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Orthodontic Braces: The secret to that perfect smile!

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For some the condition is less severe and doesn’t mandate any treatment, but for others a solution is very much available.

A charming smile is what everyone desires but not everyone is blessed with it. Studies have shown that the prevalence of malocclusion amongst the population of India ranges from 40-70% varying demographically and only a third of them are aware of their condition. For some the condition is less severe and doesn’t mandate any treatment, but for others a solution is very much available.

What is it?
Malocclusion is the variation form normal position of teeth which may be crooked, protruding, or widely spaced teeth. A malocclusion may manifest as a heredity problem or may develop as a result of childhood habits (such as thumb sucking), premature tooth loss, or for reasons unclassified.

Malocclusion is not an oral disease, however it is a condition that affects oral function (such as chewing food & speech), and impairs oral hygiene that leads to tooth decay and gum problems. Compromised facial and smile esthetics that manifests as a result of the malocclusion can lead to lack of self-confidence, and even depression as documented in many survey studies conducted world over.

Signs & Symptoms!
The most obvious sign of malocclusion is the compromised esthetics from irregular teeth position such as protruding front teeth, crowding of teeth, spacing between teeth, deep overlap of front teeth or asymmetrical alignment of teeth. Other symptoms would include difficulty in chewing food, slurred speech and occasional pain in the jaw joint (near the ear).

Who can treat?
Orthodontic treatment is whats required to treat a malocclusion. Dentists who are specially trained to correct malocclusion are called ORTHODONTISTS. They conduct various diagnostic investigations and carry out a treatment procedure that best suits you, based on your needs and requirement.

The Right Time to Visit:
For children dental visits should start at an young age (6 years old) annually, both to help the child become familiar with the dentist and to watch for any early predisposing factors leading to malocclusion. As for adults, besides addressing the esthetic concern, the earlier one gets treated, the lesser is the chance for the occurrence of gum problems and tooth decay resulting from the inability to maintain oral hygiene.

Treatment Overview:
An orthodontist uses a removable or in most cases a fixed appliance to correct malocclusion. Removable appliance are used to intercept a habit or to guide the jaws into proper positioning during the growth stage (8-11 years of age). The fixed appliance (braces / clips) are used to correct the teeth alignment. Treatment usually lasts over a period of 12 to 24 months depending on the complexity of the problem. During the treatment, one has to visit the orthodontist on a monthly basis to tighten the braces which will guide the teeth into correct position.

Outlook
Orthodontic treatment is easier, quicker and less expensive to treat when they are corrected early, during childhood. The treatment in adults is often successful, but may require a longer use of braces.
To know more about Orthodontic / Smile Designing, feel free to get in touch with our highly qualified and experienced team of dental practitioners at Apollo WHITE Dental. Let them take care of your sparkling smile and that of your kids!

 

Visit: www.apollowhitedental.com  Email ID : patientcare@apollowhitedental.com or Call: 18001 02 02 88 / +91 954 DENTIST/ +91 954 3368478

Preventing Dental Fluorosis in Children

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Dental fluorosis is nothing but the color change in enamel on the teeth surface. It occurs when teeth are exposed to high fluoride concentrations at the time of tooth development. Although the risk of fluoride overexposure is there for people of all ages, it is higher for infants and children.

Dental fluorosis patients develop visible spots as well as stains on their teeth. These stains or marks have a tendency of darkening with the passage of time. The problem with dental fluorosis is that early signs can only be detected by a dentist. Initially, the markings that develop as an indicator of the onset of dental fluorosis are lacy white. One would not even know that he/she has started developing dental fluorosis; only a dentist after examination would be able to identify it.

The situation worsens if one develops stains that are yellow to dark brown in color or the person develops pits that are quite noticeable.

Tips to help you get rid of Dental Fluorosis:

  • J No fluoride toothpaste for tiny tots! – Do not use fluoride toothpaste for children aged less than 2 years. Clean your baby’s teeth with a soft brush only, i.e, without the toothpaste.
  • J Pea Sized toothpaste! – Children between 2 – 6 years of age should be given toothpaste that is just about a pea’s size.
  • J Encourage Spitting! – Sincemost toothpastes and mouth rinses contain fluoride, it is advisable for the parents to encourage their children to spit out both of these. It would be better if children below 6 years of age are not given mouth rinses at all. Kids generally have a tendency to swallow them.
  • J Water check! – Have the local water analyzed for the fluoride content in it.

Kids younger than 8 years are normally susceptible to get dental fluorosis. However, proper vigilance from parents can be the key to prevent the onset of this condition.

To know more about dental fluorosis, feel free to get in touch with our highly qualified and experienced team of dental practitioners at Apollo WHITE Dental. Let them take care of your sparkling smile and that of your kids!

 

Email ID : patientcare@apollowhitedental.com or Call: 18001 02 02 88 / +91 954 DENTIST/ +91 954 3368478

Tongue is the strongest muscle of your body. Yes you read it right.

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Tongue Cleaning, Why Important?

Do you know that your tongue is the strongest muscle of your body? Yes you read it right.

And this “strongest muscle”, if not cared and cleaned properly, can lead to an oral problem, Halitosis colloquially known as bad breath, an unpleasant odor of the mouth.

The surface of the tongue is one of the main breeding grounds for bacteria that attack teeth and gums. In addition to brushing and flossing, daily cleaning and hygiene of the tongue is an equally important part of complete mouth care.

HealthyDunia.com speaks to Dr. R. Sunitha, Endodontist & Conservative Dentist with Apollo White Dental and find out the importance of tongue cleaning.

 

“A healthy tongue should be slightly moist, smooth, and slightly pinkish in color. The accumulation of dead cells, bacteria and debris on the surface of the tongue can result into a white color coating on the tongue. A white tongue, if left untreated, is a strong indication of a bad breath,” says Dr Sunitha.

The oral debris on the tongue, which is the root cause of bad breath, cannot be removed by just brushing and using mouthwashes. At best they can mask the bad breath. By far tongue cleaning is the most effective way of fighting bad breath.

Here are some of the advantages of using tongue cleaners:
• Removes the toxins and bacteria from the tongue
• Massages the taste buds and improves the sense of taste
• Gives fresh breath
• Helps to improve digestion
• Reduces dental plaque
• Removes the unattractive thick white coating from the surface of the tongue
• Convenient, safe, effective, and easy to use

How to use a tongue scraper or cleaner?
Usually tongue cleaners are made of metal like gold, silver, copper, brass, tin and stainless steel. Nowadays you can find them in plastic also. Stick out your tongue. Take the two ends of the tongue cleaner in your hands and place the arch of it on the back of the tongue. Now scrape it forward a few times, rinsing the white mucous (residue on the tongue) off the cleaner every time you take it out. You can start from either side (left or right) of the tongue and work your way to the other. Rinse out  the mouth once you are done.

It should be kept in mind to never scrape hard. The sweeping strokes should be slow and from back-to-front. Scraping harder doesn’t remove more bacteria but it can make your tongue bleed. Press hard enough to make the tongue cleaner contact your and flush across the cleaning surface. Also try not to leave gaps.

Cleaning you tongue is necessary to combat bad breath and keep taste buds active. It is not difficult to do and not time consuming also. Just one extra minute daily can reward you with many advantages that also include normal tongue color.

So check out your tongue and see how rosy pink it is!

Some facts:
• Brushing teeth reduces mouth odor by 25%
• Tongue cleaning reduces mouth odor by 75%
• Brushing teeth and tongue cleaning together reduce bad breath by 85%
• Tongue cleaning reduces the amount of mucous coating on the tongue by 40%
• Tongue cleaning inhibits plaque formation on teeth by 33%
• Tongue cleaning is more effective than brushing by 50%