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Dr. Shanmugham

Dentist, Chennai

Dr. Shanmugham Dentist, Chennai
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Dr. Shanmugham is a renowned Dentist in Laksha Hospital, Chennai. You can meet Dr. Shanmugham personally at the iDentity Clinic in Laksha Hospital, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Shanmugham on Lybrate.com.

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Consequences of Unreplaced Missing Teeth

BDS, MDS - Orthodontics
Dentist, Gurgaon
Consequences of Unreplaced Missing Teeth

Our teeth are most definitely, vital for our living. Our everyday choices, pertaining to our lifestyle would call for changes, adjustments and lots of sacrifices without them. Though, a number of replacement options are available for the people with missing teeth, the most recommended are dental implants. Ask why?

They are simply the ideal solution due to their look and feel, which is similar to the natural teeth.

What happens if replacement is not considered?
To prevent the nasty repercussions from occurring, it is necessary that any missing teeth are replaced in time. Though, the symptoms of problems due to missing teeth only appear to be superficial in the early stages, the long term effects may certainly prove to be quite severe.

Some of the short term consequences of missing teeth are as follows:

  1. People with missing teeth tend to feel self-conscious or even embarrassed at times, while they talk to others or smile.
  2. Problem in speech is a common issue that may arise due to tooth loss.
  3. When teeth are missing, people find it difficult to consume some certain food types. These may include ones which contain some essential nutrients, hence leading to possible malnutrition.
  4. Increased wear or stress can also lead to the weakening of the teeth that are remaining.
  5. People with tooth loss find it difficult to chew the food properly.
  6. When teeth are missing, there is movement of the teeth that remain, to compensate for the gap places created. This leads to ugly looking gap teeth.

Though, these were the short term issues, the major consequence of not getting any lost teeth replaced is the gradual bone loss. Our teeth are firmly embedded in the jaw bone. Chewing and biting are the constant uses, which are required by the jaw bone to remain hale and hearty as well as active. You may believe it or not, be it at the beginning or at the end; the major focus is not on the teeth, but on the bones.

Maintaining form as well as density of the bone requires regular stimulation, coming from the teeth, as mentioned above. The contact with teeth causes small stresses, which the periodontal ligament transmits to the bone and prompts its continual rebuilding as well as remodelling. When any missing teeth are not replaced, it leads to the gradual deterioration in the jaw bones, over time. This not only results in facial shape changes but also will eventually burn a huge hole in your pockets, as increased complications will also lead to increased costs required for rectifying the problems.

So, now it's up to you. Choose healthy and wise. Go for teeth replacement at the earliest, if and when, need arises.

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When I eat hard food I experienced a huge pain in my mouth left side please help me what can I do.

oral implantology, BDS
Dentist, Jaipur
Get a dental check up done to know the exact reason for this pain. without clinical examination it is not possible to diagnose the problem
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I m 22year old female & I have sign & symptoms of geographic toungue since last 2year. Symptoms may come & go. So, I want to know for completley cure what I should take care & this tongue may cause chance to create any other complication in future like oral cancer or anything else.

BDS, Non-Resident J.R. in Dept. of Orthodontics, Certified oral implantologist, Advanced Aesthetics, Digital Smile Designer
Dentist, Jammu
Geographic tongue Symptoms of geographic tongue Causes and risk factors Treatment or self-care for geographic tongue Geographic tongue is the name of a condition that gets its name from its map-like appearance on the upper surface and sides of the tongue. It may occur in other areas of your mouth, as well. You'll be relieved to know that geographic tongue is a harmless, benign condition that isn't linked to any infection or cancer. Two other names for geographic tongue are benign migratory glossitis and erythema migrans. Affecting about 1% to 3% of people, geographic tongue can show up at any age. However, it tends to affect middle-aged or older adults more often. It appears to be more common in women than in men. Symptoms of geographic tongue the telltale signs of geographic tongue are irregular, smooth, red patches on parts of the tongue. These patches may: have a white or light-colored border vary in size, shape, and color appear one area, and then move to another area come and go or change very quickly in days, weeks, or months last up to a year you may be unaware that you have geographic tongue until your dentist or other health care provider diagnoses it during an oral exam. About one in 10 people with geographic tongue may have mild discomfort or a burning or painful sensation. This is often from sensitivity to substances such as: hot, spicy, or acidic foods cigarette smoke toothpaste causes and risk factors geographic tongue occurs when parts of the tongue are missing layers of small bumps called papillae. They normally cover the entire upper layer of your tongue. Why do you lose these papillae with geographic tongue? nobody knows for sure. However, because geographic tongue tends to run in families, genetics may be a common link. Geographic tongue has also been seen more frequently in people with psoriasis and in those with fissured tongue. In fissured tongue, cracks and grooves appear on the tops and sides of the tongue. Treatment or self-care for geographic tongue seeing a dentist or doctor is the best way to rule out a more serious problem. In most cases, he or she can diagnose geographic tongue from a description of your symptoms and from examining your mouth and tongue. You may need tests to rule out other medical conditions. In most cases, any pain or discomfort will get better without treatment. But if you have severe, ongoing pain, medication can help. These are examples of what your doctor or dentist may prescribe: over-the-counter pain relievers anti-inflammatories mouth rinses with anesthetic corticosteroids applied directly on the tongue zinc supplements if you're wondering about steps you can take to hasten the relief of symptoms, try limiting these substances or avoid them altogether: tobacco hot, spicy, or acidic foods or dried, salty nuts toothpaste with additives, whitening agents, or heavy flavoring (toothpaste for sensitive teeth is a better choice)
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BDS, Certification In Oral Implantology
Dentist, Ghaziabad
99% of the plaque can be removed by the use of Waterjets along with daily brushing.
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I am male and 25 years old. Even in the presence of saliva I feel thirsty and vomit. I am facing this problem from around 3 years. Even it has become difficult for me to speak. I have got frustrated because I cannot face interview, and several things due to this problem. So please help me.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
It might be due to anxiety neurosis and I will suggest you to drink three litres of water daily and start with Tablet folvite 5mg once a day for six months and tablet vitamin D3 60000iu once a week for six months
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My teeth are getting yellow day by day . I smoke ciggarates . What should I do naturally to make my teeth white and gums healthier again.

BDS
Dentist, Ghaziabad
My teeth are  getting yellow day by day . I smoke ciggarates . What should I do naturally to make my teeth white and ...
Stop smoking and get a scaling done by a dentist. Brush twice daily and rinse ypur mouth after every meal.
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I have dental problem for last 6 months its like old mans teeth, can you suggest me how to protect my teeth and how to control it help us.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I have dental problem for last 6 months its like old mans teeth, can you suggest me how to protect my teeth and how t...
Hi, a poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches greatly contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel. Eventually these acids can cause tooth enamel to break down, forming a cavity. Foods high in sugar are a particularly common cause of tooth decay. Making these foods a treat rather than a staple will help protect your teeth. To maintain a balanced diet, eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups. When choosing a snack, go for nutritious foods such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or a piece of fruit. Diet: consume cheese, curd, yoghurt, green leafy vegetables, carrots, apples, almonds. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them which erodes the tooth enamel. The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Chewing sugarless gum is actually beneficial to your teeth as chewing helps dislodge food that becomes stuck to your teeth. Teeth-care: these are some basic tips for caring for teeth and gums: brush your teeth regularly. Brush at least twice a day and preferably 30-60 minutes after every meal and snack. Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Floss at least once a day. Use a mouth rinse daily. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings -- typically twice a year. Eat a variety of foods to maintain overall health. You can use homoeopathic toothpaste by sbl- homeodent.
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How long after tooth extraction before eating and drinking?

Master of Clinical Dentistry, Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Dentist,
How long after tooth extraction before eating and drinking?
You can drink after the blood clot has formed completely and is in place, around 1 hour after the procedure. Eating is preferable 2 hours after the procedure.
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My teeth got yellow and I want to inserts caps on it What is the total charge for this?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
My teeth got yellow and I want to inserts caps on it What is the total charge for this?
Devendra you are having yellow teeth. You need to improve your oral hygiene and digestion. Visit dental surgeon for scaling and polishing. Get bleaching done, drink plenty of water, rinse with listerine mouthwash. Lastly if need be get capping done. Cost is variable depends upon treatment.
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I have suffering with some red dots in my mouth, it's very fain, day by day getting bigger, what should I do?

Dermatologist, Sonipat
I have suffering with some red dots in my mouth, it's very fain, day by day getting bigger, what should I do?
Hi. Dey can be due to viral infection or because of nutritional deficiency. You can send image of your red dots. It will be of great help.
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Hello , I am experiencing excess salivation since very long but it get discontinued in between but again recur sometimes always hving urge to spit then .Help me out.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
Hello , I am experiencing excess salivation since very long but it get discontinued in between but again recur someti...
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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Hai. Madam how much time wants to take brush our teeth? If we doing the brush in regularly morning and at night, have chance to come cavities?

BDS, CDE Endo-Prostho, CDE - Cast Partial & Complete Dentures
Dentist, Pune
Hai. Madam how much time wants to take brush our teeth?
If we doing the brush in regularly morning and at night, have...
Hello, you should brush your teeth for atleast 4 minutes, you should follow a proper brushing technique. There are less chances of cavities if you are brushing at night. Rinsing after every meal is necessary.
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Hello doctor. How to get rid of teeth plaque and tartar? I hv that some on the back side of my teeth.

Dentist, Gurgaon
Hello doctor. How to get rid of teeth plaque and tartar? I hv that some on the back side of my teeth.
Hello lybrate-user, this plaque and tartar is layer of deposited food acted upon by residential bacteria present in the mouth. Our saliva contains minerals that hardens this layer with time. Visit a dentist for professional cleaning of your teeth called scaling. This layer is removed in the procedure and you will be able appreciate the difference. But the treatment only is not sufficient, after the treatment, you need to follow strict oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day specially at night after dinner, rinsing your mouth after every meal, flossing your teeth for removing deposited food from in between the teeth and also cleaning of tongue. Follow up is equally important to check yourself whether you are doing it right or not so visit a dentist every 6 months for regular dental check up.
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Hello sir my teeth so bad I am eating gutkha 10 time in day. So please clean my teeth clear.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
Hello sir my teeth so bad I am eating gutkha 10 time in day. So please clean my teeth clear.
Stop tobbacco you r inviting mouth cancer get scaling polishing done by a dentist than brush your teeth twice daily especially at night.
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Best treatment option for young patients who have lost their teeth is dental implants

Advanced implant surgical mastership, MDS Prosthodontics, Implantologist, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), BDS
Dentist, Udupi
Best treatment option for young patients who have lost their teeth is dental implants
Best treatment option for young patients who have lost their teeth is dental implants.
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Hi I am 31 years old male and facing problem of severe bad breath from last few months. I also visited dentist but it was not a dental problem. Kindly help me out to rectify my problem.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon, Parbhani
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I am 31 years old male and facing problem of severe bad breath from last few months. I also visited dentist but it...
Do morning exercise regularly. Do gargle with warm saline for 4 times a day. Do rince after every food.
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My lips are always dry. There is always saliva formation because of which I have to spit a lot. I have no dental problems. Few weeks back Dr. cleaned my teeth. I even drink lot of water. Kindly suggest me the treatment. Thanks.

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
My lips are always dry. There is always saliva formation because of which I have to spit a lot. I have no dental prob...
This is good that you got your teeth cleaning done. Please use listerine mouthwash before going to sleep and apply glycerin on your lips.
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Hi, My teeth is becoming black so can I change it. Please Suggest.

BDS
Dentist,
Hi, My teeth is becoming black so can I change it. Please Suggest.
Kindly get scaling done and polishing done and if you want you can also get bleaching done. Brush your teeth twice daily using correct brushing technique to maintain your oral hygiene.
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I'm suffering from halitosis. So what are the home remedies to get rid of this? Or any other medication?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
I'm suffering from halitosis. So what are the home remedies to get rid of this?
Or any other medication?
Dear lybrate-user you are suffering from halitosis means there is lack of maintenance of your oral hygiene or you have bad digestion, remedies like mouthwashes and breath mints are enough to mask their chronic halitosis, halitosis causing bacteria on the back of the tongue. People with chronic halitosis have large amounts of volatile sulfur compounds produced from the breakdown of proteins by bacteria in the mouth. As one of the leading halitosis causes, common halitosis treatment options since chronic halitosis causes severe repercussions, suffers are anxious to find a halitosis cure. Tooth brushes and mouthwash - do not solve the problem. Toothbrushes can't reach the back of the tongue where the bacterial causes of halitosis reside; so although brushing plays an important role in oral hygiene, it is not a halitosis cure. Since mouthwashes only temporarily mask and do not eliminate the odor-causing bacteria, they too are not an effective chronic halitosis treatment. Tongue scraping, together with proper oral hygiene is the most effective" common" treatment against the causes of halitosis. Yet, the underlying halitosis causes remain: finally a halitosis cure finding a halitosis cure. A safe germicide called chlorine dioxide was found highly effective.
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My sister few milk teeth are broken but she is not getting her permanent teeth. It's a high time now. She has been 5 years old. What should I do now?

MDS - Periodontics, BDS
Dentist, Ranchi
My sister  few milk teeth are broken but she is not getting her permanent teeth. It's a high time now. She has been 5...
Usually first permanent tooth erupts at the age of 6 years. If she is no problem with fracture tooth. Not to worry much. You can post x -ray if you are in doubt.
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