Digital Dental Imaging & Its Advantages over Conventional X-rays
- Less radiation Exposure (90% Less than Conventional X-rays).
- High Quality Images
- Easy to transfer records
- Safe to use in Pregnant ladies
- Saves treatment time
Types of Teeth Discolorations
Causes: Tobaco, food, beverages, age factor, tartar accumulations
Treatment Options: Cleaning, Inoffice & at home teeth whitening procedures
Causes: Medications-tetracycline, Floridated water, lack of calcium, dead teeth
Treatment Auctions: Inoffice & at home teeth whitening procedures
Advantages of Teeth whitening
- Safe Procedures
- Doesn’t remove tooth structure
- Painless, Doesn’t require Anesthesia
- Done by professionally trained dentists
Caused due to exposed dentin layer of tooth with external stimuli such as thermal or cold, tactile sweat or sour food items.
Reasons for Sensitive Teeth
- Receding gums
- Prominent tooth roots
- Excessive brushing
- Hidden cavities
- Acidic reflexes
- sealing the Dentinal tubules
- Restorations for cavities
- In office Protective smear layer for sensitive teeth
- use of potassium nitrate or fluoride paste
- Oral Cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.
- It can effect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate.
- Other signs include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
- A color change of the oral tissues.
- A lump, thickening , rough spot, crust or small eroded area.
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
- Difficulty in chewing, swallowing,speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.
- A change in the way the teeth fit together.
- Oral Cancer most often occurs in those who use tobacco in any form.
- Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk.
- Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer.
- Oral cancers can occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors.
- Oral Cancer is more likely to strike after age 40.
- Studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the development of potentially cancerous lesions.
Can women's oral health be affected by the changes in hormone levels? We all know that women's body require special care. Hormone fluctuations not only affect a woman's overall health, but can also effect oral health, making it more important than ever to pay attention to any changes that occur in the mouth.
Tip for women to maintain good oral health
- Pay attention to your gums during and following your menstrual periods. If your gums become swollen during you periods, consult your dentist.
- Be aware of your oral health make regular dental visits and see your dentist at the first sign of trouble.
- If you're pregnant, see your dentist at least once during your pregnancy.
- Tell your dentist about changes in your medical history and about any medications you are taking, and talk to your dentist or physician if you are having oral or general health problems.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water.
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit in between meal carbohydrate snacks. Drink water instead of soft drinks o inks.
- Do not use tobacco products in any form.
Heart & Mouth Connection
Studies have not established that either heart disease or gum disease actually cc1uses the other. This is a difficult task because many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease:
- Cigarette smoking
- Poor nutrition
- Being male
Warning signs for gum disease:
Gum disease affects 80 percent of Indians. Warning signs that you may have gum disease include:
- Red, tender or swollen gums.
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing.
- Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth.
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
- Teeth ,at are loose or are separating from each other.
Never let your child sleep with a bottle. Bottle liquids (even milk) that sit in the mouth can quickly cause tooth decay. Don’t let you child drink or eat snack with-out brushing afterward.
Sucking on a thumb or pacifier is common and normal for a baby. But if either habit continues past age 3 or 4, it may lead to tooth or jaw problems. If your child uses a pacifier, an orthodontic pacifier is best for the teeth and jaws.
- Consult with your dentist if baby or adult teeth are crooked or fail to come in.
- Call the dentist if you notice brown or black spots on you child’s teeth.
- If an adult tooth is loose, call your dentist.
- It a tooth is knocked out, get emergency dental care. Don’t waste the tooth. Put it in milk until it can be put back in place.