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Dr. Leena Deshpande

Dentist, Mumbai

Dr. Leena Deshpande Dentist, Mumbai
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Dr. Leena Deshpande is an experienced Dentist in Mumbai, Mumbai. She is currently practising at Deshpande Clinic in Mumbai, Mumbai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Leena Deshpande and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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BDS, Diploma in Hospital Administration, Diploma in Pharmacy
Dentist, Delhi
How To Effectively Clean a White Tongue, the Cause of Bad Breath

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you have a white tongue? This condition is something that nobody wants to have. Why? A white tongue not only looks abnormal, but if left untreated, it's a strong indication of a bad breath problem.

People who have a white tongue, also known as a geographic tongue, are definitely more likely to experience an abnormally colored tongue. Geographic tongue simply means a tongue that has lots of grooves and fissures in it. These grooves and fissures make an excellent breeding ground for the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath. Under certain conditions, a geographic tongue can be white, yellow, even black in color. A geographic tongue can also be coated and sometimes dry and cracked. The way around this problem is simply making sure that your tongue is kept as clean as possible.

Tongue cleaning or scraping is a process that the majority of people in the United States don't do on a daily basis. Yet, it's one of the most important steps you can take to keep your breath clean and fresh!

MYTHS ABOUT CLEANING A WHITE TONGUE

MYTH #1: You have to scrape hard to clean a white tongue. This is false! You do not need to scrape your tongue so hard that it bleeds. In general, pressing harder does not remove more bacteria. You simply need to press hard enough that the tongue cleaner you're using is pressed flush across the surface. Try not to leave any gaps.

MYTH #2: Tongue Cleaning Alone Prevents Bad Breath. This is also false! Tongue cleaning alone does not kill the bacteria that cause bad breath that are breeding below the surface of a white tongue. It simply removes the gunk on the surface. This gunk (mucus and food debris) is a food source for anaerobic bacteria.

MYTH #3: You must use a complex, expensive gizmo to successfully clean your tongue. Again false! Really, all you need is a fairly rigid instrument, that you can easily make flush on the surface of your white tongue and cover the largest area possible. Those electronic tongue cleaners you see can be helpful if you have arthritis, difficulty with coordination, or in general have a tough time performing some simple actions, which I'll outline below.

Tongue cleaning is really not that difficult to do, and it's not even very time consuming. That extra minute or two you spend on your tongue per day can reap huge rewards in preventing bad breath. It'll help prevent this condition, return it to it's normal color, and most importantly cut down on bad breath.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO SUCCESSFULLY CLEAN A WHITE TONGUE

STEP 1: Starting at the base of your tongue, place a tongue cleaner/scraper flush against your tongue's surface and make slow sweeping strokes from the back to the front. You can start at either side of your tongue and work your way across to the other side. Depending on the tongue cleaner you are using, you might need to make three to four different swaths across your white tongue.

STEP 2: Once the surface debris from your white tongue has been removed, apply a small bead of toothpaste to the head of your tongue cleaner. Make sure your toothpaste does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate because this ingredient will dry out your mouth.

STEP 3: Gently coat the surface of your tongue (as far back as possible without gagging yourself) with the toothpaste. This allows the toothpaste to penetrate below the surface of your tongue and neutralize those sulfur-producing anaerobic bacteria. Believe it or not, there are more bacteria in the rear of your tongue than in the front!

STEP 4: Once your tongue is coated, allow the toothpaste to stay on the surface of your tongue as long as you can. Up to 90 seconds is ideal. If you begin to cough, or your gag reflex kicks in, that's okay, just spit whenever you need to.

STEP 5: Ideally, it's best to leave the toothpaste on the surface of your tongue, while you brush your teeth normally.
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I brush my teeth twice daily but my teeth remains yellow what should I do to my teeth to become white please give me some advice.

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 brush my teeth twice daily but my teeth remains yellow what should I do to my teeth to become white please give me ...
Go for the treatment called bleaching. By the bleaching treatment you will get the white teeth. There is no other way to get your teeth white. Either by the scaling or bleaching.
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The pain in my lower jaw is pulsating and I am feeling a bad taste and that part of my jaw has turned black.

MDS
Dentist, Sangli
The pain in my lower jaw is pulsating and  I am feeling a bad taste and that part of my jaw has turned black.
You need urgent attention by oral surgeon to diagnosis and treatment of jaw condition. Please visit at the earliest to avoid complications.
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I'm a student, I'm suffering from tooth aches and teeth hve been yellowish. I need some help regarding this I brush twice a day!

BDS
Dentist, Vadodara
I'm a student, I'm suffering from tooth aches and teeth hve been yellowish. I need some help regarding this I brush t...
Toothaches can be due to decay, gum infection or sensitivity. Get your teeth x-rayed to determine the cause. Cavities can be filled with or without rct. Gum infection can be treated by scaling and polishing. For sensitivity, use desensitizing toothpaste twice daily. Regarding yellow teeth, everyone doesn't have pearl white teeth. You can go for bleaching.
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BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Brush your teeth twice a day but do it gently as brushing too hard may wear off the top enamel layer of your teeth which in turn will make teeth sensitive and also will your teeth start looking yellowish.
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I have problem cavity (bar bar hoti hai dental ke pas ja ka ke pareshan hogaya) Please help.

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
I have problem cavity (bar bar hoti hai dental ke pas ja ka ke pareshan hogaya)
Please help.
Lybrate-user you are having cavity which recurs again and again get the cavity filled by a qualified dental surgeon. You need to take care of your oral hygiene do colgate total tooth paste twice daily. Maintain good oral hygiene with listerine mouthwash.
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I am suffering from tooth sensitivity receding gums exposing tooth dentin visible in front lower incisors. * Teeth looks a little transparent and cracked but otherwise normally strong. * Mouth feels dry. * Mild burning sensation throughout the jaw and gums. 5 years back I had accidental cigarette butt/ash ingestion (nicotine poisoning. I had these symptoms since then. Is nicotine poisoning responsible? I do had aggressive brushing habit or is it because of that? What kind of treatment will be required.

MDS
Dentist, Bangalore
I am suffering from tooth sensitivity receding gums exposing tooth dentin visible in front lower incisors.
* Teeth lo...
Dear, from what little information I could gather from your letter it looks like the recession of your gums and sensitivity are both related to your aggressive brushing habit. Excessive force applied during brushing causes abnormal wear of the insulating layer of teeth called enamel, as a result the underlying sensitive layer called dentin gets exposed. Recession of gums due to wrong brushing causes a tissue on root surface of teeth called cementum to be exposed & this is another common cause of sensitivity. I would recommend correcting your brushing technique, using a soft bristled brush with desensitizing paste and avoiding citrus fruits for a while. Mild burning sensations that you are complaining of, could be due to gingivitis, I would suggest that you consult a periodontist to get definitive diagnosis as some conditions can only be diagnosed in the clinic. Symptoms of acute nicotine poisoning will not last beyond a few days so don't worry about it.
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If mouth ulcer occur in different place again and again for more than 25 days. Is it a symptoms of cancer?

MDS - Periodontics
Dentist, Delhi
If mouth ulcer occur in different place again and again for more than 25 days. Is it a symptoms of cancer?
Kindly apply dologel twice aday and visit dentist in your area. Laser treatments are also available for ulcers. It may be due to stress or hormonal changes or may be due to medical conditions.
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I am suffering from frequent attacks of mouth ulcers. Very often it is preceded by constipation but occurs even when there is no constipation. I have been advised to take more fibers but am confused about soluble and insoluble fibres. Please guide me on types and sources of fiber.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
I am suffering from frequent attacks of mouth ulcers. Very often it is preceded by constipation but occurs even when ...
Go for whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas. Cereal fibers generally have cell walls that resist digestion and retain water within the cellular structures. Wheat bran can be highly effective as a natural laxative.Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes such as beans and lentils. The fiber found in citrus fruits and legumes stimulate the growth of colonic flora, which increases the stool weight and the amount of bacteria in the stool. Encouraging the growth of certain bacteria in the colon may help promote a healthy intestine.
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My teeth became yellow for that one of my friend told about cleaning (teeth) but I think it is not advisable so, in your vision what is advisable.

BDS
Dentist, Vadodara
My teeth became yellow for that one of my friend told about cleaning (teeth) but I think it is not advisable so, in y...
Your friend is right. You have to go for scaling n polishing. For more whiter teeth, you can go for bleaching.
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The inner lining of my mouth has become very sensitive since past 5 years. I find difficulty in eating spicy items, rough items like papad and hot drinks. All my blood test results are normal. Vit B12 levels are near the lower limit , around 250.

BDS
Dentist, Pune
The delicate gums can be due to plaque accumulation. Some times it takes the place deep into gums which cannot be cleaned by brushing. Another cause can be due to vitamin deficiency you can take supplements as prescribed by your dentist.
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My mouth get stick it smell badly I drink water but then also this problem come my throat get block when I eat food give solution to remain healthy and feel healthy.

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
My mouth get stick it smell badly I drink water but then also this problem come my throat get block when I eat food g...
Please note that you are having gum problems. Do not drink excess water rather wash your mouth and gums each time you take any food. Also do saline-water mouth wash daily before going to bed. Do get back after 2 weeks.
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I have problem in my teeth. When I doing a brush morning that time I have pain in outside of tooth. Enamel layer was damaged. Please give me suggestions and medicine.

MDS Prosthodontics, MDS Endodontist
Dentist, Ahmedabad
I have problem in my teeth. When I doing a brush morning that time I have pain in outside of tooth. Enamel layer was ...
Medication won't be effective, you need to visit a dentist and have to place cement on your damaged enamel.
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MDS
Dentist, Nellore
Dairy products, soft breads, softer grains, sea food and soft meat, soft cooked vegetables and many more are braces friendly foods i. E. Which can be eaten without any difficulty even when one is undertaking the orthodontic treatment.
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BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist, Jamshedpur
Patients who have a history of gum diseases should also consult their periodontist while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
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I have very sensitive teeth. Sometimes after drinking cool water I couldn't speak. Can you suggest me some medicine for it.

Advanced Aesthetics, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Hi, teeth have a protective layer called enamel with age the enamel wears off and become thin which causes to become teeth sensitive to cold and hot. You need to get a professional check up done to know the exact cause and solution of your problem. Regards shilpa Dr. Krinita motwani's dental clinic.
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I have constipation often when I not take food on time, also mouth ulcers come most of the time.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
I have constipation often when I not take food on time, also mouth ulcers come most of the time.
Take 2-tab. Charcol at night before bed. Syp. Livoluk 10 ml at night.This can help cure in constipation. take green veg., salaad in meal.grapes at night,one apple daily in morning. Banana in morning, juice,whole grain ,oats,more fiber meal,digestive foods, plenty of water during day and 1 glass of water before meal, avoid bad habits...stress ,alcohol, smoking, non-veg.,avoid fatty meal,oily foods. To confirm cause of constipation go for tests stool r/m, stool c/s,lft,blood sugar,cbc,usg whole abdomen ,x ray barium meal for examination for rectum,sigmoid, best tests is endoscopy for large intestine . Do not eat papaya if you diabetic. go for walk daily in morning. for mouth ulcer you can use mouth gel candid. 1 to 2 drop thrice a day.
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Sir I get a bad smell from my mouth bt I brush daily. Can you tell any alternative. Methods to solve my prblm.

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
Sir I get a bad smell from my mouth bt I brush daily. Can you tell any alternative. Methods to solve my prblm.
Tae Belladonna 30C one dose now and then take Cosmos 30C 3 doses daily for 1 week. Repeat the same procedure next week too. Then you bad smell will be gone. And drink more and more water. Still if you have any query, then please ask. :) Take care. :)
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Sometimes I have pain in my mouth under my tongue and I do not know what to do at that time I have eaten pain killers but it does not response good. What should I do?

BDS
Dentist,
Sometimes I have pain in my mouth under my tongue and I do not know what to do at that time I have eaten pain killers...
It most probably is due to mouth ulcer. It should heal in 7-10 days. You can apply mucopain for temporary relief. If it doesn't subside then do get a check up done.
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Dear sir/ madam, I have a tooth decay problem at initial stage so. What should I do now and my teeth are in yellow color, what should be my next move.

Dentist, Bangalore
Dear sir/ madam, I have a tooth decay problem at initial stage so. What should I do now and my teeth are in yellow co...
Hi, you will need to visit a dentist. For the tooth decay, they may take an x-ray and see how deep the decay has gone. If it's not too deep, they will suggest a filling. For the yellow colour, you may be advised to practice better oral hygiene or if you are interested and have no other problems, you can get bleaching or teeth whitening done. Hope this has been helpful.
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