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Beware, your gums may be shrinking

Date :14/05/2015

YES IT’S true! Gums do shrink, whilst not literally as in becoming minute, yet due to various reasons, they shrivel, desclosing the roots of teeth that are meant to be covered. This, in turn, leads to a needless heap of problems like root decay, teeth sensitivity and so on thereby worsening the scenario. Check out why it pays to take appropriate care of gums in good synchrony with the teeth. What is recession and why it happens? Recession is a shift in the position of the gums thus exposing parts of the root surfaces of teeth. The incidence of recession ranges from eight per cent in c

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Root canal treatment - Get the facts right

Date :14/05/2015

Among a whole host of dentel remedies, if there’s one that are most injudicious and ill advised about,-it has to be the infamous Root canal Treatment (RCT). In fact, time and again, it is discussed synonymously with pain. How very incorrect! your RCT, as it is commonly called, may well turn out to be 100 per cent paineless; chances are you might even enjoy the whole procedure! When do you need an RCT? A root canal treatment is generally indicated when 1.There has been trauma to tooth as in an injury, fall or accident where tooth is fractured or discoloured.2.There is a large decay in

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As candid as that

Date :14/05/2015

DID you know that there are scores of micro – organisms, on the skin and in our mouth at any given point of time? That this micro – organisms, which include bacteria and fungi, are relatively common inhabitants of the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract even in clinically unaffected persons? Well, yes healthy or otherwise, we have hordes of these all over our body. However, the mere presence of these microorganisms is not sufficient to produce any sort of disease; they are harmless by themselves. But when certain Situations arise, the microorganisms, especially the fungi, flar

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Could these queries be yours too ?

Date :14/05/2015

HERE are a few doubts most commonly expressed. Check out if they are yours too. 1.Can I get my teeth straightened with braces, now that Im in my 40s ? By all means! Once it is ascertained that your bone support is good (with a few radiographs), your teeth may well be brought in line. And with the option of ceramic brackets now available, you are saved the embarrassment of a metallic smile. Although the treatment could take a little longer; and the orthodontist will put you on a retainer (a thin metallic wire attached to the back surfaces of the front teeth to prevent relapse), its worth the

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Tooth decay in children: Unchecked and rampant

Date :14/05/2015

IF your kids are plump as children, chances are they won’t outgrow that fat, as they get older unless you help them eat right and exercise sufficiently. According to a new study from Wright State University, children with a high body-mass index (BMI) during their earliest years are 20 per cent more likely to remain obese in adulthood than children with lower BMIs. Looks like chubby cheeks do not indicate the pink of health any more! Much before the monitoring of your child’s food and fitness routines come his dental care; which begin as early as when he is six months old! Check wh

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The way to a man’s heart is through his mouth!

Date :14/05/2015

Right, the age-old saying has been slightly modified! ‘Cause we’re not talking about winning over or person through his stomach with delicious tongue-tingling foodstuff as the proverb rightfully suggests. Far from it! This discussion centers on the fact that infection can enter the blood stream from the mouth and end right in your heart! Unbelievable but if you neglect the maintenance of good dental health, its not exactly heart warming! And before we go on to infective endocarditis, catch this bit on what sugar can do to your heart. Think twice before adding extra sugar to your co

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SPELL CANCER WITH A ‘S’!

Date :14/05/2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that roughly 44% of men and 39% of women will develop a potentially life-threatening cancer in their lifetime. Gosh! Isn’t that scary? Well, its time to ponder and act! Despite voluminous statistics, few firm conclusions can be drawn as to the direct cause for cancer. However, with research, a number of risk factors have been identified; the important ones are discussed below. So, wake up and take charge! Smoking Cigarette smoking is by far the most important risk factor for lung cancer, cancers of the mouth and more. And many thanks

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THE ‘C’ FACTOR FOR HEALTHY GUMS

Date :14/05/2015

In 1497 when Vasco da Gama sailed round the Cape of Good Hope, 100 out of his 160 men died of a strange disease. Nearly 300 years later it was discovered that prolonged consumption of a diet devoid of fresh fruit and vegetables was what caused it! Scurvy, which results from vitamin C deficiency, has been known since the time of the Ebers papyrus in Egypt (1500 BC). British sailors in the 19th century were referred to as ‘limeys’ because of their consumption of citrus fruits to prevent scurvy while on long voyages. Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums, is required for healing of

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Get to the root of it!

Date :14/05/2015

EVER wondered what anti-ageing formulae you might use when you need them? Don’t go too far. One of the solutions is right there in your mouth! As crazy as it might sound, your teeth are one of the best anti-wrinkle treatments there is. As you start losing teeth, you start losing jawbone, and once the bones on your face shrink because they are not supporting teeth, your face sags! The idea is that you can save your teeth; whether the tooth decay is in the initial layers of the tooth (when the cavities are filled) or whether the tooth decay has spread into the deeper, inner aspects of the

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Easy lies the tooth that wears a crown!

Date :14/05/2015

A LIGAMENT tear following a fall forced Trisha to take bed rest for nearly 6 weeks. The aching leg apart, she was confused as what next to do about a broken tooth which did not give toth pain but conceivably distorted her once perfect smile. Her answer lay in dental crowns. What are dental crowns and when do you need them? A dental crown (or a cap) is a form of dental restoration which cups over the portion of a tooth which lies at and above the gum line. In Comparison, dental fillings are used to fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth, whereas a dental crown encases the entire visi

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Bleeding Gums?

Date :14/05/2015

PREM KUMAR (name changed on request), 26, is a software consultant with a leading firm in Bangalore. One morning, as he was brushing his teeth, he noticed blood on the toothbrush. He ignored it as it wasn’t in the least painful. This continued for about 3 weeks or so when he decided to visit a dentist. The problem of bad breath also had been troubling him although he was brushing his teeth twice a day. Prem Kumar is not alone in his plight, bleeding gums affects a vast majority of the population and is one of the most commonly neglected conditions too. Generally, one or two days of no o

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Dental care for the elderly

Date :14/05/2015

It is estimated that by 2030, more than 20 per cent of India’s population will be 60 years of age or older. The average life span of man has constantly been on the increase and is now placed at 65 years, yet older people use fewer dental services than younger adults. Studies suggest that 70 percent of elderly persons require some dental treatment; but only 25 per cent perceive this need and only 20 per cent actually seek treatment. Poor health status seems to play a role, as do financial dependence on their children and the fact that they simply refrain to be a burden to anybody.Well,

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Fight tooth decay with flouride

Date :14/05/2015

CLICK onto the the Internet and you’ll find scores of people selling a multitude of mineral formulas that claim to treat ailments from liver spots to diabetes. The age-old nutritional wisdom held that you needed only minute quantities of these minerals to treat shortage-related problems. But, today, given the state of the typical modern diet, reserchers say that a pill may be just what you need to prevent deficiencies in the first place as well as to supplement yourself for a balanced diet. Minerals, in this age, are being touted as the answer to a large number of health-related fears. O

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When your tooth pops out!

Date :14/05/2015

FUNNY as it may sound, there are chances that an entire tooth could pop out of its socket in the mouth as a result of a fall or other accidental means. Well, the good news is that you could have it back in place in your mouth if your’re able to preserved it well and transport it safely to your dentist within a stipulated time period. Such an injury is termed ‘avulsion’ and is three times more frequent in bys than in girls and occurs most commonly in children 7 to 11 years of age. Quite often an avulsion injury involves only a single tooth, which is mostly the central inciso

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Child dental care: Vital and viable

Date :14/05/2015

DUTCH researchers recently analysed the diets of nearly 3,000 kids aged between three and six years and found that asthma was less common in those who regularly consumed whole milk. The authors of the study, which was published in the journal Thorax, speculate that the fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in milk fat may keep the immune system healthy. Well, milk sure is a fundamental drink for children. However, that isn’t the only reason why their first set of teeth is called the milk teeth. The colour of the primary set is milky white (without any hue) unlike the permanent set, which r

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Braces: Now, crystal clear, ceramic and charming!

Date :14/05/2015

If you thought straightening your teeth meant a mouthful of shiny silver, then welcome to new-age orthodontics! Although the regular metal brackets are very much in vogue, these new choices are attractive and save adult patients the embarrassment of a metallic smile for months on end. People, who didn’t have the opportunity to get braces as children, are considering ceramic braces straightaway instead of the routine stuff. Besides improving dental health, reducing risk of gum disease and tooth decay or loss, orthodontic treatment help crowded/crooked teeth to better your smile. The newe

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Extracting that wisdom tooth

Date :14/05/2015

THERE is every chance that your wisdom teeth will give you no trouble. But a vast majority of the population complains that the wisdom tooth (the last tooth on either side of each jaw) and its related inconveniences are like the tidd, they rise and fall at almost regular intervals. Just when you think the symptoms have subsided with a course of antibiotics, the discomfort resurfaces. Be it infection around the wisdom tooth called pericoronitis or recurring decay in the tooth, it’s nuisance nevertheless and the best option would be to get the wisdom tooth removed. The steps involved in th

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Get Your teeth in line

Date :14/05/2015

IF you’ve watched the English flick THere’s Something About Mary, you might recall the incident where there is a bevy of handsome men trying to woo the lady in several ways, one of them being the display of dazzling white teeth! Well, you don’t have to be Cameron Diaz to have a million dllar smile or be impressed by one. Men and women, the world over, like to present themselves smart in this increasingly looks’conscious age. You wouldn’t want to have crooked teeth also, would you? What are braces? Braces or clips are superficial, lay terms (often misused) to ind

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Wise up to your wisdom tooth!

Date :14/05/2015

EVEN IF You were among the lucky few who missed the curse of acne as a teenager, you can still experience breakouts well into your 40s and beyond. Paradoxically it is the same story with wisdom teeth. The back teeth on either side of each jaw, these normally appear between 17 and 25 years of age but could cause you trouble at just about any age. The general belief is that individuals have gained knowledge, prudence and discreation around the age these teeth erupt (unlike the rest which erupt at various stages of growth) Which is why they are called wisdom teeth; however there is no scientific

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Gaping midline

Date :14/05/2015

One of the most frequently seen disparities in teeth alignment is the midline spacing, where there is a considerable gap in between the central incisors of the upper jaw. The midline diastema, as it is called, can occur due to a variety of causes. There are speech difficulties, embarrassment due to spraying of saliva through the gap and a break in the smile to say the least. Reasons 1. The presence of a thick and fleshy fold of membrane that is an attachment between the upper lip and the gums which prevents the two central incisors from approximating each other. 2.A discrepancy in which the

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Stains that taint UR smile - types and causes

Date :14/05/2015

If you have been agonising about those awful stains on your teeth, which are tenacious and don’t seem to budge no matter how hard you brush, and had been wondering perhaps what could be done to erase them, don’t lose heart. Most types of stains and discolourations ae correctable todday, so you don’t have to live with a tainted smile! Furthermore, those kinds of stains that cannot be removed by the regular ultrasonic scaling (cleaning) of teeth, can be eliminated with other techniques like bleaching, veneers etc. depending on the sitution. So, go on, consult your dentist abo

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Tartar trouble - Get rid of it

Date :14/05/2015

IF YOU’RE the kind who spends less than a minute brushing your teeth in the morning and may or may not repeat the act before bedtime, with no time to think about it in the interim, the odds are that you’re most probably unaware of exactly how clean your mouth is. Of course, its not easy to be eager and excited at 7 am or at 11 pm, but the benefits of the care you take are entirely yours. /read on about the consequences of neglecting good oral hygiene. What is tartat? How does it form? Dental plaque, which is a film of microorganisms, readily forms on surfaces of teeth after one t

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Dental problems of the disabled child

Date :14/05/2015

IT IS like an eclipse that casts a shadow on the mind. Parents of disabled children are so caught up in the condition troubling their child that dental problems seem unimportant. That the child is unable to express things clearly adds on to the misery. Disabled children present challenges that require special preparation before the dentist can provide acceptable care. The first week of December being ‘World Disability Week’, we now look at the awareness and significance of specialised and customised dental care for disabled children. Home dental care We begin with a few simple me

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Turn them White while you sleep!

Date :14/05/2015

MORE often than not, in your childhood, your mother would have asked you to count sheep to overcome insomnia. Counting sheep is simply too boring to keep worries away or to fall asleep for that matter, researchers at Oxford University have found. An eight/hour snooze is a must no matter how you manage to get it. Small warder that it’s called ‘beauty sleep’ as it rejuvenates not just your health or skin, but if you want them your teeth too! ‘At home’ teeth whitening technique A dental crown (or a cap) is a form of dental restorationwhich cups over the portion of

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Mouth breathing Causes and effects

Date :14/05/2015

Our mode of respiration influences the posture of our jows, tongue and to lesser extent the head. Just like breathing through the nose is normal, healthy and effortless, breathing through the mouth is unhealthy, knotty and complicated. Most people indulge in mouth breathing when they are under physical exertion such as strenuous exercise or sports. But mouth breathing as a habit can change the oro-facial equilibrium resulting in myriad troubles. Check out the reasons for mouth breathing and its ill effects. Causes of mouth breathing Complete or partial obstruction of the nasal passage like a

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Bad breath?Take this smell test

Date :14/05/2015

The repercussions of bad breath aren’t as severe as you think they are. They’re worse! People avoid you; climbing the career ladder at the workplace seems like an increasingly difficult task and of course, you lose out on relationships. The sad part for you is that it’s tough to tell if you have vampire breath, because your sense of smell adapts to your own odours. Unfortunately, your neighbour’s sniff sense doesn’t adapt to your stinks and that’s adapt to your stinks and that’s where the problem begins. Here are some ways. to test your breath and gaug

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HIGH AND DRY!!

Date :14/05/2015

If you were to count the number of times you’ve been stressed out or left high-strung, for any reason whatsoever, you’re sure to run out of fingers (and toes!). And a good number of times during these instances, your mouth goes dry. Well, while in the throes of anxiety it does seem really minute, but stress today is one of the most common triggering factors for dry mouth or xerostomia. Xerostomia:causes and effectsApartfrom anxiety, situational or otherwise, fear and depression, dry mouth as a symptom is caused by certain drugs like antihistaminics, antidepressants,atropine etc.,

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ARE YOU GOING NUTS?

Date :14/05/2015

Researchers at Harvard, tracking the health habits of nearly 84,000 female nurses over 16 years, found that women who ate five or more 25 gram servings of nuts per week were 27% less likelyto develop diabetes than those who ate nuts less than once a week. Well, there’s good news for the men too! The Physician’s Health Study, a study of 21,000 men, begun in the early ’80s, reveals that men who eat about 25 grams of nuts at least twice a week, have a 30% lower risk of dying of heart disease than men who hardly ever eat nuts. So, this could well be your license to go nutty over

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The pregnant pause

Date :14/05/2015

FROM times immemorial, women have been perceiving pregnancy with mixed emotions. The excitement and awe of impending motherhood in most cases erases all minor issues from the mind, oral hygiene being among the first to go under the axe. ‘A tooth for a child’ is an age old saying that does not have to essentially hold good in today’s times provided a few precautions and guidelines are followed 1.Chloasma gravidarum: It is the tanned mask seen on cheeks, nose and skin right below the eyes in pregnant light skinned women during the latter half of pregnancy. It is accompanied by

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The Shot story

Date :14/05/2015

CHILD immunization schedule, approximate cost and local and general reactions of the body to the vaccines. Just when you’re glad that you’re come a long way from getting the shots that prevent you from acquiring various diseases, its already time for your kid to have his. And the funny thing is that is begins sooner than you think, giving you hardly any time to wonder what to anticipate. Getting yourself pricked or watching your young one xanxiously getting his no dream come true, but its not a nightmare either. Know your child’s immunization schedule, general reaction of hi

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Dental Care During Pregnancy

Date :14/05/2015

PREGNANT women when struck by toothache are quite often in a dilemma. There is apprehension about undergoing dental treatment in this phase which is justified arguably. The urgency in getting rid of the umbearable dental pain is weighed against the gravity of the possible consequences. Anxiety being the main ingredient, the significance of following few specific instructions while at the dental care office cannot be overmphasised. Guidelines to be followed at the dental care office during pregnancy 1. The secon trimester is the safest time to perform dental treatment. All elective dental car

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DIABETES AND DENTAL HEALTH

Date :14/05/2015

Laughter may indeed be good medicine, particularly for people needing to control their blood sugar, suggests a Japanese study. On two separate days, 5 healthy individuals and 19 subjects with diabetes ate exactly the same meal; they attended a monotonous, humourless lecture on the first day and a comedy show that made most of them laugh heartily on the second. Before the meal and again 2 hours after the meal, the subjects’ blood sugar was measured. When participants attended the comedy show, the increase in blood sugar associated with eating was 36% lower than it was after they attended

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SMILE AND SAY ‘CHEESE’!

Date :14/05/2015

Here are a few trends and finds in dental care that will promote health, aid in upkeep of hygiene and leave you ‘all smiles’! * A review article in the Nutrition Reviews suggests that cheese tops the list of tooth-friendly foods. Researchers surmise that cheese thwarts cavities by neutralizing harmful acids in plaque, enhancing the removal of cavity-causing sugars and by remineralizing tooth enamel with calcium and phosphorus. But don’t overdo it; cheese is typically high in saturated fat and cholesterol! * Rinsing your mouth with water after a snack or a meal reduces the b

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Could your teeth be injured ?

Date :14/05/2015

Science may progress and make healthcare as simple as it can get, but the fact remains that nothing can substitute timely monitoring IN the future, personal dental care may be as simple as swishing your mouth with a special mouthwash! Of course, you’ll have to brush your teeth regularly as well, but researchers at the University of Florida College of Dentistry say that this special killer mouthwash contains genetically engineered bacteria that might fend off cavitycausing germs.Well, while science progresses more and more to make health and its care as simple as it can get, the fact rem

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Save your sense of taste

Date :14/05/2015

AMONG our five special of touch, vision, taste, smell and hearing taste unsurprisingly, is extra-special to most of us for obvious reasons. And why not? Craving for food is attributed more to the taste of it than to hunger. What’s more, while we gorge on our favourite foodstuffs, if we’re getting healthier, then, that’s somthing to chew on, isn’t it? One of the editions of the Journal of American Medical Association published delicious research reports last year, that chocolate is not as wicked as it is made out to be! In fact, it contains flavonoids that lower blood pr

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Smile makeover in Bangalore

Date :08/08/2016

Smile is the prettiest thing which one can wear. An attractive smile is always an asset. Smile depicts the positivity of a person. Most of the people with bad teeth are ashamed to smile. Smile makeover is the best solution to get a beautiful smile. Smile makeover is the combination of various cosmetic dentistry techniques. It is used to improve the aesthetic appearance of teeth. Bleaching: It is a process of whitening the teeth. By this all stains and discolorations can be removed to provide a brighter smile. Bonding: It is the process of using a tooth cooled resin material to fill the

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Could a Root Canal Help You?

Date :05/10/2017

How do you know if your tooth needs a root canal treatment? If you feel severe aching and kind of pressure in your mouth that stays for days, or noticeable sensitivity and inflammation in your gums, then it may be the time to treat your tooth with a root canal. What Exactly is Root Canal Treatment? Root canal treatment is performed to repair and save highly infected, inflamed, or rotten tooth. The soft tissue present inside the tooth structure is saved by this treatment. Deterioration, a process that destroys the first two levels of the tooth, named dentin and enamel, lets the infection

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