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Dr. Ashwin Nanavati

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Dr. Ashwin Nanavati is a renowned Dentist in Bhandup West, Mumbai. He is currently practising at Smile 32 Dental Clinic in Bhandup West, Mumbai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Ashwin Nanavati and consult privately on has a nexus of the most experienced Dentists in India. You will find Dentists with more than 44 years of experience on Find the best Dentists online in Mumbai. View the profile of medical specialists and their reviews from other patients to make an informed decision.


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Dental Health Tips For Parents!

Dentist, Mumbai
Dental Health Tips For Parents!

Though your child's first set of teeth are not permanent, they are still critical to the development of healthy gums, jaws, permanent teeth, and dental hygiene habits. From first teething to the development of permanent adult teeth, you can help your child to develop and maintain strong healthy teeth and gums.


The first teeth usually erupt at around 6-8 months beginning with the lower front teeth and working back towards the molars, usually in pairs. A full set of baby teeth usually appears by the age of 2.5 years and remains stable until the age of 5 or 6 when baby teeth begin to be replaced by permanent teeth


As these first teeth begin to push through the gum, your child may experience teething pain. Redness or rash on the cheeks, increased drooling, restlessness, irritability, and loss of appetite can all be indicators that your child is teething. If however your child also experiences fever, vomiting, or diarrhea you should take them to a physician as these symptoms are often caused by ailments other than teething.

Once you've established that your child is teething, you can ease their pain in a number of ways. Allowing your child to chew on a chilled teething rings or other cold hard objects can help numb the gums and cause the tooth to erupt sooner. Teething gels can also help reduce the pain through numbing and can be found in most pharmacies. Finally, you can also massage your child's gums

with a clean finger, reducing the pain with light pressure on and around the location of the erupting teeth. Teething cookies and other food (or alcohol) based home remedies are not recommended as they may lead to tooth decay caused by food debris left in the gums or new teeth.

Teething can be a trying time for parents and child alike, but it will not last forever and there are several simple effective ways to manage your child's discomfort.


As soon as your child has her first teeth you can begin to think about scheduling a first dental appointment. The appointment should be made on or before your child's first birthday. Before the appointment you may wish to bring your child into the dental clinic for a short tour and a chance to get acquainted with the space and the staff. If you or one of your other children has an appointment, you can bring the younger child along to help get them familiar with the clinic.

In preparation for the first visit, try not to over-prepare your child or say things like "it won't be too bad" as these behaviours often just trigger fear and nervousness rather than providing comfort. When you get to the appointment, be sure to discuss an oral health plan for your child with either the dentist or dental hygienist.

Most importantly, do not wait for an emergency to bring your child to the dentist. The additional stress of pain or injury will make an unfamiliar experience even more difficult for your child.


Though baby teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth as your child grows, proper maintenance of their baby teeth can not only prevent child oral health concerns and ensure healthy gums and jaws but also helps to develop good oral hygiene habits that will follow your child through life.


Allowing your baby to fall asleep while nursing or sucking on a bottle allows sugary liquids to pool around the teeth and may lead to extensive tooth decay. To ensure that tooth decay does not progress unnoticed you should check your child's teeth regularly for any brown spots along the gum line. Frowns or tears when eating cold, sweet, or hard foods may also be signs that your child is experiencing tooth decay.



Just as with adults, sugary snacking habits in children can greatly increase the likelihood of cavities and tooth decay. Foods which contain high levels of sugar or which are soft or chewy and stick to the teeth are the most harmful as they cause the natural bacteria in your child's mouth to produce high levels of acid which may erode teeth. It is also important to remember that, though more nutritionally sound, natural sugars such as those in fruit can still cause dental decay if the teeth are not brushed regularly and thoroughly.

Along with healthy eating choices, you should try to reduce your child's consumption of sugary foods that are held in the mouth for a long time such as lollipops, hard candies, etc. If your child is going to eat something sugary, it is best to pair it with a meal so that the additional saliva production helps to wash the sugar off the teeth. Generally however it is best to avoid sugary foods to prevent the formation of a sweet-tooth and choose instead healthier options such as:

  • Popcorn
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Coleslaw
  • Pizza
  • Plain yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Enriched or Whole-wheat bread
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Plain milk
  • Tossed salads
  • Plain muffins

Though snacks such as raisins, dried fruits, and granola bars are healthy, they tend to stick to the teeth and so are not an ideal choice for snacks.



Even before your child's first tooth appears, you can and should begin an oral hygiene routine. Use a cloth to wipe down your baby's face and gums after every feeding. Once the first tooth appears, use a soft bristled brush to clean the tooth after every meal but do not use toothpaste as children tend to swallow most of it which can be harmful. If you are having difficulty brushing your child's teeth, you may want to try having your child lie down with their head in your lap, or have them stand in front of you with their back leaning against your body while holding a mirror so that both you and your child can see what you are doing.

Children require smaller brushes than adults and flossing should begin only when the teeth begin to touch each other. You child will likely not have the manual dexterity to brush and floss their own teeth until the age of 8 or 10. Establishing a good routine from the very beginning will help your child to get into a habit of oral hygiene.

Once your child begins brushing their own teeth, you may want to use a timer to ensure they are brushing for long enough as well as providing rewards such as stickers for regular brushing and flossing. The best way to get your child to adopt good oral hygiene habits is to model them yourself. If you and your child brush your teeth together ever morning and evening the practice is more likely to be kept up than if you expect your child to form the habit all on their own.

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BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Pune
Power of 3 :-1st is 3step brushing- outside circular inside away from gums n on chewing surfaces plus pattern brushing.
2nd: change ur brush every 3mnths
3rd : Brush for 3mins

I have discoloration of teeth and teeth looking very ugly but I am doing continue brush and using suitable toothpaste for my teeth. What is the reason behind it?

Dentist, Fatehgarh Churian
I have discoloration of teeth and teeth looking very ugly but I am doing continue brush and using suitable toothpaste...
Lybrate-user main reason behind discoloration is water then comes our diet. Keep low on junk n cokes to avoid stains.
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I have teeth cavity problem & mine last ke teeth niklwa chuki hu or 3 teeth mei RCT bhi Kara chuki hu, mere front k teeth those yellow h please help me & solve this problem. thanks.

Dentist, Gurgaon
I have teeth cavity problem  & mine last ke teeth niklwa chuki hu or 3 teeth mei RCT bhi Kara chuki hu, mere front k ...
I advice restoration for carious teeth. For yellowish teeth scaling or bleaching. Further any queries contact me.
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What would be the cost of dental Crown if it is made of Full metal , Economic Ceramic,Regular Ceramic , premium Ceramic , Economic Zirconium , Regular Zirconium ,Premium Zirconium and what would be its warranty and longevity?

MDS Endodontist
Dentist, Nashik
Ur dentist can guide u regarding cost n material. The materials are good. There is no guarantee as such. They last for a longer time. A guarantee is given for machine not human body
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Dear Sir, Good Noon! My wisdom tooth self fallen out and vacuum hole developed. Any procedure for filling the vacuum hole and reducing new tooth. Thanks with best regards, Sanjeev kumar.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
Dear Sir, Good Noon! My wisdom tooth self fallen out and vacuum hole developed. Any procedure for filling the vacuum ...
If it has fallen out completely than the hole or socket left behind will get filled on its own just keep the area clean by rinsing ur mouth well after every food intake but at this age a tooth to fall out may not b a healthy sign get ur blood tested rule out diabetease
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Dentist, Delhi
Munching foods like apples, pears, carrots or celery after brushing can help in preventing discoloration as they trigger tooth-bathing saliva which helps in keeping the teeth whiter.
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I am 28 years male. Suffering from dental pain at left upper m1 and m2. The dentist took the xray and explained as m2 is completely infected and m1 is infected but in the outermost layre of enamil. But suggested me to go for root canal for m1 and m2. Please suggest me can I go for 1 or 2 root canal. With ciramic or zirconium note: I have a habbit of night grinding of tooth is there any side effects for root canal is the recurrence process is complicated or simple how far it is safe?

Dentist, Ahmedabad
I am 28 years male. Suffering from dental pain at left upper m1 and m2. The dentist took the xray and explained as m2...
Rct is required or done only when the decay reaches the pulp i. E. Innermost layer of tooth or if there is hypersensitivity. If you are a bruxer than ceramic and zirconia are not a good option, first get the treatment for bruxism and then go for final crown. Rct's are completely safe procedure.
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I have developed severe stomatitis, patch over hard palate and otalgia for last 4 days with h/o dm. What should I do?

MDS - Orthodontics
Sir as per the symptom sometimes the medical condition related to gi you're citing leads to stomatitis the point to get checked is the patch you're saying at hard palate. What is colour n texture or scrap-able or not need to get checked clinically. Sir kindly visit nearby dentist for detail checkup for time being just start with multivitamins with lycopene (lycostar) mouthrinse (chlohexplus) and for burning sensation (mucopain/ dologel) consultant orthodontist n dental surgeon
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