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DENTAL MYTHOLOGY

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Many people think dentist and dental clinics are factor of fear by hearing some dental myths at some point in their lives which affected their consciousness. Such dental myths can affect a person’s perception of a dentist and what he does causing him or her to put off visits to the dentist. This could lead to serious oral health issues and long-term dental problems which could result to painful dental procedures.There are lot of myths surrounding Dental, Oral health and Dentists. If these Myths are explained properly then many problems surrounding dentistry can be solved and people can have a good oral health.

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Why Apollo WHITE dental?

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Fear of going to dentist affects over 90% Indians. Dental avoidance, the noise of drill, the fear of pain, phobia, inhibition and other concerns contribute to dental stress and anxiety. Apollo WHITE Dental is unique in that basis providing a full range of dental and cosmetic treatments in a relaxed ambiance.Our desire to give most comfortable dental experience possible has motivated us to import and implement the latest dental technology into our dental care centers; from the reception to treatment rooms and dental chair.With luxurious ambiance, 5-star hospitality, the Apollo White Dental Spa is a completely inimitable experience in Dentistry.

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MANAGEMENT OF FEAR AND ANXIETY OF DENTAL PROCEDURES IN CHILDREN

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Taking kids to a dentist is even more challenging as they are really afraid of the dentists and the instruments used by them.  It is a common factor that children usually panic when they are taken to a doctor.  Treating a child patient, specifically becomes a challenging task for a dentist to treat them; hence they use techniques that reduces fear and anxiety among child patients.

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MANAGEMENT OF  BEHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN:

1.DENTAL OFFICE ENVIRONMENT:

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Dental office environment should be pleasant and should give a homely feeling. The waiting room is made lively with Cartoons, paintings, fish tank ; for older children story books, toys and even a play area can be kept in the waiting hall so that the child can enjoy the place.

  1. DENTIST’S ATTITUDE:

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The dentist should be empathetic when he  talks to the child. He gains the confidence of the child by not only talking about the dental problems and treatment procedures but also having off topic conversations like – the kid’s school, friends, favorite cartoons, actors, hobbies etc., this helps the child to easily mingle and most importantly trust the dentist.

3.SCHEDULING THE APPOINMENTS:

Scheduling of appoinments plays an important role. sufficient time should be given between two appoinments– long enough to relax emotionally but short enough to keep in touch with the dentist and dental environment.  Longer appoinments should be avoided as it may make both  the child getting treated and child who is waiting for the next appoinment also restless.

4.POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT:

Applauding  the child for his/her cooperation is always needed. the dentist can give a congrajulation message or a small gift or a reward – shining star, favourite cartoons to the child for cooperation so that it encourages the child for the next appoinment also.

5.TELL SHOW DO:

This is a technique which can reduce the anxiety of children. the procedure should be explained as simple as possible to the kid then it can be demonstrated using model and then the treatment can be done on the child. This can be helpful as the kid is aware of what is going to be done which can reduce his/her anxiety and fear.

6.CONSIOUS SEDATION:

This is a technique in which the under the influence of anesthetic drugs.is. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is commonly used dental sedation procedure for fearfull kids. Nitrous oxide is a sedative and is also an analgesic. The procedure is carried out keeping a continous verbal communication with the kid, the child’s fear get reduced as their pain threshold is also increased.

  1. GENERAL ANESTHESIA:

Kids who are highly uncooperative due to fear or is medically, emotionally compromised then all procedures can be performed safely under General anesthesia with a well trained ANESTHETIST. The child will be in a sleepy state and multiple treatments can be completed in a shorter period with good effeciency.

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At Apollo we place emphasis on prevention as well as personalised attention, offering complete dental services in all areas including general care, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. New patients for Private, Denplan and NHS treatment are all welcome. Learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options, including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, white fillings, dental implants, and much more. We provide complete smile makeovers to improve your confidence and to make you look and feel younger. For more details Visit us  http://www.apollowhitedental.com/

 

 

 

MANAGEMENT OF FEAR OF DENTAL PROCEDURES AND ANXIETY IN ADULTS

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Dental anxiety and phobia results in avoidance of dental care. It is one of the frequently encountered problem in the dental office. The initial interaction between the dentist and patient reveals the presence of anxiety, fear and phobia.

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How do I prevent mouth ulcers?

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Mouth ulcers are usually small painful lesions or sores that develops in the mouth or in the gums. these ulcers can make eating, drinking or even speaking sometimes difficult.

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Why missing teeth so important?

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Yes, missing teeth is so important that you may face several bad consequences of missing teeth. First, missing teeth will affect the overall aesthetics of your face.

 

 

Solve-Missing-Teeth-Problems-via-ProsthodontistNot only will your smile be affected by the gaps from missing teeth, but if you’re missing too many teeth, the skin around your mouth won’t be supported properly and will start to sag,This makes your appear older even if  your in mid 30’s .

 

Additionally, miteeth_have_different_functionsssing teeth will make it more difficult to chew your food properly and may even affect the way you speak.

 

 

 

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Finally, missing even one tooth may have emotional consequences; many people feel less confident about their smile when they are  suffering missing teeth.

 

 

 

If you are currently missing any of your teeth, then the best solution is  replacing them with dental implants, which can look and feel just like natural teeth. For more information about implants, Visit Apollo WHITE Dental website.

 

5 GREAT TIPS TO HELP YOUR CHILD GET RID OF THUMB SUCKING

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Oral habits are absolutely normal!!!!!    Surprised???  

Yes, you read it right, oral habits are considered as a part of normal development of a child. Oral habits in children are completely normal forms of self-soothing and exploration of the environment. Oral habits until 3 years of age are considered normal. Oral habits that are prevalent well beyond the normal age frequently result in facial deformity and malocclusions.

We all have habits: things we do everyday often without consciously thinking. Some of them are good but not all of them. That’s why it’s important to prevent your child from developing harmful habits. Pacifier sucking, followed by thumb/finger sucking are the most common harmful habits in childhood. Childhood is the mirror which reflects the propensities of adulthood.

 

Trident of factors, like duration of the habit per day, degree and intensity of habit are responsible for any habit to produce detrimental and lasting effects. There are various reasons for developing thumb sucking habit, significant relationship exists between duration and intensity of thumb sucking and the amount of time spent in feeding sessions.

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Thumb and finger sucking are believed to cause a number of changes in the dental arch and the supporting structures. Some of the effects of thumb sucking are:

  • Forward position of the upper and lower front teeth.
  • Increased horizontal gap between the upper and lower front teeth leading to increased overjet of teeth.
  • Increased vertical gap between the upper and lower front teeth leading to open bite.
  • Development of tongue thrusting habit, secondary to thumb sucking due to open bite.
  • Narrow dental arches
  • Smaller upper lip
  • Soft tissue lesion on the thumb/Deformation of the thumb
  • Short finger nail
  • Increased risk of trauma to upper front teeth, to psychological health, speech defect (Especially lisping), middle ear infection and enlarged tonsils.

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If the child chooses this habit in the first year of his or her life, the parents should move away his or her thumb smoothly and attract the child’s attention to other things such as toys. After the second year of age, thumb sucking will decrease and will be appeared just in child’s bed or when he/she is tired. Some of the children who do not stop this habit, will give it up when their permanent teeth erupt, but there is a tendency for continuing the thumb sucking habit even until adult life.

The 5 steps are…..

  1. Direct interview with child if he/she is mature enough to understand
  2. Encouragement: This can give the child more pride and self-confidence
  3. Reward system: There is more involvement of the child
  4. Reminder therapy which includes schemical and mechanical approach
  5. Orthodontic appliance

 

Initially awareness of the habit: the extent, the consequences and the benefit of cessation of the habit has to be explained to the child. Dental changes due to thumb and finger sucking do not need any treatment if the habit stopped before the 5 years of age and as soon as giving up the habit, dental changes will be corrected spontaneously. The success of any habit interception procedure largely depends upon the child’s co-operation and willingness to be helped to discontinue his/her thumb sucking habit. Thus the parents and the dentist should seek to motivate the child, and not to frighten and scold the child. Use of chemical approach is an age old method and it has shown to be less effective. Placing bitter tasting or foul smelling preparation on the thumb that is sucked can make the habit distasteful.

The use of mechanical aids are basically reminding appliances that assist the child who is willing to quit the habit but is not able to do so as the habit has entered the subconscious level. These appliances usually consist of a frame work placed palatal to the upper front teeth. The frame is placed exactly where the child places the thumb. Its raised rigid design keeps the thumb from laying snugly against the palate. The appliance is either removable or fixed. Other aids that can be used to intercept the habit include bandaging the thumb, bandaging of the elbow, wearing long sleeve sleeping gown. Once the habit affects the permanent teeth the damage is irreversible, which requires orthodontic intervention.

In today’s highly stressed environment, school/college going kids are subjected to various kinds of pressure/stress in different forms. Oral habit can be a form of distressing. Parents should play the role of friend, emotional support and a guide to the child rather than shamming or nagging them. If the habit is causing a dental problem, it is the privilege and responsibility of the dentist to work with the child and parents toward a resolution of the problem.

MICROSCOPE DENTISTRY

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Dr K V Arun Consultant, MDS – Periodontist from Apollo WHITE Dental Spa, Chennai gives us a detail interview about use of microscope in the feild of dentistry and its advantages. He also answers the frequently asked doubts of patients regarding microscope dentistry.

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WHY AND WHEN IS A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT PERFORMED?

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The tooth consists of three layers. The outer layer is called enamel, the layer underlying the enamel is called the dentin and the innermost layer of the tooth is called the pulp. The pulp is the only living structure in the tooth. When the pulp is infected, a root canal treatment is to be performed to save the tooth. (more…)

Wisdom Teeth

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Problems with wisdom teeth

When there is not enough room in the jaw for wisdom teeth, it can stop them coming through properly. Brushing and flossing these teeth can be difficult. Food and bacteria can get stuck between the wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it, leading to tooth decay and gum infections.

Crowded wisdom teeth in the upper jaw often lean sideways and rub against the cheek. This may cause ulcers on the cheek and chewing problems. Wisdom teeth may also push the other teeth closer together and affect a person’s bite. (more…)