FAQs

What is Decay?

Decay is the destruction of tooth structure. Decay occurs when plague, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and / or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. If decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.

What causes Decay?

Decay occurs when plague, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and / or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Make sure that the toothbrush fits inside of your mouth so that you can easily reach all areas. When brushing, use gentle back and forth strokes, brushing all sides of the teeth. Always brush your tongue to remove any bacteria and keep your breath freshDental Bleaching, dental cleaning, tooth whitening, teeth polishing, tooth cleaning, tooth bleaching, Dental Clinic in MumbaiDental Bleaching, dental cleaning, tooth whitening, teeth polishing, tooth cleaning, tooth bleaching, Dental Clinic in Mumbai

How Often Should I Floss My Teeth?

You should floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing in between your teeth removes food debris and plaque from in between the teeth that a toothbrush can't reach. Plaque causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Another great reason to floss is that recent studies have shown that flossing helps to prevent a heart attack or stroke. When flossing, be sure to gently insert the floss in between the teeth, without snapping, which could damage the gum tissue. Gently move the floss up and down into the spaces between the gum and teeth. Floss the sides of all of your teeth, even if there isn't a tooth next to another one. There are a number of dental products available that are designed to make flossing easier, such as disposable dental flosses.

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How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Adults and children should change their toothbrush every 3 months because they become worn out and are not as effective as they once were. Exceptions to this would be if you were using an electric toothbrush, and the manufacturer states otherwise. Some electric rechargeable toothbrushes have very good brush heads that only need to be changed every 6 months. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4 - 6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it after you have been sick.


What Causes Bad Breath?

According to dental studies, about 85% of people with persistent bad breath (also known as halitosis) have a dental condition that is to blame. These conditions could be one or more of the following: gum disease ,cavities, poor oral hygiene, oral cancer, bacteria on the tongue. If bad breath is the cause of a dental condition, mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it. Regular dental check ups & cleanings, flossing daily, and brushing your teeth & tongue twice a day can greatly reduce and possibly eliminate bad breath.

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a clear and protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most commonly placed on children's permanent back teeth because they are more prone to cavities.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is the soft and sticky substance that accumulates on the teeth from food debris and bacteria. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing thoroughly. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to gum disease and cavities. Regular dental check ups, brushing twice a day, flossing daily and eating nutritional snacks will help to prevent plaque from forming on the teeth

How Often Should I See the Dentist for a Check Up and Cleaning?

Most children and adults should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every six months. People at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up. Going to your regular check ups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Why is Oral Hygiene so Important During Pregnancy?

One of the most common dental problems associated with pregnancy is a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, which usually occurs during the first trimester. Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis are usually bleeding, swollen, red and tender gums. Good oral health during pregnancy could also be important to your foetus. Some researchers have suggested that the serious stage of gum disease, periodontitis, could cause premature birth and low birth weight. The tips listed here can help you maintain good oral health throughout your pregnancy. Visit your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings. This is the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene, Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day to remove plaque, Floss your teeth daily. Flossing will remove food debris from in between the teeth that a toothbrush can't reach, Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse. Antimicrobial mouth rinses can help prevent gingivitis, Brush or scrape your tongue daily to help remove bacteria, Eat nutritious meals and healthy snacks, Now that you know what to do to protect your oral health, sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful time in your life.

What is the Difference Between a Silver and White Filling?

The main difference between silver and white dental fillings is the material that they consist of. Silver (amalgam) fillings, are made up of 50% mercury and 50% of other various metals. White (composite) fillings are made up of acrylic and various glass particles. Other differences in silver and white fillings are cost, strength and the way they look.

Which Toothbrush is Really Better - Manual or Electric?

With all the bells and whistles and hundreds of toothbrushes on the market, you've got to wonder, which is really the best toothbrush to buy - manual or electric? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the best toothbrush that you can buy is the one that you will actually use. That's it. Yes, it's really that simple. While both electric and manual toothbrushes have some pros and cons, the bottom line is which one you will use.

How can I avoid getting Cavities?

The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months. Children and some adults can benefit by having Sealants placed.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

RCT is a method of saving a tooth by cleaning out a damaged nerve and filling in the resulting chamber.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is permanent. A dental implant is designed to act as the tooth root and can anchor an artificial tooth or teeth such as a crown, bridge or denture.

What is a Veneer?

A veneer is a thin shell made out of porcelain or composite material. They are custom made and cemented to the front side of the tooth. A veneer can be used to treat dental conditions such as a slightly crooked tooth, discolored teeth, chipped teeth or they can even be used to cover spaces in between the teeth. A veneer can be made by the dentist or in a dental laboratory, depending on the materials used and the preference of the dentist

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. It occurs naturally in all water sources. Studies show that fluoride reduces cavities in people of all ages and is effective and safe when used correctly. The correct use of fluoride has been said to have dramatically reduced tooth decay over the past few decades.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry / aesthetic dentistry? Should I consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry is the art and science of designing wonderful smiles. If your teeth are dark or worn and make you look older, if gaps or chips make you feel self-conscious, or if crooked or discolored teeth stop you from smiling fully, Cosmetic Dentistry can help.

What can I do to align my crooked teeth?

We can align your teeth with the help of Orthodontic Treatment, popularly known as BRACES. It can take from 12 to 24 months. Patients are supposed to visit Orthodontic office at an interval of 4-6 weeks. Initially 2-3 quick visits are required. when braces are fitted. The whole procedure is absolutely painless and does not require any anesthesia at all.

 

Why do my gums bleed all the time?

This normally happens when there is an inflammation or infection of the supporting structures of the teeth, i.e. the surrounding gum tissue or supporting bone. It is caused by a sticky, colorless film that is constantly forming on your teeth. This film is called plaque. If this film is not cleaned off the teeth with proper brushing and flossing the bacteria in the plaque cause an inflammation of the gum tissue called gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. If you have any of these symptoms it would be wise to contact a dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated it progresses to periodontis.

Why should I replace my missing tooth?

A tooth has many functions some being to chew, to speak, to keep the facial muscles and tissue in a proper position, to smile, and to keep the other teeth from shifting. Once a tooth is lost this whole balance is disrupted and it leads to various problems. Once a tooth is lost the neighboring teeth start to shift. This may take some time to notice for our eyes but it happens fairly rapidly. After a few years the size of the opening has closed dramatically. What used to be a fantastic smile is a gapped hole smirk. Some just prefer not to smile big anymore because they are self-conscious of their looks. The cheeks or the lips can appear sunken in. You may speak differently and sound differently. What once was a stable bite is now changing. What once was a self cleansing tooth arrangement is now a plaque trapping nightmare. Chewing can be more difficult and tooth decay becomes more prevalent. These are just some of the effects of losing a tooth.

I don't like my Smile is there anything I can do?

Besides Braces, there are three common procedures available; bonding, bleaching, and veneering.

Why do I need a Crown (Cap)?

A crown is needed on a tooth when the tooth is weakened by either decay, a fracture or a very large restoration.

                  

 

 

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