Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bleeding Gums Redness - Gingivitis Explained

            Continuing with the last post in which importance of the Regular Dental check up and the Importance of brushing, I am putting forward this post as the most important symptom or Sign which comes when the disease starts appearing... 
         As explained it is the build up of Plaque and deposits over the period of time which then leads to the diseases process starting n happening... 
         Gingivitis is a very common oral health issue and is basically a mild form of gum disease. This mild gum disease causes soreness, redness and irritation of the gums. As gingivitis can be really mild, many folks in fact have gingivitis and are entirely unaware. Even though someone can have gingivitis without knowing, this doesn’t imply it ought to be taken lightly.
            Healthy gums are meant to be pale pink and firm, so if you notice your gums are red, puffy or bleed with ease, you should consider seeing your dentist because there is a chance you have gingivitis. The most common symptoms of gingivitis are soft, puffy/swollen and sometimes tender gums. Also, receding gums or gums that easily bleed can be indicators of this common condition.
            Also another major problem which comes to getting your teeth cleaned properly and not maintaining oral hygiene is the Bad Breath. Now we all know how detrimental it can be to your professional and personal relationships as well. 
            Done with that the best way to avoid Ginigivitis and Bad Breath is the maintainence of oral hygiene... Now wat does the maintaining oral hygiene means.... Great dental hygiene starts with brushing your teeth a minimum of 2 times every day, once after waking in the morning and again before retiring at night. Also, it is recommended that you floss every day. In addition, regular dental cleanings with your dentist or dental hygienist are strongly recommended within a good dental cleanliness regimen.
            If you begin to notice any of the symptoms outlined in this article, it is strongly recommended that you contact your dentist and book an appointment. The consequences of leaving gingivitis untreated are not something you likely want to experience.
                 Tommorow am planning to write bout the process of brushing and maintaining Oral hygiene... Till then Keep smiling n keep posting your comments and queries if any.... 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Why Regular Teeth cleaning is Important....

A simple talk with a friend of mine led me to write this for all of you... 

               The most important problem in the field of dentistry is the lack of awareness combined with the high costs... I cannot reduce the costs and believe me theres a direct relation between the quality of the treatment and the costs.... This blog and this article is a simple effort to explain why teeth cleaning and a regular dental check up is important...
            Practically every one of us wants to maintain great and wholesome teeth. Nevertheless, we still can’t evade oral plaque buildup and tartar regardless of how great we’re in taking good care of out oral and dental care wellness. Should you still feel that you simply teeth are not that clean in spite of typical brushing, you can always seek for a Professional Dental Check up. Professional dental practitioners use several methods to make sure that the teeth are in leading shape.
           Teeth cleaning could be regarded as as one of the most well-liked procedures becoming performed in a dental care clinic. Should you be doing the simple dental care care like teeth cleaning and flossing, it does not mean that you are already safe. If your teeth are misaligned, there are probabilities that there are corners, spaces and parts which can’t be gotten to by the bristles of a tooth brush.
            Teeth cleaning process is very crucial and very simple and should be performed following the assistance of a dentist. Generally, there’s seated oral plaque buildup as well as other food debris which can’t be removed when you brush. These, together with bacteria as well as other harmful pathogens can cause gum troubles and swollen gum around tooth. Gum and teeth troubles should be minimized and treated as soon as achievable to prevent larger troubles. 
          Also If you can get your regular teeth cleaning done you can actually save yourself from almost 75% of the dental problems... and so please go in for a regular dental check up every 6 months and also dental cleaning of teeth atleast once in a year... 
        Teeth cleaning is often performed to folks with poor oral wellness. If the dentist sees that you simply have the possibility to create periodontal(gum) diseases, teeth cleaning will probably be very much required.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What to Eat After Dental Surgery?

                   Good diet and nourishment is of utmost significance especially when a person is recuperating from a dental surgery. If one knows what to eat and eats the appropriate diet, it guarantees quick recovery and also reduces the possibility of excessive dry socket and blood loss. Post oral surgery phase is a very critical stage and must not be managed without the supervision of dental specialists. In case the patient has been prescribed some antibiotics, he may have to exclude dairy products from his diet chart. In fact, for a couple of days following the surgery the patient should go in for either drinking beverages such as tea or water or foods that are soft.

  • In the post dental surgery period, a person needs to know what to eat and must include sufficient amount of fibre and protein in the diet. Liquids should also form a predominant part of the diet. Good dietary liquids include nourishing fruit and vegetable juices, milkshakes, energy drinks, instant breakfast drinks and fruit smoothies.
  • Immediately after oral surgery, oatmeal, soft scrambled eggs, soft fruits, well cooked rice and cream of wheat should be included in the diet of the patient.
  • Avoid carbonated or aerated beverages, hot fluids and spicy food after oral surgery.
  • The patient must eat those food items that do not cause irritation to one’s surgery spot. Foods such as puddings, yoghurt, custard, vegetable broth, ice-creams, applesauce, cream soups, and mashed potatoes are soothing to the spot of surgery.
  • Anything that needs to be sucked should be stringently avoided as this can hinder the blood clot formation in the mouth, resulting in excessive bleeding.
  • Though meat and the dairy products are an excellent source of protein and energy, they need to be avoided. Instead, you can eat mashed potatoes, soft cheeses and tofu. Moreover, food items including canned fish, poached fish, hummus, meat loafs, mashed pinto beans and shredded meat are supposed to be included in the diet as they do not require much of chewing. Peanut butter, seed and nut oils are also recommended.

What to eat after dental surgery is an important query that needs to be addressed to every patient. The latest innovations in the field of medicine and pharmacy have made the surgical methods and process less agonising and more tolerable on the part of the patient. As the patient is under the influence of medication when he returns home, he must ensure that he sticks to the prescribed painkillers and must not eat anything without the approval of the doctor.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Periodontal case

A Male pt aged 46 yrs came to us with a problem of swelling in his Lower right Back tooth region.. Pt had a history of a previous flap surgery with bone grafting done around 4 yrs back.. On examination he had deep pockets generalised, expecially in the molar areas.. we had an OPG of 2009 and we again advised for a latest OPG.. and this is wat we got...

OPG - 2009

OPG - 2011

This is wat we did for the Right Lowers for the Patient..

We did a Root Resection for the patient... the tooth is Grade I mobile but it is stable and we r reviewing it closely...
This photo is at the end of 2 weeks of the procedure.
After 1 yr the tooth is still in a very good condition..
Heres an Xray after 1 yr of the procedure..

This a great way to save teeth if the patient is willing to go the long way and if he trusts the Dentist..

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dental Joke

A woman phoned her dentist when she received a huge bill. "I'm shocked!" she complained.
"This is three times what you normally charge."
"Yes, I know," said the dentist. "But you yelled so loud, you scared away two other patients."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Top 10 Comparisons between Religion and Dentistry

Dentists. I could go on and on about this particular profession. It's truly amazing that Dentists are the only profession that I can think of that not only works on your mouth while you wait, but you are conscious while it all happens! Imagine if your auto-mechanic had to work on your car with you looking over his shoulder. Imagine then if you had to do your job with your customer/manager watching you do it all day. Most of us will have a meeting with our bosses once every quarter or once every month at the extreme. I'm given to understand that Dentists have the highest suicide rate amongst professionals. This isn't a big shock considering that the best compliment a Dentist can get is characterized by the phrase 'it didn't hurt a bit!' This is usually said with some shock and amazement. This means that ultimately, we pay and pay dearly for the Dentist to hurt us. Who wouldn't have a lot of job satisfaction from that?

Another subject I could go on and on about is Religion. Once again, I will go to pains to not offend anyone, but I make no guarantees. If I did offend you, then I'm sorry in advance, it really isn't my intention to disprove or ratify any specific religion over another. It's just something we do as people. Religion does have several elements that are common to nearly all flavors. We turn to religions as a voice of authority that is willing (in many cases downright eagerly) to tell us how we can improve ourselves and our lives. We tell religion that we want to be nagged about what we are doing wrong. yikes.

Since I like them both so much I will kill 2 birds with one stone and give the top 10 comparisons of religion to dentistry. I hope you like it as much as I liked writing it.

10. You can talk to God, but you can't talk to your dentist - Spirituality aside, when you talk to God, however you choose to do it, you will hear back nothing. This doesn't mean you won't manufacture some meaning out of your conversation, but by and large if you say hello God, you will not get a 'hi there' back from the big guy. He just doesn't do things that way. When you are sitting in the Dentists chair, these roles are reversed. Most Dentists will carry on a 1 sided conversation with you if for no other reason to distract themselves from the fact that you forgot to use mouthwash before you sat in the chair. They will ask you things and the best you can do is roll your eyes or possibly make a sound that would be indistinguishable from nature if heard in a forrest.

9. You can easily lie to Clergy, you can't lie to the Dentist - In many religions, the process of unburdening ones soul comes in the form of confession. When you go to your religious leader, you may confess your sin, but if it's not something you are proud of, you will skirt the truth of it, you will talk around it, you will justify yourself in your actions. Your minister knows that the process is there for you, the minister is just there to facilitate. So the minister will take your self absolving lies and let you go your merry way. Your dentist on the other hand will take your lies for what they are, lies. They will nod their heads in understanding when you say 'I think I floss most every night, and I brush two times a day'. But when they look at your cherry red gums and the decay that runs rampant through your teeth like Israelites through the Philistines, both you and the dentist know that your lie will avail you nothing.

8. Everyone in the church might know about your sins. NOBODY will know about your teeth- One of the problems with religion is that like minded people get together to form standards of behavior that define the group. If these behaviors are breeched, you are penalized for it in any of several ways. Even if your sins are held in confidence of your religious leader, often times they are let out unintentionally as grist for the rest of the congregations mill. Your dentist on the other hand, is bound by a higher power. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) states that anything that has been done to your teeth is between your dentist, your hygienist and you. Nobody likes to run afoul of the Government on this issue, it can be extraordinarily costly. Ahhh now if there was a HIPAA for religion hmmmmm.

7. Both Dentistry and Religion benefit financially from your sins - Guilt is a surprising motivator. It compels us to do all kinds of things that normally we wouldn't consider. For instance in religion, the guilt attached to ones actions will often push that person to do something else that is good to offset the bad they have done. Hoping that the final judgment will look more like a credit card statement than a series of indictments. They hope that their once a year trip to the soup kitchen will offset the cheating on their taxes. If that person can't make it to charitable events to donate time, they will be more than glad enough to part with some cash for the betterment of God's kingdom if it will alleviate the pain of their sins. Look at the Mob. Dentistry is much easier on this front. Dentists are bound by a similar Hippocratic oath as Doctors and vow to 'do no harm' They want you to have healthy teeth. But healthy teeth, like Religion seem to go against human nature. And so the Dentist will fill their pockets with the fruits of your sins of omission.

6. In religion there is the promise of Heaven. In Dentistry there is only Hell - I know this sounds a little harsh, but it's unfortunately true. Nearly every religion has a promise of a better afterlife be it Valhalla, Heaven or a better reincarnated state (I'm just hoping for something above insect at this point). It is always a place where there is no pain, hunger or death and you will be able to do what you most like as long as you like it. The end of days for Dentistry will find you in dentures at worst, and the road to that end is paved with other painful reminders of your sloth. You must be faithful in vigilantly defending your teeth until you expire as the dental demons of carries and gum disease slowly eat away at your smile the moment you let your guard down.

5. Forgiveness of sins is relatively easy in Religion. In Dentistry there is only Justice. - Religion wouldn't be much good to anyone if they couldn't tell you how to live your life. The key is to make you feel sufficiently guilty about your natural behavior while simultaneously giving you hope for mercy from the effects of that behavior. It's a delicate balancing act. Too much guilt and you give up. Too much mercy and nobody takes you seriously. Dentistry on the other hand has no preconceived notions about your piety. The fruits of the sins of your youth will be visited upon you many fold. I quote from the book of First Kingsley:

'Yea verily though you walk uprightly in your old age you still suffer the fiery darts of decay. Woe unto you! Ye who would shirk the brushing of your teeth in your youth, for it is given unto you to prevent the cause of your misery' 

If you aren't a good brusher and flosser when you are young, no amount of efforts in adulthood will abate the debt for these oversights. You can only hope to stop future suffering with current preparation.

4. Proper observance of Religion requires meetings once a week. In Dentistry the meetings are twice a year. - Sitting in the chair to have all of your sins revealed is uncomfortable at best. People have your mouth open large enough to provide stadium seating. They have devices that promote good gum and tooth health that are of course painful. They take dental X-rays, just to make sure you don't slip a cavity by unnoticed. Then they tell you you REALLY should be flossing every day, not just when you can't force air between your teeth anymore. Because most church meetings happen on a weekly basis, they tend to be much less severe. lower dose over a higher frequency.

3. In both Religion and Dentistry, you can see visions - Well, maybe not visions in a Moses I need you to save my people sort of way, but you will definitely enter an altered state of mind between the nitrous oxide and the Novocaine. Punctuate that by sudden flashes of pain and you've got some pretty intense stimulation. In Religion visions are really only the purview of the particularly pious. Most people will live their whole lives seeing nothing more exciting from above than a sky written message that says 'eat at joes'.

2. Religion has arcane secrets, so does Dentistry. - In religion there are certain rites and rituals that are only for the devout of the Religion. This is for several reasons. First, it is these high rites that pushes us further within religion. We try to better ourselves if for no other reason, to partake of this high ceremony. If you aren't a true believer, some of these rituals will seem downright goofy and religion really has no use for a skeptic. In Dentistry they already have you in the chair, you are there to witness the Dentists every move. The last thing the dentist needs is for you to become nervous in the chair. Many tools of the dentists trade are passed to and from the dentist under your view. If you were to see the rather impressive syringe that they are about to puncture your jaw with, you might get a little up tight. A good dentist employs many tactics with which to distract and mesmerize you. All to make that unpleasant situation just a bit more bearable.

1. Religion and Dentistry both want to make sure kids aren't afraid to come and neither are successful - Kids hate 2 things. Being bored and being in pain. If they were to look at Going to church v.s. Going to the Dentist they would likely ask 'how long is church?' This is especially funny since kids have NO concept of time at all. Usually the chance of pain far outweighs the surity of boredom. Religion has 'Church-lite' where the rules are relaxed for kids. They play games and sing songs and try to have as good a time as they can. They call it Sunday School. The dentists usually have the 'Treasure Chest' In a kids life, this is the ONLY method by which they can judge the professional nature of the dentist. If the dentist only has mood rings and some crappy tops, that isn't going to cut the mustard and certainly this tooth fairy smells of quackery. Everyone knows a large toy chest filled with fun is the only way to somewhat assuage the abject terror that same child felt just moments ago. This attribute is bragged about to friends at school. Nobody is bragging about what they got at church, unless of course they got out early.

There it is, my exhaustive and wordy treatise on Dentistry and Religion. Come again and tell a friend!

Dedicated to my own dentist. Truly worthy of praise in a thankless field

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3 Common Causes of Teeth Grinding

When someone is suffering from teeth grinding they clench their teeth unconsciously, especially while sleeping. This disease or habit is both noticeable in children as well as in adults. The latter group is given more attention than the former because it is believed that children have milk (i.e temporary) teeth. It is adults that are usually the group that is the major concern of the dentists and other professionals that have to do with this type of teeth issues because their teeth are permanent. If care is not taken a sufferer can grind away the outer covering of the teeth almost completely. This result, I want to believe you will agree with me, is not good in health and socially for the affected person.

1. Stress
Stress is a cause of 'Bruxism' (teeth grinding) that is regarded as one of the most common causes. Most doctors are of the belief that stress is a primary cause of this teeth problem especially during sleep. Stress is most likely to disrupt a persons sleep cycle. When this disruption of ones sleeping cycle occur the affected person might end up clenching their teeth unconsciously and intermittently while sleeping. Because this explanation is the most common research is being carried out extensively on this area to find out more facts

2. Aggressive Personality
This cause is related to frustration and suppressed anger which represents another cause of this disease or habit. This has a cause that involves enormous emotions in the form of expressed anger. The person concerned here lets out his frustration and anger towards their intended subject. This person might unconsciously expressing teeth clenching in the process

3. Abnormal Teeth Alignment
When the lower and upper teeth are not properly in alignment with we have a situation called Malocclusion. This is a physical cause of teeth grinding.

The abnormal alignment of the teeth in this situation usually results in involuntary grinding of the teeth when they make contact. Though this is a realistic cause of this dental problem, or habit, clinical studies is yet to confirm it