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Dr. Selva Kumar

Dentist, Chennai

Dr. Selva Kumar Dentist, Chennai
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My experience is coupled with genuine concern for my patients. All of my staff is dedicated to your comfort and prompt attention as well....more
My experience is coupled with genuine concern for my patients. All of my staff is dedicated to your comfort and prompt attention as well.
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Dr. Selva Kumar is an experienced Dentist in Valasaravakkam, Chennai. She is currently practising at ALV Jayas Dental Care in Valasaravakkam, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Selva Kumar on Lybrate.com.

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Helpful Tips for Dental Braces

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Helpful Tips for Dental Braces

Getting braces is the best thing you can do for your teeth. Yes, the process is painful. And maintenance of braces can get too much, but it is not undoable!

When you have braces on teeth, those teeth need extra attention to protect them from decay, staining and gum disease. You should also take precautions to avoid damaging the braces. For example, activities to avoid include eating chewy or sticky sweets, eating hard or crunchy foods, biting your lip, breathing excessively through your mouth and pushing your tongue against your teeth,

So if you got braces for the first time, here are some helpful tips you can swear by. Read on.

  1. Listen to your orthodontist: This is kind of obvious, but seriously, listen to what your orthodontists says. You may wonder if you really need to do this or that, but not paying attention to your doctor’s advice can actually prolong your treatment, and extend the time you need to keep your braces on.

  2. Brush every time you eat: Although brushing twice a day is the standard oral care recommendation, when you wear braces, you should brush after every time you eat — even after that mid-afternoon vending machine snack or some late-night munchies. That's because food particles easily become trapped in the braces, and the longer those particles stay trapped, the greater risk you have of developing dental problems. Use a soft toothbrush with round bristles, or an electric toothbrush if you prefer.

  3. Rubber Bands: If you have been asked to use rubber bands, it is always recommended to carry rubber bands with you all the time, so if one breaks it can be replaced promptly. Rubber bands wear down and lose their elasticity, so they should be replaced often, definitely after every meal. Wearing the rubber bands all the time will keep the treatment progressing at an optimum pace.

  4. Use your back teeth to chew: Don’t bite into that burger with your front teeth like you are accustomed to doing. This actually gets the food to stick on to your braces. So eat food that you can cut into bite size pieces and chew easily with your back teeth.

  5. Drink plenty of water: Skip that soda, which will only erode your teeth, and drink water after meals. This not only keeps you healthy, but with water, you can swish it around your mouth to rinse out any big chunks of food.

  6. Stay away from crunchy food: Crunchy foods are dangerous, not only do they get stuck in your braces, they also can get quite painful to remove. Plus, crunchy foods can be bad news for the shiny braces you just got for yourself.

  7. Speak up: If during an appointment you have any query, no matter how silly, ask your orthodontist. Your doctor is there to help and guide you, so don’t shy away from asking questions and discussing your problems. Or if some part of the brace is hurting mildly, get it checked at once. Air your troubles, that is what your doctor is here for.

After The Braces Are Off-

Whitening products, including whitening toothpaste and mouthwash, should not be used until after braces are removed. After braces come off, some discoloration of the teeth will likely be present, so this is a good time for a child to use whitening strips.

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My son 4 years old. having cavity in teeth from last 3-4 month. I don't know, how. please help us.

BDS
Dentist, Chennai
My son 4 years old.  having cavity in  teeth from last 3-4 month. I don't know, how. please help us.
Nothing to worry. Visit the doc, let him get used to the atmosphere of the clinic /hospital n get him treated. He mite be a bit fussy but you can make him understand that he would get whiter brighter teeth.
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How to fight with denial problems and the problem of bleeding guys and many more like senstivity?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
How to fight with denial problems and the problem of bleeding guys and many more like senstivity?
- use a soft toothbrush -- and brush properly! brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and after meals. Hard brushing can further damage the soft tissues of your mouth. - floss at least once a day and be sure to floss beyond the gum line to remove more plaque. - control bleeding by applying pressure to the area with a cold compress. - rinse with salt water or hydrogen peroxide to keep the area clean. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol, which can dry out your mouth. - stay away from smoking and other tobacco products, which can aggravate bleeding gums. - eat a balanced diet and limit snacking between meals. Carbohydrates and sugars feed dental plaque. - try an oral irrigation device, commonly known as a" water pick, to clear debris from around the gum line. - you may need deep cleaning along with surgical curettage or gum strengthening procedure. Use pepsodent tooth paste & gum paint for 2 to 3 weeks. Advance procedures can be done with laser.
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I got chhala on my tongue a week ago its still there and its skin becomes thick and white please say something what to do?

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
You can apply dologel ct over it for 3 to 5 minutes and spit after that. For a week and along with that. Take cap multivitamin b complex. Once a day for a week. Hopefully the ulcer will subside.
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How to protect my teeth from germs, how can I improve my teeth color according to white like a cute baby. How can I care about my hair also?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
How to protect my teeth from germs, how can I improve my teeth color according to white like a cute baby. How can I c...
Kindly consult a dentist in person for further suggestion. We need more investigations to decide upon treatment. You may need deep cleaning along with whitening procedures and / or artificial enamel filling. 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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Oral Health Tip

BDS
Dentist, Panchkula
Oral Health Tip

Always rinse your tooth brush thoroughly after brushing, and allow it to air-dry before using it again.

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Hi sir, I have been suffering from toothache, ear pain, neck pain and sore throat for 3 days. I have consulted dentist but he has prepared tablets augmed625, ultracet tab and uniques tablet. I have used but I cannot get rid of these pains, then what can I do.

BDS, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Delhi
Hi sir, I have been suffering from toothache, ear pain, neck pain and sore throat for 3 days. I have consulted dentis...
Hi lybrate-user, the prescribed med are okay, it may take sometime before you get relief as probably the infection would be more. Please undergo the treatment explained by the doctor probably root canal or extraction for complete relief. Do warm water saline rinses 3- 4 times a day as that would give you the most relief and avoid any hot packs from outside, do not try and press the swelling. I hope the measures would be of help to you.
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Sir I am 23 years old female. I am feeling too much of sensitivity in my all front four tooth and also in the tooth which are at last. It is very annoying sir. I am already using sensodine toothpaste but there is no relief. please help sir.

BDS, MDS, Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA)
Dentist, Mumbai
Sir I am 23 years old female. I am feeling too much of sensitivity in my all front four tooth and also in the tooth w...
There could some reason for the sensitivity which needs to be checked. Please visit the dentist to remove the real cause for problem. Alternative tooth paste called" Thermoseal RA" can be used. Apply on sensitive area. Keep for 20 - 30 mins and then rinse. Also avoid foods that increase sensitivity.
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I'm having discomfort because of my braces. Is it gonna affect my brain? Please help me.

MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Howrah
I'm having discomfort because of my braces. Is it gonna affect my brain? Please help me.
No its definitely not going to affect your brain or any part of your body. Its totally normal to have discomfort with braces initially. It happens because your teeth are moving slowly inside your jaw as the braces are aligning your teeth with mild force. You can rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to get temporary relief from this discomfort. The discomfort will subside on its own after two days.
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Mere muh (mouth) m bar bar chole (ulcers) ho jaati h. Or ye bhut dino to rhte h. I have used complex and omidom capsules. But tb b 8-10 dino to rhte h. please tell me reason for ulcers and remedies? Me khub pani pita hu or Jung &spicy food b nhi khata hu. Fresh hone b din me 3-4 bar jana hu.

BHMS
Homeopath,
Well first of all maintain your oral hygiene. Brush atlst twice daily. At night brush with baking soda and rinse your mouth with lemon water. With this you need proper long term homoeopathic treatment for permanent solution of your problem. So you can contact me.
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I use to eat pan masala and having problem with the mouth. The ulcer is there. Any solution.

BDS
Dentist, Ahmedabad
Consult a dentist. Being positive this might be a normal ulcer. But if it is long lasting non healing it may be a cause of concern.Sometimes this habits cause reduced mouth opening for which plenty of treatments are available if you have left the habit.Over that a dentist may help you in Tobacco Cessation Therapy also.Stay Healthy.
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Black patches are caused on tongue What will be the reasons and remedies.Please tell.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
Oral thrush is a fungal infection which occurs due to dry mouth, uncontrolled diabetes and weak immune system with debilitating disease or patient on corticosteroids. You may need fluconazole & renal safety dosage of amphotericin b (iv drugs to be used only with the advice of oral & maxillofacial surgeons). Kindly consult an oral & maxillofacial surgeon in person for further suggestion. We need more investigations with clinical examination to decide upon treatment. You may need candid ointment until then. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with a mouth wash. Advance procedures can be done with laser.
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I feel pain on my hydroseal why and my teeth got brownish after accident I want it back into white.

BDS
Dentist, Patna
For the teeth getting black you need it to get it treated as soon as possible and the treatment would be to get its root canal removed i. E rst and capping of tooth is to be done.
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Hi, I am facing lots of pain in my teeth right corner I think germs is there pls share some medical to recover.

BDS
Dentist,
Hi, I am facing lots of pain in my teeth right corner I think germs is there pls share some medical to recover.
Use painkiller when you have pain also use warm saline gargle thrice in day after 20 min of meal and blow air in your mouth 5 min in morning and also in evening.
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I am 42 year old, some gravitational sensation in front 4 teeth of my mouth. It is nearly six months like this sensation. What type of medicine could I take? please advise me.

Certification in Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Post-Graduate Certificate in Oral Implantology (PGCOI), M.Sc - Master of Oral Implantology (MOI), Certified Implantologist, BDS
Dentist, Rajkot
I am 42 year old, some gravitational sensation in front 4 teeth of my mouth. It is nearly six months like this sensat...
analsesic can redused pain temporary like paracitamol.. but for batter treatment you should visit dentist
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I have a yellow color teeth, can I change a white colour. Give some hints or medicines.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I have a yellow color teeth, can I change a white colour. Give some hints or medicines.
I will suggest you to use sparkling white toothpaste from himalaya and avoid any stain causing food items.
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I am a housewife and I am getting sensitiveness in my teeth and gums wheel eating sweets or consuming any thing and teeth are become weak.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
I am a housewife and I am getting sensitiveness in my teeth and gums wheel eating sweets or consuming any thing and t...
The type of treatment you have for toothache /sensitivity/swelling will depend on the cause of the pain, so your dentist will examine your mouth and may carry out an X-ray to try to identify the problem. •If your toothache / sensitivity/swelling is caused by tooth decay, your dentist will remove the decayed area and replace it with a filling. •If your toothache / sensitivity/swelling is caused by a loose or broken filling, the filling will be taken out, any decay will be removed and a new filling put in place. •If the pulp inside your tooth is infected, you may need root canal treatment. This procedure involves removing the infected pulp and then inserting a special type of filling to seal the tooth and prevent re-infection. •If your toothache / sensitivity/swelling can't be treated using these methods, or if your tooth is impacted (wedged between another tooth and your jaw), it may need to be removed.
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