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Dr. Mohammad Rafi

Dentist, Chennai

Dr. Mohammad Rafi Dentist, Chennai
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I'm dedicated to providing optimal health care in a relaxed environment where I treat every patients as if they were my own family....more
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Dr. Mohammad Rafi is a popular Dentist in Indira Nagar, Chennai. He is currently practising at Dr.Smilez Group of Dental Centers Central in Indira Nagar, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Mohammad Rafi on Lybrate.com.

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I have blisters on my tongue, both side to place near the teeth, it was about a month, please advise.

Dentist, Ahmedabad
I have blisters on my tongue, both side to place near the teeth, it was about a month, please advise.
It needs to be checked if any sharp edges of the teeth are not causing trauma to the teeth if that's ruled out vitamin deficiency can be the other reason.
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Home remedies to reduce teeth pain of my grandma?

BDS
Dentist,
What type of home remedies to reduce tooth pain- keeping clove at the pain region? Applying zandu balm? Lukewarm water plus salt? In all these the last one is only good other two may result in some other infection like abscess. So don't do that its better u consult a dentist where u get proper treatment.
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Why Dental Cleaning and Polishing???

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Why Dental Cleaning and Polishing???

What are dental cleanings (scale and polish) and why have them?

Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth. This chalky substance will eventually build up over time, like limescale in a pipe or kettle. Usually, it is tooth coloured and can easily be mistaken as part of the teeth, but it also can vary from brown to black in colour.

If the scale or calculus (tartar, as dentists like to call it) is allowed to accumulate on the teeth it will, unfortunately, provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care.Also it leaves your teeth feeling lovely and smooth and clean, which is nice when you run your tongue around them. Actually, come to think of it, there's nothing worse than someone you fancy running their tongue around your teeth and finding a piece of spinach or something! Still, if they're hungry

The professional cleaning of teeth is sometimes referred to as prophylaxis (orprophy for short). It's a Greek word which means 'to prevent beforehand' - in this case, it helps prevent gum disease.

How are dental cleanings done?

The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. The instruments which may be used during your cleaning, and what they feel like, are described below.

Ultrasonic instrument

Commonly used first is an ultrasonic instrument which uses tickling vibrations to knock larger pieces of tartar loose. It also sprays a cooling mist of water while it works to wash away debris and keep the area at a proper temperature. The device typically emits a humming or high pitched whistling sound. This may seem louder than it actually is because the sound may get amplified inside your head, just like when you put an electric toothbrush into your mouth.

The ultrasonic instrument tips are curved and rounded and are always kept in motion around the teeth. They are by no means sharp since their purpose is to knock tartar loose and not to cut into the teeth. It is best to inform the operator if the sensations are too strong or ticklish so that they can adjust the setting appropriately on the device or modify the pressure applied.

With larger deposits that have hardened on, it can take some time to remove these, just like trying to remove baked-on grime on a stove that has been left over a long time. So your cleaning may take longer than future cleanings. Imagine not cleaning a house for six months versus cleaning it every week. The six-month job is going to take longer than doing smaller weekly jobs.

Fine hand tools

Once the larger pieces of tartar are gone, the dental worker will switch to finer hand tools (called scalers and curettes in dental-speak) to remove smaller deposits and smoothen the tooth surfaces. These tools are curved and shaped to match the curves of the teeth. They allow smaller tartar deposits to be removed bycarefully scraping them off with a gentle to moderate amount of pressure. Just like taking a scrubbing brush to a soiled pot, the dental worker has to get the areas clean and smooth.

Polishing

Once all the surfaces are smooth, the dental worker may polish your teeth. Polishing is done using a slow speed handpiece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. Prophylaxis (short for prophy) paste - a special gritty toothpaste-like material - is scooped up like ice cream into the cup and spun around on the teeth to make them shiny smooth.

Fluoride


Your dentist may also apply fluoride. This is the final, and my favorite part of the dental cleaning! Fluoride comes in many different flavours such as chocolate, mint, strawberry, cherry, watermelon, pina colada and can be mixed and matched just like ice cream at a parlour for a great taste sensation! Make no mistake though, this in-office fluoride treatment is meant for topical use only on the surfaces of the teeth and swallowing excessive amounts can give a person a tummy ache as it is not meant to be ingested.

Fluoride foam or gel is then placed into small, flexible foam trays and placed over the teeth for 30 seconds. Afterwards, the patient is directed to spit as much out as possible into a saliva ejector. The fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth since the acids from bacteria in dental tartar and plaque will have weakened the surfaces. It is best not to eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes after the fluoride has been applied.

Is it going to be painful?

Most people find that cleanings are painless, and find the sensations described above - tickling vibrations, the cooling mist of water, and the feeling of pressure during 'scraping' - do not cause discomfort. A lot of people even report that they enjoy cleanings and the lovely smooth feel of their teeth afterwards! There may be odd zingy sensations, but many people don't mind as they only last a nanosecond.

Be sure to let your dentist/hygienist know if you find things are getting too uncomfortable for your liking. They can recommend various options to make the cleaning more enjoyable.

Painful cleaning experiences can be caused by a number of things: a rough dentist or hygienist, exposed dentine (not dangerous, but can make cleanings unpleasant), or sore gum tissues.

In case you may have had painful cleaning experiences in the past, switching to a gentle hygienist/dentist and perhaps a spot of nitrous oxide can often make all the difference. You could also choose to be numbed. If you find the scaling a bit uncomfortable because the gum tissues (rather than the teeth themselves) are sensitive, topical numbing gels can be used.

 

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My gums have swollen because of the pain in the tooth. Its been a few days and the pain is not subsiding and nor is the swelling. I have to take medicines after every 5-6 hours. Any good medicine recommended?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
My gums have swollen because of the pain in the tooth. Its been a few days and the pain is not subsiding and nor is t...
Hi lybrate-user. Until the tooth involved is treated the pain will remain. We need to treat the cause of your pain. Taking painkillers is only a temporary solution which as you have rightly said provide 4-5 hours of relief I do not recommended prolonged use of pain killers as they may lead to gastric irritation which will only increase your problems. Get treated by a dentist at the earliest.
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Dear Sir/Mame-I'm suffering from bad breathe from 10 to 15 years. But my teeth is clean & so much white. I'm brushing twice a day. I feel dry mouth problem. I don't have any bad habits like smoking, drinking & many more. But only some time I'm eating happy dent chewing gum. I'm 23 years old & I'm 2nd year student, this problem is not good for me. And I'm always taking care of my teeth. Pls suggest me 1 best mouth wash. And please plz help me. I'm waiting. Thank You.

Dentist, Gurgaon
as you said you have dry mouth problem, bad breath problem you have is dude to this only. dry mouth causes bacteria to act fast over small food particles settled over teeth and tongue. drink lots of water. also visit a dentist for professional cleaning of your teeth and follow this every 6 months to one year. also only brushing can't solve the purpose, flossing and tongue cleaning are equally important.
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Hii. He is 20 years old. He is having mouth ulcers and sore throat. And after every 15 days he is having this same problem. What can be the reason? What medicines should he take?

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Hii. He is 20 years old. He is having mouth ulcers and sore throat. And after every 15 days he is having this same pr...
He might have pain due to third molar kindly get dental checkup done you can apply dologel ct over the affected ulcer two to three times daily for one week
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Scaling and Polishing for Healthy Teeth

BDS, CDE Endo-Prostho, CDE - Cast Partial & Complete Dentures
Dentist, Pune
Scaling and Polishing for Healthy Teeth

What is scaling?
Over time, even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque (sticky, soft, bacteria infected layer) and tartar (calcium) deposits build up on your teeth. Scaling removes the tartar and plaque with specialised equipment. Scaling effectively cleans up your teeth by using ultrasound to loosen the tartar and then using tools to scrape it off from the surface of the tooth.

What is polishing?
Polishing is done to remove excess plaque and remove stains. Scaling is always followed by polishing. Polishing also smoothes and shines the teeth to prevent plaque from building up again. It is either done by foam or fluoride gel treatment to reduce the possibility of tooth decay and sensitivity.

Why are they done?
Scaling and polishing are not only done for cosmetic reasons; they are also done for overall oral health. Excessive plaque and tartar buildup will eventually lead to the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply. The ultimate purpose of polishing and scaling is to clean the surface of the teeth so that the bacteria cannot attach to them and cause serious oral problems (such as gum disease). Also, scaling and polishing offer far better cleaning of your teeth than everyday brushing and flossing.

However, scaling and polishing is not a curative treatment. If your teeth have been damaged by cavities or other oral diseases, you need medical attention.

In fact, professionally, this treatment is called prophylactic treatment; and the word ‘prophylactic’ comes from prophylaxis, which is Greek for ‘to prevent disease’. Thus scaling and polishing is more of a preventive measure than a cure.

Do they hurt?
This process is essentially painless. Most of the people who undergo this treatment usually have the following experiences:

  1. Tickling sensation
  2. Coolness from the water used to clean the mouth
  3. Pressure during the scraping process (The dentist uses specialised tools to “scrape” the tartar deposits off the tooth’s surface). If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.
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I am suffering from bad breath. Even I brushed daily. What should I do?

BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist,
I am suffering from bad breath. Even I brushed daily. What should I do?
You can have problem in your gums and plaque deposition. Rinse your mouth with chlorhexidine mouthwash three times after each meal and go for scaling if required.Take vitamin C tabs once daily for 15 days.
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Dentist, Chennai
If any patient is having crowns (caps) go for scaling (cleaning) for every six months to protect our crowns(caps) otherwise the money u spent will be wasted......
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I am a 20 year old male. I am going through dental sensitivity, PERIODONTAL bone disease was found in X ray.

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
I am a 20 year old male. I am going through dental sensitivity, PERIODONTAL bone disease was found in X ray.
Most probably it may be due to deposits on teeth. I would advice you to go for regular cleaning of teeth as periodontal bone loss is easy and cheap to prevent as compared to curative treatment. You are young and need to take care of your teeth for them to serve you longer.
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I am suffering from bad breath (due to bad stomach). What kind of food shall I avoid?

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
I am suffering from bad breath (due to bad stomach). What kind of food shall I avoid?
Avoid these foods: alcohol coffee and teas that contain caffeine onions garlic citrus fruits and juices tomato products peppermint spicy foods chocolate fried or fatty foods Eat foods that are rich in fiber to fight halitosis. Fiber helps the digestive movement (peristalsis) run smoothly so that reflux and obstruction are less likely to occur. Fibrous foods also keep you feeling full longer and may help you maintain your weight. GERD is linked to being overweight, so consult your doctor about losing weight to relieve acid reflux and heartburn. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to refresh your breath. Water is less likely than other beverages to upset your stomach or weaken your LES. It also helps wash away bacteria that can lead to bad breath. Be sure to choose still water instead of sparkling, as carbonation can increase heartburn symptoms.
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I have toothache from some days & I am using sensodine toothpaste but still I have pain in my tooth, so what should I have to do for heeling.

BDS
Dentist, Lucknow
I have toothache from some days & I am using sensodine toothpaste but still I have pain in my tooth, so what should I...
Treatment dental pain teeth pain may be due to various reasons like infection, sensitivity or trauma. If your teeth is decayed it is better to get it filled or treated by a dentist. If you are opting for root canal treatment do not forget to get a crown on the effected tooth. If you want to go for only medicinal treatment so let me tell you only medicine are not going to be very effective untill you get this treated by a dentist.
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Hello sir mere niche Vale dant k masodo m bahut jyada chiss si ho rahi h mene Dr. ko dikhya to vo sujan bta rahe h or scaling bta rahe h use krvane m koi peresani to nahi h.

BDS
Dentist, Vadodara
Hello sir mere niche Vale dant k masodo m bahut jyada chiss  si ho rahi h mene Dr. ko dikhya to vo sujan bta rahe h o...
It is safe n needful. Go for scaling and polishing of teeth. Use mouthwash twice daily after brushing. Maintain proper oral hygiene.
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How to cure mouth blisters or ulcers? Which medicine can be taken? And how does it happen?

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
How to cure mouth blisters or ulcers? Which medicine can be taken? And how does it happen?
Mouth ulcer cause a) deficiency of folic acid, iron, bcomplex, b12, vit c mineral deficiency like zinc, b) weak immune system, hormonal imbalance, c) bowel disease, stomach disorder, d) viral infection, e) oily/spicy/salty food, food allergy, f) stress, g) unhygienic dental condition, tongue bite treatment 1. Apply metrogyl dg gel 2-3 times daily 2. Take one tablet of folvite 5mg daily and one capsule of becosule daily for one month 3. Rinse your mouth with hexidine/aloevera juice 2-3 times daily 4. Avoid acidic/oily/spicy/soury/salty food/tea, coffee/tobacco, alcohol 5. Have diet rich in calcium, vitamin c like milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, orange juice 6. Brush your teeth with soft brush twice daily 7. Maintain good oral hygiene.
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I hv done ortho treatment.But my tooth hv not gone inside?

BDS, MDS - Orthodontics
Dentist,
Kindly check whether your Was the Ortho Treatment Done by A specialist or a general Practitioner? Kindly Get your Xrays OPG and Lat.Cephalogram done first and followed by a specilist consulation an Experienced Orthodontist would help you solve your problem
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Hi doctors, mine one teeth is paining too much since morning and near to teeth gum swallowed I can't handle this pain now pls help me.

BDS
Dentist, Ghaziabad
Hi doctors, mine one teeth is paining too much since morning and near to teeth gum swallowed I can't handle this pain...
Visit your nearest dentist for acute pain they will take one x ray and if advised go for root canal of the same to swelling can be because of pus accumulated rct is the best treatment plan to save the tooth but before that xray is required to check the prognosis of the treatment.
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There is a major problem in my gum and teeth blooding and pain last two month I take ment medicine but there is no any effect pulse suģess you a better solution.

BDS, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Greater Noida
There is a major problem in my gum and teeth blooding and pain last two month I take ment medicine but there is no an...
Go for scaling and root planning procedure. It will remove plaque and calculus and will heal your inflammed gums to stop bleeding. Medicines will help but first the cause has to be treated. Pain may be due to decay so may go for filling or rct. Intraoral examination will reveal the clear picture. Visit your dentist.
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How can I clean my teeth. Its getting yellow please help me sir. And I have fitted a brackets in my mouth.

MDS(Prosthodontist), BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
How can I clean my teeth. Its getting yellow please help me sir. And I have fitted a brackets in my mouth.
During orthodontic treatment that is braces tratment maintaining oral hygiene and cleaning teeth is utmost important as if ignored it can effect your gum health which can lead to more complex situation such as bleeding gums and can also lead to loosening of teeth. There are special brushes available in market which can be used during braces treatment and you can also use interdental brushes to clean in between teeth. Ideally you should brush after every meal if you are undergoing braces treatment and avoid any sticky, chewy and sweet food.
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