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Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Dry mouth,  refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth is often due to the side effect of certain medications or aging issues or as a result of radiation therapy for cancer. Less often, dry mouth may be caused by a condition that directly affects the salivary glands.

Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids produced by bacteria, limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. Saliva also enhances your ability to taste and makes it easier to chew and swallow. In addition, enzymes in saliva aids in digestion.

Decreased saliva and dry mouth can range from being merely a nuisance to something that has a major impact on your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your appetite and enjoyment of food.

Signs And Symptoms :

  • Sensation of dryness in mouth or throat, and saliva that seems thick and stringy.
  • Halitosis
  • Difficulty in chewing, speaking and swallowing
  • Alterations in sense of taste
  • Discomfort when wearing dentures
  • Frequent occurrences of tooth decay/dental caries
  • Gum irritation and periodontal disease
  • Dry or grooved tongue
  • Mouth sores and dryness, cracked lips.

Causes

Dry mouth is caused when the salivary glands in the mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. These glands may not work properly as the result of:

  • Medications like anti epileptics, anti cholinergics
  • Aging
  • Nerve damage
  • Other health conditions like Cancer , HIV Infections etc.
  • Tobacco and alcohol use
  • Recreational drug use

Treatments:-Treatment is indicated according to the cause. Various treatment modalities are :

  1. Change medications that cause dry mouth.
  2. Recommend products to moisturize your mouth.
  3. Prescribe medication that stimulates saliva production.
  4. Protect your teeth by regular check ups
  5. Sip water frequently
  6. Chew sugar-free gums
  7. Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
  8. Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes

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Advantages of dental cleaning

 

  1. Cavity prevention

The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth and leads to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.

  1. Stop tooth loss

Gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. The chance can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits.

  1. Bright smile

Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning removes stains and you get the clean polished teeth.

  1. Fresh breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy.

  1. Boost your overall health

Regular dental cleanings lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Many life-threatening medical conditions can be detected in their early stages during a routine oral exam.

  1. Save money

You may be able to save money in the long run by helping to protect your oral health and potentially avoiding more costly and extensive procedures.

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Peg lateral teeth

 

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Peg lateral teeth, or peg lateral incisors, are terms used to describe a condition where the lateral incisors (the second tooth on either side of the front teeth) are undersized, conical and appear smaller than normal. This situation occurs when the permanent lateral incisors do not fully develop. Due to presence of peg lateral incisor, there will be a space between them and the adjacent teeth (this space normally would have been occupied by a fully developed lateral incisor) resulting in smile to appear abnormal.

There are several ways to treat and correct this condition. Porcelain veneers are the most common treatment for peg lateral incisors, and require little or no tooth preparation.  A porcelain shell is simply bonded over the smaller peg laterals making the teeth appear normal in size. If not enough space exists, it can be created by orthodontic treatment.

Causes of Peg Lateral incisors :

There are two primary causes of peg laterals

  1. Genetics:  there seems to be a genetic component to this condition.  Some people with peg laterals have parents who had the same condition.
  2. Developmental anomaly:  Sometimes the teeth just do not form correctly.

Some people are genetically missing the adult lateral incisors so the primary or baby lateral incisors remain in the position of the adult lateral incisors which looks abnormally small in an adult mouth.

How can we treat Peg Laterals :

(1) cosmetic bonding / Build up with tooth-colored materials

(2) Porcelain veneers

(3) Orthodontic treatment may be needed to position these teeth ideally for either of the above two options.  We work with many talented orthodontists to assist us when necessary for a more ideal result for you!

Sometimes the only treatment needed is to re position the peg laterals with orthodontic treatment or a removable appliance.

Another Dental Check-up camp

ANOTHER COMMUNITY WELFARE DENTAL CAMP AT BUS STAND, SECTOR-17
Dental check-up camp was organised by the Chandigarh Police in association with THE DENTAL ARCADE.The camp was attended by more than 100 people including local vendors, Autorickshaw pullers, Rickshaw pullers and bus drivers.Dr.Vijita Mehta , Dr. Rama Ruby and their team(Anoop, Kavita,Jagdev and Ankit) spread the awareness regarding oral hygiene and educated them about various oral health issues related to smoking & tobacoo chewing.We are thankful to SHO Maninder Singh, Sub Inspector Prem Singh and their team for organising this event successfully.

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Common Queries about Dental health…

How to get rid of stains?

Stained teeth can have several causes like poor oral hygiene, consumption of tobacco etc. So, it is important to change your habits in order to have a good smile. Get professional cleaning done and maintain hygiene.

 How to fight bad breath?

Foods like onion or garlic are notoriously known for causing bad breath. Other items that can be responsible for it are coffee, alcohol and cigarettes. Eating a healthy balanced diet, staying hydrated, washing your mouth at regular intervals, brushing right and giving up on smoking can help. Mouthwashes can help for transient time. Start flossing and cleaning tongue.

 Toothaches are really painful. What to do?

There can be causes like accidents or falls, misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth, gum disease, caries, etc. If your tooth is hurting, it is recommended that you visit a dentist to get relieved of your pain, instead of self medication.

 After how much time, toothbrush should be changed?

Replace your toothbrush when the bristles start splaying or bending, or every three months, whichever comes first.

    Why is smoking bad for my teeth?

Smoking or chewing tobacco can leave extrinsic stains on the enamel of the teeth. Tobacco contains staining elements that cause a gradual yellowing of teeth and affect the appearance of your teeth.

   What can be reason of dry mouth?

Dry mouth is not a disease, it’s a symptom of other diseases like diabetes, hypertension, Parkinson’s or a side effect of several medicines. A dry mouth can increase your risk for dental decay and fungal infections of the mouth.

 How many times should I brush?

While it is ideal to brush thrice a day, brushing twice everyday for 2 minutes can be sufficient to prevent germ build up and maintain good oral hygiene.

 

 

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Oral Hygiene

What do you mean by Oral hygiene?

To have a healthy body, you need a healthy mouth.

Oral hygiene is an important part of a daily routine. It is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease, by regular brushing and cleaning in between the teeth.

It is important oral hygiene is completed on a regular basis, as it can prevent dental disease from occurring.

The most common types of dental disease is dental decay (also known as dental caries), gingivitis and periodontitis.

Regular brushing consists of brushing twice a day after breakfast and before going to bed.

Cleaning in between your teeth is called interdental cleaning and it is equally important as tooth brushing.

This is because a toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth, therefore only cleaning 50% of the surfaces.

There are many tools to clean between the teeth, these include floss, flossettes, interdental brushes, wood sticks and gum picks.

It is generally up to each individual to choose which tool they would prefer to use.

 

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How can I improve my oral hygiene?

 Brushing Your Teeth Properly twice daily

Brush with short, gentle strokes.

Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth

Using Good Flossing Technique

Proffesional cleaning every 6 months by a dentist.

 

How can i take care of my oral health?

Removing and Preventing Stains of Teeth

Choose Your Beverages Wisely (Avoid carbonated drinks)

Avoid smoking

Rinse your mouth after consuming staining food

Brush and floss teeth daily.

Avoid sticky and junk foods.

Controlling Bad Breath

Eat a well-balanced diet.

brush your tongue.

Use an antiseptic mouthwash

Drink water.

Beware of pungent foods

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Avoid tobacco

Ask your dentist for help

Why is oral hygiene important?

Prevention is always better than cure.

Good oral hygiene habits will prevent  most of the dental problems saving you from toothaches and dental treatments.

 

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Dental Check-up camp

A great initiative was taken by the team of Cipla Pharmaceuticals by organising a Medical and Dental check up Camp yesterday in their premises, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh…. Dental check up was done for about 200 people that included the Senior Executives, Employees and students as well….. Pulmonary check up and Orthopedic check up was also done by a great team of doctors…… It was a great experience full of fun and interaction for the team of The Dental Arcade….

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Another Dental check-up camp

In continuation of the human endeavours , an effort was made by the team of The Dental Arcade by participating in the camp conducted for Chandigarh Homeguards on 1st May 2018 at Auditorium, Police Lines, Sector 29, Chandigarh…. Dental check up of around 200 people was done preceded by a lecture on importance of Oral hygiene by Dr Vijita Mehta to impart knowledge amongst all…. Apart from dental check up, Orthopaedic check up and pulmonary function tests were also carried out…It was a great experience for our team to be a part of the camp….

 

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 On the event of 29th national road safety week Chandigarh Traffic Police organised blood donation and Health check camp at Multipurpose Hall , Sec 26. The Dental Arcade Team participate under the guidance of Dr Vijita Mehta with full Zeal for the Nobel cause. Around 150 persons got dental checkup done ,112 persons donated blood , PFT test of 50 persons , 7 persons smoking test, 59 cholesterol test, 59 Sugar test , orthopaedic check-up 80, memography test 8 and 29 eye test have been conducted during this camp.

Dr Vijita Mehta also made her contribution by donating blood in blood donation camp. SSP Shashank Anand handed over souvenir of Appreciations to The Dental Arcade Team and other participating doctors. A very nice experience for all of us to participate in camp of such Large Scale.

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Indian Dental Divas Award 2018

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

It gives an immense pleasure to share that Dr. Vijita Mehta has been awarded ‘Dental Entrepreneur of the year’ and  ‘Most HI Tech Dental Practice of the year’ Awards at Indian Dental Divas Award 2018.

PROUD MOMENT FOR THE DENTAL ARCADE TEAM.

 

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