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Dr. Md Akmal Arif

Dentist, Bangalore

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Dr. Md Akmal Arif Dentist, Bangalore
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Dr. Md Akmal Arif is one of the best Dentists in Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. You can meet Dr. Md Akmal Arif personally at Dental Health Centre in Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. Book an appointment online with Dr. Md Akmal Arif and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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My Gums are receding and there is a deposition of tartar on the inner side of the teeth what should I do and what precaution should I take and is there any medicine for it. And how should I make my gums and teeth strong. Please suggest me.

BDS
Dentist, Jaipur
My Gums are receding and there is a deposition of tartar on the inner side of the teeth what should I do and what pre...
Clean your teeth after every meal. For already deposited tartar you should consult to doctor and get oral prophylaxis done because if your gums receded beyound limit tooth becomes mobile. Regular use of mouth wash and must clean teeth from innerside.
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Dentist, Motihari
What's in Your Mouth?
To understand what happens when your teeth decay, it's helpful to know what's in your mouth naturally. Here are a few of the elements:

Saliva ? Your mouth and teeth are constantly bathed in saliva. We never give much thought to our spit, but this fluid is remarkable for what it does to help protect our oral health. Saliva keeps teeth and other parts of your mouth moist and washes away bits of food. Saliva contains minerals that strengthen teeth. It includes buffering agents. They reduce the levels of acid that can decay teeth. Saliva also protects against some viruses and bacteria.

Plaque ? Plaque is a soft, gooey substance that sticks to the teeth a bit like jam sticks to a spoon. Like the slime that clings to the bottom of a swimming pool, plaque is a type of biofilm. It contains large numbers of closely packed bacteria, components taken from saliva, and bits of food. Also in the mix are bacterial byproducts and white blood cells. Plaque grows when bacteria attach to the tooth and begin to multiply. Plaque starts forming right after a tooth is cleaned. Within an hour, there's enough to measure. As time goes on, the plaque thickens. Within two to six hours, the plaque teems with bacteria that can cause cavities and periodontal (gum) disease.

Calculus ? If left alone long enough, plaque absorbs minerals from saliva. These minerals form crystals and harden into calculus. Then new plaque forms on top of existing calculus. This new layer can also become hard.

Bacteria ? We have many types of bacteria in our mouths. Some bacteria are good; they help control destructive bacteria. When it comes to decay, Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli are the bacteria that cause the most damage to teeth.

How Your Teeth Decay
The bacteria in your mouth need food to live and multiply. When you eat sugary foods, or even starches such as rice, the bacteria use them as food, too. The bacteria then produce acids that can dissolve tooth enamel (outer layer of the tooth).

It's not just candy and ice cream we're talking about. All carbohydrate foods eventually break down into simple sugars. Some of this process begins in the mouth.

Foods that break down into simple sugars in the mouth are called fermentable carbohydrates. These include the obvious sugary foods, such as cookies, cakes, soft drinks and candy. But they also include pretzels, crackers, bananas, potato chips and breakfast cereals.

Bacteria in your mouth turn the sugars in these foods into acids. These acids begin to dissolve the mineral crystals in teeth. The more times you eat each day, the more times your teeth are exposed to an acid attack.

This attack can lead to tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities. First, the acid begins to dissolve calcium and phosphate crystals inside a tooth. A white spot may appear on the enamel in this weakened area. But the loss of minerals develops beneath the surface of the enamel. The surface may still be smooth.

At this stage, the tooth can be repaired with the help of fluoride, proteins and minerals (calcium and phosphate) in the saliva. The saliva also helps reduce the acid levels from bacteria that attack the tooth.

Once the decay breaks through the enamel to cause a cavity, the damage is permanent. A dentist must clean out the decay and fill the cavity. Left untreated, the decay will get worse. It can destroy a tooth all the way through the enamel, through the inside dentin layer and down to the pulp or nerve of the tooth. That's why it is important to treat caries at a very early stage, when the process can be reversed.

Types of Decay
Young children can get a type of decay called baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries. It destroys enamel quickly. This type of decay is common in children who are put to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. The bottle exposes the teeth constantly to carbohydrates through the night. Bacteria can grow rapidly and produce acid that decays teeth.

Decay can become worse if the parent does not clean the child's teeth. It can eat through enamel and leave a large cavity in a matter of months.

In older adults, the exposed roots of teeth can develop cavities. This is called root caries. Older adults are more likely to have receding gums caused by years of hard brushing or periodontal disease. They also are more likely to have dry mouth (xerostomia). The decrease in saliva results in less protection of the teeth. This increases the risk of decay. Many common medicines can cause dry mouth. Be sure to ask the doctor or pharmacist if any of your medicines cause dry mouth.

Decay can form beneath fillings or other tooth repairs, such as crowns. Sometimes bacteria and bits of food can slip between the tooth and a filling or crown. This can happen if the filling cracks or pulls away from the tooth, leaving a gap.

Preventing Cavities
Do you or your family members get cavities often? Dental research has found out that certain factors can affect your risk of tooth decay. These factors include:

The current number of decayed or filled teeth
Your fluoride exposure, including fluoride in drinking water, toothpaste and rinses, and fluoride treatments in the dental office
Parents or siblings with dental decay
How well you take care of your teeth
The amount of saliva and the balance of minerals, enzymes and buffering agents it contains
How often and what types of foods you eat (especially fermentable carbohydrates)
Ask your dentist about the best ways to reduce your risks and limit dental decay.

To prevent your teeth from decaying, you can do three things:

Strengthen your teeth's defenses with fluoride, sealants and agents that contain calcium and phosphate ions.
Have your dentist or dental hygienist place sealants on your back teeth.
Reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.
Fluoride penetrates into teeth. It strengthens them by replacing minerals that acid has removed. The benefits of fluoride to teeth were first discovered in the 1930s. Dentists started to notice that people who drank water that naturally contained fluoride had less tooth decay. In 1945, communities started to add fluoride to water supplies. Adding fluoride to water systems has been the most successful cavity prevention method to date.

In the early 1960s, fluoride also began to be added to toothpaste. This also had a major impact on cavity prevention. Now almost all toothpastes contain fluoride. Everyone should brush with a fluoride toothpaste every day. Dental offices sometimes recommend higher levels of fluoride in toothpastes, gels and mouth rinses for both children and adults.

Sealants are protective coatings placed over the tops of the back teeth ? molars. They block bacteria and acids from sticking in the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces of these teeth. Sealants can be placed in adults and children. Children can have sealants placed on their permanent molars once they come in, around age 6. Sometimes they are also used on primary (baby) molars. Dentists can put sealants on molars with signs of early decay, as long as the decay hasn't broken through the enamel.

You can never get rid of all the bacteria in your mouth. But you can take steps to control and disrupt the bacteria so they don't attack your teeth:

Brush twice a day.
Floss daily.
Reduce the number of times each day that you consume fermentable carbohydrates.
Some mouthwashes reduce bacteria in your mouth. This can help prevent decay. Chewing sugarless gums, especially those with xylitol, can help reduce the number of bacteria that cause cavities and increase the flow of saliva.

Most importantly, visit your dentist regularly. Then the dentist can find any decay early, when it can be treated and reversed.
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Canker Sores - What Causes it and How to Prevent it

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Canker Sores - What Causes it and How to Prevent it

Canker sore is a kind of mouth ulcer or an open and painful sore. It is the most common and prominent type of mouth ulcer, which usually affect lips, inner cheeks or tongue. This a yellow or white spot surrounded by reddish sore. Canker sore can be either complex or simple. The common type of canker sore affects people between 10 to 20. Generally, canker sore develops in people who were previously attacked by it.

The symptoms of canker sores may include:
1. Large sores
2. An outbreak in sores
3. Excruciating pain
4. High fever
5. Diarrhoea
6. Rash
7. Headache

There can be many risk factors for canker sores. It may develop into a severe oral ulcer. Canker sores can also be triggered genetically. There are various causes of canker sores, which may include:
1. Viral infection
2. Stress
3. Hormonal fluctuations
4. Food allergy
5. Menstrual cycle
6. Mineral or vitamin deficiency
7. Immunity system problem
8. Mouth injury

Canker sores can cause difficulties in swallowing and chewing. Most of the canker sores need no treatment; they can heal on their own. There are many ways by which you can prevent canker sores, those may include:
1. Avoid some food items which can cause irritation in your mouth
2. Avoiding citrus foods like - lemon, orange, acidic vegetables and spicy fried foods
3. Avoiding problems through gum chewing
4. Brushing in a slow manner with soft-bristle tooth-brush
5. Brushing at least two times a day, especially after heavy meals
6. Drinking a lot of fluid

However, a canker sore heals on its own, without any treatment. Taking care of your oral health on a regular basis would rescue you from having canker sores. If you keep your mouth clean it would help you fight bacteria. Sometimes pain can become severe, and you might need some medications to cure your canker sores.

There are some ways through which you can treat your canker sore.
1. Antimicrobial mouth wash
2. Antibiotic medicines
3. Corticosteroid ointment
4. Prescribed mouthwash
5. You can gargle with salt and warm water
6. Orabase can also be used to create numbness

Sometimes canker sores can pop up for stress. If stress is the reason for your canker sore then some stress reduction methods like meditation, deep breathing and calming technique will help. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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Hi doctor why does thing happen? Even while I am in a meeting I used to have my mouth filled like this, I feel very ashamed at times. Please help me to solve this. Do I need to take medicines to solve inside cold?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
Hi doctor why does thing happen? Even while I am in a meeting I used to have my mouth filled like this, I feel very a...
Although excessive saliva is not too common, there are a number of conditions that can cause it - some harmless, others more serious. It is possible that your saliva problems are just a result of the way you speak. Some people speak faster or slower than others, just as some people blink more often, breathe faster, or have a more rapid heartbeat. This may just be what's normal for you. Since it is negatively affecting your life, I suggest your problem can be ignored. However there are medical conditions that causes excessive salivation injection glycopyrrolate reduces secretions in the mouth, throat, airway, and stomach.
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I wanted to ask that a diabetic can go for teeth implant n r there any side effects .will that teeth won't create any problem in future?

MDS, BDS
Dentist, Bangalore
I wanted to ask that a diabetic can go for teeth implant n r there any side effects .will that teeth won't create any...
diabetes is not a contraindication.uncontrolled diabetes is...get your sugars under control and manage a healthy lifestyle....you can have implants placed and it will heal well.you need to maintain good oral hygiene after implants and it will function for years....no other issue...but yes if diabetes is uncontrolled then implant will be a failure
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I am 21 years old and male. I have bad smell in my mouth above 10years. Please give me a solution for this.

MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist,
I am 21 years old and male. I have bad smell in my mouth above 10years. Please give me a solution for this.
Smell from the mouth may be due to conditions present in the mouth and from stomach. Conditions in the mouth are poor oral hygiene i. E presence of plaque and tartar, poor salivary flow, or may be due to some gum infections. Problems from stomach may be due gastritis. Dehydration is also a common cause. Drinking adequate water may also relieve this. Kindly consult your dentist for further clarifications.
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I have pain in my front teeth for two year. What should I do ?

BDS
Dentist,
I have pain in my front teeth for two year. What should I do ?
Hi, frst of all two yrs is a long duration to bear th pain tht means the teeth might be infected so pls go to th dentist and get th treatmnt done immediatly, get an xray done accordngly get it treated immediatly. You can strta coarse of antibiotic and painkiller and sgw it to a denitdt fr th treatmnt.
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I often feel pain in my tooth. And when I brush my teeth it is raining blood through tooth. What I have to do now?

MDS
Dentist, Sangli
I often feel pain in my tooth. And when I brush my teeth it is raining blood through tooth. What I have to do now?
you probably need, ultrasonic teeth cleaning by dentist. If you suffering from dental cavity, then filling or RCT will be best treatment.
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I am18 year old and when I was doing brush the blood is come out from my teeth.

BDS
Dentist,
I am18 year old and when I was doing brush the blood is come out from my teeth.
Visit a nearest dentist and explain your issue. The doctor would suggest you to go for scaling. Post scaling maintain your oral hygiene by rinsing your mouth with salt water daily before going to bed in the night and brushing twice a day.
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My son is 4 months old. I want to know at which month his teeth will start coming. Does gripe water really help in this process.

BDS, PG Diploma In PG Advance Course Of Oral Implantology On New Generation Implants, PGDHHM
Dentist, Gurgaon
My son is 4 months old. I want to know at which month his teeth will start coming. Does gripe water really help in th...
primary tooth ( milk teeth ) usually starts erupting at age of 6 months. and I don't think gripe water is helpful in eruption of teeth.
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Even when one brushes the teeth twice a day and rinses the mouth after every food, whats the reason for cavity?

BDS
Dentist, Patiala
Even when one brushes the teeth twice a day and rinses the mouth after every food, whats the reason for cavity?
Sir, its necessary that when you brush your teeth food debris get removed. There is no fun of brushing if debris are still there. So important is right techniques as wrong method to brush your may also lead to teeth damage.
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I am 20 years old. My mouth smells badly even after brushing my teeth. What should I do?

BDS
Dentist, Delhi
I am 20 years old. My mouth smells badly even after brushing my teeth. What should I do?
Bad breath can be due to medical reasons also pls check if you get cold very often if there is post nasal discharge if not than if you have never cleaned your teeth get it cleaned once, you can use a mouth wash als fr a month and do show a dentist.
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I am 25 old I am suffering mouth ulcer on month on month for 7 to 10 days in a month. Please give me any solution.

Advanced Aesthetics, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Hi, there are various reasons for mouth ulcers it could be because of spicy food, medications, bad digestion, eating hard food etc. You can go for professional check up to get the exact cause and solution for the same.
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BDS
Dentist, Raipur
Never ever apply balm or moov for pain in teeth. It will cause swelling. Don't do hot application. You can use ice to soothe your pain. Remember cold and say no no to hot when your tooth aches.
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I have very pain on the teeth for last 6 months blood is coming. What should i do? please advise.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
I have very pain on the teeth for last 6 months blood is coming. What should i do? please advise.
Kindly consult a dentist in person for further suggestion. We need more investigations to decide upon treatment. You may need deep cleaning along with surgical, gum strengthening whitening procedures or artificial enamel filling or root canal treatment. You may consult me in person too. Dental tips: - visit a dentist every six months. Gargle your mouth thoroughly after every meal. Scrub gently to clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Floss all your teeth inter dentally & brush twice daily, morning & night, up & down short vertical strokes, with ultra-soft bristles, indicator brush.
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I want start my Ortho treatment for tooth straitening. I have the habit of smoking cigarettes which effects yellows tooth. My questions is can I switch to has to avoid tooth yellowing. Does the smoke of high tar free as it's passes through water?

MDS
Dentist, Kota
I want start my Ortho treatment for tooth straitening. I have the habit of smoking cigarettes which effects yellows t...
Smoking is injurious to health, where you go for orthodontic treatment or not. But stop smoking, as it not only discolor your teeth but damages the gums and oral mucosa. To an extreme extent of damage could be cancer of mouth.
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I have bleeding from gums atleast one year.

BDS
Dentist,
I have bleeding from gums atleast one year.
Bleeding of gums can be becuse of many reasons. You shouldget your teeth cleaned, you can have vitc but its better to show to dentist once.
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I am 38 years old. I am suffering from sarcodoisis with t. B. Medicine is continue. Now problem in teeth pain doctors advice for rct. There is any problem in rct ?

BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist, Jamshedpur
I am 38 years old. I am suffering from sarcodoisis with t. B. Medicine is continue. Now problem in teeth pain doctors...
Hi in sarcoidosis teeth become demineralized and there is low calcium in teeth. If doctor is suggesting rct you should go for it.
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My teeth are yellowish , how to rectify my teeth i used on the sensodyne paste.

BDS
Dentist,
Yellowish teeth might be natural or due to hard brushing also or so many other reasons , without consultant not possible to advice anything. Consult the dentist first
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Hi. I am 19 years old. I don't know what kind of problem I am having. I sweat a lot. Hairfall in large amount. If I take bath my whole hand fills up with 40-50 hairs. I never had chilled stomach it aways heats up. Every time I have mouth ulcer.

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Ayurveda,
Hi. I am 19 years old. I don't know what kind of problem I am having. I sweat a lot. Hairfall in large amount. If I t...
Digestive imbalances are there, be careful and follow few natural tips to be cured. So chat with details life style.
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