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Dr. Ratnika Agarwal - Dentist, Pune

Dr. Ratnika Agarwal

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Dentist, Pune

6 Years Experience  ·  100 at clinic  ·  ₹50 online
Dr. Ratnika Agarwal 91% (245 ratings) BDS Dentist, Pune
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To provide my patients with the highest quality dental care, I'm dedicated to the newest advancements and keep up-to-date with the latest health care technologies....more
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Dr. Ratnika agarwal is one of the best dentist in Kharadi, Pune .Dr. Ratnika practices at Smile Up Dental Care and Implant Center in Kharadi, Pune.She is a young dynamic dentist & her clinic provides patients with the highest quality dental care in a very personal & professional environment.She has done specialization in Root Canal,Advance Endodontics and Smile Designing Treatments.She is well versed with all kinds of Dental Cases.Clinic has the state-of-the-art specialty and latest technology eqipments to provide patients with the best dental treatment. Read the testimony of Patients: JUST DIAL : http://tinyurl.com/j9jhvaa PRACTO : https://www.practo.com/pune/doctor/ratnika-agarwal-dentist?subscription_id=0

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BDS - Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Shikshan Sansthans Dental College Hospital - 2011
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Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

Which toothpaste should I use?” 

You want to take care of your teeth, just like anyone. Keeping them clean and healthy enhances your smile while saving you money, because when your teeth are in bad shape, you’ll have to spend more correcting them. One of the basic decisions you’ll face in safeguarding your teeth is which toothpaste to use. Each day, the toothpaste you pick will clean your teeth and will have ramifications for years to come. Here’s a guide on what toothpaste you should use.

The Basics

Toothpaste is only a means to an end. If you buy it and then are lazy about brushing your teeth, it won’t help. Indian Dental Association (IDA) recommends brushing your teeth after each meal (and at least once a day). Brushing your teeth removes all the harmful bacteria and plaque that build up when you eat. No matter which toothpaste you choose, it won’t help unless you’re serious about brushing your teeth.

The Science of Brushing Your Teeth

When you’re ready to decide on a brand, you should understand the basic components of each product. Most major brands of toothpaste include abrasive agents. Don’t worry about that label, though. Abrasive agents are usually helpful.

Abrasive agents are the ingredients that cause the scratchy sensation when you brush your teeth. They’re silicates like hydrated silica, calcium carbonate, and hydrated alumina. Some of these materials are the same as sand, which sounds weird, but the ingredients have a purpose. In combination with the brushing movement of your wrist, they’ll scrub away the bacteria and plaque. Conversely, the brushing motion wouldn’t sanitize your teeth without the silicates. Their purpose is to act as a cleaning agent.

The foam on your toothbrush comes from the detergent in the toothpaste. It works similarly to the products you use to clean your dishes and laundry. A detergent breaks down any undesirable substances. With your teeth, it’s loosening materials that aren’t soluble. The liquid in your mouth will dissolve any that is soluble, but you need help with anything that doesn’t respond to liquids.

The Importance of Fluoride

Any good toothpaste will include other components to make it more effective. Fluoride is the most important one. In fact, it’s the primary reason tooth decay and cavities have declined dramatically over the past 50 years. This naturally occurring mineral protects your teeth when you eat. Every food you consume leaves trace elements of sugar and starch on your teeth.

Fluoride counters this problem in two ways. It strengthens tooth enamel, the protective layer on the outside of your teeth, and that added strength makes your teeth less susceptible to chipping and cracking.

When you consume items that stain your teeth such as coffee, cigarettes, wine, tea, and sugary drinks, the enamel weakens. Fluoride counters this issue, although you should still brush your teeth more often if you smoke or consume any of those products. Fluoride also fights off previous damage by reversing the process of tooth decay. For these two reasons, when you shop for toothpaste, you should pick one with fluoride.

Other Toothpaste Components

Many toothpastes will also include artificial sweeteners. The minty taste that you associate with toothpaste isn’t a natural flavor. Manufacturers add saccharin and other ingredients to make the taste of toothpaste better. Without it, the process of brushing your teeth wouldn’t feel as pleasant. If brushing your teeth left you with a bad taste in your mouth, it might reduce your desire to brush regularly. Toothpaste now comes in flavors as diverse as lemon, grape, and bubblegum to make them more appealing – not just for adults, but for children too.

Toothpaste also includes ingredients to keep the tube from drying out. Without the moisture retention of humectants, your mouth would dry too soon. These are the same ingredients that keep you from having dry skin. Finally, toothpaste uses thickeners to make sure that the actual substance maintains a gooey form.

Which Toothpaste Is Best?

Now that you know the key components of toothpaste, you can pick the brand that’s right for you. If you’re a smoker or coffee drinker, you should choose a product with the highest amount of fluoride. Without a prescription, you’re looking for a brand that’s at least 1,000 parts per million (PPM). A product with the IDA Seal has received independent review and validation of its product claims.

If you’re someone with yellow teeth, you’ll want a brand with a higher number of silicates. A product that includes whitening will gradually alter the shade from yellow back to white. If cavities are a big issue, you want a product with special cavity-fighting power.  If you have a plaque problem, you can prevent tartar buildup with toothpastes that are specifically formulated to fight tartar. Finally, if you have sensitive gums and/or teeth, the best product is one that treats the underlying problem of sensitivity.

As you can see, toothpaste includes a lot of components specifically designed to protect and improve your teeth. No matter the problem you worry about with your teeth, a product exists that can help you overcome the issue. Simply consider your needs and then mix and match from the options above.

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How to Protect Your Child from Cavities?

BDS
Dentist, Pune
How to Protect Your Child from Cavities?

Maybe your kids love candy a little bit too much, or they don’t take care of their teeth regularly, despite your best efforts. Cavities can be annoying, painful, & embarrassing for kids; not to mention how expensive they can be for you to fix. But there are things you, as parents, can do to protect your child from ever getting cavities in the first place.

Of course, you want to teach & encourage your child to brush daily. However, even if your child takes care of his or her teeth & sees a dentist regularly, this won’t make them completely resistant to getting cavities.

You might think cavities are just something kids have to go through. After all, you had one or several cavities when you were younger. But this is not true. Children do not have to get cavities.

Children are more likely than adults to get cavities

Due to the natural shape of their growing teeth, children are more likely to get cavities. When their adult molars first come in (around age 6), pits & grooves form on the teeth, & these areas are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Germs can grow a lot easier, and, therefore, tooth decay often begins.

Children also enjoy sweets & snacking, & they often don’t brush their teeth for the full recommended two minutes each time.

Dental sealants provide protection for your childs teeth

Dental sealants provide the maximum protection for your child’s teeth. This preventive treatment is quick, pain free, & proven to be effective.

How do sealants work? They are plastic resin coatings that are applied to molars. In only a few minutes, one of our qualified dentists will paint the sealant onto the tooth, & then harden the sealant using an ultraviolet light.

The sealants mold to the grooves of the tooth’s surface & create a barrier between plaque causing bacteria & the tooth enamel, thereby, preventing cavities.

Children don’t always brush their teeth after eating or know how to thoroughly remove plaque. If plaque stays on the teeth, it can begin attacking the tooth enamel.

Getting dental sealants for your children’s teeth can prevent your child from losing teeth or having to undergo costly fillings or root canals.Dental sealants usually last for several years but can last for up to 10 years, making them an excellent investment for parents.Research has shown that if you can keep kids ages 6 to 12 from getting cavities, this makes a big difference in their oral health as they age.

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Feeling Sensitive? The Truth Behind Tooth Sensitivity!

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Feeling Sensitive? The Truth Behind Tooth Sensitivity!

If biting into ice cream and drinking water, Tea or Coffee have turned into more painful than enjoyable experiences, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. As a condition that affects one in eight adults, tooth sensitivity is common and easily treatable. This article will discuss what causes tooth sensitivity and how it can be treated. Read on to learn more.

How Is It Caused?

Tooth sensitivity isn’t something that you’re born with— in fact, it’s extremely uncommon amongst children and teenagers. To better understand tooth sensitivity, let’s discuss the different layers of the tooth. The top layer that you see is called the enamel. Under the enamel is the dentin which is a soft layer, and under the dentin is where all of the pulp and nerves are. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentin is exposed and is caused by either enamel erosion or receding gums.

Enamel Erosion

Typically, your enamel starts to erode when you indulge in acidic foods and drinks, and when you don’t brush your teeth as often as you should.

Receding Gums

Your gums can recede due to things like smoking, hormones, periodontal disease, infection, and brushing too hard.

How Is It Treated?

When it comes to tooth sensitivity, it’s pretty easy to self-diagnose; if you can’t eat hot or cold foods without getting shooting pain, you likely have it. Once diagnosed, you have a variety of treatment options including using Sensodyne toothpaste which will numb the nerves, getting dental sealants to cover the dentin, and dental implants to completely replace the tooth.

Having sensitive teeth can make everyday things like drinking water to become extremely painful.

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Rainy Day Tips For A Healthy Mouth !

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Rainy Day Tips For A Healthy Mouth !

Busy with Rainy day cleanings?

While you’re busy cleaning surroundings and organizing cabinets, don’t forget to check your bathroom shelf  !  Add these four items to your checklist to include dental hygiene in your busy dates.

Replace old or worn toothbrushes

Get in the habit of changing your toothbrush every three months. The ability of a toothbrush to reach small crevices decreases as its bristles wear down. Bacterial and viral infections are another reason to switch out an old toothbrush for a new one. Infectious agents can thrive among the bristles, with the potential to reinfect you, so make sure to toss your toothbrush after every cold.

Check the expiration date on your mouthwash

Most mouthwash has a shelf life that should be indicated on the bottle. Using mouthwash past the expiration date can affect not only its taste but also its effectiveness, so double check that yours is still good to go.

Replenish your floss supply

The recommended length of floss is 18 inches per flossing session. With a daily flossing schedule, that adds up to roughly 45 feet of floss a month! Stock up to avoid running out.

Schedule a dentist appointment

Cleanings recommended for every six months, If you’ve been skipping on these visits, or a new problem has popped up. Seeing dentist regularly is a good way to spot and stop problems before they become bigger, pricier and painful.

 

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Ways to Prevent Staining of the Teeth!

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Ways to Prevent Staining of the Teeth!

It’s time you took the matter seriously if you don’t feel very comfortable flashing a smile fearing that people around might notice that yellowish tint on your teeth. Stained teeth are characterized by presence of colored stains on your teeth. It can be caused due to various reasons ranging from not following a proper dental hygiene to drinking beverages such as tea and coffee.

The various tips that you can use to prevent staining of the teeth are:

  • Brushing and flossing help them to ‘shine on’: Make sure you have a proper dental care regimen that involves brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to keep them clean, also flossing is equally important. Flossing helps in getting rid of the food particles that are stuck in between your teeth.
  • Keep off tobacco: Smoking causes stains to form on your teeth because of the presence of harmful chemicals and tar. So, avoid tobacco at all costs and in any form, be it chewing or smoking.
  • Don’t sip directly on beverages: Use a straw when you are drinking any carbonated beverages, soda or juice; possibly anything that can contribute to stains to form on your teeth. Using a straw does not allow the liquid to come in contact with your teeth thus saving you the damage.

 Schedule your visits to the dentist; at least thrice a year, even if you do not have any apparent problems. In some cases, the symptoms may not be prominent and thus can lie undetected.

Teeth-Whitening Methods-

Still seeing stains? There are other options. Bleaching can be a good way to brighten your smile.

Teeth-whitening works well if yours have started to turn yellow. If they’re brown it may take longer. Or if they’re gray you may not be able to fix it with bleach.

Talk with your dentist to find out if teeth-whitening is a good idea for you. If so, you can consider one of these options:

  1. Whitening Toothpaste or Mouth Rinse: They can help keep your teeth white and prevent new stains. Follow the instructions on the label. Some people get sensitive teeth if they use whitening toothpastes.
  2. Professional Tooth Whitening: If you get your teeth bleached at your dentist’s clinic, it may take one or more visits. Shewill put a protective gel or rubber shield on your gums and then apply a bleaching agent to your teeth. She can also make a custom-fitted tray that you can use at home with whitening gel.
  3. At-Home Whitening Kits: You can buy them at your local drugstore. They might make your teeth become sensitive, but this side effect usually goes away after the bleaching period is over. If your gums get irritated, talk to your dentist at Smile Up Dental Care & Implant Center .

Remember, taking care of your mouth keeps your smile bright. So eat, drink, be merry — and brush and floss your teeth regularly.

Tooth Jewellery Adds Flash To Your Smile !

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Tooth Jewellery Adds Flash To Your Smile !

Make your teeth sparkle!

Tooth jewellery is the most fashionable thing in today's world. Dental Jewellery is a brilliant way to add sparkles to your smile and stand out of the crowd.The best of film stars, models and high society people are into tooth jewellery. Teenagers and pretty girls, can use tooth jewellery to add a sparkle to their beautiful smile. It's true. With Smile Up Dental Care & Implant Center's jewels you can actually have a sparkling smile! It's easy, painless and a superficial procedure which requires no alteration to your teeth.
Tooth jewellery is basically an accessory which is fixed on any prominent front tooth. 

A lot of jewellery designs in different sizes and colors are available to choose from, and you can pick depending on what you wish to express with your smile.

Features & Advantages-

1.Dental jewellery is very affordable.

2.Very simple and short  procedure.

3.No pain.

4.You can get them matching with your attire that you are going to wear.

5.No tooth structure is damaged.

6.Superficial. No drilling/holes required.

7.Can be removed at any time if desired.

8.Can be fixed again at a later stage.

9. Achieve a perfect picture on your big day.

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Fluoride Treatments - "Extra Protection for Your Teeth"

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Fluoride Treatments - "Extra Protection for Your Teeth"

Dental caries (tooth decay) is caused by acid-producing bacteria that collect around the teeth and gingivae (gums) in a sticky, clear film called “plaque.” Without good daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, teeth become more vulnerable to caries. Brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss or another type of interdental cleaner help remove plaque. Regular dental examinations and cleanings also are important for keeping teeth healthy.

Another key to good oral health is fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent caries and can repair teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of the disease.

Fluoride can be obtained in two forms: topical and systemic.

TOPICAL AND SYSTEMIC FLUORIDES

Topical fluorides are applied directly to the tooth enamel. Some examples include fluoride toothpastes and mouthrinses, as well as fluoride treatments in the dental clinic.

Systemic fluorides are those that are swallowed. Examples include fluoridated water and dietary fluoride supplements. The maximum reduction in dental caries is achieved when fluoride is available both topically and systemically.

Dentists have used in-office fluoride treatments for decades to help protect the oral health of children and adults, especially patients who may be at a higher risk of developing caries. Some factors that may increase a person’s risk of developing caries include the following:

  • poor oral hygiene;
  • active caries;
  • eating disorders;
  • drug or alcohol abuse;
  • lack of regular professional dental care;
  • active orthodontic treatment combined with poor oral hygiene;
  • high levels of caries-causing bacteria in the mouth;
  • exposed root surfaces of teeth;
  • decreased salivary flow, resulting in dry mouth;
  • poor diet; dexisting restorations (fillings); tooth enamel defects;

undergoing head and neck radiation therapy.

PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENT

If you, or a family member, are at a moderate-to high risk of developing caries, a professional fluoride treatment can help. The fluoride preparation used in the "Smile Up Dental Care & Implant Center " dental clinic is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouthrinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy.

Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish. Typically, it is applied with a cotton swab or brush, or it is used as a rinse or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes.

After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas.

Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months. Your dentist also may recommend additional preventive measures if you are at a moderate or high risk of developing caries. These measures may include over-the-counter or prescription therapeutic products such as fluoride mouthrinses, gels or antibacterial mouthrinses.

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Learn The Ideal Brushing Habits!

BDS
Dentist, Pune
Learn The Ideal Brushing Habits!

Brushing too hard.

All of us have heard by now that brushing hard may not be the solution to our dental woes.Going the soft gentle and frequent way is what we need to do so if you're still in the habit of waging a morning battle with your teeth let's try and remind ourselves to be gentle and clean them like porcelain not scrub them like the toilet bowl. 

Hardly brushing.

If you're in the habit of hardly brushing which means either brushing too quickly or brushing just once a day it can cost you! 

As food accumulates and bacteria breakdown this accumulated food into acids which dissolve enamel -cavities are formed. These cavities need dental visits to fill up.

If small they can be done sooner and economically but if large they can end up causing you a lot of pain and even requiring multiple avoidable sittings.

Brushing with hard bristles.

Hard bristles tend to damage the teeth and we see multiple patients with severely work down teeth by just self inflicted brushing damage. Imagine thinking you're preventing a problem and actually creating one. While we commend the efforts of anyone who looks after their oral health we also ensure that overzealous brushes should use nothing more than extra soft bristles.

Not replacing your brush.

Replacing your brush is the most neglected aspect of oral hygiene that leaves everyone guessing  and being a small detail even your dentist would most likely forget to discuss it. So here's the answer to your dilemma of when to replace your brush - ideally every 3-4 months or when the bristles start to fray whichever happens first. 

Replacing brushes or brush heads has even proven to reduce throat infections as old bristles tend to start harbouring bacteria besides being inefficient at cleaning as well.

Not flossing.

Flossing hasn't been in our culture or education. We probably encountered a floss much later than we saw or learnt to use a brush. It's very important that just like brushing is second nature to us or comes automatically so should flossing be taught and instilled in our system. 

Flossing prevents the most number of cavities even more than brushing since not all brushes reach the areas that entrap food but floss definitely does. 

It is ideally recommended to start your cleaning routine by flossing and then brushing. 

An inexpensive method to save a lot of time and dental costs.

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I had pyria in my childhood, now my lower 3 incisors are most suffered, one of my tooth came out suddenly while talking .what could be done now?

BDS
Dentist, Pune
I had pyria in my childhood, now my lower 3 incisors are most suffered, one of my tooth came out suddenly while talki...
The best bleeding gums treatment is to remove from your teeth the plaque bacteria that causes gum disease. When dental plaque builds up, it turns into tartar, a hard, sticky substance that adheres to your teeth. Without regular teeth cleanings, dental tartar can become a breeding ground for even more plaque, which can creep below the gum line and lead to an infection that causes bleeding gums. So if you notice that you have bleeding gums, see a dentist as soon as you can. Seeking bleeding gums treatment at the first sign of a problem can help reverse gingivitis and help prevent periodontal disease. Other treatment options, such as scaling and root planing procedures, slow down the process of gum disease. If you suffer from an advanced form of periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend ongoing bleeding gums treatment or periodontal therapy. In some cases, dental surgery may be needed to control the bleeding .For any more query or treatment visit us today.
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How Do You Get Rid of Bad Breath?

BDS
Dentist, Pune
How Do You Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Here are 3 Simple & effective tips that you can help you fight bad breath and keep your mouth healthy on a daily basis.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

If you’re suffering from bad breath problems, it is important that you brush and floss twice a day. Use fluoride-based toothpaste that will help you to keep your mouth clean and remove food debris and plaque. It is also important to brush your teeth before you go to bed because bacteria can grow in your mouth while you’re asleep. It is also important that you scrape your tongue to remove any residue that may be building up after you eat your meals.

Keep Your Mouth Moist

Keeping your mouth moist is another way to eliminate bad breath issues which is why you need to ensure that you drink good amount of water throughout the day. Drinking adequate amount of water will help you stay hydrated as well. You can also chew sugarless chewing gums or candies that can stimulate production of saliva in your mouth to wash away food particles and bacteria. Choose chewing gums that have xylitol are always recommended.

Watch What You Eat

Certain foods can trigger bad breath in your mouth and therefore you need to keep log of what food you eat. This will help you to narrow down certain food items that worsen your bad breath problems. Similarly, there are certain medications that also trigger mouth odour, hence it is recommended that you talk about it with your dentist. Stay away from tobacco products and avoid smoking which also leads to bad breath issues.

We recommend that you visit your dentist regularly, at least twice a year to conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and to ensure that your mouth is clean and healthy. Your dentist will also be able to help you know whether the bad breath problem is due to general health conditions or triggered due to any food item or medications.

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