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BUCK TEETH – NO MORE MEAN

-Buck teeth, otherwise known as maloccllusion or overbite,is common condition with protruding upper front teeth which rests onto the lower lip. It can cause stress due to an unappealing appearance. Malocclusion is caused by-
(a) Skeletal issues
(b) Dental issues (c) Combination of both Based on the examination of position of your teeth, as well as the general health of your mouth an orthodontist can provide treatment to correct the malocclusion using any of these:
(a) Invisalign (Invisible braces)
(b) Ceramic braces (c) Metallic braces
During adolescent age the bones are relatively soft making it easier for teeth to move and their youth stress .
Hence, sooner the treament begins, the better it is.

Do you Wish to Have a Smile Which Lights up Every Heart

Do you wish to have a smile which lights up every heart and makes people fall in love with you ???? Hollywood smile is the perfect smile you wish to wear on your face. It’s the prettiest natural makeover which is done taking in consideration the skin color, the gum position , the front teeth color and size, and the position of the upper teeth with lower lip.

These days no one wants the perfect , blindingly white smile full of identical , enormous , perfect veneers. What people want NOW is a smile which looks natural from all aspects.  Everyone wants to look gorgeous …… Naturally .

By using  a state of the art software and 3D imaging , a smile is digitally  designed  ensuring ideal   size, colour and proportion of teeth are the most natural possible. It is possible nowadays for the patient to envision exactly how much of the tooth structure will be removed and exactly what will they look like at the very end of their treatment.

Veneers
Veneers are used for an impressive number of minor cosmetic corrections, ranging from teeth whitening to orthodontic adjustments. Porcelain veneers are the quick-fix route to a perfect Hollywood smile. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Individually crafted for each patient, these cosmetic enhancements are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel. Thanks to their lifelike appearance and wide array of functions, porcelain veneers rank among the most trusted and popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

A Smile Lift – Correcting Vertical Dimension loss
People are quick to go to a plastic surgeon to  get a  face lift – but actually it’s their teeth that’s making them look older. At 18, teeth start ageing especially enamel which is constantly under attack from acids and sugar in food and drink. In addition, due to our busy and stressful lives, more and more people grind their teeth gradually shaving millimetres off the back and front of their teeth. This phenomenon causes a loss of vertical height and wrinkles at the corner of the lips start to appear. A lot of people will go first to their plastic surgeon for a face lift rather than see a dentist, who can actually do a lot more to rejuvenate your face by restoring the vertical dimension.

Gum discolouration – Gingival Peeling
Some people can experience discolouration of gums as they age resulting in brown spots or darkening of that tissue which has an immediate aging effect. Also pink gums look a lot healthier and younger than grey or brown. This can be done by physical removal using a bur, or by laser or acid. Gingival peeling is a non-invasive, instantaneous treatment done under local anaesthetic to alter the colour of gums back to their youthful healthy colour. This should always be done prior to any veneers or cosmetic dental work as it sets the tone.

Receding gums – Gingival Grafting­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Receding gums are the result of several factors: age, intensive brushing, tobacco, genes and grinding exposing the root of the tooth. The teeth appear longer, but in the wrong direction, at the top rather than at the bottom. Gingival grafting, or periodontal surgery, where soft tissue from the palate is grafted on the exposed root, is very effective in restoring a youthful looking mouth. The healing time is 1-2 weeks and this is seen as one of the most effective facial rejuvenation treatments. This procedure is only to be done by an experienced periodontal surgeon.

Bleaching
This is a good solution for patients with good teeth and no previous treatments as bleaching does not work on caps or crowns. A good dentist should always disclose this information so that there are no surprise costs after a simple bleaching. Whiter teeth are associated with youth so a dental bleaching in-office or home techniques are both valid solutions and are the easiest and simplest way to rejuvenate your smile.

Dental Contouring
We know that the shape of a person’s teeth, not only their size, can have a huge influence on how others perceive that person. Men usually have squarer teeth and women usually have rounder anatomy so a dentist must be extremely cautious in controlling the design and shape of someone’s new smile because if not carefully planned according to the patient’s anatomy and gender we can create emotional stress without even knowing it, or the patient even knowing it.

hollywood-smile

hollywood-smiles

TANNED FACE LIGHTENS AS SUMMER PASSES BUT YELLOW TEETH DO NOT!

Do not be disheartened. Dentistry has a solution!! Teeth Whitening Treatment is a fast, safe and effective way to add some sparkle to your smile before a special occasion- a wedding, a job interview or a business presentation.
In essence your teeth are made up of two layers.
• Inner softer dentin layer
• A harder outer enamel layer

As we drink liquids like coffee, Tea, red wine or intake cigarette smoke, foreign material collects and forms a layer on top of the outer enamel layer. This is known as pellicle film. This pellicle layer can be scraped away to some degree and some of it can be brushed away. However it won’t all be removed and as it sits on the porous enamel it penetrates deeper into the tooth. Once this film gets deeper into the tooth, no amount of brushing can remove it.

Teeth whitening use bleaching agents usually in the form of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which make the colour less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
White-Teeth

KIDS TOOTH CARE

Why Is Dental Care So Important for kids?

The foundation for healthy permanent teeth in children and teenagers is laid during the first years of life. Poor diet, poor habits of food intake and inadequate toothbrushing habits during the first 2 years of life have been shown in several studies to be related to tooth decay in children. The development of caries in primary teeth further increases the risk of developing caries in permanent teeth.

Therefore it is essential to establish a proper oral hygiene routine early in life to help ensure the development of strong and healthy teeth

BAD ORAL HABITS IN KIDS

  1. Not visiting the Dentist

There is a belief among many parents that kids have to see a dentist only when their child experiences a dental problem. Like adults children should visit the dentist every six months and if they are at risk of tooth decay, the dentist may suggest more frequent visits.

  1. Swallowing Toothpaste after Brushing

Children are taught very early on that brushing their teeth is necessary for good teeth because of fluoride, which is a natural defense against cavity. Sometimes dentists may even recommend fluoride supplements, if there is not enough fluoride in the water system, starting at six months old. But since the gooey toothpaste tastes good, kids often end up swallowing it as if it were candy. Parents mistakenly think this is harmless but it is important to teach your kid that it is a bad dental habit. Excessive intake of fluoride through swallowing toothpaste can cause brown or white spots on the child’s teeth called fluorosis.

  1. Sucking Their Thumb 

For babies and small children, the most common habit that parents have to deal with is thumb sucking. Many parents mistakenly assume they have to wait for their child to outgrow the habit. However if no steps are taken to discourage your child from thumb sucking, then it will cause misalignment of the teeth by shifting them forward. This can lead to later problems with speech, pronunciation, difficulty chewing, and cleaning. For most children it may require orthodontic treatment to correct the concern.

  1. Giving Pacifiers to Preschoolers

Sucking on a pacifier is just as bad as thumb sucking. While giving a pacifier to a baby is a perfectly normal and healthy habit, if it continues into the toddler years, the habit becomes hard to break. Also, a pacifier use can also be bad for your child’s oral health by hindering normal tooth and jaw development. Your child should discontinue use a pacifier by about age 1, in the best interest of oral health later.

  1. Taking a Bottle to Bed

You should never allow your kids to go to bed with a bottle full of milk or juice. The sugars in these drinks cause havoc on the enamel of teeth leading to dental decay and discolored teeth as they get older. This is referred to as ‘bottle mouth’ by some dentists, which is pitted and discolored teeth from night time bottle feeding.

nursing bottle caries reason

Oral Hygiene Instructions for kids to keep cavities away:

  1. Inculcate the habit of Oral Hygiene since they are young- As parents you might think the kid is too young, but the fact is it is never too early to inculcate the necessary oral habits in kids. Basic rules like brushing the teeth twice daily and practicing the right technique of brushing can save them from dental problems.
  2. Once the kid starts getting his permanent teeth, visit the dentist, and he might be able to teach your kid the need to follow proper dental hygiene like brushing twice a day, washing the mouth properly and flossing.
  3. If the kid wears a brace, the kid can carry a small dental kit with him wherever he goes.
  4. Using toothpaste that contains fluoride will help in making the enamel strong and protect the teeth against cavities.
  5. From the very starting do not let the kid have unhealthy foods. Sugary and sticky foods like chocolates, candies, fizzy drinks, and packed juices might cause maximum damage to the kid’s dental health.
  6. In India, we are not accustomed to the habit of flossing, but ask the dentist to teach your kid the right way to floss the teeth regularly.
  7. It is highly important for the kid to brush before bedtime. It helps in removing the leftover food traces and germs from the mouth. In case the kid does not do this regularly, the food articles might remain stuck between his teeth causing bacteria.visit your dentist

 

Does my emotional health affect my teeth?

 

We all encounter stress in our lives, and some more than others. . In addition to taking a toll on emotional wellbeing, it can impact physical health by increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease, affect sleep and memory, cause headaches, and worsen depression.

It can impact the health of your smile!!

Stress is a contributing factor to the following conditions:

Bruxism — Stress can cause us to grind our teeth at night, leading to tooth damage. If you’re diagnosed with bruxism, a night guard can be prescribed to protect your jaw.

Canker Sores — No one quite knows what exactly causes canker sores, but they are sometimes brought on by stress. Although harmless, these small sores can be painful. Some students suffer from canker sores during examination.

Dry Mouth — When the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, it can experience chronic dryness. Not only does dry mouth result from conditions caused by stress, but it is also a common side effect of drugs used to treat depression.

Burning Mouth Syndrome — Psychological problems are just one of the many factors known to cause burning mouth, which is identified by a burning sensation on the tongue, lips, gums or palate.

Lichen Planus — Lichen planus of the mouth is characterized by white lines, sores and ulcers in the oral cavity. Some experts believe lichen planus is a reaction to viral infections caused by stress.

TMJ/TMD — Stress contributes to temporomandibular joint disorders in many fashions. Trauma and tooth grinding are common causes of TMD, while emotional factors such as anxiety and depression can also trigger symptoms of TMJ.

Gum Disease — Studies have shown that long-term stress affects our immune systems, increasing our susceptibility to infections such as periodontal disease.

Other Risk Factors

  • Patients who are under stress tend to neglect their oral hygiene routines – when you have so much going on, it’s hard to remember to brush and floss.
  • Poor diet is also a result of stress — sugary and carbohydrate-laden foods that promote tooth decay might be consumed on a more frequent basis when we are busy or depressed.

Painful dental problems can also increase our levels of stress and anxiety. Furthermore, our ability to tolerate pain is compromised as our bodies struggle to adapt to stressful situations. As a result, tooth pain can become more extreme during times of stress.

Time to De-stress!

 stress free

If you’re feeling stressed, don’t forget about your dental health.

  • Take the time to focus on your oral hygiene regimen
  • Don’t use smoking or alcohol to relieve stress. These habits are highly addictive, and they have damaging effects on your oral cavity.
  • eating well
  • exercising
  • Getting plenty of sleep.
  • Seek professional help and dental clinic in Delhi NCR. See a dentist – he or she can treat dental problems caused by anxiety and offer suggestions for better dental care.

A HEALTHY SMILE PROMOTES A HEALTHY HEART!

Taking care of your teeth and gums can help reduce your risk of heart disease and other serious medical conditions!

Healthy heart clip art

  • People with gum disease are almost twice  as likely to suffer from heart disease as those without gum disease.
  • Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease and stroke: such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes.
  • Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup along and below the gum line. Bacteria from infected gums can extricate, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation; which in turn decreases blood flow to the heart, causing blood pressure to rise and increasing the risk of a heart attack.

Awareness of the following possible warning signs of gum disease:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

For a bright, healthy smile:

  • Floss daily.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months—or sooner if the bristles become bent.

    While most people are aware that lifestyle choices such as eating right, getting enough exercise and quitting smoking can help prevent cardiovascular disease, they may not know that by just brushing and flossing their teeth each day, they might also be avoiding this potentially lethal condition.

heart and teeth

For a healthy, beating heart:

  • Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, try to quit.
  • Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
  • Control blood pressure.
  • Practice relaxation methods, such as meditation or yoga.
  • Stay active

Keys changes for patients with highest risk of infective endocarditis

Antibiotics before dental procedures are only recommended for patients with the highest risk of infective endocarditis, those who have:

  • A prosthetic heart valve or who have had a heart valve repaired with prosthetic material.
  • A history of endocarditis.(inflammation of the inner layer of the heart)
  • A heart transplant with abnormal heart valve function
  • Certain congenital heart defects

If you have a history of any cardiovascular (heart & artery) disease, it’s noteworthy to let your dental professional know as it may require them to adjust the type of treatment you are receiving. Be sure to keep them up to date with prescription or over-the-counter medicine you are taking—including any supplements, vitamins or herbal pills as your dentist might ask you to stop taking something before a specific treatment.

STAY FIT! KEEP SMILING

STAY FIT! KEEP SMILING

H0W TO OVERCOME DENTAL ANXIETY?

Dental anxiety is very common and is described as the feeling of being nervous or afraid of going to the dentist. Common fears include fear of dental pain, loss of control, the clinical environment, and needle phobia.

1 in 10 of us have dental phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist.

Dentists are habitual of treating nervous patients and have a range of solutions for making the visit easier, including distraction techniques, the ‘dental wand’ for easier delivery of local anaesthetic, and light sedation.

Having regular routine check-ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene & reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Here are some tips to reduce Dental Fear and Anxiety:

TALK TO THE DENTIST – The Dentist isn’t a mind reader. Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, the dentist can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.

MUSIC – Music acts as a relaxant and also drown out any fear-prouding noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.

 DISTRACTION– Taking a little vacation in your head by imagining that you’re on a beach or playing sports or anywhere else can also be an effective technique,if your imagination skills are strong enough.

 AGREE ON A SIGNAL– Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during appointment and will carry on the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this problem is to agee on a ‘’STOP’’ hand signal with the dentist. Both parties  can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.

TAKE A MIRROR– Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.

SEDATION– If there is no other way to cope, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be inhaled through a facemask to help patients feel relaxed and remove anxiety.

Are you a Snacker or a Grazer?

In today’s era, your busy lifestyle means that your eating habits are changing from the traditional three meals a day to more snacking or grazing while you are on-the-go, then now it’s a time to include chewing sugar free gum in your oral hygiene routine.

The definition for the word ‘grazing’ in the dictionary is ‘eating frequently at irregular intervals’ – not quite the same as snacking, but probably more frequent.  It comes down to grabbing something to eat on-the-go when and where we can. Breakfast at the desk, a couple of mid-morning biscuits, sandwiches and crisps for lunch and an afternoon treat to keep us going, with several cups of tea or coffee in between.

So,  this is not really a good news for our teeth which come under sustained attack from the plaque acids that form on teeth and can damage the enamel whilst all this snacking and grazing is going on. Every time we eat or drink the pH balance in the mouth changes, dropping into a danger zone where tooth demineralisation can happen. This can also leads to variety of oral health issues and can make you visit Dentist.

The simple and convenient step of chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after eating and drinking is a great addition to twice-a-day brushing because it helps neutralise those plaque acids, wash away food particles and re-mineralise tooth enamel.

There is plenty of scientific research to support the oral hygiene by simply having  sugar free gum, which are even more relevant now as we consume two or three snacks outside of meals every day. Both scientifically and practically proven chewing increases the production of saliva which helps clean the mouth and neutralise plaque acids, hence it’s a non-disruptive and simple oral care habit in addition to brushing and flossing. Therefore this keeps you fresh.

 

Porcelain Veneers can improve your smile!!!

Changing the appearance of your smile is more than just transforming the way you look. It’s changing the way you truly feel about yourself, creating a natural-looking radiant smile that you can be really proud of.

Veneers are the solution!

Color–   Age related yellowing of teeth, certain foods and beverages or tetracycline use at an early age may result in discoloration of the teeth. In few cases, it can be corrected by whitening but in intrinsic discoloration, whitening doesn’t help. Veneers are the permanent way to brighten the teeth which eventually build in confidence in you.

ShapeEnamel, the outer layer of the teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. However, due to trauma the enamel might get chipped off or tooth grinding habits can cause abnormal wear that makes the tooth look shorter that can affect the smile. Customized veneers are the solution for it.

Size: – At times, few people are born with one or more teeth smaller than their other teeth like Peg Laterals. Veneers helps in lengthening of the teeth.

Alignment and spacing :-  mild misaligned teeth, crooked teeth  and minor spacing can be corrected by veneers. They are cost-effective and are an alternative to orthodontic treatment. It is also possible with some orthodontic situations to use veneers in conjunction with braces or other treatment.