learn MoreDental ConsultationsRequest a FREE Consultation with Dr. Suhani for any dental concerns you may have. We guarantee the highest quality and care for all of our patients at Dr. Dentist Multispeciality Dental Clinic.Schedule Today!

Be a Knight in Smiling Armour With a Pre-Wedding Dental Visit!

Dr. Diksha Tahilramani Batra, Dentist
Why a dental visit before your wedding day is essentialIt’s your wedding clothes trial and after multiple designers visits , a blur of fabrics and embroideries, finally you face the mirror looking like a charming prince! You can’t get your eyes off yourself the smart, handsome, bejewelled and crowned silhouette you get closer to your reflection and you smile to yourself.To your utter dismay-staring back at you is a gaping black hole in your yellow looking teeth- a stark contrast against your beautiful pearl white Sherwani!Among things that you don’t know or care about in this wedding planning charade, one thing you do know for sure is that while the bride will outshine you, the pictures will last forever , and a yellow smile with a black blemish on a white Sherwani is not the kind of shame you’re willing to live through!So if you’re a groom-to-be your trial date shouldn’t be the day you realize your smile must live up to the bright and momentous occasion that you’re preparing for!While the metrosexual man of today has even his pre-wedding skin treatments lined up, for the more macho or “masculine” ones at least getting their smile right can make a huge difference !So here’s a quick checklist to know if you qualify for dental treatment and if you should visit before your wedding dayAre you happy with your smile ?Are your teeth crowded ?Are your teeth yellow or dull?Can u see any brown or black stains on your teeth ?Dental treatmentA dental visit according to popular misconception is no unpleasant ordeal!With the latest technology drill free cavities, bladeless surgeries, and painless extractions have become a reality.So whatever be your woe, a variety of treatment solutions can be planned and customised to transforming your smile if you’re well in time.Having a dental partner through it all works best for most people and who better than your future life partner to get you through an intimate experience like your appointment.Top 3 reasons for a couple's pre-wedding dental appointmentYou want a million dollar smile on your big dayLong pending issues that rather be dealt with while you’re working on looking your best -both within and withoutAvoiding unhappy toothaches during your happiest times be it wedding or honeymoonDid your dentist tell you Stronger teeth make for hotter men!Stay happy and flash that smile with confidence after your dental appointment.Do let me know what you think!