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Dental Myths Affecting our Day to Day lives

May 18th, 2019 by

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Myths can be stubborn misconceptions. While some myths may not be harmful, misconceptions about our health can be a different matter.

See if any of these common myths are affecting your oral health or general wellbeing.

MYTH: The whiter your teeth, the healthier they are.

FACT- Teeth aren’t meant to be pure white. You can keep your teeth white with regular brushing and flossing, however, teeth decay and gum disease can be hidden without affecting the colour of the teeth.

MYTH: Bad breath means poor oral hygiene.

FACT- Whilst poor oral hygiene can cause bad breath, it can also be caused by things such as diet, smoking, medication & medical conditions.

MYTH: Only sugar in sweet, cakes & fizzy drinks is bad for your teeth.

FACT- Whilst these foods are bad for your teeth, any food & drink with sugar including fruit (regular or dried) or fruit juices & honey can be bad for your teeth. If eaten/drank in excess, and proper oral hygiene isn’t being implemented.

MYTH: You should visit your dentist once every 6 months.

FACT- Your dentist will tell you how often you need to go in for a dental check up. If you have good oral health, you may only need to see your dentist once every 2 years.

MYTH: You shouldn’t brush your teeth if your gums are bleeding.

FACT- Bleeding gums are a sign that your gums are less than healthy, likely to be because of a build-up of plaque & debris. Daily brushing & flossing, as well as professional dental care, are the best ways to address bleeding gums.

MYTH: Scaling is not good for teeth.

FACT- Scaling removes tartar and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Scaling and deep cleaning of gums prevent the problem of bleeding gums and bad breath. Thus, scaling is beneficial for teeth and gums.

MYTH: Only sugar causes cavities.

FACT- Cavities occur when bacteria produce acids in the mouth. The process can begin by any carbohydrate that you consume. That includes sugar, fruits, vegetables, rice, and bread.

MYTH: Teeth whitening are harmful as it damages enamel.

FACT- Technique like Teeth Whitening works by exfoliating stains from one’s teeth to lighten them and bring back their natural colour. It is the simplest and safest procedure since a product is used by the dentists that is devoid of bleaching agents and chemicals.

MYTH: Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can replace brushing.

FACT- Nothing can replace proper brushing technique. And in case you want to use sugarless chewing gum do not chew it for more than 10 minutes.

How cavity affect your health?

May 16th, 2019 by

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Do you think that dark black hole on your teeth can be easily sealed and it will not affect your health? It may be true that a cavity can be easily treated but it can affect your health in many ways.

Many people in India develop cavities as normal as common cold and Flu. But dental health is different from the other health of your body. Other parts can recover cells tissues, but the teeth can not do this. This makes dental health crucial. The Infected part of the tooth cannot be brought back to the original shape. However, it can be restored by some other artificial methods.

How the cavity can affect your health?

  1. Spreads Infection to the surrounding teeth-
  2. Cavity caused by the acids produced by the bacteria. Naturally many kinds of bacteria present in our mouth. Usually, it won’t harm your teeth when it is balanced and washed off in time. The activities such as brushing and Flossing will remove the plaque and reduce bacteria.

    If you already have the cavity means it is a shelter for those bacterias. If it is not treated it will continue to invade other healthy teeth. Though it is a small pit getting it filled will help to keep the remaining tooth healthy.

  3. The throbbing pain can take away your good mood-
  4. Do you remember the toothache in your childhood that kept you away from chocolates. Without further notice An untreated cavity can become severe and has the ability to take away your sleep. Dental emergencies are one of the tough times as explained by the patients.

  5. Social embarrassing-
  6. Tooth decay, especially in the exterior, gets all the attention in your next party. It is a serious threat if your much concerned about your aesthetic. It put people at low self-esteem. Many people admit that they became self-conscious to smile as they want. However, there are remedies that can give good smile as it was earlier.

  7. Infection to another part of the body-
    • Infective endocarditis:
    • It is a heart disorder in which oral bacteria enter your bloodstream and stick to the lining of diseased heart valves causing blockage and infection.

    • Heart attack or stroke:
    • Gingivitis (gum inflammation due to bacteria) may cause inflammation throughout the body and thus playing a role in developing clogged arteries or blood clots. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

    • Insulin resistance:
    • In cases where diabetes is poorly controlled it can increase the risk of gum diseases. This infection in the bloodstream can cause insulin resistance and disrupt blood sugar control.

    • Dementia:
    • Poor oral health can affect the brain. Substances that are released from gums inflamed by infection can actually kill brain cells and lead to memory loss.

      Dr. Ankita gada Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Dementia and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease can result from gingivitis when the bacteria in the mouth spreads to the nerve channels or enters the bloodstream”.

    • Respiratory Infections:
    • The respiratory system can suffer as a result of poor oral health. Bacteria in the mouth from infected teeth and swollen gums can be breathed into the lungs or travel there through the bloodstream. Once there the bacteria can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD.

      Dr. Jena Shah Dental director of Sabka dentist says “The risk of kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancers is much higher for people who have poor oral health”.

    • Cancer:
    • Obviously, poor oral health practices such as smoking or using tobacco products can lead to oral and throat cancers, but other types of cancer have also been linked to gum disease.

      Dr. Reena Waghela dental director of Sabka dentist says “Chronic kidney disease is a serious health problem that affects the kidneys, heart, bones, and blood pressure. Infections in the body such as periodontal disease can lead to kidney disease”.

    • Kidney Disease:
    • People with gum disease generally have weaker immune systems and are more likely to aquire infections. Many people who suffer from very poor oral health also suffer from kidney disease. Kidney disease can be fatal if it leads to kidney failure or cardiovascular disease.

How deep is your cavity?

May 15th, 2019 by

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Have you ever wondered the cavity was deeper than you thought? This happens with most people. People often think the cavity is shallower but it spreads all over the tooth without showing any severe symptoms. Not treating cavity causes the infection to penetrate the deeper level. When it reaches the pulp then the pain starts to appear.

These process will not happen overnight. This will take time to spread each layer of the tooth. You can prevent spreading by treating it at the right time. This will save your tooth structure.

As explained above the cavity spread from layer to layer. If you treat the cavity early that will save damaging the next level.

How Would I treat the cavity?

If your cavity is in the first three stages as explained in the image it can be treated by the Filling procedure. But if it is in the last stage ( where infection reached the pulp) the root canal treatment has to be proceeded.

Root Canal Treatment:

Nothing is as good as an original tooth! And sometimes your natural tooth may require endodontic(root canal) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth. Most patients describe that having endodontic (root canal) treatment today is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled. They have wide experience in this regard.

Why is the Root Canal performed?

The pulp is the living tissue of the tooth with blood supply and nerve tissues. Dental caries (decay) enters the pulp causing pain. The object of the root canal treatment is to remove the infection from the pulp. This is done by removing the infected pulp with files in the pulp chamber and cleaning and shaping the root canals and sealing the canal with a filling substance.

The Story Of Root Canal Therapy

Each of our teeth has a soft tissue ( the pulp which nourishes the tooth). Because of deep decay, injury, or gum disease infection attacks the pulp. In any other part of your body, if a similar tissue becomes diseased, the body simply throws it off and produces new tissue. However, a tooth is different. Because the infected soft tissue(pulp) within the tooth is completely encased within hard tissue, it is the role of the dentist to remove the soft tissue located in the root canals, clean the area, and finally fill the canals with a special material so that bacteria cannot re-invade the tooth to cause another infection. When the endodontic treatment is finished, the tooth is by no means “dead”. It receives quite enough support from the surrounding tissues and may be expected to last as long as any other natural tooth.

STEP 1: After the tooth is anesthetized, a hole is made through the crown into the pulp chamber.

STEP 2: The length of the root canals is defined.

STEP 3: Unhealthy pulp is separated. Canals are cleaned.

STEP 4: Canals are filled and sealed. A metal post may be combined for structural assistance or to retain restorative materials.

STEP 5: The tooth is filled with a temporary filling. Usually, a crown adds further.

Saving the natural tooth is Important. A root canal treatment aimed to save the your tooth with the no damage done to your surrounding teeth.

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Do you have a throbbing toothache?

May 13th, 2019 by

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The throbbing toothache is indeed a bitter experience. Not only tooth but ear and neck nerves are involved in this painful experience. You may start to search for the potential remedies to cure the pain. People often take the over counter pain reliever and forget about the pain. But this pain will return as the ghost of Hollywood movies if it is not treated.

Why does my toothache?

The most common cause of toothache is a tooth infection. Dental decay begins on the outside surface of the tooth and then the bacteria eat their way through the protective layer of enamel. Pain begins once the sensitive inside pulp and nerves of the tooth are exposed.

Dental abscesses cause pain. They are a bacterial infection caused by an infected tooth or gum disease. Left untreated an abscess can cause further complications leading to further pain and other complications, such as sinus infection, as the bacteria spread.

Some people have sensitive teeth that feel changes in temperature. Sensitivity itself is a sign that hard, protective tooth enamel has weakened, opening a pathway, however minuscule, to underlying tissues. It is possible that this lower level of pain will increase, especially if it indicates the beginning of a dental cavity.

Wisdom teeth, the very back molars, usually start to break through in the late teenage years. Pressure on the soft tissue or other teeth can lead to pain and infection which, if left untreated, can cause sudden inflammation.

Why only medicine does not work?

Pain killers are designed to relieve the pain for a certain period of time. It will not fix the cavity. The infection affected the nerve needs to treated and hence painkillers alone cannot solve them.

How should I treat the cavity?

the first step to treat the cavity is taking the appointment to the dentist. Your dentist will check how deep is the cavity and makes the treatment plan.

Dr. Ankita Gada dental Director of Sabka dentist says “The early you seek a dentist appointment is better. A Patient who treated her tooth with mild ache have saved her original tooth structure. If you neglect further the infection will spread around and cause something severe”.

X-ray:

Sometimes the depth of the cavity is difficult to analyze by just visual examination. the dentist will take the X-ray for a better examination of the decay. It allows a dentist to make the best treatment plan.
How my cavity will be treated:

Fluoride treatments:

If your cavity just started, a fluoride treatment may help repair your tooth’s enamel and can sometimes reverse a cavity in the very early stages. Professional fluoride treatments contain more fluoride than the amount found in tap water, toothpaste and mouth rinses. Fluoride treatments may be liquid, gel, foam or varnish that’s brushed onto your teeth or placed in a small tray that fits over your teeth.

Fillings:

Fillings, also called restorations, are the main treatment option when decay has progressed beyond the earliest stage. Fillings are made of various materials, such as tooth-colored composite resins, porcelain or dental amalgam that is a combination of several materials.

Crowns:

For extensive decay or weakened teeth, you may need a crown — a custom-fitted covering that replaces your tooth’s entire natural crowns. Your dentist drills away all the decayed particles and enough of the rest of your tooth to ensure a good fit. Crowns may be made of gold, high strength porcelain, resin, porcelain fused to metal or other materials.

Root canal Treatment:

When decay reaches the inner layer of your tooth (pulp), you may need a root canal. This is a procedure to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The diseased tooth pulp is removed. Medication is sometimes placed into the root canal to clear any infection. Then the pulp is replaced with a filling.

Tooth Extraction:

Some teeth become so severely infected that they can’t be restored and must be removed. Having a tooth removed can leave a gap that allows your other teeth to shift. If possible, consider getting a dental bridge or a dental implant to restore the missing tooth.

Can I prevent toothache?

In about 95% of cases, the pain of tooth decay is avoidable.

A good oral hygiene routine at home, is important. These days there are great products on the market that help to maintain a healthy mouth such as fluoride toothpaste, mouth wash, floss, inter dental brushes, and some people swear by tongue scraping too. It is worth considering investing in an electric toothbrush too.

Parents and guardians have a duty to ensure children and young people look after their teeth. Ask your dentist about topical fluoride treatments to help strengthen young teeth.

Dr. Jena Shah Dental director of Sabka dentist says “Maintaining a healthy mouth also means making regular appointments. A dentist can spot dental problems in the early stages and prevent pain occurring”.

Everyone should see a dentist every six months. In some cases, a patient will need more regular dental checks.

Diet has a direct impact on our teeth. Try to cut down on sugar, especially in breakfast cereals and fizzy drinks, as well as cutting down on very salty or acidic food and drink.

Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Be proactive to prevent pain. Once oral health deteriorates, managing or restoring your teeth often means longer, more difficult and more costly treatments. It’s worth taking action at the very first signs of bleeding gums, sensitivity or toothache”.

In short, regular appointments with your dentist will keep you pain-free.

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Baby Teeth: Frequently Asked Question

May 11th, 2019 by

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How should I clean my baby’s teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque from the teeth that can lead to decay. Soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed for infants is good. It should be used at least once a day.

When should I take my child to the dentist for first consultation?

In order to prevent dental difficulties, you should take your child to a pediatric dentist when first tooth appears, or on his/her first birthday.

Are baby teeth really that important to the child?

Primary, or “baby”, teeth are vital for many reasons. They help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path, permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

How should I help my child if he has a toothache?

First, clean the irritated area with warm salt water, put cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible. It’s not advised to give painkillers without doctor’s prescription.

Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits bad for a child’s teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will affect child’s teeth if it continues for a long time. Often children stop these habits on their own, but if they are doing this until the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist.

How can I prevent decay caused by feeding?

Avoid feeding through the bottle when they go to bed. The formula in the bottle encourages bacterias to grow, hence increase the risk of cavity. If you are feeding at night, keep them awake while feeding and thoroughly clean their mouth before putting them in the cradle.

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is advised in order to prevent early dental decay. However, your pediatric dentist can inform you when and how often your baby should visit based on their personal oral health.

When should I start using a toothpaste and how much?

It’s ideal to use Fluoridated toothpaste as soon as the teeth begin to appear. After the age of two use a small amount, equivalent to the size of a rice grain. For 3-6-year-old, you can dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste. Young kids do not have the ability to brush their teeth efficiently, hence do assist your child to brush his/her teeth. Children should be taught to spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

How do I make my child’s diet secured for his teeth?

For healthy teeth, a balanced diet is important. Ideally, it should include one serving each of fruits, vegetables, cereals, milk and dairy products, meat or fish and eggs. It’s good to avoid foods which contain a high amount of sugar and starch. You can also ask your dentist to help you with diet to protect your child’s teeth.

How do dental sealants work?

Sealants work by filling in the deep crevasses on the chewing surface of the teeth. It seals out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and easy and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

How can I protect my child’s teeth during sporting events?

Wearing soft plastic mouthguards can protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from sport-related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard will shield your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.

What should I do if the child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

Find the knocked out tooth. Touch it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk and visit the dentist.

How safe are dental X-rays to my child?

There is a very limited risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to assure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.

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Oral health guide for your growing baby

May 10th, 2019 by

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Primary teeth give shape to your child’s face and help to develop permanent teeth into the right position. These are essential for learning to eat and speak. It’s important to care for them well.

Primary teeth have a shallower outer enamel ( Enamel is the hard, outer layer of the tooth) than permanent teeth. This puts them at risk for early childhood cavity, which can occur even before the first tooth appears. The cavity is caused by acids produced by bacteria. It happens more easily if teeth keep coming into contact with sugary liquids—such as formula, milk, juice, and even breast milk (which contains sugar)—and are not washed regularly.

Early childhood tooth decay can affect your child’s health and put them into pain, making it difficult for your child to sleep, eat or speak. It can also affect your child’s ability to concentrate and learn. Children who had dental decay at an early age are more likely to suffer throughout childhood time.

healthy teeth for children

Tips for strong oral health from birth to 6 months:

  • Clean your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, damp cloth twice a day.
  • As soon as the first teeth appear, clean them at least once a day (usually at bedtime) with a soft bristle toothbrush specially designed for babies.
  • Place your baby on a flat surface or with their head cradled in your lap to brush their teeth.
  • Avoid leaving your baby in bed with a bottle.

After 6 months:

  • Introduce a sippy cup.
  • Avoid juice as it is unnecessary. If you are giving it, limit juice to no more than 125 mL (4 oz) per day. Better to give them in a cup rather than a bottle and only as part of a meal or snack.
  • If a bottle is required at nap time, offer water rather than milk or juice.
  • Dr. Priyanka Shingore Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “If you breastfeed before naptime, be sure to clean your child’s teeth before they go to cradle and never add sugar to a soother”.

  • Never add sugar to a soother.
  • Don’t put a soother in your own mouth for any reason. Bacteria (including those which cause tooth decay), viruses and yeast infections can be transferred between you and your child this way.
  • Newborns should see a dentist within 6 months of their first tooth coming out or by 12 months old.

From 1 to 2 years:

  • Take your child for a first dental visit at 12 months.
  • Clean your child’s teeth daily (using non-fluoridated toothpaste).
  • Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Check for the signs of tooth decay once a month by yourself. Look for chalky-white or brownish spots on the teeth or along the gum line. If you see any, take your child to a dentist soon”.

  • Switch to a regular cup for all kind of drinks between 12 and 15 months.
  • Limit soother use to nap and bedtime.

From 3 to 4 years old:

  • Teach your child “2 for 2 rules” which means brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste, the small amount of a green pea, and teach them to spit rather than swallow. Supervise your child while he/she is brushing teeth.
  • Support your child to do some brushing with you completing the job, making sure that all tooth surfaces have been cleaned.
  • If your child continues to suck his/her thumb as permanent teeth begin to appear, talk to your doctor or dentist.

For all ages:

  • Clean your hands before and after brushing teeth.
  • Rinse toothbrushes thoroughly after brushing and ensure that each one can dry without touching other toothbrushes.
  • Replace toothbrushes every few months, when the bristles become flattened with use.
  • Between meals, quench a child’s thirst with water. Do not offer candy, dried fruit (including raisins) and sugared drinks or juices.
  • Take your child for regular dental visits (every 6 months, unless otherwise suggested by your dentist).

As the baby age grows you need to adopt the new methods for his/her oral care, and this should be continued till they can take care of their own.

References:

  • Infant oral care-Colgate
  • Babies and Kids- American Dental Association

Five tips for your baby’s excellent oral health

May 9th, 2019 by

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As soon as you take your baby home, you have to start caring for their tiny mouths and gums. In order to keep your baby smiling and healthy, baby oral care should start even before the baby’s teeth come in. New parents may not aware of newborn oral care methods. Luckily, there are lots of tips that will help you keep your baby’s oral health in excellent condition. Here are our top 5 infant oral care tips for mothers.

  1. Don’t Engage Babies Sleep with Bottles
  2. When you put your baby to sleep with a bottle, they may fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth. This results the teeth prolonged exposure to the milk or other liquid in the bottle. When this fluid is left to pool around the teeth, plaque can build up on the teeth. If your child constantly sleeps with a bottle, they can develop caries on their teeth from tooth decay. This is generally known as “baby bottle decay”.

    Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Baby bottle decay most often attacks the front teeth. It can appear as visible signs of decay like black or brown spots on the tooth, but it can also cause swollen gums. If your baby shows any signs, be sure to book an appointment to get them the professional oral care”.

    The good news about baby bottle decay is that it’s completely avoidable. Keep your baby’s teeth healthy by avoiding put them to sleep with a bottle. If they feed at night, keep them awake while they drink from the bottle, then remove the bottle when they’re done. This limits the teeth’s exposure to the liquid and thus helps reduce plaque buildup.

  3. Clean Your Baby’s Gums and Teeth
  4. Even before your baby’s first teeth come in, there are infant oral care steps you can take to ensure that their mouth and gums are healthy. After your baby eats, wipe down their gums with a warm, wet washcloth or a damp piece of gauze wrapped around your finger.

    Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Be sure to start taking care of your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come in. Your baby’s teeth usually start to erupt at around 6 months of age”.

    You can clean your baby’s first teeth with a warm, wet washcloth, or use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. This stops any plaque from building up, which can result in tooth decay. Be sure to clean their gums as well.

    At 18 months, you can start using a small (pea-size) amount of low-fluoride toothpaste when brushing your baby’s teeth. Your child should spit out the toothpaste, but shouldn’t rinse.

  5. Get them to the Dentist On Time
  6. Children don’t see a dentist for the first time until they are over two years old. However, this is actually much later than most dentists recommend. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that babies have their first dental visit within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth or before they are one year old, whichever comes first.

    Initial visits to your infant’s dentist are essentially informative, and the dentists can explain any questions that parents may have about caring for their infant’s teeth.

    Scheduling your baby for regular dental visits for infant oral care as soon as their teeth come in means that any developing issues will be caught early. Finding these problems early means that your baby’s dentist can prevent any real, lasting damage from occurring to your child’s teeth.

  7. Feed Them Healthy Foods and Drinks
  8. The realm of infant dental care also extends into their diet. A healthy, balanced diet is a major component of healthy teeth and gums. Babies can usually start eating solid food at around 6 months of age, and they can eat a wide variety of foods, similar to what you and the rest of the family are eating.

    Dr. Preethi Nagarajan Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Making the right meal choices for your child can go a long way for their dental health. Avoid sticky or chewy foods that can get stuck to teeth and contribute to plaque buildup. Refined starchy foods like white bread or potato chips can also be bad for teeth”.

    Often, parents think that fruit juice is a healthier alternative than other sugary drinks for small children. However, fruit juices are often loaded with added sugar. Even juices with no sugar added still contain natural sugars from fruits. It’s not advised for babies under 12 months to have fruit juice, and older children should still steer clear of it. That sugar can linger on your child’s teeth and become a feeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. Stick to water or milk.

  9. Teach by Example
  10. As they progress, your baby will follow the example that you as a parent set for them. As such, it’s important for you and the rest of your family to follow proper oral hygiene habits. Be a good example for your child as they start to grow up. Be sure that you and your child are brushing and flossing twice a day. If your child notices that you skip brushing your teeth, they’ll begin to think that those habits are okay.

    Once you have a plan of action, infant dental care will become as second nature as taking care of your own teeth. Making a concerted effort to lean and care for your baby’s new teeth will help set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Make sure to schedule your infant’s first dental appointment in a timely manner within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth or by the time they reach one year old.

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How breastfeeding affects your child’s oral health?

May 8th, 2019 by

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Breastfeeding is one of the most personal decisions a mother makes for her baby. It can help your child fight diseases and reduce health risks like asthma, ear infections, SIDS and obesity in children. Nursing mothers may lower their chances of improving breast and ovarian cancer. But did you know breastfeeding can impact the dental health of both baby and mother? Here’s how:

Breastfeeding Helps to Build a Better Bite

According to Journal of the American Dental Association, babies who were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months were less possible to have teeth alignment issues such as open bites, cross bites, and overbites, than those exclusively breastfed for shorter periods of time.

Still, this doesn’t mean your breastfed baby won’t need braces someday. Other factors, including genetics, pacifier use, and thumb sucking, affect the alignment of teeth.

Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental director of Sabka dentist says “The best thing for a mother to do is to take the child to the dentist to assure teeth eruption, it allows a dentist to monitor that baby teeth are coming out at the right time and permanent teeth are coming in the right time.”

Don’t Wean When Your Baby Gets Teeth

It’s a question that often rises up in parenting message boards and discussions with new moms: Should I quit breastfeeding when my baby starts teething? The answer is not if you don’t want to.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests breastfeeding for the first year of a baby’s life; the World Health Organization encourages moms to go for two.

Dr. Preethi Nagarajan Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “As it goes with breastfeeding, every baby is different, every mother is different. You can stop breastfeeding when you think it’s the best for you and the baby but not just because the teeth come in.”

Breastfeeding Decreases the Chance for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Another benefit of exclusive breastfeeding is a decreased chance of baby bottle tooth decay. The frequent, extended exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar can lead cavity. This type of cavity often occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle – even ones containing formula, milk or fruit juice. (Water is fine because the teeth won’t be bathed in sugary liquids for a long time.) It most often happens in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected.

Breastfed Babies Can Still Get Cavities

It’s one of the most common questions nursing parents ask: Can breastfeeding cause decay?
Yes, it can. breast milk contains natural sugar. That is why breastfed or bottle-fed, it’s important to care for your baby’s teeth from the beginning. A few days after birth, start cleaning your baby’s gums with a fresh, moist gauze pad or washcloth every day. Then, brush her teeth twice a day as soon as that first tooth appears.

Need Dental Work Done? Double Check Your Medications

If you need to have a dental treatment that needs medication during the breastfeeding period, its necessary to check with your dentist, personal physician, and pediatrician to make sure it is safe for baby. It’s necessary to know there are antibiotics we can give you that won’t hurt the baby. It’s not only safe to go to the dentist while you’re pregnant and while you’re nursing, but it’s also very important to do so for the best health of your baby.

Dr. Zita Antao Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “that there’s one thing she sees in new mothers, breastfeeding or not. “I surely see moms who are not keen take care of themselves as well as they did before the baby”.

Mom, It’s important to Take Care of Yourself

The exhaustion makes just not brushing as much as they used to, whether they’re brushing once a day or not brushing at all.

A drop in dental care could lead to more gum disease and cavities. Cavity prevention is especially important for moms, as even the simple act of sharing a spoon with could transfer that bacteria into your baby’s mouth. It’s really important to do the basics: Brush twice a day, it should be the last thing at night and first thing in the morning, floss once a day.

Teeth grinding (bruxism) in moms. A lot more head and neck muscle tension, which causes our jaws to be a little bit tenser and then that causes us to grind our teeth. Trouble sleeping during pregnancy that can cause us to grind our teeth a little bit. Postnatal, stress can increase and it can also be an issue.

All moms need to stay hydrated, particularly if breastfeeding. Not drinking enough water, that in itself is a very risky thing for your mouth. If you have a dry mouth, it at risk for gum disease, for cavities, so many things.

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How your Dental Routine affects your child?

May 7th, 2019 by

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Becoming a mother brings a lot of happiness with bundles of responsibilities. A mother always overlooks her baby’s health more than hers. But an important thing that she has to remember neglecting her own health is also not a good thing for the baby. It’s important to care for herself also while caring for her unborn child—that’s especially true when it comes to oral health.

Getting regular checkup will allow your dentist to assess your current oral health and map out a dental treatment plan for the remainder of your pregnancy. When you give attention to your teeth and gums, it can potentially make a difference for your baby, both before and after birth.

Tooth and Gum Health-

It’s common for a future mother’s tooth and gum health to decline during pregnancy. To help you understand that, here are a few things that can cause problems:

  1. Skipping brushing:
  2. Everyone’s tired at the end of the day, pregnancy may lead to a whole new level of exhaustion. As a result, routine nighttime brushing and flossing can get skipped. This can lead to plaque and bacteria build-up on the tooth and eventually tooth decay.

    Dr. Ankita Gada Dental director of Sabka dentist says “Brushing at bedtime is extremely important as it can prevent from tooth decay”.

  3. Hormonal changes during pregnancy:
  4. It can threaten the health of mom’s gums and can cause pregnancy gingivitis— irritated gums that bleed because of being swelled. And yes, in case you were wondering, it’s as bothersome as it sounds. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis—a more severe form of gum disease that includes bone loss. Research also suggests a link between preterm delivery, low birth weight babies, and gingivitis.

  5. Morning sickness:
  6. It can do a number of things in your mouth. Stomach acid makes its way into the mouth and can weaken tooth enamel—putting expectant moms at a greater risk for cavities.

    Dr. Jena Shah Dental director of Sabka dentist says “A women expected to undergo a lot of changes in her body during pregnancy, However, she has to take care about her health amid of these changes”.

  7. Eating more frequently:
  8. Eating often during pregnancy is common but snacking and grazing puts teeth in constant contact with acid in the food. This also leads to increased production of acid-supporting bacteria, such as ‘Streptococcus mutans’, which produce more acid to weaken enamel.

Dr. Reena Waghela Dental director of Sabka dentist says “Pregnancy makes crave for more savior food, but a mother should choose only healthy food while adding into her cart”.

How Mother’s Oral Health Can Be Traced to Baby’s Health?

A mom’s oral health is connected to the health of her expected baby–and it can all be traced to the bacteria in her mouth.

When bacteria is increasing in a pregnant woman’s mouth it can enter the bloodstream through her gums and travel to the uterus—triggering the production of chemicals called prostaglandins—that are suspected to induce premature labor.

After baby arrives, the mother can potentially pass her bacteria on to her newborn (called vertical transmission). So, a mom who has lots of acid-supporting bacteria in her mouth will pass a higher amount of those bacteria to her newborn.

Brushing Teeth Can Decrease the Risk of Pregnancy Complications:

Expectant mothers who brush their teeth thoroughly can reduce the risk of suffering dangerous complications in pregnancy and take a step towards reducing the risk of future dental infection in their newborn baby. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal when possible. You also should floss each day.

Good nutrition keeps the teeth healthy and strong; sensible, balanced meals containing calcium and limited excess acidity and sugar are best for you and your baby’s oral health. Regular cleanings from the dentist also will help control plaque and prevent gingivitis.

Remember

A mother whose oral health isn’t good is more likely to pass aggressive and damaging bacteria to her newborn. This can cause trouble down the road (think about a 2-year-old having to have a cavity filled). So, while eating the right foods, avoiding the wrong ones (e.g., candy, cookies, and other sticky foods) and making all sorts of sacrifices to make your baby perfect, moms need to keep their oral health first priority. And, make sure to visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

It may not seem like it at the time, but when mom is brushing her teeth, she’s brushing for two!

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How pregnancy affect your oral health

May 6th, 2019 by

pregnancy and oral health

Dental health is an indicator of your overall health of gums and teeth. It’s not only an important part of your general health but also a part of your personality too.

Some research studies show a connection between gum disease and premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and below birth weight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces). It shows taking good care of your gums and teeth during pregnancy can help you and your baby be healthy.

How pregnancy can affect your dental health?

During pregnancy, blood flow will increase in your body. Hormone changes also take place in the body. These variations mean that you’re more likely to have some dental health problems during pregnancy than you did before you got pregnant. These problems include:

Gingivitis

The sign of the gingivitis is the swollen or sore gums. The gums may bleed while brushing or flossing. High levels of the hormone progesterone can motivate gingivitis during pregnancy. Without treatment, at the right time, gingivitis can become a serious gum disease called periodontitis.

Dr. Priyanka Shingore dental director of Sabka dentist says “Pregnancy is the sensitive time for mother and baby. Hence she recommends being proactive about dental health”.

Loose teeth

Increased levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy can affect the tissues and bones that keep your teeth in place. This can make your teeth suffer from losses from the socket.

Periodontitis

This is the serious level of gum disease. It happens when the infection spreads in the gums and bones that keep your teeth in place. This can make your teeth loose and eventually may fall out.

Dr. Manan Dhulia dental director of Sabka dentist says “Periodontitis is is the result of an ignored gingivitis, and it can lead to tooth loss if left untreated”.

Pregnancy tumors

These tumors are not cancer. They are lumps that form on swollen gums, normally in between teeth. This can make bleeding in the gums. The tumors may be formed because of too much plaque (sticky bacteria that forms on teeth). Pregnancy tumors normally go away on their own. In a few cases, you may need to have them removed by surgery sometime after you give birth.

Tooth decay

This is when acids in your mouth start to wear down a tooth’s enamel. Enamel is the outer hard layer of a tooth. Because you have more acid in your mouth than usual during pregnancy, you’re more prone to have tooth decay. If you have morning sickness you have even more acid in your mouth.

Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Decay is the most common problem, But it needs extra attention during pregnancy as Infection in the decay can harm the baby”.

Tooth loss

It happens because serious tooth decay or gum disease, your teeth may fall out Or your dentist may need to pull out your teeth.

What are the signs and symptoms of dental health problems during pregnancy?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Bad breath
  • Gums that hurt when they’re touched, or gums that bleed while brushing your teeth
  • Loose teeth from the socket
  • Mouth sores, lumps or other growths
  • Red or red-purple gums
  • Shiny, sore or swollen gums
  • Toothache or other pain

Call your dentist if you have any of these signs or symptoms.

How are dental health problems diagnosed during pregnancy?

You may experience a problem with your teeth or gums, or your dentist may find the signs during a regular dental checkup.

Get regular dental checkups before and during pregnancy.

If you haven’t been checked by the dentist recently, good to see your dentist early in pregnancy. At your checkup, tell your dentist about your pregnancy and about any prescription. If you’re not pregnant yet, tell your dentist you’re planning for pregnancy.

Dental checkups during pregnancy are essential so that your dentist can find and treat dental difficulties. Regular teeth cleanings help to prevent tooth decay. If you have any serious problems, your dentist can recommend treatment during pregnancy or may postpone after delivery.

Your dentist may take an X-ray to see the in-depth picture. An X-ray is a medical test that uses radiation to take a picture of your body on film. Dental X-rays can show problems, like dental caries, signs of plaque under your gums or bone loss in your mouth. Dental X-rays use very small amounts of radiation. But make sure your provider knows you’re pregnant and protects you with a lead apron and collar that wraps around your neck. This helps keep your body and your baby safe.

How are oral health problems treated during pregnancy?

The treatment you get depends on the problem that you have, and how far along you are in your pregnancy.

You may just need a really good tooth cleaning from your dentist. Or you may need surgery in your mouth. Your dentist can safely treat many problems even during pregnancy. Sometimes he may tell you it’s better to wait until after birth for some treatments.

Your dentist may recommend avoiding treatment of some problems in the first three months of pregnancy because this is an important time in your baby’s growth and development. Your dentist also may suggest postponing some dental treatments if you’ve had a miscarriage in the past, or if you’re at higher risk of miscarriage than other women. (Miscarriage is when a baby dies in the womb before 20 weeks of pregnancy).

How can you help prevent dental health problems?

Here’s some tip that you can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. Brush using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a pea amount of toothpaste. Floss once a day to clean in between your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing around teeth and the gum line can remove plaque and prevent periodontitis and tooth decay.

Use Mouthwash If morning sickness makes you feel too sick and dull to brush your teeth, at least rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. If you get vomit, rinse your mouth with water to wash away the acid.

See your dentist every 6 months even during pregnancy Eat healthy foods. They give nutrients to you and your growing baby. Your baby’s teeth start growing between 3 and 6 months of pregnancy. Nutrients, such as calcium, protein and vitamins A, C and D, help your baby’s teeth grow healthy.

Reduce sweets intake Having too many sweet foods or drinks can lead to tooth decay. Instead of sweets, drink water and pick healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

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