Cavities in children at an early age are an alarming sign for parents to be get prepared for their dental treatment. The appearance of cavities in milk teeth are usually starts at 2, 3, or 4 years of age. For many years it has been recognized that when milk teeth begins to come out in child’s mouth , at that time, more frequent bottle feedings and bottle or breast feedings for longer time is often associated cavities. A discussion with the parents often reveals an inappropriate feeding pattern: the child has been put to bed at afternoon naptime and/or at night with nursing bottle holding milk or sugar-containing liquids. The child falls asleep and the liquid becomes pooled around the teeth for a longer time and cause damage to teeth. This is the one reason, additional factors known to cause cavities are – saliva, hereditary factors, arrangement of the teeth in the arch, presence of dental appliances and fillings and socioeconomic status. Cavities at an early age may be prevented by early counseling of the parents. This is prime reason for suggesting that children receive their first dental examination between 6 and 12 months of age, when cavities are not developed. When cavities have occurred, the first step is to initiate treatment of all cavities to stop or at least slow the progression of the disease and to identify the most important causes of the existing condition. Next, and even simultaneously, if possible, the Pedodontist begins working with the parents and/or the patient to achieve the appropriate behavioral modifications in child, required to prevent recurrence of disease. The success of cavities control in younger children depends to a great extent on the interest and cooperation of the patient and/or the patient’s caretakers.
Now a day’s dentistry has progressed that even a person at the age of 90 years can have full compliment of teeth. The branch of dentistry dealing with artificial teeth and any missing facial parts such as eye, ear, nose or lips is called as Prosthodontics. Your missing teeth can be replaced by an artificial removable or a fixed prosthesis. Well, both these prosthesis are made as per your own personal, aesthetic and functional preference.
Why a Prosthodontist?
They provides an extremely high level of care for patients who have missing teeth or have significant damage to their existing teeth. Training includes crowns, bridges, dentures, cosmetics, tempromandibular joint dysfunction, maxillofacial prosthesis and Dental implants. They also deal with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and cancer. Dental Implants are in fact replica of tooth root, which is placed in your jaw during a small surgery. These are inert metal screws made of a special metal called as Titanium. These screw shaped titanium are placed at a pre-determined location for the tooth inside the bone. Later on once the bone anchors this metal screw, artificial tooth is placed on this screw. This kind of implant-supported tooth is completely similar to original tooth in terms of structure, esthetics and function. Titanium is a well-known metal for its biocompatibility. It is being used for more than a century now for orthopedic purposes. This kind of implant can also be used for supporting multiple teeth or complete denture. Implants have an edge over the conventional fixed prosthesis that in this procedure, preparation of adjacent teeth is not required. The only disadvantage is that the implant is costing little above twenty thousand per teeth and which is out of reach for most of our population. There is good news that the efforts are on to devise indigenous implants in India. Once this project is over, the cost will reduce significantly and common man will be able to afford to have fixed teeth.
Fluoride varnish is a concentrated topical fluoride containing sodium fluoride in a resin or synthetic base. The application of fluoride varnish has been proven an effective method of reducing early childhood cavities by protecting teeth, re-mineralizing tooth outer layer and stopping the progression of initial cavities. It is usually applied in a thin layer with small brushes or cotton pellets at the frequency of two to four times a year. Varnish, when brushed onto the teeth, provides a highly concentrated dose of fluoride and maintains prolonged contact with outer layer to stop cavities. They are considered safe, even their high fluoride concentration, because the amount of varnish usually applied to treat one child is only 0.5 ml on average. It strengthens the teeth and protects them from cavities. It can be safely applied to children as early as the appearance of the first tooth in mouth and it can safely apply on adult also. Varnishes usually disappears over the following months and needs repeated applications to maintain effectiveness as a primary prevention strategy.
Now a day’s dental caries in preschool and young children is major concerning issue. To prevent cavities in children, pit and fissure sealant is one of the best material. This material is used into the deep grooves of caries (cavity) prone teeth, which sticks and forms a protective covering over teeth. Recently, cavity prevention methods focus on deep grooves of tooth because these surfaces are always the easiest and most common target of cavity prone areas. Therefore, many milk teeth are at risk, due to deep grooves and/or patient caries risk factors. This is also true for permanent teeth other than posterior teeth. Any teeth which are prone to cavity can be benefited from sealant application. Benefits of sealant may occur in any tooth with deep grooves, at any age, including milk teeth of children and permanent teeth of children and adults. For sealants regular follow-up care is recommended in pediatric patients as like the other dental treatment.
Dentophobia is exaggerated and unwarranted fear of dental care, most often the dentist himself or herself. This phobia is also otherwise known as odontophobia and dental fear. Some people suffer from dentophobia to such an extremity that simply seeing a dental surgery photo or image can cause distress.
A traumatic experience at the dentist’s office can leave a child with a frightening experience that can become a root cause of the phobia. Some people only pay a visit to their dentist when they have dental emergencies. The procedures that they have to undergo may be more difficult than the usual procedures thus aggravating the fear.
Moreover, the sound of drills can be very discomforting for some and can add to the already traumatic experience. People also circulate exaggerated dental fear stories that can further increase or breed the phobia. In some people dentophobia causes can include disease such as tooth decay.
Talking to your dentist about your fears is one of the most simple & straight forward steps you can take to treat your dentophobia. It’s safe to say that the source of your fear is certainly a negative experience from the past. Fortunately, nothing is unsolvable and therefore no Dentophobia! There are six things you can do if you want to get rid of fear and with a smile on his face to go to dental check-ups are not keeping in mind the pain and fear.
- Relax by Using Breathing Exercises :It is well known that proper breathing can ease anxiety and thus relieve the stress. Deep breathing techniques activate the parasympathetic nervous system and provide a signal to the brain to release hormones that soothe you. In addition, deep breathing releases toxins in your body and improves digestion.
- Improved Treatment :We live in a world of advanced technology and medicine, so you must be aware that the pain is not so common anymore. Field of medicine improves intensively concerning the pain relief and therefore dentistry is no longer as it was before, and treatments and procedures in modern dental clinics are almost painless.
- Communication With Your Doctor :Communication is the key, which often opens many doors and solves problems. The process of coming to the dental office and sitting in a dental chair will be a lot easier and less stressful if it happens after a pleasant conversation with your doctor of dental medicine. It is important to have good communication with your doctor who will answer every question and at the same time, you need not hesitate to ask for your condition.
Often when we see the doctor we get so scared and tend to magnify the problem. Here steps the communication as a solution because the doctor can best relax you by telling you what is actually the problem and explain how it can be solved.
- Regular Checkups: The more you come to a dental office the more it feels comfortable there. Of course, you do not need to exaggerate with your visits to a dentist. It is enough to go to a regular checkup twice a year, in order to acquire the habit and eventually get relaxed when it comes to fear of going to see your dentist.
- Dental obligations before other obligations: If you have a lot of obligations on the day when you have an appointment, such as chores at home, the best would be if you could visit the dentist before other commitments you have that day. It will greatly reduce the stress and the tension of the waiting period – because the longer we wait for something that causes stress, the more anxiety is created because we think and create negative thoughts in our heads. Therefore, the morning is the best part of the day to solve all dental challenges, so the rest of the day could be focused on other things.
- Change dentist: If the cause of your fear is your doctor who you don’t like, the best solution is – change him or her and find another that will suit you more and with whom you will have a quality communication – because with a good relationship with the doctor you can completely get rid of dentophobia.
In modern dentistry, pain belongs to the past and therefore you have no reason to put off regular checkups. Fear of visiting your dentist can be history if you apply these tips in your daily life. For any dental query, you can contact us at our official Facebook pages, cell phone or direct inquiries through our website.
From over-the-counter strips to professional treatments at a dentist’s office, the options for achieving bright pearly whites are endless. Unfortunately, each remedy has its pros and cons. Some aren’t able to whiten every single tooth, while others could result in tooth sensitivity.
But if you’re searching for a gentler way to achieve a bright smile—even on the those hard to reach molars—you’re in luck. Thanks to mother nature there are also organic ways to protect your smile and reveal a natural whiteness without the harsh products. Several foods like raw vegetables and fresh fruits contain key ingredients that shield teeth from decay and combat hard-to-remove plaque. Don’t believe us? Try them for yourself. We’ve gathered our favorite foods below to help you achieve a brighter smile with every bite.
- Banana Peel Works Wonders :Did you know that banana peel can make your teeth whiter? All it takes is two minutes to massage teeth and gums by using the inner part peel of a banana and then brush your teeth. After a few days, you should notice a difference in the color of your teeth and your smile will become brighter.
- The Power of Strawberries :You have surely heard about the power of strawberry, given that they have been used for this purpose for years now. Strawberries contain fruit acids that help in cleaning surface stains from food and drink and are rich in vitamin C. Crush strawberries and apply on your teeth by using a toothbrush. Hold for 2-3 minutes, then rinse the teeth.
- Lemon Heals It All : Lemon contains acid, which is rich in enzymes that kill bacteria, including those that are “guilty” for bad breath. In the lemon can be found acid that corrodes the stains that various kinds of food and drinks create on the teeth.
- Citrus As Refreshment : All citrus fruits contain acid which, as we mentioned, contains enzymes that kill bacteria. Also, oranges are loaded with calcium and vitamin C, while the white part of the orange peel, albedo, is rich in flavonoids and other anti-cancer compounds. They help with gums problems, and considering that they regulate the acidity in the mouth, they stimulate the secretion of saliva which is a natural cleanser of teeth and oral cavity. Similar to the banana – if you regularly massage your teeth using the white part of the orange peel, the difference in the whiteness can be noticed within a few days!
If you use these fruits in the daily diet or to treat your teeth and gums – the result will not fail. In cases where the whiteness of teeth is not to a large extent undermined, consuming these fruits gives the best results. But if you prefer a professional teeth whitening, do not hesitate to contact us – we will clarify the whole procedure and make the whitening painless and sweet – just like fruit!