Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Eight top tips for terrific teeth

1. Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

It doesn't matter how old you are, or how many teeth you have, you should always follow your dentist's advice about how often they need to see you. 

So why are check-ups so important? Well, for starters prevention is always better than cure. Regular visits to the dentist can identify problems developing early, and more importantly set you on a path to rectify them. 

There's a chance everyone will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives - it's that common - so do remember to get to your dentist as often as they recommend.

2. Take diet into consideration

Diet may have a large impact on the growing obesity problem in , but there's no escaping the damage a poor diet does to our teeth.
One of the key messages is ‘cut down how often you have sugary foods and drinks'. This is a particularly important message for parents to remember. The more often your child has sugary or acidic foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. It is therefore important to keep sugary and acidic foods to mealtimes only. Food and drinks which are kindest to teeth include cheese, crackers, breadsticks, raw vegetables, plain water and milk.

It is also worth remembering that some processed baby foods contain quite a lot of sugar. Try checking the list of ingredients - the higher up the list sugar is, the more there is in the product. Sometimes, these are shown as fructose, glucose, lactose, or sucrose.

3. Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste

It's important to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and just before you go to bed for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Why? During the night the flow of saliva, which is the mouth's cleaning system, slows down. This leaves the mouth more at risk to decay; therefore brushing acts as a preventive measure.

Fluoride is an incredibly important addition to the toothpaste we use. It's also found in drinking water across the country. There are different levels depending on how old you are. All children up to three years old should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old, the Foundation recommends you use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm-1500ppm. If you're unsure how much fluoride is on a particular brand, check the packaging for the Foundation's approved symbol for reassurance.

4. Indulge in interdental cleaning

As brushing alone only cleans around two thirds of the mouth, it is important to use interdental brushes or floss to clean away any food debris caught between the teeth. It can help to reduce the risk of gum disease. Given that gum disease has been linked to heart problems, pneumonia and even pancreatic cancer to name but a few, interdental cleaning at least once a day isn't too much to ask!

5. Get empowered with a power toothbrush

Rigorous tests have proven electric toothbrushes with small round oscillating rotating heads to be up to twice as effective at removing plaque than a manual brush. Many also have two minute timers to ensure you clean for the recommended period of time. Some such as the Oral B Triumph with Smart Guide also have a remote display to help your brush for the correct time and sensors to show you when you are brushing too hard. Look for the accredited logo which shows that the claims the product is making have been scientifically proven.

6. Remember the one hour rule

It takes an average of 40 minutes for the mouth to neutralise the acid caused by eating or drinking sugar. Therefore it is best to wait at least one hour after eating before brushing teeth. Eating or drinking weakens the enamel on the teeth, meaning if you brush too soon it cause tiny particles of the enamel to be brushed away. You can help to speed up the time that is takes for the saliva to neutralise these plaque acids and lessen the damage that they can cause by chewing sugar-free gum containing Xylitol, rinsing with a fluoride mouthrinse or plain water.

7. Teeth are not tools!

Although you can't legislate for genuine accidents, please remember your teeth aren't tools. If your party trick is to open a bottle of beer with your teeth, or if you're always biting open the crisp packet, you're actually doing your teeth more harm than good.

If you somehow lose a tooth, the important thing to remember is not to panic. Get to the  dentist as soon as possible, as with the right care, the tooth could be successfully put back into the socket. Ideally you should try and put it back in straight away, without handling the root.
The best chance of having your tooth successfully put back in is to keep the tooth in the cheek. If this isn't possible, keep it in some milk until you receive the necessary emergency dental work. The sooner you can do this the better.

8. Think about appearance

If you have a great oral hygiene routine, or even if you don't, there's no reason why you can't think about some cosmetic treatment to help brighten or restore your smile. People who smoke, drink red wine and lots of coffee may find over time their teeth become stained. There are toothpastes available that can remove these stains, but they won't alter the natural shade of your teeth. It's always best to have a good chat with your dentist about the options, which can include tooth whitening, crowns or veneers.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

An In-Depth Look at Chocolate

Chocolate is a sweet treat that starts with roasted and ground cacao seeds. It’s then mixed with other ingredients, such as cocoa butter, milk, and sugar, to get the tasty product that we see on store shelves worldwide. But chocolate isn’t a modern invention, and it might not always be around. This is an in-depth look at chocolate to learn more about its past, effects on our health today, and what the future holds for this delicacy.

Past: Humans and Their Love for Chocolate

Human’s chocolate obsession began long ago. Nearly 4,000 years ago, pre-Olmec tribes in Central America first harvested cacao seeds and began growing and farming cacao trees. These people used chocolate mainly as a drink ingredient, and instead of sweetening it, they mixed in chili powder and other strong spices.
More recently, the Aztecs and Mayans believed that chocolate was a god-ordained discovery and a divine gift to mankind. They used cacao seeds over the years to:
  • Heal: These early tribes used chocolate as a curative.
  • Get drunk: These groups quickly discovered that chocolate was great for mixing into fermented beverages.
  • Worship: The Olmecs used chocolate for religious purposes.
  • Trade: The Aztecs and Mayans used cacao seeds as currency.
  • Get in the mood: The Aztecs consumed chocolate both as an after-dinner treat and as an aphrodisiac.
Chocolate took its first step to being made how it’s enjoyed today when Europeans landed in the Americas. They sampled the native drinks and discovered that chocolate was more palatable for them when mixed with honey or sugar.

Present: How Chocolate Affects Our Health Today

Chocolate today is commonly used in food and drinks. However, it’s prepared much sweeter than how our ancestors mixed their chocolatey concoctions. Though there are a few health benefits associated with this sweet, it’s dangerous if overconsumed.

Health Benefits

Cocoa is a powerful antioxidant associated with lots of health benefits, such as protecting the nerves from injury and inflammation. Cocoa, before it’s mixed in with sugar and other problematic ingredients, is indeed very healthy and positively affects the immune system, cardiovascular system, and skin — topically applied, it can protect you from harmful UV rays.
Cocoa is also mood boosting. You’ll feel good after eating chocolate. However, it’s also an energy-dense food. This means that even before turning it into a candy, individuals who eat too much cocoa are at risk of gaining weight and experiencing the associated health issues.

Health Issues

Though chocolate is associated with some health benefits, it’s also got some risks. Candy bars with sweet or semisweet chocolate have a high sugar content, which is associated with problems like weight gain, heart disease, cavities and tooth decay, and diabetes. And even dark chocolate, which is a healthier option, contains a high amount of caffeine.
A moderate amount of caffeine is fine, but you usually get enough from your morning cup of coffee. If you indulge in dark chocolate (which has a higher content of cocoa solids), account for the sugar intake and the caffeine intake. Also try to avoid it within six hours of bedtime, as the caffeine can decrease your sleep quality and lead to a slew of other health complications.

Care for Your Teeth After Eating Chocolate

If you eat chocolate in moderation and follow normal teeth cleaning practices, you can avoid many of the detrimental oral effects associated with this dessert. If flossing isn’t part of your routine and you regularly eat chocolate, start flossing today. Use waxed floss if there’s not much space between your teeth, braided floss if you have some spacing, and unwaxed floss if you have normal spacing.
Another tip is to not brush your teeth immediately after eating chocolate. Instead, wait a minute — the chocolate has made your mouth acidic, so your teeth are particularly vulnerable. It’ll take about 30 minutes after eating chocolate for your mouth’s alkaline levels to reset. After that, you can brush your teeth without causing damage.
Finally, make sure you’re visiting your dentist routinely. Bi-annual visits have long been recommended, but if you’re a regular chocoholic, you should consider more appointments.

The Future: A World Without Chocolate?

Chocolate is so ubiquitous with human history, past and present, that it’s hard to imagine a world without this sweet. But it could happen — in fact, the world is presently running out of chocolate, with predictions of a shortage calculated as occurring as soon as 2020. Prices of chocolate are already rising and will continue to do so in the face of this shortage. Though prices for chocolate are still affordable in Canada and most parts of the world, this reality could change very soon.
Chocolate has an interesting history, and it plays a significant role — both good and bad — on human health today. If you enjoy this delicious treat, aim to snack in moderation and visit your dentist regularly

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Happy Republic Day!

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

What Is Scaling?              

Dental scaling is routinely performed to help patients with gum disease and excessive plaque buildup. While a standard cleaning will address the surface of the tooth, scaling goes much deeper. If there is a dental scaling and root planing suggested for your teeth, it’s helpful to know what this means so you can prepare for what’s ahead.

Understanding Scaling

Scaling is a common dental procedure for patients with gum disease. This is a type of dental cleaning that reaches below the gumline to remove plaque buildup. The process of scaling and root planing the teeth is often referred to as a deep cleaning. This treatment goes beyond the general cleaning that you receive with your regular checkup and annual visit.

When Is Dental Scaling Necessary?

Everyone experiences some form of plaque buildup. The saliva, bacteria, and proteins in your mouth form a thin layer that covers your teeth at almost all times. When you eat, tiny particles, acids, and sugars from the food stick to this film, creating a buildup on the teeth known as plaque. The bacteria that lives in this plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help remove the plaque and prevent more serious problems.
If you have healthy gums, the tissue will fit tightly around the tooth and keep plaque out. However, if gum disease begins to form, this tissue will loosen. Healthy gums attach to the tooth just 1 to 3 millimeters below the gumline. With gum disease, you’ll begin to develop deeper pockets. These can fill with plaque, worsening your problems and causing symptoms like bad breath.
If you have pockets of 4 millimeters or more, your dentist will probably recommend dental scaling to remove the plaque beneath the gumline and help treat the gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing Procedures

Dental scaling involves the careful removal of plaque bacteria from the tooth’s surface just below the gumline. There are two basic methods for scaling teeth. If handheld instruments are used, dental plaque will be scrapped from the tooth using a metal tool known as a dental scaler and curette. This thin tool will be inserted beneath the gum line to access plaque your toothbrush can’t reach.
Alternately, an ultrasonic instrument is ideally choosen to scale your teeth. This features a vibrating metal tip combined with a cool water spray. The tip chips tartar away as the water flushes out the pocket.
Dental scaling is typically followed by a procedure known as root planing. Root planing reaches deeper to address the surface of the tooth’s root. This is done in the same manner as scaling. Root planing smooths the surface of the root so the gums can reattach properly.

What Does Scaling Feel Like?

Dental scaling can be uncomfortable, particularly if you have sensitive gums. A local anesthetic might be offered to numb your gum tissue and make the procedure more comfortable. Speak with the dentist about your options for desensitizing the area if you’re concerned about pain or discomfort during the process is suggested.
Dental scaling can take several visits, each one addressing a different portion of the mouth. Sometimes we divide the mouth into four quadrants, while in others we perform dental scaling in two halves. If you’re nervous about the process, you can schedule your scaling for a single visit. Though this isn’t an option for all cases, it may be available if you have only moderate gum disease and are willing to sit for a lengthy procedure.

What to Expect Afterwards

Your mouth may feel sore and sensitive after your dental scaling and root planing. Some patients experience swelling or bleeding for a few days following the procedure. A desensitizing toothpaste to help ease this discomfort is recommended. You might get a prescription mouthwash to use after the procedure, as well, to help keep the gums clean. It’s crucial that you use proper brushing and flossing procedures after your scaling to stop plaque from forming again in the same areas.
A second visit after your dental scaling to examine the gums, measure the depth of your gum pockets, and to  make sure your mouth is healing properly is suggested. If the gum pockets have gotten deeper since your scaling, you may need to explore additional treatment options to help you maintain a healthy smile.
Dental scaling is a very common treatment for patients with gum disease. Almost half of the population has gum disease, so you’re not alone if your dentist recommends this procedure. Scheduling dental scaling as needed can help you battle unseen plaque and maintain a cleaner mouth. If it is indicated that you need a deep cleaning, don’t hesitate to schedule this appointment. The result is a fresher smile that you’re sure to enjoy.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A deadly cocktail - tobacco and alcohol

Through many years of publicity and awareness-raising, we all know that smoking and drinking are bad for us. Yet, despite the known dangers, both practices continue to hold high popularity. In this article, we discuss the impact smoking and drinking has on our mouths and what this could mean for our overall health too.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest those of us who smoke and drink are three times more likely to suffer from severe gum disease. This may not seem like a serious health problem but it is the main cause of tooth loss in adults and has been linked to a raft of systemic diseases such as strokes, heart disease, diabetes, meningitis, pneumonia and mouth cancer.
With an estimated 85% of deaths in the UK being as a result of chronic disease, taking care of our oral health has never been more important.
Worryingly though, as a population, we seem to be drinking more and more these days and, with many so called 'social smokers' having a cigarette while they drink, the likelihood is that poor oral health and increased cases of chronic diseases will continue to rise until people are forced to take notice.
Even those who don't drink or are occasional drinkers are susceptible to health problems. Almost one in five of us that drink occasionally display signs of severe gum disease, a problem exasperated by smoking. Binge drinking, alcohol abuse and tobacco smoking have long been cause for concern for health experts, while putting financial strain on an already over-burdened health system.
Putting oral health at risk through tobacco and excessive alcohol use is becoming a particularly concerning problem in young people, with almost one in two 11 to 15 year olds consuming alcohol, and more than one in four admitting to smoking. We're in an especially troubling situation where young people now deem it acceptable to try smoking and drinking, creating a dangerous path for their lifestyle habits in future years.
Drinking alcohol to excess
The number of alcohol consumers has increased substantially over the last century. Around 40 million adults regularly consume alcoholic drinks and while many do so moderately. Alcohol increases the risk of a person developing gum disease, tooth decay, erosion and mouth cancer.
Those with alcohol abuse problems have been found to have a higher level of tooth decay, and more seriously, potentially pre-cancerous oral lesions.
To take responsibility for your health means to be aware of the issues and look after yourself. Many people enjoy alcohol but moderating your drinking is a must, so it is important that you are aware of the risks and are confident you are not hurting your health.
Mouth cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers and only of very few that is predicted to rise in the coming decade. One person every four hours current dies from mouth cancer, with around three in every four of all mouth cancer patients frequently consuming alcohol prior to diagnosis. People who drink more than the recommended units of alcohol per week and smoke more than one pack of cigarettes per day are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
Alcohol can also cause dental erosion, which is the loss of tooth enamel that protects the sensitive dentine underneath. Fizzy and acidic drinks and white wine are also more likely to cause damage. In the run up to the festive season many people over indulge in alcohol which can damage their teeth, but it is possible to protect them while still enjoying a few drinks:
  • Avoid fizzy drinks and fruit juice mixers.
  • Be aware that acidic drinks such as cider, white wine, champagne can cause dental erosion.
  • Avoid drinking more than the weekly recommended units of alcohol (14 units for women and 21 units for men).
  • Wait for an hour before brushing your teeth after you have had a fizzy and/or acidic drink.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after drinking to help produce more saliva to help cancel out the acids which form in your mouth after drinking.
Smoking and tobacco use
On average, smokers lose about 16 years of their life. And after decades of campaigning, it seems like the message is finally getting through. But despite the fall in numbers over the last few years, smoking remains a significant concern. It accounts for more than 1.6 million hospital admissions every year - a figure which, despite there being fewer smokers, is still rising.
Smoking can cause a variety of oral health problems including tooth staining, dental plaque, bad breath, tooth loss and gum disease. Staining on the teeth is due to the nicotine and tar in tobacco, which can make the teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking. Smoking may also change the type of bacteria in dental plaque, increasing the number of bacteria that are more harmful. It also reduces the blood flow in the gums and supporting tissues of the tooth and makes them more likely to become inflamed. Smokers' gum disease will get worse more quickly than in people who do not smoke and because of the reduced blood flow smokers may not get the warning symptoms of bleeding gums as much as non-smokers.
Of more concern is the significant risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as lung disease and mouth cancer. More than one in four of us are still unaware that smoking is the leading cause of mouth cancer - attributing to more than three in every four cases.
In contrast to traditional cigarettes, cigar and pipe smoking and smokeless chewing tobacco, pose an equally dangerous threat, as do some of the newer trends such as e-cigarettes and sisha pipes. Not more so, because of their relatively low levels of awareness. More than half of us mistakenly think e-cigarettes and shisha pipes are safe alternatives to smoking while just under half believe smokeless tobacco is a safer substitute.
While it is encouraging to see the level of smokers fall, from an oral health aspect, it is clear we still have some way to go in order to eradicate habits detrimental to oral hygiene. More must be done to educate risk groups on the hazards that smoking and alcohol both pose. Together they act as a deadly cocktail that not only poses a danger to our mouth, but has a life-threatening impact on our general health.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dental implants and how crucial replacing teeth really is...

Before we get into the importance of replacing teeth, let's address the most common question first: what exactly is a dental implant anyway? A dental implant is a tiny, but extremely strong, titanium alloy screw which is used while surgically replacing damaged or missing natural teeth.  It is drilled into the jawbone, so that the screw can firmly connect the artificial teeth or any other dental prosthesis to the jaw.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

In addition to its use in replacing broken/missing teeth, implants can also be used to provide support to loose, removable dentures. Now that you know what a dental implant is exactly, let's take a look at why replacing lost or badly damaged teeth is important in the first place.


Superficial as it may sound to someone who has all their teeth, even a single missing tooth can put a lot of emotional stress on us. In varying degrees, we are all somewhat concerned about our appearance, and it affects our confidence as well.

To lose your perfect smile because of a missing tooth or two can cause depression and loss of confidence, which in turn may affect your work and personal life. It has been found that dental implants are often effective in boosting the patient's morale and overall confidence. Since there is no externally visible difference between a replaced tooth and a natural one after the procedure, it does actually affect physical appearance positively.

Oral Health
As soon as a tooth is lost, the balance in your entire dental structure is disturbed. The created gap allows for the remaining teeth (especially the ones nearest to the gap) to tilt and shift as a result of even the most normal regular chewing.

This could lead to further oral problems down the line, especially if the distorted structure of the teeth interferes with the patient's chewing abilities. It isn't uncommon to see someone lose multiple teeth over the years as a result of this and more often than not, the bone loss occurs in the same row, side by side.

The Comfort
If you have all your teeth intact, then you probably don't have any idea how it feels when a particularly hard piece of food comes in-between the exposed root of the missing molar and an existing one.

Let's just say that it isn't a very comfortable experience and once that keeps happening almost every time you try to eat, it's not rare to see people giving up on meat and other previously loved food sources to alleviate themselves from the continuous pain and discomfort. In a way, losing your ability to properly chew food can potentially stop you from enjoying a very big part of your life.

Dental prosthetics with the proper dental implant to support it can dramatically change the life of someone who is missing teeth.A lot depends on the skill of the dentist involved and it is a complex surgical procedure; so, it is best to not take any risks with this one. The good news is that dental implants have a success rate over 95%.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Sending across prayers and warm wishes to you and your family on this auspicious occasion. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi...

Warm Wishes And Regards,

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