Pregnancy is a very special time for all of our lives. But pregnancy also means massive changes for our body. And those changes don’t spare the mouth. Now the mouth is already full of bacteria that call the mouth its home. What happens while we are pregnant is that certain kinds of bacteria thrive because of the hormonal changes that take place in our body. Now, this could lead to excessive amount of bleeding gums, or swollen gums even. Sometimes these swollen gums could show up as localized nodules swelling in your gums which could freak you out, but don’t worry about it. It is very benign and it can easily be gotten rid of once you deliver your baby safely. The other thing to remember is that hormonal changes will also cause a heightened inflammatory response. The smallest kind of will force your body to give a very elaborate reaction. And the other important thing I want you to remember is that in the third trimester, because of the laxity of all the ligaments of our body, you could find some of your teeth are feeling lost. Now, this is possible because of the pregnancy, but usually, this will subside once you delivered the baby over a period of time. So remember during the special time of your life, look after yourself, eat healthy food, eat nutritious food, and look after your mouth as well and remember to brush floss rinse repeat.
Hi everybody, today I am going to talk about root canal treatment amongst the most dreaded monsters in the dental office. All of us fear getting one done but most of us are going to need it. So, I want to just simplify the process for you, help you understand what actually goes on and help you probably understand why you need to get it done. So, when the decay starts, obviously it starts usually for the top most layer of the tooth which is the enamel progressing towards the dentin and then finally to the living tissue of the tooth which is called pulp. Or the nerve is what the layperson will call it. Now when the infection or the decay which is caused by bacteria has entered the nerve, then there remains no other way for the dentist so far to remove the infection without removing the entirety of this nerve tissue. So, what we try and do is clean out the pulp chamber or the entirety of the nerve tissue from all the roots, and now once it is removed, and removed along with the infection, your pain will stop, you will be much more comfortable and then we will fill it because obviously it cannot be left empty, so we will fill it with an inert material and then because this nerve is now removed, your tooth will get brittle over a period of time, because there is no active blood supply to this tooth. So, to prevent fracture from this brittleness, we reinforce the tooth with a cap, and this is highly recommended. Now what you also need to remember is it is better to keep your natural tooth in tact and look after It, rather than thinking of removing it and getting an implant done, because remember that what nature has given us, what God has given us, man can never replace. Implants are the best replacement options, but they are not better than your natural teeth. Root canals are highly recommended and to prevent root canals, remember to brush floss rinse repeat.
Last time we spoke about how diabetes is an important risk factor for developing gum disease. Today, I would like to throw light on something that is slightly more interesting is that if you have gum disease, could it affect your diabetes control? And the answer is yes, my friends. It could like any other chronic infection that is present in your body, or any chronic inflammatory process like arthritis or any of these, it depletes the body’s resources to fight a particular problem that it already has. So, if we have diabetes and along with that, we have another problem that is taking away the body’s resources, then it will affect your diabetes control. So, if you have diabetes, make sure you visit the dentist along with your endocrinologist to look after your gums, so you have better diabetes control. Until then don’t forget to brush floss rinse repeat.
All of us know somebody who is a diabetic either in an immediate family, extended family or friends, and diabetes has widespread effects on every single part of our body. It could be your eyes, it could be your toes and it could also be your gums. Diabetes is among the most established risk factors for developing gums. When we have diabetes, what happens is, there are two things that happen. One is, there is an increased amount of sugar available in the blood. So that makes the bacteria that causes gum disease thrive that’s one way, and the other one is there is poor wound healing in uncontrolled diabetics, if your diabetes is not in control, the chances of your wound not healing are much higher. So, when a wound does not heal, then it affects the healing and that’s what happens with gum disease. Gum disease is a long-standing chronic infection of the gums which can lead you to ultimately lead you to lose all your teeth. Now that is why when you are a diabetic, it becomes even more important to be regular with your dentist check-ups, take care of your gums make sure you have yearly check-ups, yearly x rays to check the wound, and also keep your sugar in check. Until then remember to brush, floss, rinse, repeat and share this with whom anybody you know who is a diabetic.
Hi everybody, today I am going to talk about something very interesting – that is the difference between our milk teeth and our permanent teeth. This becomes important for all of us who are caretakers or parents to little children who have milk teeth in their mouth. Now the essential difference or the most common and obvious difference is the number of teeth, right, because the little kids have about 20 teeth in their mouth and we as adults have anywhere between 28 to 32. So taking care of these 20 teeth becomes extremely important because some of these teeth fall off at the age of 11 or 12. Now, two other really important factors are that the grooves on the top most surface of the milk teeth are quite tenuous so it tends to get food stuck very easily and get decayed very quickly and the next important factor is the nerve of the tooth or the pulp, what we call pulp, is very very high up as compared to the permanent tooth so when the decay starts what happens is it goes very quickly into the nerve – and that is why a lot of the milk teeth or the deciduous teeth need root canals very quickly as compared to us where our decay might be brewing for many many days. So these are the primary important differences so always remember to take your child to the dentist regularly so we can spot the initial signs of decay quickly and do whatever – minimal treatment is required and until then remember to brush floss rinse repeat!
If I ask you a question will you answer it honestly? How many of you hate the dentist? I am sure there is a lot of hands going up right and I am sure most of you will agree that that had something to do with maybe a bad dental experience sometime in your life – now what can we do to avoid that happening with our kids? Let’s plan it and try to give our kids a good dental experience because let’s face it – oral health is very very important. Now how can we make sure our kids have a good dental experience? The first and the most important thing we should do is, we should take the child to the dentistry when she or he is free or when they are not in pain – just for a regular checkup. Let them get used to the whole environment – let them use it as a rollercoaster chair, let them go up and down, let them say hello to the dentist that you are happy with – maybe they can refer you to a kid’s specialist dentist, whatever you like. But make sure that ideally the first visit is done when the child is not in pain because children are averse to pain and averse to needles, and when a child is in pain we are sometimes forced to tell the dentist to do uncomfortable procedures on their teeth. So let’s try to remember this – first birthday, first tooth, first dental visit and until then remember to brush floss rinse repeat for yourself and your kids too!
Apart from helping in chewing, speaking and lightening up your child’s smile – the milk teeth serve another important function and that is to maintain the space for the coming permanent teeth. So, the help of the milk teeth is an important factor in the ultimate alignment of the permanent teeth. Now this becomes important when the child’s milk teeth have to be removed earlier than it’s normal time. In such cases a dentist might prescribe what is known as a Space Maintainer in order to make space for the upcoming teeth. Unfortunately a lot of parents don’t take this very seriously and we, as orthodontists, see complex problems developing because of this – because the milk teeth have drifted into the space that has been created and the permanent teeth that was supposed to come gets stuck because of the lack of space. And this increases the complexity and the cost of treatment later. So to avoid such a problem take care of 3 things – one, make sure that your child follows excellent dental hygiene habits. Two regular checkups with the dentist to make sure the teeth are in optimal health and three – if for any reason your child’s milk teeth are to be removed early please get a space maintainer in place. Until next time remember for yourself and your kids – brush floss rinse repeat.
So today what I am going to talk about is of great relevance to new parents, parents with young kids or parents with kids who still have milk teeth in their mouth. Yes, I am going to talk about the importance of milk teeth. Of course, milk teeth do the same jobs as your permanent teeth which is helping the child chew his food, helping the child talk better, and of course smile, give his toothy grin. But they have another important role to play which is they act as the space maintainers for the permanent teeth to come in. So, it becomes very important to look after these teeth, because some of them like the molars, the milk molars fall only at the age of about eleven or twelve. So, we need to look after them so that the permanent teeth that come out are healthy. And also, another important factor to remember is that the first permanent molar comes out any time between five and a half to seven years of age. So that tooth is going to be in the child’s mouth for the longest amount of time. And it needs special care. So, remember to schedule your dental visits regularly and ensure that the child is brushing sometimes you know that the kids can get lazy. Make sure they are brushing twice rinsing their mouth after eating food and eating healthy food. And also remember to brush, floss rinse repeat.
Hello, my name is Samara. Today I will be teaching you how to brush your teeth. First you put a little amount of toothpaste on your brush. Not as much as you like to eat. Then you put your little toothpaste and you brush, brush, brush, brush, brush. And then close the mouth and then make tiny circles with the brush. You can start from any side you want. Remember to clean the inside of your teeth and then give a big smile. And after that floss, rinse your mouth and keep repeating it every day, every morning and every night. Bye.
Hi everybody. Today I want to take you through the steps of decay or the progress of tooth decay. It becomes very important for us to understand because you know what appropriate steps you can take. All of us know that decay or caries as we call it is caused by plaque and the bacteria that live in the plaque. Now when these bacteria have got enough time to release acid and demineralize your tooth, remove the minerals from your tooth, it always moves in. First, it will infect or enter through the enamel but it demineralizes that. Now at this stage what you will see is probably some white opaque spots or maybe a darkening of the tooth structure like really dark groves. At this stage you will probably not be feeling any sensitivity or any symptoms. But a visit to your dentist at this time could help you evaluate early decay and take care of it. Next step once the enamel has gone, then we go into the dentin. That is the caries will go into the dentin. And once it has entered the dentin, very often you might have some amount of sensitivity especially when you eat sweet foods, some sensitivity to cold. All of this will start showing up on and off. The last and the most severe state is when the decay has reached the pulp or the living tissue of the tooth. Now at this stage some people still might not have pain but a lot of people will have pain sometimes accompanied with swelling in the gums or swelling on the face if it has acted up very severely or depending on your immunity levels. Once that happens then the root canal will have to be done to save that tooth, whereas when the decay is restricted to the enamel or the dentin levels, a good filling, a sound filling will take care of that tooth. So, to prevent and to avoid these problems, remember to brush floss rinse repeat.
Do you have a child in between the ages of seven to ten and when you look at their teeth you feel that something needs to be done about them but they’re not quite in their teenage years yet so not sure if you can take them to an orthodontist? Well here’s a quick guide the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic consultation around the age of seven especially if you see some of these problems that could be protrusion of the upper teeth that’s the upper teeth sticking out too much, cross bite where the lower teeth are sticking out too much in front of the upper teeth, excessively crowded or spaced teeth or if the child has missing teeth or milk teeth that are refusing to fall. Also, if your child has a finger or a thumb sucking habit and last but not the least, if they are very conscious about the way their teeth look or they’re getting called names or getting teased in school. A short post of orthodontic treatment usually around six months can help in correcting these problems. So, if you are in doubt and not sure what to do feel free to contact us and we will help you out and let you know if your child is a candidate for early orthodontic treatment. Until next time remember to brush, floss, rinse repeat.
Hello everyone, what if I told you that there is a magic potion which could make your mouth cavity free. Well, guess what! Fluoride could be your answer. Studies have proven that fluoride helps in reducing the number of cavities by forming a protective layer around your teeth and thereby making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks by bacteria. In fact each one of us does get a daily dose of fluoride through sources like toothpaste, or milk, or even water. But a professional application of fluoride has a much greater advantage. In spite of recent controversies surrounding fluoride, the American Association of Paediatric Dentistry has deemed fluoride applications to be safe as well as effective in kids and adults. So what are you waiting for? Go and see your dentist to get the fluoride advantage. Until we meet next time, hashtag brush floss rinse repeat.
The bacteria in your mouth are not generally harmful. But when the food you eat stays in your mouth, the bacteria start working on it to produce acids. And this acid in turn causes tooth decay or cavity as we know it. While the decay or cavity is on enamel which is the outer part of the tooth, you won’t have any pain or sensitivity. But when it starts proceeding and enter the second part of the or the inner part of the tooth called the dentin you will end up having pain or sensitivity. But hey, you can avoid cavities by number one, brushing twice in a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, number two is flossing once a day, number three would be avoiding sugary and acidic food and drinks number four, visit you dentist regularly and remember hashtag brush floss rinse repeat.
Hello everyone, I am Doctor Shweta. I am a periodontist, which means I take care of your gums and their health. I very often compare gums to the foundation of a building. If the foundation is not strong, the building is not going to be around for too long. Unfortunately, gum disease very rarely causes pain. I say unfortunately because it still leads to tooth loss but there are other signs that we can look for if you want to find out if you have gum disease this could be bleeding gums, red gums, bad breath, a constant need to dig your teeth or loose teeth. So if you have any one of the above signs or you’ve been a long-standing smoker or a diabetic, I think you should book your appointment to see your dentist or a periodontist to get your gums checked along with your teeth. Until next time hashtag brush floss rinse repeat.
Good health is not only the absence of pain, it also means a general sense of wellbeing. The same thing holds true for our mouths. Just because we don’t have pain does not mean your mouths are healthy. You could be having an advanced stage of gum infection with absolutely no pain. Gum swelling however could be, however, a tell-tale sign that everything is not alright. What are the causes that cause this problem? So you have the most common which is inflammatory. So it has been a long time you have not visited the dentist, have not got your cleaning done, then this is probably the reason why you have some gums swelling. The other and interesting one is the one which is causes a side effect of certain medications. They could be medications which are prescribed routinely for blood pressure, and these have a tendency to cause gum swelling. Now how do we take care of this problem? First one you always do is a good through professional cleaning should take care of about 50 percent of gum swelling issues. Now talking about the one which is caused by blood pressure medication or other certain medications, the dentist or your periodontist who is a gum specialist, will need to work in conjunction with your physician to chart out the best treatment plan for you. So remember to take care of your gums so your mouth remains in the pink of health and remember to brush floss rinse repeat.
I enjoy my coffee, how about you? But sadly, they leave bad stains on our teeth and sometimes turn them yellow too. And similarly drinks like tea or even red wine have the same effect on our teeth. But we’ve got you covered. Doing a simple treatment like teeth cleaning or teeth whitening, can really make a huge difference. And for stubborn stains we have treatments like veneers or crowns, which can really brighten your smile, so that you still enjoy your cup of coffee. Until we meet next time, hashtag brush floss rinse repeat.
Parents often ask us when is the best time for the kids to get braces? Well the simple answer is that is different from child to child. So it’s important to get your child checked by an orthodontist at about the age of seven, so that the orthodontist can determine when is the best time for the child to start braces. So does that mean we are going to slap on braces for your seven year old babies? Not necessarily. The advantage of sync is this young is that we can catch certain problems when they are developing and take certain measures to stop them from getting worse or to prevent them from occurring at all. We can start with treatment like treatment for habits like thumb sucking or make sure that the milk teeth are falling on time and even do certain treatments to improve the growth and development of your child’s jaws. So please remember to take your child for an orthodontic check-up at the age of seven. So the orthodontist can decide when is the best time for them to start treatment and until next time hashtag brush floss rinse repeat.