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Dr. Balakrishna Alva

Dentist, Mumbai

Dr. Balakrishna Alva Dentist, Mumbai
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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
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Dr. Balakrishna Alva is a trusted Dentist in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. He is currently practising at Alvas Dental Clinic in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Balakrishna Alva on Lybrate.com.

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No Brushing Off: 5 Common Brushing Mistakes You Make Daily

Dentist, Udaipur
No Brushing Off: 5 Common Brushing Mistakes You Make Daily

While you might think that you are on track by brushing twice a day, but just doing that may not be enough. If your technique is not right or if you are using the wrong type of toothbrush, you are making your teeth vulnerable to infections and decay.

Here are the common brushing mistakes that can harm your teeth:

1. You do not brush long enough

The single most common mistake that people make while brushing is not brushing long enough. If you want to thoroughly clean your teeth, you should brush for almost 2 minutes. Experts suggest that most of the people with gum diseases did not brush their teeth for sufficient amount of time. Try using an electric toothbrush with a timer to ensure that you brush for 2 minutes.

2. You miss the important sites

Missing important areas of your mouth while brushing your teeth is also a common brushing mistake. Brushing should involve devoting an equal amount of time to all areas, targeting the inside, outside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, along with your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth. Most people do not think consciously while brushing, making it easy to skip the vulnerable sites.

3. You use too much of paste

Using too much of toothpaste will not make your teeth cleaner. On the contrary, it might make you brush for a shorter span since too much of foam in your mouth can make you uncomfortable. For children, a small swipe on a toothbrush is enough and for adults, a pea-sized or marble-sized amount is more than sufficient.

4. You brush too hard

You may think that the more pressure you apply while brushing, the better it is. But that is not the case. Aggressive brushing can actually cause the gum tissue to come away from your teeth, leading to swollen gums and even bleeding. It can also result in tooth sensitivity or even loose teeth. Experts recommend that you should use a soft bristled toothbrush. Soft bristles tend to be gentle on your teeth and will flex more under the gum line, which leads to a more thorough cleaning.

5. Your technique is wrong

Brushing your teeth is not a race that you need to finish in time. By taking long, crude and haphazard sweeps back and forth, you are only going to harm your teeth. Concentrate instead on small areas at a time and brush gently in a circular motion. When you are at the gum line, remember to keep your bristles at an angle of 45 degrees and always brush away from the gums.

So, it is high time you change these brushing habits and adopt healthy dental practices for plaque free and healthy gums and teeth. Stay healthy, stay happy!

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Muh ke chale dur karne ke tarike bataye?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist,
Kindly consult a dentist in person for further suggestion. We need more investigations to decide upon treatment. You may need c. Becosules 5 cap, for five days in the morning after meals & hexigel ointment on the area of ulcer until then. 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 am having pain in mouth, my tounge is white with some holes in it.

Show to dental surgeon you may be suffering from indigestion /some oral thrush /infection on tongue with boils which needs to be diagnosed and treated accordingly.
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My tooth gums are some times pain bleeding sometimes what to do?

There is deposits of calculus/ plaque. Consult to dentist, you should go for scaling & root planning. You can take some medicines. Fynal-oz - one tablet two times a day for 5 days. Clohex mouth wash sensoform gum paint [ apply 4 times in a day on your gums, not to eat or drink at least 30 minutes after applying]
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I have teeth sensitivity from a week, what should I do?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist,
I have teeth sensitivity from a week, what should I do?
A major cause of tooth sensitivity is root exposure. Kindly consult a dentist in person for further suggestion. We need more investigations (full mouth x-ray) to decide upon treatment. You may need cleaning along with desensitizing procedures and / or artificial enamel filling. Advance procedures can be done with laser too. You may consult me in person. Until then apply a desensitizing paste (sensodyne tooth paste) on the teeth. Wait for 10 to 15 min until you brush your teeth with the same paste. Applying it overnight will be better. Dental tips: - visit a dentist every six months for cleaning and a thorough dental check-up. Limit sugary food to avoid tooth decay. 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'm suffering from tooth problem. Always my mouth used to smell and while brushing bleeding taking place in my gums.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I'm suffering from tooth problem. Always my mouth used to smell and while brushing bleeding taking place in my gums.
Homoeopathic medicine MERC SOL 30 ( Dr Reckeweg) Drink 5 drops today night and forget this medicine PLANTAGO Q/HAMMEMELIS Q ( Dr Reckeweg) Mix both these medicines and take 10 drops in 20 ml fresh water 3 times daily for 2-3 months HEKLA LAVA TOOTH POWDER ( WHEEZAL ) Scrub teeth daily night before sleep NOTE-Use brush with soft bristles and use it upside down while brushing teeth.
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One of my side tooth is paining. What is the treatment and medicine ?

BDS
Dentist,
You did not mention which tooth, on side we have many teeth. The pain might be related to cavity, may be 3rd molar or a gum inflammation so its better to visit a nearby dentist to know wat is it than only we can tell the treatment
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I have mouth ulcer problem. What do I have to do to permanently stop getting infected from mouth ulcer? Please suggest me.

BDS
Dentist, Raipur
I have mouth ulcer problem. What do I have to do to permanently stop getting infected from mouth ulcer?
 Please sugge...
Kindly apply orahelp gum paint twice daily for 15 days. Take multivitamins for a month. Also notice that you are not constipated, stressed or having lack of sleep, having acidity problem as these are few of the reasons for ulcers. Avoid hot and spicy food as this may irritate the ulcers. Brush your teeth twice daily using correct brushing technique to maintain your oral hygiene.
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“Look, Mom! I Have a Loose Tooth!

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
“Look, Mom! I Have a Loose Tooth!
It’s a pretty special moment when your child runs to you for the first time and tells you their tooth is loose. For a child, loose teeth means that they’ll be a big kid soon. For parents, it means their little one is growing up fast…maybe a little too fast. So what should you do when your child comes to you with the exciting news? Here are the things every parent should know about losing that first tooth.

When do kids start losing their baby teeth?
Children will lose their first tooth around age 6. They’ll continue to lose 3–4 teeth per year until they have lost all 20 of their baby teeth by about age 12.

Which teeth fall out first?
Baby teeth usually fall out in the order they came in. The front bottom teeth are often the first to go. The last teeth to fall out are usually the big molars in the back of the mouth.

Does losing a tooth hurt?
Losing a tooth shouldn’t hurt very much. If it is very painful, it probably means that your child is trying to pull a tooth that’s not quite ready to come out. If the pain gets bad, you can put an over-the-counter, pain-relieving gel on the gum surrounding the tooth. Make sure it’s for children, and don’t use it too much or too often.

Should I pull a loose tooth?
The short answer is no. It can tear the gum tissue around the tooth and cause injury. Allow your child to gently wiggle their tooth. But tell them they should let a tooth fall out on its own.

What happens if my child swallows their tooth?
Nothing, really. Accidentally swallowing a tooth isn’t a big deal. It will simply pass through the body.

Will there be a lot of blood when my child loses their tooth?
There shouldn’t be very much blood at all. When there is a lot of blood, it is usually caused by forcing a tooth out before it is ready. To stop bleeding, have your child bite down on gauze, cotton ball or a clean cloth until the bleeding slows.

When do permanent teeth start to grow in?
Usually it takes a few weeks for the permanent tooth to begin to poke through. It will take a few months more for the tooth to fully grow in.

What to do when i see a permanent tooth erupting before the baby tooth has fallen out?
You need to visit your dentist and get a examination done for your child. In some cases it may be advisable to remove the baby tooth to make way for the permanent one.
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I am 44 year old I have cough problem and throat pain and bad breath problem I have done CBC blood test report says everything is normal so what to do.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I am 44 year old I have cough problem and throat pain and bad breath problem I have done CBC blood test report says e...
Homoeopathic medicine------------------------------- antim tart 30 (sbl) drink 5 drops in 1 spoon fresh water or direct on tongue vvery 2-3 hrly--------------- hepar sulph 30 (sbl) dink 5 drops in 1 spoon fresh water 3 times daily----------------------------- glycerrhiza glabra 1x (sbl) chew 1 tab s. O. S.-------------------- tussistin cough syrup (wilmar schwabe india) take 2 spoon 3 times daily--------------------------
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I am 15 years old male and have toothache for 2 weeks. What should I do?

Advanced Aesthetics, BDS
Dentist,
I am 15 years old male and have toothache for 2 weeks. What should I do?
Hi, there are various reason for toothache like worn down enamel, tooth decay, gum issue. I would advise you to visit dentist who can give you exact cause and solution of your problem after a physical check up. Without checking you clinically we can't suggest you anything. Regards
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Hi can I know the cost for removal of wisdom teeth. And you please recommend a doctor who is expert in removing it without nerves near by it. As I heard wisdom tooth in horizontal position is complicated to remove. please suggest me.

BDS
Dentist, Jaipur
Hi can I know the cost for removal of wisdom teeth. And you please recommend a doctor who is expert in removing it wi...
Hello Cost of removing wisdom tooth varies from clinic to clinic. You just have to find best dentist near you or ask your doctor to use spray to numb sensation first then insert injection. This will help you a lot. Regards
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What should I do to stop bleeding from my teeth can you tell me any tips for that.

BDS, CDE Endo-Prostho, CDE - Cast Partial & Complete Dentures
Dentist, Pune
What should I do to stop bleeding from my teeth can you tell me any tips for that.
get ur deep scaling n polishing done . bleeding is result of deposits which weaken gums. proper oral hygiene care n cleaning once a year will help u .
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I am suffering from teeth ache last 2 month. Please advice me. Actually whole teeth get pain some time moler, premoler and my teeth is going to short day to day.

BDS
Dentist, Hyderabad
Generalised paining of teeth is due to gums. This might be the intial stages of gums. Once go to the dentist and get cleaning the teeth and ask the dentist for massaging paste for gums.
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Best and economic option for placement of second teeth?

MDS, BDS
Dentist,
When you say the best it might be little expensive. Placement of a second tooth depends on the condition of adjacent teeth and the bite.
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BDS
Dentist, Bhagalpur
Flossing is as important as brushing on a daily basis. Taking the floss all the way down to the point where the teeth and gums meet is the appropriate way of doing it.
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My teeth are always seems yellow and it is not show white. please tell me what can I do for this?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
My teeth are always seems yellow and it is not show white. please tell me what can I do for this?
Advise deep cleaning, polishing, whitening (bleaching) procedures, artificial enamel filling or capping. Advance procedures can be done with laser. Use Snowdent tooth paste for whitening until then. Apply SNOWDENT paste on the teeth. Wait for 10 to 15 min .Then brush your teeth with the same paste. Applying it overnight for better results. Cause of discoloration – Smoking, coffee, tea, drugs, aging, staining food (wine, blueberry, etc) genetics.
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My teeths in yellow color and i am brushing what i do my teeth become white?

Yellow color of ur teeth may be due to lot of calculus n plaque accumulation. In that case, scaling procedure will help. Other causes of yellow teeth may be fluorosis or enamel defects. In that case, u could opt for bleaching or veneering or composite restorations.
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I remove my wisdom tooth but after 2 days I have Numbness in my tongue is that any complication Behind this what's the treatment how long the time will take to recover from the last 20 days of removing the wisdom tooth its not quite regular but on or off only small space of the tongue.

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
I remove my wisdom tooth but after 2 days I have Numbness in my tongue is that any complication Behind this what's th...
this is called lingual nerve parasthesia.some times it happens accidentally due to injury in lingual nerve while extraction of wisdom tooth.this is a temporary disorder and it's cure can take up to 6 months.
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