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Cavities Tips

Dental Health Tips!

Dr.Gauri Pasricha 87% (29ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Pune
Dental Health Tips!

Brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums.

Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay.

Brush thoroughly. Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes.

Floss your teeth daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.

Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices. Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.

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Importance Of Flossing

Dr.Garima Malhotra 91% (236ratings)
BDS , MDS, FICOI
Dentist, Noida
Importance Of Flossing

It is important to floss every night, as toothbrush doesn't clean in between the tooth. If you don't feel comfortable with dental floss you can use water flosser as well. If you floss regularly you will not get fresh cavities.

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Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene!

BDS
Dentist, Bhubaneswar
Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene!

Presently human dentition plays a major role in enhancing the facial aesthetics and overall personality of an individual.


Good dentition not only helps a person to chew food efficiently but also maintains the facial value and phonetics.
Nowadays I see patients coming up with a common complaint of bad breath, swollen gums, bleeding gums, food impaction between teeth, blackening and staining of teeth, sensitivity on intake of hot and cold beverages…even after brushing efficiently on a daily basis.


On this context, emphasizing on bad breath, I would like to enlighten certain tips and awareness.


Currently, our day to day eating habits of junk food, spicy food not only affects our overall health but also our oral cavity in many ways.
Not rinsing mouth after taking meals, snacks in between meals, intake of sticky food leads to food impaction in between teeth as millions of harmful bacteria reside on each and every surface of teeth.
There is ‘v-shaped’ valley like space between all teeth that provides a channel for food to flow in and out therefore accelerates in self-cleansing mechanism. When food gets lodged in these spaces for a longer period, leads to gum recession i. E, gums begin to form a pocket below the gumline trapping food.
Overtime the supporting tissues periodontium (the ligament that connects the tooth to the bone) and bone get destroyed hence the pockets deepen providing larger space to live, multiply and destroy the tooth and the surrounding tooth-supporting structures.
Hence properly brushing your teeth for 2-3 min, twice daily, plays a major role to keep your oral cavity clean and healthy.

Advice and precautions -

  •  Brush your teeth using a circular motion and give back and forth strokes covering the inner-outer and chewing surface of teeth.
  • Tongue scraper is equally important to remove the harmful bacteria layer that forms on the upper surface of the tongue.
  • Use of interdental aids available in various sizes, shapes and designs in the form of toothbrush and floss should be routinely used in order to keep the interdental areas clean.
  •  Use mouthwash as advised, as its antibacterial property helps in eliminating the toxins and harmful bacteria away.
  • It is advisable not to eat or drink anything for half an hour after using a mouth rinse.
  • Visit to the dentist once in every 6 months is very necessary to keep your oral cavity clean and to maintain your overall health.
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See Your Dentist Before It's Too Late!

Dr.Arunima Chandra 91% (427ratings)
BDS , MCP
Dentist, Bangalore
See Your Dentist Before It's Too Late!

Gum disease, root cavities, infection or oral cancer!
Most people never see them coming but these hidden threats to your oral health can lead to severe pain, loss of teeth, and serious health implications. Only your dentist has the training, skill and expertise to spot and treat these dangers before it's too late.
So see your dentist because what you can't see can hurt you.

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Dentures - Can They Improve A Person's Dental Health?

Dr.Ruchi Lohia 92% (64ratings)
BDS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), Advanced Endotontic Course On Root Canal, Postgraduate in Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Kolkata
Dentures - Can They Improve A Person's Dental Health?

Dentures are prosthetic devices and their purpose is to replace missing teeth. Dentures are basically false teeth, which are supported by the tissues of the oral cavity. Most dentures are removable, while some are permanently fixed. Dentures are widely used by people all over the world, who have missing teeth.

Here are the ways in which dentures can improve a person's life:

  1. Speaking becomes clearer: Missing teeth make it difficult for a person to speak clearly. Using dentures will fix this problem and you will be able to speak clearly and properly as dentures take place of the natural teeth. It takes some time to get adjusted to dentures and many people practice pronunciation of difficult words in front of the mirror after getting dentures fitted in their mouth.
  2. You can eat normally again: Missing teeth cause difficulty in eating and you are unable to eat many of your favorite dishes, which require strong teeth. After getting a denture fitted, you can get back to eating all sorts of foods again and biting or chewing won't be difficult anymore. This too takes some time to adjust and in the beginning, you should eat soft foods by cutting them into small pieces. You should abstain from having chewing gums or hard food initially.
  3. Your self esteem gets improved: Losing teeth makes you look bad and many people feel embarrassed or ashamed because of missing teeth. A denture is a perfect remedy for this. After getting dentures, your teeth will be back and will look and feel natural. There is usually no worry about the dentures falling off or slipping out as they are fitted properly in the gums. You will look good, and the lost confidence will be back.
  4. You will have improved oral health: Missing teeth cause health problems, such as bone loss in the jaw area. To avoid this from happening, dentures should be used. These teeth implants will replace your old teeth, and bone loss will be prevented.
  5. You will appear younger: Missing teeth alter the structure of your face. Wrinkles might appear or the face may seem to look collapsed, then dentures can effectively support the structure of your face and make it appear to be more youthful with added fullness.

Dentures improve the quality of a person's life greatly with missing teeth. They should be taken care of properly, cleaned regularly and you should have regular dentist appointments to ensure a proper fit of the denture.

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How To Keep Your Teeth And Gums Healthy?

Dr.Anshumali Srivastava 89% (63ratings)
BDS , MDS
Dentist, Gorakhpur
How To Keep Your Teeth And Gums Healthy?

The best ways to prevent oral health problems are to:

 • Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day

 • Floss at least once a day (one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent disease in your oral cavity)

 • Have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional every six months

 • Avoid tobacco products

 • Follow a high-fibre, low-fat, low-sugar diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables

 • Limit sugary snacks and drinks.

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Tooth Decay - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

Dr.Udaykumar Koli 87% (27ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Kolhapur
Tooth Decay - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

The most common problem affecting the mouth is caries which happens as a result of bacteria acting on the food deposits on the teeth, which produces acid that attacks the tooth structure. The result is loss of tooth structure and formation of pits and cavities which allows more food deposits and causes more decay.

Decay development depends on a number of factors including heredity, tooth structure, oral hygiene habits, food habits, etc. There are certain simple things that can be done at home which can delay the onset of the decay and also reduce its progression and severity.

If that sounds interesting, read on to know more.

  1. Clove and sesame oil: Clove oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties. A few drops of clove oil mixed with a half teaspoon of sesame oil can be dabbed on the affected tooth with a cotton ball. This can be repeated every night, both for relief as well as for preventing further decay spread. Alternately, a whole clove can be chewed for some time and then placed under the tongue for continued relief.
  2. Salt: Known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, use a rinse made with salt and warm water and swish around the affected tooth at least 3 times a day. Alternately, make a paste of salt and lemon juice and apply on the affected tooth.
  3. Garlic: A paste with about 4 cloves of garlic and rock salt applied on the affected tooth provides great relief. Raw garlic can be eaten regularly for multiple benefits, including prevention from tooth decay. Rubbing raw garlic on the affected tooth also provides temporary relief from pain.
  4. Neem: Still used as a toothbrush by many rural people, chewing on a tender neem bark yields powerful oils and compounds that help keep the teeth against bacterial attack. The high fiber content is also effective against reducing plaque formation.
  5. Swishing with oils: Sesame, coconut or sunflower oil can be used for this purpose. On an empty stomach in the morning, use a tablespoon of one of these oils to swish for about 10 minutes, take care not to swallow it. This should be done before brushing the teeth. This helps reduce gum disease, bad breath and reduce cavities.
  6. Mustard oil: Two teaspoons each of mustard oil and rock salt can be mixed and applied to the tooth regularly for relief from dental decay pain.

The next time you have a toothache, it is not always necessary to rush to the dentist. Try these home remedies to get some relief, which will give you time to go to the dentist.

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Healthy Teeth - How To Maintain It?

Dentist, Mumbai
Healthy Teeth - How To Maintain It?

If you thought dental health could take a backseat amongst other demanding health problems, you surely haven’t experienced the unbearable pain of tooth cavities. Problems affecting your teeth could be many. From open nerve endings to weak and brittle teeth, anything could plague you. To take proper care of your teeth, you should visit your dentist frequently.

A few basic ways to maintain healthy teeth - 

  1. Pay attention to the kind of toothbrush you use - The kind of toothbrush you use plays a key role in judging the health of your teeth. Many tend to use toothbrushes with hard bristles for brushing; this causes the enamel of your teeth to wear away. As a result, the dentine (hard dense bony tissue forming the bulk of a tooth, beneath the enamel) shows and a person reveals yellowish teeth every time he or she smiles. To soften the bristles of your toothbrush, you could wash it in lukewarm water before brushing.
     
  2. Certain food items should be strictly avoided - Junk food or packaged food is not just harmful to your overall health, but also for your teeth. Any food rich in starches or sugars can have acidic effects on your teeth enamel. Acids can corrode the enamel of your teeth. Hence, one should remember to consume food items that contain little amounts of sugar and starch. The reason why everybody around prohibited you from having too many chocolates as a child can be realized in the aforesaid (mentioned earlier) point.
     
  3. Brushing and flossing routine - It is absolutely essential to brush your teeth twice daily. Flossing is what makes brushing effective. Many people are not aware of the right way to floss. Flossing should be done in a way so as to get rid of plaque that tends to settle down in between your teeth or right underneath your gums. The floss should be curved in the shape of a C for proper cleaning. Deposition of food particles, when left to rot inside your mouth, can cause grave problems other than bad breath.
     
  4. Give up your addiction - Smoking can kill the well-being of your teeth. It reduces the amount of blood circulated into a person’s mouth thus, making him or her more prone to the risk of oral cancers. Your chances of contracting periodontal diseases also increase when you smoke. So, healthy teeth and smoking can never go hand in hand.
     
  5. Never eat too many snacks - Eating in between meals or overeating generally causes a lot of harm to your dental health. The number of snacks a person intakes, the more is the concentration of sugar on his or her teeth. Care should be taken to eat four complete meals a day and less of snacks which are rich in sugar or carbohydrates.
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Dental Abscess - Causes & Symptoms Of It!

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Dental Abscess - Causes & Symptoms Of It!

Dental abscess is characterized by pus formation in the teeth or the gums. This infection may occur either in the gums or the tip of the tooth. It usually occurs due to a bacterial infection which may enter the mouth through food, thus causing accumulation of plaque. If the plaque is not removed by following proper dental hygiene, then it may result in abscess.

The various factors that increase your chances of getting affected by dental abscess are a sugar rich diet and poor oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth to prevent symptoms of dental abscess. A diet that has too much sugar may lead to cavities that increases your risk of dental abscess.

Dental abscess may be classified into three types

  1. Periodontal abscess: This type of abscess occurs in the bone structures in the teeth
  2. Gingival abscess: This type of abscess occurs in the gums
  3. Periapical abscess: Periapical abscess occurs in the soft areas of the tooth

Causes:
Entry of bacteria through holes in the teeth may result in breaking down of the soft tissue under the enamel. The infection may result in the hole to penetrate the pulp in the teeth. The bacteria thus infects the bone present in the teeth causing Periapical abscess. The bacteria that infects as a result of plaque accumulation may lead dental abscess. This may also lead to formation of gaps in the teeth leading to infection in the inner areas of the teeth.

Symptoms
The symptoms of dental abscess are: 

  1. The teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
  2. Pain during chewing food
  3. A persistent pain in the jaw that radiates to the ear
  4. You may experience a swelling in the face and the neck
  5. Tenderness in the lymph nodes in the neck
  6. You may experience symptoms of fever
  7. Presence of foul smelling fluid in your mouth
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What Causes Cavities?

Dr.Garima Malhotra 91% (236ratings)
BDS , MDS, FICOI
Dentist, Noida
What Causes Cavities?

We wonder why some people have more cavities even if they don't eat more sugar and they brush two times a day, whereas other people who eat alot of sugar and brush once don't get cavities. 
Actually, there are a lot of factors associated which lead to cavities. 

  • Frequency of eating, more frequently you eat more cavities you get.
  • Heartburn or gerd lead to stomach acid in to mouth which damage enamel, means more cavities.
  • Sugary drinks, cold drinks and other beverages also damage enamel and result in cavities in between teeth.
  • Lack of tooth brushing.
  • Dry mouth, lack of proper salivation leads to more cavities.
  • Teeth with enamel defects like fluorosis are more prone to cavities.
  • More acidogenic bacteria in mouth lead to more cavities.
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