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.
- Difficulty 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.
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
- Nerve damage
- Other health conditions like Cancer , HIV Infections etc.
- Tobacco and alcohol use
- Recreational drug use
Treatment is indicated according to the cause. Various treatment modalities are :
- Change medications that cause dry mouth.
- Recommend products to moisturize your mouth.
- Prescribe medication that stimulates saliva production.
- Protect your teeth by regular check ups
- Sip water frequently
- Chew sugar-free gums
- Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
- Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes
A community welfare dental checkup-cum-awareness camp was organised in sector 17 BUS STAND. The camp was attended by more than 150 people including local vendors, Auto-Rickshaw pullers, Shopkeepers and Taxi Drivers.
Dr.Vijita Mehta and their team of Doctors Dr. Neeraj Goyal and Dr. Shivali Rai spread the awareness regarding oral hygiene and educated them about various oral health issues related to smoking and Tobacco chewing.
The event was also graced by the DSP Ram Gopal, SHO Maninder Singh and the team of police officers.
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
- Genetics: there seems to be a genetic component to this condition. Some people with peg laterals have parents who had the same condition.
- 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.
A free Dental check-up-cum-awareness camp was organised at Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Khuda Lahora by Chandigarh police in association with the THE DENTAL ARCADE.
Around 500 of senior citizens were examined in the camp. Apart from treatment the senior citizens were made aware about Dental health and oral hygiene by the team of expert Doctors-Dr. Vijita Mehta, Dr. Viniti Goel, Dr Shivali Rai and Mr. Tejas Bhartiya
Sh.Ram Gopal central was present on the occasion along with Mrs Poonam, Sh.Shadi Lal (Head constable) was also a part of event.
Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie, is an oral anomaly present from birth and may decrease mobility of the tongue tip and is caused by an unusually short, thick lingual frenulm, a membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Ankyloglossia varies in degree of severity from mild cases characterized by mucous membrane bands to complete ankyloglossia whereby the tongue is tethered to the floor of the mouth.
Effects of tongue-tie
- Difficulty in eating
- Difficulty in speech
- Bad oral hygiene
- Mechanical/social effects
- Prevent the tongue from contacting the anterior palate which can result in an open bite deformity.
- Mandibular prognathism when the tongue contacts the anterior portion of the mandible with exaggerated anterior thrusts.
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Tooth jewellery is basically an accessory which is fixed on any prominent front tooth.
A lot of jewellery designs in different sizes and colors are available to choose from, and you can pick depending on what you wish to express with your smile.
1.Dental jewellery is very affordable.
2.Very simple and short procedure.
4.Can be removed easily.
5.No tooth structure is damaged.
6.No drilling/holes required.
7.You can get them on your wedding matching with your attire.
Achieve a picture perfect on your big day.
Your shoes may be discreetly covered by your dress and you may choose jewellery with elegant simplicity, but you can be sure your smile will take center stage for every minute.
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Guys, Today we will talk about some thing interesting. how many of you want to straighten your teeth without getting braces? Many of you must have wondered at some point of time why teeth cant be straigtened without getting braces and all that hurt which you go through with braces. So, here is the solution to all your those problems .
Yes today we will talk about invisalign which is the new technology developed to get straight teeth without getting braces. Invisalign aligners are set of clear transparent, virtually invisible aligners which are customized for an individual and fit snugly over your teeth.
How These Aligners Work ?
A set of few aligners is customized for every individual. These aligners move the teeth slightly in horizontal , vertical direction and sometimes causes rotation wherever needed. Each aligner has to be worn for 2 weeks which causes slight movement and then changes to next aligner.
These aligner needs to be worn for full time except for the meals. They need to be removed during meals and while having any sugary drinks.
Advantages of aligners?
- Virtually invisible so most people won’t even know you’re going through treatment
- Gives you a confident smile
- Comfortable treatment
- No pain from sharp braces
- No breakages and no pain
- Shorter treatment duration
- Results can be easily monitored by the patient
- Has blue indicator dots to monitor patient compliance
- Easy to remove and wear
Is Invisalign treatment appropriate for you?
For the majority of cases, the answer is yes. Invisalign treatment is clinically proven to be effective for a broad range of teeth straightening cases, from mild to complex. These are few common problems which are easily treated :
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Cross bite
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease and other problems (e.g. bad breath) by regular brushing and cleaning between the teeth. … The most common types of dental disease are tooth decay (cavities, dental caries) and gum diseases, including gingivitis(inflammation of gums), and periodontitis (inflammation of supporting tooth structure).
Tooth decay is the most common global disease. Over 80% of cavities occur inside fissures in teeth where brush cannot reach food left trapped after eating. Thus saliva and fluoride have no access to neutralize acid and remineralize the demineralized teeth, unlike easy-to-clean parts of the tooth, where fewer cavities occur.
Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and interdental cleaning, and dental hygienists can remove hardened deposits (tartar) not removed by routine cleaning. Brushing properly twice in a day for at least 2 min is necessary. Those with dentures and natural teeth may supplement their cleaning with a denture cleaner.
Good oral hygiene keeps teeth free from dental plaque build-up, staves off cavities and fights bad breath.
You’re at-home oral hygiene routine should consist of regular brushing and flossing.
Warm saline gargles or rinses with a appropriate medicated mouthwash after every meal is also a good practice. Ask your dentist for a mouth wash suitable for you.
A healthy diet that’s low in sugary foods and soft junk food is also an essential part of good oral hygiene.
Regular dental visits every six months allow your dentist or dental hygienist to provide oral hygiene instructions.
Your dentist may recommend oral hygiene products that cater to your mouth’s unique needs. And don’t forget our oral hygiene index — an excellent resource when you’re looking for information on good oral hygiene.
It’s never too early to start taking care of your little one’s teeth. Proper oral health care should start when 1st tooth erupts. Follow these guidelines
Just say no to Bottles in bed
Never put your baby to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup filled with milk, formula, fruit juice, or the sweet liquid. The sugar in these beverages can cause cavities in baby’s teeth, leading to ‘Baby bottle tooth decay’ . give your baby a bottle when it is going to sleep, fill the bottle with water instead.
Be sure your baby drinks fluoridated water
By the time your baby is 6 months old, he or she will require some fluoride for healthy teeth. Most babies can get all of the fluoride they need from the water they drink. Keep in mind that bottled water usually doesn’t have fluoride, however if you have questions for fluoride, talk to your dentist.
Clean your baby’s gum
Twice a day, gently wipe your baby’s gum with a wet, clean, soft cloth. You should start doing this even before your baby’s 1st tooth erupts. The average age is 6 months, but some infants don’t get their first tooth until they are 14 or 15 months old. Some babies see their first tooth when they are as young as 3 months old!
Brush new teeth
Once the first tooth erupts in, you can clean them using soft, flexible children’s toothbrush and water. Gently brush its first teeth with a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste .switch to a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste once your child is age 2.
See a Dentist
Whether it’s the first tooth or first birthday, no matters which happen first –It’s time for your child first dental appointment. Your dentist will examine your child and advice you on any concerns you have, such as thumb sucking .
1.Why should i consider tooth colored Fillings?
Nowadays filling can e natural looking, as well as doing the job they’re meant to do. Many people don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile.
2.Are they as good as silver amalgam fillings?
White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings .But there are now new materials that are almost as good as silver amalgam. How long a white filling lasts can depend a lot on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.
- Is it worth replacing my amalgam filling with white ones?
It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing .When this happens you can ask to have it replaced with a tooth coloured filling.
- What are tooth-colored fillings made of?
Mainly it contains glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. Here are some of the choices:-
Composites:-The composite resin is about the consistency of modelling clay. In order for the composite to harden, the dentist shines a bright blue light on it. Through a series of chemical reactions, the composite resin hardens into a very strong material that looks like a natural tooth.
Glass ionomer fillings:-They form a chemical bond with the tooth. They may also release fluoride; preventing tooth decay .This type of filling is fairly weak.
Porcelain inlays:-Porcelain can be hard wearing and long lasting, and it can be coloured to match your teeth. This type can be expensive.