Category Archives: %s

Shravan Special!… Take break from alcohol because alcohol is bad for dental health!

August 17th, 2019 by

dental care

The holy month of “Shravan” sees people all around India giving their liver a break by abstaining from alcohol. What many of us may not realise is that our mouth is also going to appreciate the respite. Believe it or not, drinking too much alcohol can have a substantial impact on our oral and dental health. It can lead to a range of diseases from tooth decay to mouth cancer. Studies have found that compared to non-drinkers, those who had one or more alcoholic drinks per day saw a reduction of healthy bacteria in the mouth, with a significant increase of harmful bacteria also detected.

Such changes could lead to the development of diseases such as gum disease and tooth decay, as well as mouth and throat cancers. It is estimated that almost one in five of us that drink occasionally display signs of severe gum disease.

Why is alcohol so bad for our mouth?

Alcoholic drinks such as white wine, beer and cider can be very acidic. This can cause erosion of the enamel on our teeth, possibly leading to pain and sensitivity.

Spirits such as vodka and whiskey are very high in alcohol and may give us dry mouth. On the other hand, ciders and lagers, as well as many mixers and cocktails, often contain high amounts of sugar. The latter can cause tooth decay. As little as one pint of larger can contain a quarter of our recommended daily sugar intake, as does two large glasses of white wine.

Drinking alcohol to excess is also linked to one in three mouth cancers – a disease which has been recognized as close to an epidemic in India. Alcohol also encourages more bad bacteria to develop in our mouth. Studies have found that wine drinkers produce more bacteria responsible for gum disease when compared to non-drinkers while those who consume beer produce an increase in bacteria that are linked to dental decay.

Good bacteria however are bacteria that can help us avoid dental diseases. Specifically, the good bacteria inside our mouth will regulate the effects of bad bacteria by reducing the acidity and pH levels in the mouth. Good bacteria can also help with digestion because they will start breaking food down as soon as we start eating.

Sabka Dentist recommends getting plenty of probiotics to keep good bacteria in the mouth. We can get probiotics through several foods like soft cheeses and natural yogurt. But avoid added sugar in the latter.

What is the size of the alcohol problem?

While having the odd drink is okay, it is those that drink regularly or in large amounts that are putting themselves more at risk.

A recent study found that among those who drink alcohol, more than one in four (27%) are classed as binge drinkers. The worst offenders are men – who are more than twice as likely as women to exceed the recommended maximum of 14-units of alcohol a week.

Mouth cancer diagnoses have risen dramatically over the last two decades and are predicted to continue rising. If people cut down on their alcohol consumption it could make a big difference in reducing cases of the disease.

Four tips on how to reduce the effects of alcohol on the teeth and mouth

While abstaining from alcohol will go far in improving our oral health, there are ways to find balance between drinking and a healthy mouth. That being said, here are some tips on how to do just that:

1. Drink water after an alcoholic drink: It helps to balance pH levels in our mouth and wash some of the sugar away.

2. Try and keep the alcohol confined to mealtimes: By drinking at meal times it will help to reduce the intensity of the acid “attack” on our teeth and weaken its effects.

3. Use mouthwash: Mouthwash has a similar effect to water in that it will help wash away acidic substances such as alcoholic drinks from our teeth. The added benefit of mouthwash is that it will also go some way in protecting the teeth from further attack. Certain mouthwashes can coat our teeth in a protective shield and may help protect us against problems like gum disease or sensitive teeth. To check the benefits of each mouthwash, it is important to read the packaging prior to purchase.

Use the above information to take positive and assertive steps towards maintianing good oral health, brush twice a day, get into the habit of flossing and most importantly visit the dentist atleast twice a year ie. every 6 months.

Click to book an appointment for a FREE Dental checkup please visit.

To know the prices of dental treatments at Sabka Dentist visit.

Click to book a Pro-Clean Professional Dental Cleaning package for just Rs.100/- visit.

5 reasons why one should buy the Pro-Clean Package from Sabka Dentist

August 16th, 2019 by

Professional-teeth-cleaning

Most urban Indians do not brush twice a day. Most Indians also do not floss or use other oral hygiene tools like interdental brushes or mouthwash. Also, the average number of times an urban Indian visits a dentist is less than 4 times in a lifetime Due to these reasons the oral hygiene conditions in India are at abysmally low levels.

There are a lot of studies that link oral hygiene with the overall health. It is widely accepted that good oral hygiene is linked with good cardiac health. But for maintaining oral hygiene and dental well being the following are the most important habits:

  1. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and following correct brushing technique.
  2. Flossing atleast once every day.
  3. Visiting a dentist at a dental clinic every 6 months.
  4. Getting a professional dental cleaning and scaling every 6 months.

With the view of the above necessities Sabka Dentist has formulated the Pro-Clean Package which includes the following:

  1. Complete Dental Check-up
  2. A detailed oral health assessment report
  3. Complete Cleaning and Scaling of Teeth using an Ultrasonic Scaling Machine
  4. Polishing of Teeth with flavored polishing paste
  5. Follow-up reminders

All of the above are including in the Pro-Clean Package for just Rs.100/-

The following are the 5 primary reasons why you should buy the Pro-Clean Package today:

1. Complete Dental Cleaning and Scaling:

The complete cleaning and scaling of the teeth ensures that all the yellow, crusty and scaly stains due to plaque and tartar on your teeth are removed. This elevated your oral hygiene levels immediately. You can almost feel the mouth being bacteria free and fresh. This especially is very important for people who consume tea, coffee, red wine or smoke or chew tobacco. Since the dental cleaning and scaling removed the deposits of tartar and food particles in between your teeth, the gums also feel fresh and they start growing back over the teeth providing a better foundation to the teeth.

2. Detailed Oral Assessment Report:

Sabka Dentist provides you a detailed oral assessment report from the checkup that is conducted after the scaling and cleaning of your teeth. This helps you understand the problems that may exist in your mouth. You are also provided the possible treatment options and the charges for the same in the form of a quotation. This way you can plan your path to perfect oral care.

3. Polishing of the Teeth using a flavoured polishing paste:

After the scaling and cleaning of the teeth, the dentist at Sabka Dentist polishes your teeth with a flavored polishing paste. You have the option to choose between mixed fruit, pineapple, mint, and strawberry. This process is extremely refreshing as you can actually feel the fresh breath and immensely increase your confidence levels.

4. Follow-up Reminders for Dental Checkups every six months:

While we all know that for maintaining good oral health it is necessary to get a dental checkup every six months, most Indians do not follow the same. The primary reason for this is discipline and persistence. We tend to procrastinate low priority things on our things to-do list and apparently dental checkups are the last on the list. Once you get the Pro-Clean cleaning and check-up at the Sabka Dentist clinic, the Sabka Dentist patient management system automatically registers you on its database. This is an AI-powered tool that Sabka Dentist uses to maintain the preventive dental care schedule of all its registered patients. Using this tool Sabka Dentist will remind your every six months for preventive care checkup appointments and also call you to remind you of important dates for a dental checkup, follow-up visits, and regular dental cleanings. This way you can be assured that you will never ignore or forget to maintain oral care and will stay in great dental health.

5. Regular updates on dental care and techniques and tools for improving your dental health.

Sabka Dentist works very closely with dental product manufacturers for reviewing products and suggesting improvements on the same. Sabka Dentist is also provided with very good offers from dental product manufacturers regularly. Sabka Dentist consistently publishes updates on new techniques and tools for maintaining oral health which is based on the latest developments in the oral care industry like new toothbrushes, toothpaste, tools like toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc. With the Pro-Clean package, you registered as a member of an exclusive mailing list due to which you will keep receiving updates, offers, and content on the above mentioned items from time to time with actionable advice and offers for maintaining good dental and oral health.

So, we highly recommend that you book an appointment for Pro-Clean package as soon as possible and start your journey towards great oral and dental health. Click to book a Pro-Clean package at Sabka Dentist Clinic.

A Balanced Diet for Healthy Teeth

August 14th, 2019 by

cavity and food

Have you ever wondered why a few people have pearly white teeth? Why is it difficult for some people to maintain their good teeth though they follow good oral 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.

Dr. Ankita Gada, Dental Director of Sabka dentist, says “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. The 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 tooth decay?

All sugars can cause cavities. 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.

Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director 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”.

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 contains 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’s not the amount of sugar you eat or drink, but how often you do it. Sweet foods are allowed, but it’s 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?

Water and milk are good choices. It is better for your teeth if you limit fruit juices just at meal times. If you drink between meals, try diluting them with water and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking. Drinking through a straw 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. 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 to 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?

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 a sugar-free chewing gum after meals can help to prevent tooth decay.

Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “It is important to use only sugar—free gum, as ordinary chewing gum contains sugar and therefore may damage your teeth”.

References:

Busting dental myths

August 12th, 2019 by

dental-myths

Myths can be stubborn misconceptions, while some myths may not be harmful, misconceptions about our health may lead to following the wrong routine. See if any of these common myths are affecting your oral health or general wellbeing.

1. Sugar is the prime cause of cavities

In reality, it’s the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities. What the bacteria does is, it digests carbohydrates and sugar that is present in rice, potatoes, bread, fruit, and vegetables. When you eat food that contains carbs, the bacteria gets activated and produce acid that eats into your tooth. They can then lurk in the cavity where the toothbrush and floss can’t reach. The bacteria continue to metabolize carbs, produce acids, and your cavity keeps getting bigger.

Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental director at Sabka dentist says “It’s not the number of carbohydrates you eat that causes tooth decay, but the number of times your teeth are exposed. If you eat a lot of carbs for lunch, that’s a big exposure. But if you spend the day sipping some sugary drinks, that’s continuous exposure — and much more dangerous for your teeth.”

2. An aspirin directly on the tooth will relieve tooth pain

This method is used in many households as a remedy, and it is a completely wrong practice. You should never put aspirin directly on or near an aching tooth. After all, you wouldn’t put aspirin on your forehead if you had a headache, would you? The only safe and the right way to take an aspirin tablet is to swallow it.

3. You always know when you have a cavity

While it is true that cavities are often painful, it’s also true that sometimes you don’t feel any pain at all. Most of the times individuals fail to identify the small cavities. Cavities are effectively spotted by dentists. Taking care of cavities is not only about alleviating pain, but it’s also about preventing further decay which can lead to bigger problems or even extraction.

Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Preventive dental checkups play a significant role to identify cavities in its early stage. Make sure to visit the dentist twice a year to keep your teeth strong.”

4. All stains can be easily whitened or washed away

Many stains that are formed on your pearly whites may be due to habits like drinking tea, coffee or smoking and these are generally easy to remove since they are extrinsic in nature. However, when the stains are due to ingestion of metals in the body or due to pulp death or developmental defects, they cannot be removed easily. These are intrinsic in nature.

5. Fluoride is Unsafe

With the help of fluoride in the water or toothpaste, tooth decay in children has been dramatically reduced.

However, there’s been an increase in cavities in older people, for a number of reasons. For example, some medications dry out the mouth and reduce saliva. Saliva is important in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids, has a disinfectant quality, washes away bacteria, and helps prevent food from sticking to the teeth.

6. Once a tooth is treated, the decaying stops

You may get decay later in other areas of the tooth, but the particular decay that was removed is gone. Once you get a cavity filled — and if you maintain good brushing and flossing techniques — you won’t usually get decay in that spot again.

However, sometimes a filling gets old and the margins where it meets the tooth begin to break down or pull away, and because you can’t reach it to clean it out, bacteria can get in and decay can start again.

7. Bleaching weakens the teeth

Is there any basis behind this fear? Not really. Bleaching only alters the color of the teeth, not its strength and hardness. Bleaching products are safe if used as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

These are just a few of the dental myths that you may have heard but there are many more in circulation. Please stay tuned to our blog as we continue to correct wrong dental information that can cause you unnecessary future complications.

Dr. Priyanka Shingore Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “People should be educated about dental health so they can differentiate between what is good and bad.”

References:

How often do I need to get my teeth cleaned?

August 6th, 2019 by

cleaning

How often do you get your oil changed? Every 3,000 miles? Or is it every 6,000 miles? Thanks to computers, most cars today will make that determination for you based upon the type of driver and the temperature extremes the car has to endure.

So why is it that you have been told to see the dentist every 6 months (or every 3 months if you have gum disease)? How can it be so for every human, without the predictable variability of lifestyles and environmental triggers being a factor?

What is the fact behind to see the dentist every six months?

Our teeth are the first step of the digestion process. Daily it bites several food particles. Scientifically the enamel is the strongest substance in the body. But sugar and carbohydrates are what makes the enamel scary.

You already know our mouth contains a variety of bacteria. These bacteria get nourished by the food and produce the sticky layer called plaque. The daily brushing and flossing are intended to remove this plaque from the tooth enamel.

In this stage, you may feel there is no need for regular teeth scaling if someone is brushing and flossing twice a day. A toothbrush can reach nearly 80 of the mouth. If plaque is not get removed from the teeth then it can harden this hard layer is called tartar, It is the dirty looking mineral deposit.

The actual threats start here. When tartar forms on your teeth, it will not be removed from a toothbrush, this has to be removed from the professional dental scaling. If you leave the tartar as it is it starts to cause cavity and penetrate to a more deep level.

Dr. Manan Dhulia says “Tartar and plaque form in the mouth at different rates. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a patient for a recall cleaning visit only to see them two weeks later for a scheduled filling and already see tartar forming on the teeth”.

I also have some patients that need to come in for a cleaning only every 12 months. When dentists polish the teeth, the pellicle (skin of the tooth) is removed but will reappear in 3 days. The sticky biofilm (plaque) will then stick to the pellicle.

Dr. Ankita Gada Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Home care is vital in determining this rate of buildup of the product that is partially responsible for gum diseases. Good brushers and flossers (determined by the frequency and quality of doing so) of course will fare better and last longer before needing another cleaning”.

It is extremely important to remember that gum disease is 100% preventable, but once seen in the mouth it is not 100% curable, and is less than 100% arrestable. So patients (and dentist) need to be armed with methods that properly address and pay for this degree of infection.

Quick Benefits about regular teeth cleaning and polishing

  1. Regular teeth cleaning removes any external stains and plaque deposits. In result, you will get a whiter and brighter smile.
  2. Cleaning eliminates the cavity-causing deposits from the teeth, hence cavity can be prevented from regular teeth scaling.
  3. The bacterias are the main culprit for bad breath, by eliminating the bacteria deposits cleaning helps you get fresh breath.
  4. Prevention is always better than cure. The preventive method will always save you from expense occur for restorative dentistry.

Dr. Jena Shah Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Preventive dental check-up is important to determine what treatment and procedure are required for you. Hence do not miss your appointment for regular check-ups”.

References:

Sabka Dentist opens its first clinic in Whitefield Bangalore!

August 3rd, 2019 by

Sabka Dentist, one of the pioneers in providing organised dental care in India has opened its first dental clinic in Whitefield. Sabka Dentist already operated 10 dental clinics across Bangalore in locations like BTM Layout, HRBR Layout, HSR Layout, Jayanagar, Jeevan Bhima Nagar, Koramangala, Malleshwaram, Rajaji Nagar, Vijayanagar and JP Nagar.

The following is the address of the Sabka Dentist Whitefield Location:

Sabka Dentist – Whitefield,
Guru Shree Towers, Next to HUL Campus and Kotak Mahindra Bank
Near Food World Whitefield,
3rd Cross, Whitefield, Bangalore 560066

Sabka Dentist has always believed in promoting preventive dental care as a part of its mission of improving the overall dental health and awareness for dental hygiene in India. To promote preventive dental care and improve awareness for oral care in India, Sabka Dentist has always kept dental checkups FREE. Sabka Dentist does not charge for dental checkups and diagnostics Intraoral X-Rays since the last 8 years.

This year Sabka Dentist has taken a step further towards improving the awareness for preventive dental care in India. As per recent statistics, an average urban Indian visits a dentist 4 times in a lifetime which is a very disappointing statistic since WHO recommends that a person must visit a dentist twice every year to ensure good oral health.

Also, most people in India have no idea about professional cleaning and scaling of teeth which is required to remove tartar and plaque that accumulate over teeth surfaces even if you follow a good oral hygiene. To remove this tartar and plaque it is recommended that a person gets a professional dental cleaning every 6 months.

Hence, with a motive to increase the awareness for professional dental cleaning and scaling, Sabka Dentist has started a new service wherein it provides a pro-clean package which includes and dental check-up, professional dental cleaning and diagnostic X-Rays (intraoral, if required) all for just Rs.100/-. The initial reception from the patients for this service shows a lot of promise since in just one month since the start of the program, Sabka Dentist has already provided the Pro-Clean – Professional Dental Cleaning and Scaling service to more than 15,000 patients.

Sabka Dentist believes that over the nest 6 months, it will provide this service to more than 100,000 patients.
To book an appointment for a FREE Dental Checkup or to get a Professional Dental Cleaning and Scaling for just Rs.100/-, please visit a Sabka Dentist Clinic. You can find the clinic locations by clicking here. You can also book an appointment by clicking here or visiting www.sabkadentist.com or call 022 4880 6488.

Why Having Regular Teeth Cleaning and Polishing is a Good Idea!

August 3rd, 2019 by

Cleaning and polishing your teeth is one of the quickest and safest ways to not only improve the radiance of your smile but also your oral health.

teeth cleaning and polishing

Removes stains from teeth:

Teeth can be superficially stained by many things like tea, coffee, red wine, berries, and tobacco. Cleaning and polishing will help remove these superficial stains that build up over time and return your teeth closer to their natural color.

But did you know that there are other reasons why your teeth should get cleaning and polishing every 6 months?

Removes harmful plaque and tartar:

Even when you have just finished brushing your teeth, they immediately start to get coated by proteins that are normally found in saliva. These proteins allow bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease to stick to your teeth.

Over time, if not cleaned regularly, these bacteria continue to grow and form soft yellow plaque. This can be easily cleaned off at first, but if left for a long duration it can harden into tartar or ‘calculus’ as your dentist might call it.

This is very difficult to remove by brushing alone. Plaque and tartar is formed most commonly in places that are difficult to reach, but it can also form almost anywhere on teeth that have not been cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis.

Cleaning and polishing will help to remove tartar build-up. This means a lesser risk of tooth decay, a lower chance of bleeding gums and gum recession and a lower chance of your teeth gradually become loose due to bone loss.

Dr. Priyanka Shingore Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Plaque and tartar are the main cause of oral problems. Removing the hard deposits helps you fight with oral threats.”

Fresher breath:

In fact, you can even improve bad breath issues noticeably just by having your teeth cleaned and polished every 6 months.

A confident smile:

And finally, it will give you greater confidence in your smile!

Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Good health and good smile are priceless. As your body your natural teeth deserve every ounce of care.”

References:

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

August 2nd, 2019 by

Oral & Dental health is much more than just the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. The mouth is a primary entry point for way into the body and hence, poor oral health can have negative consequences for the entire body. Teeth that ache, gums that bleed, and bad breath are indicators of poor oral health. Bacteria of the mouth can easily pass into the bloodstream and produce infection and inflammation wherever it stays. Hence, it is important that we practice good oral hygiene and visit a dentist regularly to avoid serious risk to the body’s overall health.

Oral health impact

Here are some common health issues that can be caused by bad oral health:

Heart diseases:

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.

Premature delivery:

Gum diseases have also shown its significance in pregnant women. It may increase the risk of preterm or low weight babies. This may be due to oral toxins reaching the mother’s placenta and interfering with the growth and development of the fetus. An oral infection can also produce labor triggering substance too quickly and might cause premature labor.

Note that your mouth also helps detect early health problems like HIV/ Cancer/ Diabetes.
Thus, it is extremely important to maintain your oral hygiene and prevent yourself from the risk of other health issues. Regular dental checkups can help in early detection of oral diseases and thus is extremely important.

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

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.

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.

Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental director at Sabka dentist says “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.

Dr. Preethi Nagarajan Dental director at Sabka dentist says “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 severe dental problem”.

From today, make your oral health and your overall health a priority for living a long and healthy life!

References:

How to live with braces?

August 1st, 2019 by

how to live with Braces

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.

Why do I need special oral care when i have braces?

Have a look in the mirror at your new braces. As you see, the brackets and wires have many nooks and that can trap food and plaque. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum diseases, tooth decay and even loss of teeth.

To avoid this you need to follow really good oral care routine.

  • Don’t skip brushing twice a day for at least two minutes with Flouride toothpaste.
  • Interdental Brushes are your best friend while wearing braces. Give attention to each tooth and remove plaque from with the help of Interdental brushes.
  • Flossing is also necessary to remove plaque and food debris in between the teeth. Be careful the thread may stick into brackets may disturb the process.
  • Apart from this, you need to clean your teeth after each meal. Brushing immediately after the meal causes dental erosion, But you can rinse and remove the food particles with Interdental Brush.

Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Cleaning your teeth is most important during braces treatment because at the end of the treatment health of the teeth are equally important as much as the appearance”.

Orthodontic Emergencies

The wire and brackets in the mouth often cause pain and discomfort in the mouth. The best way that you can handle it is being prepared for that.

Loose bracket —

Brackets are stuck to the teeth with the help of special adhesives. When you eat something hard it may fall down. You can put the orthodontic wax over the bracket to keep it from poking you. This should provide some comfort until you see your orthodontist.

Loose band –

If a band becomes loose, call for an appointment to have it re-cemented or replaced. If the band comes off completely, do not try to put it back on. Save it and bring it to your appointment.

Protruding or broken wire —

This is a common problem. If a wire breaks or sticks out, it can hurt your cheek, tongue or gum. You may be able to use the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a better position. If that doesn’t work, put a small piece of orthodontic wax over the end of the wire. If you find the pain is getting worse see your dentist soon.

Loose spacer —

Sometimes spacers can slip out of position or fall out. If this happens, make an appointment with your orthodontist. You are probably ready to have the band placed.

Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Your mouth is very sensitive to change and it will take you a few days to get used to wearing brackets and wires in your mouth. At first, your teeth may feel pain and uncomfortable because of the pressure put onto them by the braces. You may also feel uncomfortable while braces adjust. However, you will feel relaxed onceit has been adjusted”.

Braces friendly diet

There are foods that can loosen, break or bend wires and bands when you are wearing braces. Avoid hard foods such as nuts and hard cookies. Foods such as apples and carrots should be chopped into small pieces before eating to reduce the stress on your braces. Avoid sticky foods such as caramels, toffees, muesli or fruit bars. No chewing gum! No chewing ice!

Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Habits such as nail-biting, unnatural tongue thrusting, pencil chewing and nervous picking at your wires can also break braces”.

References:

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Health

July 31st, 2019 by

Dental-FAQs

1. Why should I go to the dentist once every six months?

Many people dont visit a dentist on regular basis. They only go when they have a problem. This is known as “emergency treatment”. Some patients may feel they are saving money by skipping dental visits. Infact it ends up costing much more in money and time. This happens because many dental problems do not show symptoms until they reach advanced stages. A good example of this is tooth decay. The tooth getting attacked by a cavity does not hurt until the cavity reaches the nerve. The dentist can usually spot a cavity 3-4 years before it develops any symptoms. This early detection can help you prevent difficult root canal treatment.

Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Your natural teeth are important more than you think. The enamel can not grow back or repair itself as the other cells of the body. Hence the only way you can prevent is through regular dental visits”.

2. Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?

There are a number of bacteria that stay in your mouth. Brushing removes some of the bacteria, but it fails to reach between the teeth effectively. If the food particles are left uncleaned between teeth then it can start to feed the bacteria. Hence flossing is necessary to reach those areas where your toothbrush can hardly reach. If you skip floss you are allowing food debris and plaque to remain between your teeth. This plaque can gradually turn into tartar and cause cavity.

3. How can I motivate my kids to brush their teeth?

Make it fun! If you are excited about brushing your teeth, your children will also be excited. Children want to do the tasks their parents do. If your kids see you brushing your teeth and displaying good oral habits, they will follow. Getting your children to brush starts with taking them to the dentist at an early stage. All children should be examined by their first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.

4. How can I prevent cavities?

Spend a good time of two-three minutes brushing twice a day. Bacteria create the sticky layer on the tooth, make sure you get rid of the layer after brushing. Do not brush hard, you should put moderate pressure, enough to remove bacteria and plaque. Flossing is essential to remove plaque and food particle from between the teeth.

Monitor the sugar intake when you eat. There is sugar in candy, crackers and chips and fruits. These are the favorite foods of bacteria living in your mouth. It’s always good to be mindful of foods that stick on your teeth such as almonds and raisins, and peanut butter. Try to limit frequent eating of such foods.

Clean your teeth after each meal. Thoroughly rinse with plain or salted water that can help to remove food particles from the mouth. Chewing sugarless gum also can help for this purpose.
The important thing a patient can do to avoid cavities is visiting the dentist. Do not skip the visits.

5. Why does the dentist take X-rays?

Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be detected by the visual examination. An X-ray image may reveal:

  • small areas of carries between the teeth or below existing fillings
  • periodontal (gum) disease
  • abscesses or cysts
  • developmental abnormalities
  • some types of tumors
  • infections in the bone

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and also avoid discomfort. X-rays can spot the damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, X-rays may even help save your time. The dentist will decide the requirement for X-rays based on the conditions present in development. There are many benefits to having X-rays taken.

6. What is fluoride and why is it important to dental health?

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in many foods and water. Other sources of fluoride include Tea, Fish, cooked kale and spinach, apples and milk. Fluoride helps to make the enamel strong. It prevents enamel from getting weaker due to acid exposure. Hence lack of fluoride can increase the risk of cavities. However, your dentist can prescribe you fluoride supplements.

Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Preventing the dental problem is better than restoring it. Regular dental cleaning will help to remove plaque and tartar that will cause cavities if you allow it to stay a long time”.

References: