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Dr. Harish Chowdappa

BDS

Dentist, Bangalore

17 Years Experience
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Dr. Harish Chowdappa is one of the best Dentists in OMBR Layout, Bangalore. He has been a practicing Dentist for 17 years. He is a qualified BDS . He is currently practising at Chowdappa's Dental Centre in OMBR Layout, Bangalore. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Harish Chowdappa on Lybrate.com.

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Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

Which toothpaste should I use?” 

You want to take care of your teeth, just like anyone. Keeping them clean and healthy enhances your smile while saving you money, because when your teeth are in bad shape, you’ll have to spend more correcting them. One of the basic decisions you’ll face in safeguarding your teeth is which toothpaste to use. Each day, the toothpaste you pick will clean your teeth and will have ramifications for years to come. Here’s a guide on what toothpaste you should use.

The Basics

Toothpaste is only a means to an end. If you buy it and then are lazy about brushing your teeth, it won’t help. Indian Dental Association (IDA) recommends brushing your teeth after each meal (and at least once a day). Brushing your teeth removes all the harmful bacteria and plaque that build up when you eat. No matter which toothpaste you choose, it won’t help unless you’re serious about brushing your teeth.

The Science of Brushing Your Teeth

When you’re ready to decide on a brand, you should understand the basic components of each product. Most major brands of toothpaste include abrasive agents. Don’t worry about that label, though. Abrasive agents are usually helpful.

Abrasive agents are the ingredients that cause the scratchy sensation when you brush your teeth. They’re silicates like hydrated silica, calcium carbonate, and hydrated alumina. Some of these materials are the same as sand, which sounds weird, but the ingredients have a purpose. In combination with the brushing movement of your wrist, they’ll scrub away the bacteria and plaque. Conversely, the brushing motion wouldn’t sanitize your teeth without the silicates. Their purpose is to act as a cleaning agent.

The foam on your toothbrush comes from the detergent in the toothpaste. It works similarly to the products you use to clean your dishes and laundry. A detergent breaks down any undesirable substances. With your teeth, it’s loosening materials that aren’t soluble. The liquid in your mouth will dissolve any that is soluble, but you need help with anything that doesn’t respond to liquids.

The Importance of Fluoride

Any good toothpaste will include other components to make it more effective. Fluoride is the most important one. In fact, it’s the primary reason tooth decay and cavities have declined dramatically over the past 50 years. This naturally occurring mineral protects your teeth when you eat. Every food you consume leaves trace elements of sugar and starch on your teeth.

Fluoride counters this problem in two ways. It strengthens tooth enamel, the protective layer on the outside of your teeth, and that added strength makes your teeth less susceptible to chipping and cracking.

When you consume items that stain your teeth such as coffee, cigarettes, wine, tea, and sugary drinks, the enamel weakens. Fluoride counters this issue, although you should still brush your teeth more often if you smoke or consume any of those products. Fluoride also fights off previous damage by reversing the process of tooth decay. For these two reasons, when you shop for toothpaste, you should pick one with fluoride.

Other Toothpaste Components

Many toothpastes will also include artificial sweeteners. The minty taste that you associate with toothpaste isn’t a natural flavor. Manufacturers add saccharin and other ingredients to make the taste of toothpaste better. Without it, the process of brushing your teeth wouldn’t feel as pleasant. If brushing your teeth left you with a bad taste in your mouth, it might reduce your desire to brush regularly. Toothpaste now comes in flavors as diverse as lemon, grape, and bubblegum to make them more appealing – not just for adults, but for children too.

Toothpaste also includes ingredients to keep the tube from drying out. Without the moisture retention of humectants, your mouth would dry too soon. These are the same ingredients that keep you from having dry skin. Finally, toothpaste uses thickeners to make sure that the actual substance maintains a gooey form.

Which Toothpaste Is Best?

Now that you know the key components of toothpaste, you can pick the brand that’s right for you. If you’re a smoker or coffee drinker, you should choose a product with the highest amount of fluoride. Without a prescription, you’re looking for a brand that’s at least 1,000 parts per million (PPM). A product with the IDA Seal has received independent review and validation of its product claims.

If you’re someone with yellow teeth, you’ll want a brand with a higher number of silicates. A product that includes whitening will gradually alter the shade from yellow back to white. If cavities are a big issue, you want a product with special cavity-fighting power.  If you have a plaque problem, you can prevent tartar buildup with toothpastes that are specifically formulated to fight tartar. Finally, if you have sensitive gums and/or teeth, the best product is one that treats the underlying problem of sensitivity.

As you can see, toothpaste includes a lot of components specifically designed to protect and improve your teeth. No matter the problem you worry about with your teeth, a product exists that can help you overcome the issue. Simply consider your needs and then mix and match from the options above.

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BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist, Jamshedpur
Rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouth wash after every meal to avoid the formation of bacteria.

Hi I am raghu I have a small dental problem so I want to refill the infected teeth .So I want to go with composite or glass cement material to refill the infected part? Please help me in that.

BDS, CDE Endo-Prostho, CDE - Cast Partial & Complete Dentures
Dentist, Pune
Hi I am raghu I have a small dental problem so I want to refill the infected teeth .So I want to go with composite or...
Hi, composites are permanent restorations, glass ionomer cement are interim restorations. Composite restorations are always better than glass ionomer cement. Depending on case dentist decides whether to put composite or glass ionomer cement.
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Recently I got a CT scan done because of a minor accident. Well everything is normal. But it says I have something called mucosal disease. What is it? Do I have to worry? Please advice. Thank you.

BDS
Dentist, Kharagpur
Recently I got a CT scan done because of a minor accident. Well everything is normal. But it says I have something ca...
She mucosal disease is of many kind and due to many reason. Some of the main reason is poor oral hygiene. So maintain your oral hygiene and consult a periodontics they deal with mucosal problems.
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I have inflammation in my mouth. Now my teeth have become super sensitive and inflammation is not going sing two weeks.

MDS Prosthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
I have inflammation in my mouth. Now my teeth have become super sensitive and inflammation is not going sing two weeks.
inflammation can be due to caries also, Possible causes for sensitivity include: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity. Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Your dentist may suggest one of a variety of treatments
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Hello drr. Smell coming from my mouth and my teeth is yellow .I have tried each and everything but nothing works. please help me get rid away from bad smell from mouth.

MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Bangalore
Hello drr. Smell coming from my mouth and my teeth is yellow .I have tried each and everything but nothing works. ple...
Hi Mr. lybrate-user, Bad breathe is a very common condition. There are many reasons for the problem of bad breath. It might be due to consumption of foods that emit a certain odour, or it may be due to systemic diseases that reflect as bad breathe in the oral cavity. Primary solution would be to go for around of Oral Prophylaxis and deep debridement with the dentist. Get a BANA test done to help the dentist diagnose the causative organism for the bad breath. Use a Cholorhedine Mouthwash (Dilute it with water) daily for better results. Regards
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I am 16 year old my teeth is very yellow and I can't chew tobacco. so please help me to clear my teeth.

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
I am 16 year old my teeth is very yellow and I can't chew tobacco. so please help me to clear my teeth.
Dear, you said you are yellow teeth as you chew tobacco please stop chewing tobacco. Brush twice a day have clean teeth and good oral hygiene with this you need to keep check on your digestion also. Please visit dental surgeon for checkup. Keep yourself well hydrated and use hydrogen per oxide for gargles and take tab b complex one in a day for a week. Treatment to keep mouth healthy and free from smell is cleaning and polishing of teeth and maintenance of oral hygiene. Use colgate total paste and listerin mouthwash twice a day. Do rinse your mouth with listerine mouth wash.
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How to whitening the teeth by using home remedies and what we have to do when suffering from teeth pain?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
How to whitening the teeth by using home remedies and what we have to do when suffering from teeth pain?
Oil pulling can increase whiteness of teeth Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" or "gundusha, is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.
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My bottom tooth is having irritation. But I don't have pain. When I keep touching that teeth using tongue it is little bit soothing. I tried sensodyne paste as well. But its of no use. Can you please guide me?

BDS
Dentist,
My bottom tooth is having irritation. But I don't have pain. When I keep touching that teeth using tongue it is littl...
You should go to your local dentist for a detailed checkup. May be your teeth are in attrited state or may be there is cavity.
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Is that age is mandatory for wearing tooth braces. Because I am 21 years old female.

BDS
Dentist, Delhi
Is that age is mandatory for wearing tooth braces. Because I am 21 years old female.
No age is not mandatory for wearing tooth braces. In early age time duration of wearing braces is less. You can have your braces treatment.
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