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How sugar-free chewing gum will help you?

April 20th, 2019 by

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What is sugar-free gum?

Sugar-free chewing gum does not contain any sugar in it. The chewing gum releases its flavors over a period of time, just like ordinary gum.

Why is chewing sugar-free gum good for my teeth?

Chewing sugar-free gum helps to prevent teeth in between meals when it may not be possible to brush with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Your teeth are more at risk of an acid attack after you have eaten. The acid is produced by the bacteria, and the sugars in our food and drink, and it slowly dissolves the enamel and dentine of the tooth, to produce a hole or ‘cavity’. (Plaque is the thin layer of sticky film that keeps forming on your teeth. It contains many types of bacteria which can cause cavity and gum disease.

You can defeat this acid attack by chewing sugar-free gum, as it helps the mouth to produce more saliva – the mouth’s natural defense against acid and bacteria.

Can sugar-free gum help to preserve against dental erosion?

Dental erosion is caused by the acids in the foods we eat and drink, such as citrus fruits, and fizzy drinks. These start to wear the enamel covering the teeth and remove some of the minerals harming the enamel. By helping us produce more saliva, chewing sugar-free gum can also help to decrease this type of acid in our mouth. It takes the saliva about an hour to restore the minerals that the enamel has lost. Chewing sugar-free gum about 20 minutes after eating or drinking can increase the flow of saliva, and help replace the minerals more quickly.

See the diagram below

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It reveals how your tooth enamel is at risk from bacteria attack after food and drink, and how long it takes the acid level in the mouth to return to the safe zone. pH is the standard for acidity, with levels below 5.5 being acid enough to soften tooth enamel. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating can quickly lower the amount of acid that attacks the teeth.

Can chewing sugar-free gum help with bad breath and dry mouth?

Dry mouth and bad breath are often caused by a less saliva flow. When you chew sugar-free gum your mouth produces more saliva and the symptoms of dry mouth and bad breath may be decreased.

What is Xylitol and where does it come off?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener and is found in some fruit, berries, vegetables, and mushrooms. It has a sweetness equal to that of sugar. Xylitol is normally made from birch bark.

Why is Xylitol particularly good for my teeth?

Xylitol helps to prevent plaque bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Studies have shown that xylitol can help reduce cavity and even help reverse the cavity itself by helping to restore the minerals in tooth enamel.

What is the right time to chew sugar-free gum?

It is best to chew right after eating. Chewing about twenty minutes increases the stream of saliva, speeding up the time that it takes for saliva to remove the acid.

How many times a day can I chew?

It is suggested to chew sugar-free gum after eating and drinking on the go.

Is sugar-free gum safe to use for kids?

We do not suggest that children under the age of seven chew gum. But this is something for parents to decide.

Is sugar-free gum suitable for vegetarians?

Some chewing gums can carry animal glycerine and are not suitable for vegetarians. However, most sugar-free gums now only contain a type of non-animal glycerine and are proper for vegetarians.

Can I chew sugar-free gum if I’m wearing dentures or braces?

People with certain types of dentures may find that sugar-free gum difficult as it sticks to the teeth and palate of the denture. Sugar-free gum is not recommended if you have an orthodontic brace.

Do I still need to brush and floss my teeth if I’ve used chewing gum?

Yes. You will still need to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Are gum sticks and gum pellets different?

The main difference between sticks and pellets is the size. Pellets are smaller than sticks so they may be better for children and people with smaller mouths.

What happens if I swallow the gum?

There is no indication that swallowing gum is harmful. Swallowed gum will pass through your system like any other food, although it may take a little longer.

Can sugar-free gum whiten my teeth?

Some sugar-free chewing gums have a ‘whitening’ claim. Although these products cannot lighten the natural color of your teeth, they may help to lessen any staining which could build-up on your teeth due to smoking, or drinking red wine or coffee.

Expert’s Opinion:

  • Dr. Zeta Anato Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Reducing acid level in the mouth greatly helps to prevent cavity. And Sugar free gum helps for this action”.
  • Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Chewing gum is the great resuce because after every meal you cannot deeply clean the mouth when you are busy. But chewing sugar free gum will fight with the acids when you can not clean during the day”.
  • Dr. Preethi Nagarajan Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Sugar free gum not only fight with cavity but also keep your mouth fresh”.

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How to maintain good oral health in today’s fast life?

April 17th, 2019 by

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One of the biggest responsibilities for us in our daily life is going to work every day. Reaching your work place in the morning is already a task due to the rush in trains or continuously sitting in traffic during peak hours. After reaching there, you must complete all your work load which is constantly mounting up. Hence in this hectic life, it is important to take care of your oral health.

Let’s have a look at some simple tips which should be followed regularly:

The simplest thing you can do is drink lot of water. Wondering how water helps in maintaining good oral health? First of all, water is not only important for your overall health but also encourages saliva production which is important for healthy teeth. As you all know, water is neither acidic nor it has any sugar or calories. Risk of getting dental problems like enamel erosion, gum disease, tooth decay, etc. are reduced if you drink a lot of water daily. It will also help to strengthen tooth enamel especially if it is fluoridated. It can also tackle morning breath. Hence it is highly recommended to drink lot of water throughout the day.

Unhealthy snacks can cause harm to your oral health along with your overall health. You need to stop the habit of eating sweet food, snacks or sugary and fizzy drinks between regular intervals throughout the day as they are considered as one of the biggest enemies of your teeth. Your teeth directly come in danger when they are in contact with sugary food and this is the condition which lasts for an hour.

This doesn’t mean you should not eat anything at your workplace. There are different options which will help you maintain good oral health. They include:

  • Dairy products
  • Nuts
  • Breadsticks
  • Raw vegetables

Since these food items are better than sugary and acidic food it’s time to add these items to your diet!

Chew sugar free gum:

Sugar free gum helps return your teeth back to their normal state quicker if you chew it for 20 minutes. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. It also helps in protecting your gums and teeth between meals.

Cut down and quit smoking:

Smoking is very dangerous for your health. We all know it damages heart and lungs. But, it causes equal harm to teeth, gums and your overall oral health. It also leaves stains on teeth, causes gum disease and can even lead to mouth cancer. Smoking even decreases your work productivity. Hence you must stop smoking as it creates an adverse effect on your overall health as well as your oral health.

Visit your dentist

If you care about your oral health, you MUST visit a dentist every 6 months. This will help you avoid serious dental problems. Poor oral health can also result in diseases like diabetes, strokes and heart problems.

Hence, you should stick to a healthy diet for your routine work day. Hence visiting a dentist at least twice a year is always beneficial for you than going to a dentist with some dental problem.
From today, make your oral health and your overall health a priority for living a long and heathy life.’

Expert’s Opinion:

  • Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Brushing alone can not help to protect the teeth. One should quit the bad habit to gain good smile”.
  • Dr. Zeta Antao Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “The simple tips will help you to get healthy teeth. It’s vital to quit bad habit”.
  • Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Bad habits such as too many sugary foods and smoking will harm your health in one or other ways”.

References:

How Important is your jaw’s health?

April 15th, 2019 by

Jaw Pain

A classical square like face with high standing skull, upright skeleton and prominent cheekbone and jaw bones that can accommodate straight teeth that hopelessly draw us to the face of famous actors/actresses; we often see people come to our dental clinic and asking us to change their face profile in 15 mins as if one is expecting a dentist to do magic on their misshapen teeth, but when dentist informs it would take a year to correct they go into fight-or-flight mode.

Your jaw is the base for your beautiful smile. Let’s examine what problems may occur when the jaw structure is incorrect.

Cavity

When we pack 10 people in 10*10 square feet room, people die with suffocation. The same way when we accommodate 16 teeth in a small arch that leads to decay, major gum issues which increases their negative feelings that is when people become introvert, avoid taking selfies, wouldn’t be confident enough to talk to people in public.

Moreover, a diseased mouth can result in a lower income job. They go for a job interview and all people can see is their severely broken teeth, their bad teeth stand in the way of their getting a job with a good salary.

Misalignment

Despite our undeniable obsession with good teeth, many of our mouths resemble a disaster zone and when teeth are misaligned, it follows the facial structure too. Crooked teeth indicate poor growth of our upper and lower jaw bones which not only house our teeth but also contains other crucial structures like airways, vessels and the skeleton base for the brain.

Many people think that the jaw is simply a mechanical device that allows us to crush and chew food, but the truth is that it does so much more. In one way or other, the jaw has a significant effect on every other organ in the body.

Sinus expansion

An improperly formed maxilla may also have a deviated septum and narrow, obstructed nasal passages, airways that are essential to our breathing when people have a high palate with crooked upper teeth, their ability to breathe through their nose can be compromised. In the same way, the lower jaw shapes the lower airways and soft palate, its deficiency can cause major issues.

Distortion of other facial features

Looking at children today, you are likely to see long, skinny faces and slumped posture. Cramped upper teeth are a sign of a narrow palate encroaching on nasal airways which can cause slouching and mouth breathing.

Improper development of upper and lower jawbone leads to crooked teeth. Simply put the jaw bone are like platforms that the teeth have to grow out, when the platform is not the right size or they are misshapen in some way, the teeth cannot grow in straight.

What is the solution?

Find the cause of the problem:

People spend days chasing the problems from behind rather than getting it in front of it and stopping it in its track, dental disease would continue to exist, no matter how many dental fillings, teeth cleaning/scaling sessions, root canal treatment, and extractions that patient got it done that persist to stay until unless we remove the cause from the root.

We do not need another treatment that simply hides the problem we need the solution. The uncomfortable truth is that most of the dental issues arise from misshapen teeth, when teeth are straight it becomes easier to clean rather than crooked ones which create the pocket in between the tooth and becomes ground to the oral diseases.

Early Dental Checkups:

It is as if the maxilla and mandible are the concrete foundations of seating sections in a stadium. If the concrete is distorted or the foundation is just small, you cannot install the seats in neatly aligned rows, they end up bunching together or jutting out at odd angles. How could anyone help people make their mouths and teeth strong and healthy, rather than just patch them up when something goes wrong? As parents, taking children at 12 yrs to the dental clinic can avoid so many problems.

What to expect from Orthodontics?

People think orthodontics is all about giving kids a straight smile by aligning the six front teeth in the upper and lower jaw but they are wrong, it is often associated with correcting occlusion, jaw and muscles and many another thing. When we are building a house, we start by building foundations(jaw), then walls (muscles) then the roof soon and the last thing we work on is the interior which in our body’s case includes the teeth. Our body cannot start with the teeth and make sure they are straight because then it might not have enough material to build the foundation that would match them. It might throw the whole house off, so the body starts with the jaw, it builds as best it can with the resources it has and at the end it installs the teeth, if the jaw ends up misshapen, the only way the teeth can go in is crooked and that’s how they go in. We go to the gym to shape our body since we cannot take jaw to the gym we need to visit orthodontics in growing stage of the jaw so that they change bumpy ride into the smooth ride for good.

Expert’s Opinions:

  • Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Everyone should take care of their teeth, bite, and gums”.
  • Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “It’s important to give extra care to your children’s jaw because healthy jaw can accommodate a good set of teeth.”
  • Dr. Preethi Nagarajan Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Jawbone and bite highly influence the way a person looks and it requires proper care”.

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How Dental Crowns will help you?

April 11th, 2019 by

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The tooth which is broken or weakened can not perform its activity. A crown can be placed to make the tooth structure stronger. It is a restoration process of the remaining tooth structure.

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial replacement that if placed over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes also called a ‘cap’.

Why would I require a crown?

Crowns are typical restoration for teeth that have been cracked or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown can help for a number of other reasons, for instance:

  • People who have discolored fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
  • You may have had a root filling which may need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth.
  • You may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
  • Crowns can improve the appearance of teeth.

What is a crown made of?

Crowns can be made of different materials and new materials are continually being advanced. Some of the most popular options are listed below.

Porcelain bonded to precious or non-precious metal:

This is what most crowns are made from. A precious or non-precious metal base is made and then porcelain is used in layers atop it.

Porcelain crowns:

These are made completely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.

All-ceramic crowns:

This advanced technology offers a metal-free option, which can give the health of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown.

Glass:

These crowns look similar to a natural tooth and are used on both front and back teeth.

Gold alloy crowns:

Gold is one of the best and oldestfifilling materials, Today it is worked with other metal alloys to increase its strength, which makes it a very hard wearing restoration. These crowns are silver or gold in color.

What will happen in my appointment?

A temporary crown will be fit to the tooth so that you can utilize the tooth while you wait for the crown to be made. This crown may be more noticeable and not highly comfortable but is only a temporary measure.

How long does the treatment take?

You will need to have at least two visits. fiIn first visit your dentist will take the impression, shade taking and he may fit the temporary crown. In the second visit, the permanent crown will be cemented. There will usually be about 1 to 2 weeks duration required in between appointments.

Does it pain while preparing the tooth for a crown?

No, your dentist may give you a local anesthetic and the preparation should feel no different from a filling. If the tooth does not have a nerve, and a post crown is being fixed, then you may not require a local anesthetic.

Will the crown be noticeable?

The crown will be made to match your other teeth as closely as possible. The color of the adjacent teeth will be registered, to make that the color looks natural and matches the surrounding teeth.

Will the crown feel different?

Since the shape of the crown will be slightly different from the shape of your natural tooth, you will realise it initially. Within a few days, it should feel normal, and you will not notice it.

How should I take care of my crown?

How long your crown remains depends on how well you look after it. The crown itself cannot get the cavity, but the cavity can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. Therefore, to prevent cavity affecting the crown, it is important to keep this area just as clean as you would your own teeth. Brushing two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss thread.

How long will the crown last?

Crowns can last for many years id it is taken care of. Your dentist will be able to tell you how long the crown may be expected to remain.

Expert Opinion:

  • Dr. Zeeta Antao Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “ A crown helps in a tooth function and also in a in its appearance”.
  • Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “patient who has broken tooth or suffered from deep cavity are rescued by Dental Crowns”.
  • Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “6 people among 10 suffers from deep cavity and their natural tooth can be saved by dental crowns”.
  • References:

Why should you replace your missing tooth?

April 8th, 2019 by

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Why is it necessary to replace missing teeth?

A missing tooth can severely influence your daily life. It can affect your oral health and also general health, your appearance, and self-esteem. This article will help you to understand the consequences of tooth loss.

Your teeth: A brief about molars, incisors, gum, and bone.

All of your teeth have an important role to play. They help you chew and grind up food. They also support you speak clearly and are the essence of your smile. We start off with 20 baby teeth when we are children, which then get replaced by 32 permanent teeth.

How Can I lose the tooth?

Identifying how you lossed your last tooth will help you to save the other remaining tooth. You can take step to rescue the teeth.

  • Your tooth died:

    Plaque is a biofilm that forms on your teeth if it’s not washed away by saliva or regularly brushed away with a toothbrush. Bacteria reacts with sugar and starch in our mouth turns into acids. These acids effect on the tooth enamel by dissolving the minerals that harden it. With time, this can destroy your teeth by creating holes called decay. If not treated properly, your tooth can eventually die.

  • Your gums are inflamed:

    Gums are made of tissue and ligaments that keep your teeth stable. They hold tooth roots and stimulate your jaw bone to grow around the tooth. When bacteria cause an infection of the gums, these ligaments start dissolving. The gum tears back and the bone around the tooth diminishes.
    These called gum diseases, also known as periodontal diseases, loosen your teeth and expose the sensitive tooth roots. Now it’s an easy place for bacteria to form on your teeth and cause tooth-root decay and tooth loss.

  • You had an accident:

    Accidents, for example in sports, or road accidents can lead to the loss of one or more teeth, and cause trauma to your gums and jaw bone. Often injury only becomes apparent months or years after the accident, when it has already impacted the tooth root.

  • It’s genetically determined:

    Some people are born with a less number of teeth or no teeth at all (an illness called congenital anodontia), others never develop their permanent adult teeth. Sometimes the surface of your tooth (enamel) isn’t strong enough, which can create a cone or peg-shaped teeth (ectodermal dysplasia).

  • How missing tooth affect my life?

    A tooth helps in several activities in daily life. A missing tooth creates empty space in the mouth and starts to create other problems.

    Effects on jaw bone and gum:

    When you lose teeth, it disturbs the interaction between teeth and bone. Gum and bone are no longer stimulated well enough due to the absent teeth, so the jaw bone begins shrinking and your gum pulls back. This can weaken neighboring teeth until they collapse. Teeth in the opposite jaw can then start growing into the gap.

    Effects on your appearance:

    Missing teeth and a reduced jaw bone can make your face look older. Your cheeks to become dull and saggy because they can no longer fully stabilize your lips and cheeks from the inside.

    Teeth Misalignment:

    All your tooth has a certain place to stay. Once the gap created by the missing tooth the surrounding teeth will start to move in the gap. It may create misalignment in your jawline.

    Don’t wait till missing tooth to affect remaining teeth. Book an appointment with Sabka dentist to replace your missing tooth.

    Expert’s Opinion:

    • Dr. Ankita Gada Dental director says “missing tooth affect the look as well as your digestive process”.
    • Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Irrespective to the reason of tooth loss one should replace with an artificial tooth in order to keep other teeth safe”.
    • Dr. Priyanka Shinghore Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Advanced options for tooth replacement process makes patients to have healthy mouth.”

    References:

How to Handle Orthodontic Emergencies

April 6th, 2019 by

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Orthodontic Emergency

Orthodontic treatment will help to align your teeth and improve the smile. But wearing braces is sometimes painful. Initially it may lead to some kind of discomfort in the mouth. Sometimes wires and brackets not only hurt but also injure the cheeks and lips. This article will help you learn how to handle such orthodontic emergencies.

Identify the Situation

There are a few types of orthodontic emergencies. Hence, you need to first identify and assess the situation, which may include:

  • Oral bleeding
  • A swallowed device

You may be worried about oral discomfort after either braces installation or adjustment, but soreness is expected. However soft foods are the best way to combat sore gums in such circumstance.

Mouth Sores

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for up to one week. Stick to soft foods until your teeth do not hurt to chew. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water solution. Dissolve some salt in warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.

Rubbing Irritations

Even if you don’t have noticeable sores, you can still have rubbing irritations. However, you can feel relief using orthodontic wax. Since the brackets on your teeth can rub against your lips, coating it in wax can help prevent irritation and sores.

Oral-Cavity Accidents

These types of orthodontic emergency can vary but usually consist of any accidents. If you have experienced damage to an oral cavity, it’s important that you get it checked by your dentist immediately. Since soft tissues need time to heal, your dentist will need to adjust your braces back into proper place. To avoid this altogether, you should ask your orthodontist for a mouth guard to protect your teeth.

Loose Brackets

Brackets are the square metal devices that are glued to your teeth. Sometimes they can snap off. Fortunately, the brackets have a wire connect to them, so they’ll just stick to the wire without too much of a problem. But, you should visit your orthodontist as soon as you can to reattach the metal bracket back onto your tooth otherwise it creates more other problem.

Problems with Wires

Wires are threaded through the brackets to keep the pressure on your teeth to move in the correct position. These wires, however, can snap while chewing or without any action also. This causes the area to become loose. When a wire breaks from its position, it can stick out from the tooth, poke the inside of the cheek, or just cause general discomfort. In order to fix the wire, the orthodontist will need to replace it. Be sure to make an appointment as soon as you can.

Missing Rubber Bands

To rectify a number of bite problems orthodontists apply rubber bands to braces. These include overbites, underbites, and crossbites. These rubber bands are placed across the teeth at a range of angles. This is used to create an angular force against teeth.

If a rubber band falls out. In fact, the patients are supposed to remove and replace these bands as needed throughout the entire treatment. If a band is lost, you can just replace it with one that your orthodontist provided you. Though it is possible for you swallowed band, it is safe as the bands are nontoxic. But it is essential to bring the notice of your orthodontist.

An orthodontic emergency happens to everyone. When the emergency is tooth-related you should give extra attention to this. If you are experiencing the problem, remember to stay calm and contact your dentist. They can help you to deal with any sort of orthodontic issue you may be facing.

Expert’s Opinion:

  • Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Emergencies are normal throughout the treatment, it’s important handle such situations”.
  • Dr. Preethi Nagarajan Dental director of Sabka dentist says “Kids may not understand about the problem; parents should supervise their mouth and should support in such conditions”.
  • Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “any orthodontic emergencies patient should see the resident dentist first, waiting long to see the dentist may lead further problems”.
  • References:

  • Handling Orthodontic Emergencies- Americal association of Orthodontists (AAO)
  • Orthodontics- American Dental Association (AAD)
  • Overview- Orthodontics- NHS
  • A Balanced Diet for Healthy Teeth

    March 30th, 2019 by

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    Have you ever wondered why a few people have pearly white teeth? Why it is difficult for some people to maintain their good teeth though they follow good hygiene routine. A diet guide for healthy white teeth will solve all your queries about food and its reaction on your teeth.

    Why is a healthy diet important for oral health?

    Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with saliva and bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce harmful acids. So it is important to cut down how often you have sugary foods since it will limit the amount of time your teeth are at risk.

    Acidic drinks can be harmful to your teeth. The acid wears away the enamel and will leave the dentine uncovered. This is known as dental erosion and makes your teeth sensitive. A diet that is rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease. Eventually, gum disease can lead to bad breath and ultimately tooth loss.

    What is tooth decay?

    Tooth decay damages your tooth structure and leads to fillings or even extractions. Cavity happens when sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque. This forms the acids that attack the teeth and start to destroy the enamel. After a consistent attack, the tooth enamel may break down forming a hole or ‘cavity’ into the dentine. The tooth can then decay more quickly.

    What foods can cause teeth decay?

    All sugars can cause a cavity, Sugar can come in many forms, for example, sucrose, fructose, maltose, and glucose. These sugars can damage your teeth.

    Many processed foods contain sugar. When you are reading the labels learn that ‘no added sugar’ does not necessarily mean that the product is sugar-free. It simply means that no extra sugar has been added to the product. These products may contain sugars such as those listed above, or the sugars may be listed as carbohydrates. Ask your dentist if you aren’t sure.

    How will acidic foods and drinks affect my teeth?

    Some foods and drinks are more acidic than others, and some acids are enough to attack your teeth directly. The acidity of any food product is measured by its pH value.

    It is always worth remembering that the lower the pH number; the more acidic the product. Anything with a pH value lower than 5.5 may lead to tooth erosion. ‘Alkalines’ have a high pH number and cancel out the acid effects. A pH value of 7 is the middle between acid and alkali.

    Can I eat snacks?

    It is better for your teeth and overall health if you eat 3 meals in a day and no more than two snacks, instead of having lots of snack attacks. If you do need a snack between meals, choose foods that do not have sugar. Fruit also contain acids, which can attack your teeth.
    However, it will only harm your teeth if you eat an unusually large amount. Try to limit dried fruit as it is high in sugar and can stick to your teeth.
    If you do eat fruits as a snack, try to eat something with alkaline such as cheese afterward. Savory snacks are better, such as:

    • Raw vegetables
    • nuts
    • cheese
    • breadsticks

    Can I eat sweets?

    The main important thing to remember is that it is not the amount of sugar you eat or drink, but how often you do it. Sweet foods are allowed, but it is important to keep them to mealtimes. To help reduce tooth decay, reduce how often you have sugary foods and drinks and try to choose sugar-free varieties. Sweets and chewing gum that contains Xylitol may help reduce tooth decay. Sugary foods can also lead to or worsen a range of health problems including heart disease and being overweight.

    What should I drink?

    Still, water and milk are good choices. It is better for your teeth if you limit fruit juices just at meal times. If you are between meals, try diluting them with water and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking. Drinking through a straw also can help the drink go to the back of your mouth without touching your teeth.

    Fizzy drinks can increase the risk of dental problems- if they contain sugar this can cause decay and the add-In both normal and diet drinks can dissolve the enamel of your teeth. The risk can increase when you have these drinks between meals.

    Should I brush my teeth after every meal?

    It is important that you brush for two minutes twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Ideally, it should be done before breakfast and last thing at night before you go to bed.

    When you eat or drink foods it causes weaken the enamel on your teeth, and brushing straight afterward can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. It is not good to brush your teeth until at least one hour after eating.

    It is especially important to brush before bed. This is because the flow of saliva, which is your mouth’s own cleaning system, slows down during the night and this leaves your teeth more at risk from decay.

    Children up to three years old can use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000 ppm (parts per million).Three— year—olds to adults should use a toothpaste that contains 1350 ppm to 1500 ppm of fluoride.

    What other products will help to prevent decay?

    Dr. Ankita Gada BDS, Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Sugar-free chewing gum helps to produce more saliva which cancels out the acid in your mouth after eating or drinking. It has been proven that using sugar-free chewing gum after meals can help to prevent tooth decay. However, it is important to use only sugar—free gum, as ordinary chewing gum contains sugar and therefore may damage your teeth”.

    Expert Opinion:

    Dr. Ankita Gada BDS, Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Sugar-free chewing gums helps in avoid caries”.

    Dr. Reena Waghela BDS, Dental Director for Clinical Operations at Sabka Dentist says “Only using a good toothpaste does not ensure good oral health, it has to be supported with a good diet and a regular professional dental checkup at a dental clinic”.

    Dr. Jena Shah BDS, Dental Director for Audit and Compliance at Sabka Dentist says “We regularly call our patients to guide them to follow a balanced diet that helps them to stay healthy!”

    References:

    Are you waiting for a warning call?!

    March 28th, 2019 by

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    Do we know how important our dental health is? Undoubtedly don’t we love to have a great set of teeth?

    Mouth is the gateway to your entire body, food and nutrition all begin their journey from the mouth. Still, our mouth remains last when it comes to general health and wellbeing. Dental health is almost an ignored subject when we think about overall health. Half the population suffers from gum disease and tooth decay. Today, decayed teeth are so common that we consider them to be normal.

    The health profession has long understood the link between gum disease, heart disease and diabetes including the fact that diseases originate in the mouth have consequences for the entire body, yet the healthcare profession has failed to address the cause because conventional medicine often treats oral disease and systemic disease separately about the management of chronic illness.

    With this I could recall an incident that happened a few years back when I met a patient named Suresh, he was referred by cardiologist to get consent from general dentist whether he can go for bypass surgery or not, patients usually need dental clearance before any major surgeries because bacterial infections in the mouth can spread to the rest of the body, so surgeons need to know that the person they operate on isn’t more vulnerable to complications.

    I could sense his anxiety and took few minutes to understand his problem, he explained everything with a big grin and that grin was something to see, his oral status was completely a disaster zone he had only a couple of teeth left so his smile consisted of gums and one tooth that is almost poking up and another at the back was his eating tooth. Both happened to be extracted as they were infected badly, and he assured to comeback for denture after his bypass surgery.

    After a month when we called him for follow up check-up, we got to know he passed away because his oral infections had already spread enough and he couldn’t get through his surgery. By this we realize, Mr. Suresh’s dental disease was severe, but he wasn’t concerned about it which took his life. His 30 minutes visit, twice a year to a dentist might have given him some more life.

    I have become used to seeing people with a mouth that were much further damaged, the more I got to know my patients, the more I discovered how little people understood the dental disease and how it affects their lives. I saw plenty of patients who had fine educations and impressive career but whose mouth was in disaster. It was common for them to have broken, missing or crooked teeth, swollen gums and infected wisdom teeth, they don’t visit the dentist until unless they get a warning call(PAIN). Do they do the same with general check-up??

    BUT, Why?? I often see the patient forcing us to do filling even when he had swelling in his mouth and to give medication just to relieve the pain. I wonder how fair is this does anyone do same when they have a heart attack ? do they tell doctors to do dressing on the chest and give some medication and assure doctor to come back when it reoccurs?

    Reason echoes with dental treatment are expensive. It is mentally fixed that dental treatment is expensive, but who is making it expensive? Dental treatment or negligence?

    Society has made a mind that the mouth is a remote part of health which does not influence on our wellbeing. It occurred to me that, People know how to take care of their heart. They know how to take care of their skin and hair, they have some insight into how to protect most of their major organs but they don’t know how to take care of the organ they eat and talk with, the one that sits in the middle of their face.

    The mouth is one of our most important organs and its health is crucial to the rest of the body, yet most people don’t appreciate this because medicine and dentistry have somehow become two separate worlds. With this I end don’t wait for a warning call, do your routine dental check and save yourself, its not only relieve from a lifetime of dental bills, but you’ll be taking the best possible steps to improve your overall health, in total what’s good for the mouth is good for the rest of the body and the way you treat it, the exact way your body will treat you back.

    Mouth Ulcer

    March 14th, 2019 by
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    What are mouth ulcers?

    Ulcers are painful sores that appear inside the mouth. They are usually red or yellow. They are utterly different from cold sores, that seem on the outer lips and are because of a virus.

    What are the common causes of mouth ulcers?

    Usually, a single mouth ulcer is mainly due to damage caused by accidentally biting the cheek or tongue, sharp teeth, tooth brushing or poorly fitting dentures. These ulcers are called ‘ traumatic ulcers.’
    If you have a more than one mouth ulcer that’s because of ‘ recurrent aphthous stomatitis. ‘

    How do l know if I have a traumatic ulcer?

    Traumatic ulcers are generally on their own, are next to the cause of the damage and go away once the source of the problem is solved.

    What are the sings of recurrent aphthous stomatitis?

    Recurrent aphthous stomatitis is a common problem and leads to repeated bouts of mouth ulcers in otherwise healthy children and young people. The cause is unknown, but it is not infectious and is not likely to be inherited.

    Are there different types of recurrent mouth ulcers?

    Yes.
    Minor ulcers are the most common. They can appear inside the cheeks, on the lips, tongue, and gums and, more rarely, on the roof the mouth. Most of these ulcers are in the size of the top of a pencil and sometimes comes in clusters. You can get four to six at any one time.
    Large ulcers are more severe and can last for five to ten weeks. They can appear near the tonsils, and that can be very painful, mostly when swallowing. You usually only get one at a time.
    There is also a possibility of 100 tiny painful ulcers appearance which lasts for one to two weeks.
    However, these last two varieties are very rare.

    You can also get ulcers in other body parts like your eyes or genital area. It is important to tell your dentist about this ulcers are sores that appear inside the mouth.

    What are the less common causes of mouth ulcers?

    Infections can cause mouth ulcers. Herpes simplex often leads to widespread mouth ulcers in children and some adults. Other less common viral and bacterial infections can also cause mouth ulcers, but this happens very rarely. Mouth ulcers can be caused by occasionally and occasionally by other blood disorders and some skin or gastrointestinal diseases. In some cases, the mouth ulcers are the only sign of an underlying illness.

    Can cancer cause mouth ulcers?

    Cancer of the mouth can first appear as a mouth ulcer. The ulcers caused by mouth cancer are usually single and last a long time without any apparent local cause ( for example a sharp tooth)
    Any sore that lasts longer than three weeks should be looked at by your dentist?
    Ulcers caused by cancer frequently appear on or under the tongue, but can occasionally look somewhere else in the mouth.
    Cancer of the mouth is usually associated with heavy smoking and drinking. Doing both together greatly increases the risk.

    Can I catch mouth ulcers?

    Mouth ulcers do not spread by kissing or sharing drinks or utensils as infection does not cause mouth ulcers.

    What types of treatment are there for mouth ulcers?

    The treatment depends on the cause of the ulcers. Sometimes all that is needed is for a sharp tooth to be smoothed down or a denture adjusted, although some patients may require a variety of mouthwashes or tablets.

    What should I do if l think I have mouth ulcers?

    If an ulcer lasts more than a few days, you should always ask your dentist or doctor for advice. They may be able to tell you the cause and provide treatment, or they may arrange further tests or refer you to the specialist if necessary.

    How can l prevent mouth ulcers?

    You can reduce the risk of mouth ulcers by:

    1. Maintaining good oral hygiene
    2. Using high-quality toothbrushes ( to reduce the risk of damage to your mouth)
    3. Eating a proper diet which is rich in vitamins A, C, and E and which includes foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables ( to lessen the risk of mouth cancer)
    4. Regularly visiting your dentist.
    Should I worry about my ulcers?

    Most ulcers heal up on their own. However, you should visit your dentist if they don’t heal within three weeks. Your dentist will be able to examine your mouth to check that the problem is an ulcer and not something more serious such as mouth cancer.
    If you suffer from ulcers that come and go often, you ought to visit your dentist to see that there is not an underlying medical cause.

    Caring for my teeth

    March 13th, 2019 by
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    Why are my teeth so important?

    Our teeth vary in shape and size and its position in the mouth. These differences help the teeth to perform different jobs. The main function of teeth is 0chewing and aid digesting the food. They also help us to talk, and to pronounce different speeches clearly. Finally, teeth form a good shape for our face.
    A healthy smile influences everyday communication and hence so important to maintain your our oral health.

    What can go wrong with my teeth?

    Tooth decay can be painful and also can damage tooth appearance. It may lead to fillings, crowns or inlays to restore a damaged part. If tooth decay is not treated, the nerve of the tooth can become infected and causing as an abscess. This may then need root canal treatment or else even extraction.
    It is important that you keep a good practice of keeping your teeth and gums healthy at home. Gum disease is the most common cause of teeth loss in adults. However, it can be preventable and can be treated with regular cleaning sessions. If teeth are lost, it will be necessary to fill the gaps with an artificial arrangement such as bridges, dentures or implants.

    How do l keep my teeth and gums healthy?

    Instead of facing severe cavity and pain, It is easy to keep your mouth clean and healthy. A simple routine of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing is the first step. Good eating habits, avoiding sugary food and drinks less can be helpful. And the most important is a regular dental check-up, that can help prevent most dental problems.
    Although most people brush twice a day they do not clean the edges of their teeth carefully. and some people don’t consider to get a regular preventive dental check-up. Small changes in our daily routine can make a big difference in the long run.
    If you go to the dentist regularly your dentist can remove any plaque or tartar on your teeth. And treat for other oral diseases that have already appeared. But daily dental hygiene is solely up to you, and the main weapons are the toothbrush and floss

    What is the plaque?

    Plaque Is a thin, sticky substance which is created by bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.

    How can plaque cause decay?

    When you consume food containing sugars and starches, the bacteria in plaque get nourishment and they can attack tooth enamel. After constant acid attacks, the enamel starts to breaks down forming a hole or cavity.

    How can plaque cause gum disease?

    If plaque is not removed by brushing it can harden over time and turns into calculus (‘ tartar’). Calculus usually forms near the gum line and the plaque underneath preleases poisons which cause the gums to become irritated and inflamed. The gums start to pull away from the teeth and the gaps become affected. If gum disease is not treated in the right time, the bone supporting the teeth will be damaged and healthy teeth can also start to get infected. Gum disease is the main reason tooth loss in adults and can eventually lead to a need for artificial fixtures as dentures, bridges or implants.

    How can I prevent gum disease?

    It is important to remove plaque and food debris between your teeth. It this will stop your gums to suck more infection and becoming sore. If you leave plaque not treated on your teeth it can harden and can turn to tartar. This can only be removed by the dentist. It is important to have regular dental consultation so that your teeth can have a thorough cleaning when required.

    How do l know if have gum disease?

    Gum disease ( gingivitis) will usually show itself as swollen red gums that bleed when brush or floss. Many people get the first sign when their gums bleed while brushing. It is important that you clean regularly and firmly in order to fight the condition.

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    Why is brushing important?

    Plaque is the sticky substance which starts to form when you skip brushing. If the plaque isn’t removed, It continues to build up, nourished by the food debris and causing cavity and gum disease.

    Which type of toothbrush should I use?

    Your dentist will be able to recommend a toothbrush which suits you. However, adults should choose a small to medium size brush with a soft bristle. round-ended nylon bristles or ‘filaments’ are also good. The head of the brush should be small so it can reach into all parts of the mouth. Especially the back of the mouth where it can be difficult to reach (near wisdom teeth). Children need to use smaller brushes but with the same type of features.
    You can now buy more specialized toothbrushes according to your condition. For instance, people having sensitive teeth can now use softer bristled brushes. There are also smaller headed toothbrushes designed for crooked or irregular teeth.

    Some people find it difficult to hold a toothbrush due to physical disability. There are now toothbrushes available which have large handles and angled heads to make them easier to use.

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    How do electric toothbrushes work?

    An electric brush performs rotating and vibrating in the mouth. , which provides a large amount of cleaning action with little action needed from the user, although you need to position the brush correctly in the areas you need cleaning.

    Do electric toothbrushes clean better?

    Tests have proved that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque, particularly those have an oscillating rotary action. They are particularly useful for people who can do limited movements, such as disabled or elderly people.
    Electric or battery-operated toothbrushes can be a better choice for children as they may be inclined to brush regularly because of the novelty of using as an electric toothbrush. Discuss the idea with your dentist about the benefit of using an electric toothbrush.

    How should I brush?

    Brushing cleans the plaque and food particles from the tooth surfaces. Here is one method of removing plaque.

    1. Hold your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the tips to 45-degree angle against the gum line.Start to move the brush in small circular movements, repeat this a few times, on all the surface of every tooth.
    2. Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth carefully, both upper and lower jawline, hold bristles angled against the gum line.
    3. Use the same method on the inside surfaces of each teeth.
    4. Brush the biting surfaces of the teeth and ensure any food particles are not stuck between.
    5. To brush the surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the toothbrush vertically and make a few small circular strokes with the front part of the brush.
    6. Cleaning your tongue will help enhance your breath and will clean your mouth by eliminating bacteria.

    How do I know if all the plaque is removed?

    There is a special solution available to check the existence of the Plaque. Using this solution can stain the plaque area and gives the idea about alerting about the plaque. This stain is harmless and will show any areas of your mouth which need better brushing. Look particularly where your teeth and gums connect. The stain from the can be removed.

    How often should I brush my teeth?

    Ensure brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Visit the dentist consultation as he/she recommends. If you regularly feeling discomfort or bleeding after brushing consult your dentist soon.

    How often should change my toothbrush?

    Damaged bristles cannot clean your teeth properly and have the chance to damage your gums. Changing toothbrush on time will greatly help to clean and it good to change in every 2-3 months.

    Should I use fluoride toothpaste?

    Yes. Fluoride helps to strengthen and protect your teeth, Which can reduce tooth decay in both adults and children.

    What sort of toothpaste should I use?

    Along with the family toothpaste, some specialist toothpaste also available to help the particular issue. These include tartar control for people who are likely to build tartar. People with sensitive teeth also can use sensitive helping toothpaste. Total care toothpaste help fighting multiple issues such as gum disease, freshen breath and help reduce plaque build-up. Whitening toothpaste is good at removing staining but are not strong enough to change deeply discolored teeth.
    Children should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm ( parts per million). Special children’s toothpaste usually contains about half the fluoride that adult toothpaste has. They are able to give limited protection for the teeth. To have a clean mouth you need to use the correct dental care products. Ask your dentist or suggest the option and give their recommendations.

    How should I clean between my teeth?

    dental floss is one way to clean between your teeth. Dental taps are thicker than floss and most people find it easier to use. Flossing helps to clean plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. It can go to the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. You should clean food particles between your teeth at least once a day with floss. Your dentist tell you proper flossing techniques.
    The following suggestions helps:

    1. Break off about 18 inches of floss, and hold it around one of your middle fingers. hold the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. You can take up the used section with this finger.
    2. Hold the floss in between your thumb and forefingers, with about an inch floss between them, leaving no slack. Use a gentle movements to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk the floss or don’t be aggressive to the gums.
    3. When the floss reaches till gum line, curve it as a c-shape against one tooth for a time.
    4. Hold the floss against the tooth start to scrap gently side of the tooth. Move the floss away from the gumline. Repeat the same on the other side of the gap.
    5. Don’t forget to clean the back of your (last tooth)

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    When flossing, follow a regular pattern. Start to work on the top an clean it from left to right, then start to move to the bottom and again work from the left to right. This way you will not miss any teeth. At first, looking into the mirror helps. Never neglect to clean in the edges of any crowns, bridges or implants. The specialist flosses are more easy to do than the traditional flosses.