Never skip “Night Brushing”!

Did you know ??

Night brushing is extremely important!

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-While it may seem tempting to skip brushing your teeth at night if you’re already comfortably lying in bed, the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day goes beyond fresh breath.

-Normally, saliva helps act as your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria in the mouth because it has anti-bacterial properties, neutralizes the acid level in your mouth, and washes away food remnants. However, saliva production decreases at night, allowing plaque to form and bacteria to attack your tooth enamel.

Bacteria in your mouth that stays there after you skip brushing before bed creates plaque. Plaque is the sticky, fuzzy substance you feel along your teeth when you haven’t brushed in a while. It takes about 24 hours for the plaque that bacteria produce to build up and mature in your mouth.

When you do brush, you destroy this growth of bacteria that has developed since you last brushed.

When plaque stays on your teeth after you skip brushing, it calcifies by becoming harder, rougher, and more yellow. This new substance is known as tartar, and it continues to grow the more you skip brushing your teeth. Eventually, tartar buildup can cause cavities and tooth loss because it feeds the bacteria that causes tooth decay.

Are Dental Appointments Important for your Child?

“My child has relatively better dental health and does not require any visit to the dentist.”

“ Children tend to loose their teeth as a part of their growth process, so why is it important to get this temporary set of teeth fixed?”

Such kind of questions and myths keep on arising regularly among parents.

Dental health of your child is as important as it is of yours. Children, though have the benefit of transition of dentition from temporary to permanent, yet they are not blessed enough to avoid their dental health.

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Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic disease of children. The obvious habit of mid day snacking, lack of dental hygiene maintenance and everlasting love for sweets has contributed well to make tooth decay common among children.

Negligence of oral health at this stage can lead to future damage. Early Childhood Caries can lead to poorly developed permanent teeth. Milk teeth can become a passage for microbes to travel all the way down to the jaw bones and can infect the developing permanent tooth buds.

Apart from caries any other dental discrepancy including malocclusion, periodontal problem or improper jaw growth if not detected early can lead to future morbidity.

It’s not just about caries all the time, any dental discrepancy detected early in life can save the loss of tooth structure,time and money later.

Any kind of dental infection will not only affect the future dentition but will also have an impact on the overall health of the child. Bad teeth means inability to efficiently chew the food and consequent lack of nutrition. Pain following the dental infection can also disturb the child’s sleep pattern, interrupt their natural growth and increase irritation among kids.

When Should you first see a dentist to avoid dental problems?

You should visit a dentist as soon as the first tooth of your child appears in the oral cavity (around 6 months of age). Regular follow up visit following the first visit should be maintained. This won’t only give your child a healthy dentition but will also instil a healthy dental attitude in them.

What else can be done for your little ones to have healthy teeth?

“Brush twice a day, avoid sweets, rinse after meal; etc.”

These are few pronounced measures which I am pretty sure every parent must already be taking for their young ones.

Apart from these regularly followed instructions and regime, certain things which can be done are:

  1. Make your child eat raw vegetables like carrot or bite on hard fruits like apple to flush away all the stuck food particles in teeth.
  2. Consume lots and lots of dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt- this will not only supply the required regular dose of calcium but will also provide your child with probiotic to fight the decay causing bacteria.
  3. Ask your child to consume sweets with meals. Avoid any mid-meal snacking with sugary food items.
  4. Visit the dentist after every 3 months to get a topical fluoride application.
  5. Keep children well hydrated. Less water supply means less saliva production and hence more caries.
  6. Avoid sharing utensils with your child. Utensil can implant bacteria from your mouth to your child’s mouth.
  7. Avoid sending your baby to bed with a bottle of sweetened milk or beverage.
  8. Wipe the gum pads of your baby using a wet cloth before bed.

Why are some babies born with teeth?

Ever wondered why Some Babies Are Born with Teeth??

Most babies get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age.

However, some babies are born with one or more teeth. These are called natal teeth.

Natal teeth are relatively rare, occurring in about 1 out of every 2,000 births.

Some babies aren’t born with teeth, but get them shortly after birth. Generally seen within the first month of life, teeth that emerge soon after birth are called neonatal teeth.

Natal teeth that aren’t loose are usually left alone. But if your baby is born with loose teeth that have no roots, your doctor might recommend surgical removal. These types of natal teeth can put your baby at risk for:

-choking from accidental swallowing of the loose tooth

-feeding problems

-tongue injuries

-injuries to the mother during breast-feeding

A loose tooth will be looked at via X-ray to determine whether a solid root structure is present.

A pediatric dentist can help guide you through the process. Even if your newborn’s teeth aren’t considered an immediate concern, it’s important to monitor them to prevent any complications.

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Dental Flossing – Why you shouldn’t ignore it

Have you been flossing daily❓

If yes, congratulations, you’ve been practising a very good habit. If no, think about all the leftover food particles that sit between your teeth for hours while bacteria feeds on it. Gross, right?

I can’t stress the importance of flossing enough. It helps clean surfaces where your toothbrush can’t reach and hence helps dodge bad breath, prevents gingivitis (inflamed gums) and promotes good oral and overall health. 🦷

Floss once daily, preferably at night so that you don’t rush through it and sleep with a clean mouth. 💫

READ THIS IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT YOUR ORAL HEALTH

A person’s overall health is dental care.By taking proper care of your teeth, your smile will shine and you won’t have to worry about bad teeth causing future health problems. Use the advice below to learn all there is to know about proper dental care.

Brush your teeth twice daily. This is not just a great practice recommended by oral health care bodies. Brushing your teeth should be part of your everyday routine.You should also floss during these times.

If you are above 50 years old, you may want to use an alcohol-free mouthwash. The best mouthwash without alcohol that contains fluoride.Use mouthwash twice a day to get the best results.

You must also be flossing and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. Make sure you do all three part of oral cavity.

You should brush and floss every day. The extra time you spend on your smile is going to pay off later on. There isn’t anything better for your teeth than to brush and floss daily.

Approximately 20 inches is a good length to floss your whole mouth.There needs to be close to an inch of floss available for cleaning your initial tooth.

Talk with your dentist before starting any whitening regimen. Some of these products can damage your teeth. Some are safe; however, it’s hard to differentiate between the safe and unsafe products. Your dentist will guide you to the best product for you.

Be sure that your tongue. Many people overlook the tongue; however, but this is actually quite important. Your tongue is a natural place for bacteria.

Do not rush when brushing.Many people will brush their teeth. Take the proper time to properly brush properly. Avoid just going through all of it. Brush thoroughly for at least a minute.

Making sure teeth are cared for properly can benefit you in many ways. You will have confidence in your smile, you’ll be able to avoid some costly repairs, and you’re teeth will last you a long time. Using this advice will help you to have the healthiest teeth possible.

When Someone You Love Is Sick

When someone you love becomes sick, really sick, and you see them go through that misery, your life changes. You watch them. You watch them lie in bed, inhabiting a body that is strained beyond your comprehension. You watch them when they walk around, you watch them when they fall asleep, you watch them and you wish that you could ease their pain. You drop everything for them so that you can sit by their side, and if you can not drop everything, you continue to think about them whole day. You call them, text them, and attempt everything to check in. You do the best that you can because you care, because you want them to come out of their illness and back into the health that they had.

Is the CoVid all about “The Survival Of The Fittest” ?

A global, novel virus which is right now the biggest threat to countries across the globe.No one exactly knows the outcome of this pandemic but it is surely teaching us to reboot our lives and to reorient our relationship to nature,to outside and even to each other.For an optimistic future as we emerge out from this covid-19 crisis ,we definitely need to learn from this and adopt changes.

The foremost thing covid-19 reminds us is our dysfunctional relationship with nature. Humans need to understand that intact nature provides a buffer between human and disease,and emerging diseases are often results of encroachment into natural ecosystems.

While the origin of covid-19 is yet to be known, 60% of infectious diseases originate from animals and 70% of emerging infectious diseases originate from wildlife.Deforested land has also been linked to outbreaks of diseases like Ebola in the past where human unexpectedly came into contact with previously untouched wildlife. It is actually human destruction of biodiversity that creates the conditions for new viruses and diseases like Covid-19.

The corona virus pandemic will mark the end of our romance with market society and hyper-individualism.When this ends,we will have to reorient ourselves towards making investment in public goods- for health,especially and public services.It teaches us how our fates are linked.

The neighbor who refuses to stay home in the pandemic because our public school failed to teach him about critical thinking skills or basic health science. It will help us reconsider the role of each one of us in building a healthy society and how health education among masses play a major role in shaping the face of a pandemic.

“Survival of the fittest” is the phrase which describes Charles Darwin’s concept of natural selection which means those will survive who are best adapted for immediate environment.Thus, when a new infection erupts, the process of natural selection starts all over again. It is a warning to humans.

Have we been taking things for granted,not appreciating the preciousness of our daily existence? Maybe we are moving a bit too fast.Its time to reflect within ourselves.