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Time To See An Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a restricted area of practice within dentistry involving diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. These practitioners are specially trained to correct irregularities of the teeth, bit and jaws and also treat some facial abnormalities and disorders of the jaw.

A patient often consults an orthodontist after receiving a referral from his/her general dentist. The practice involves the design, application and control of a variety of corrective appliances and braces that are used to treat and correct the problems in order for the patient to achieve optimum dental function as well as facial aesthetics.

As it has been well documented that many orthodontic problems are inherited and cannot be totally prevented, early treatment is recommended. This interceptive approach prevents an obvious problem from getting worse and treatment can begin based on the problem involved and before all the permanent teeth have come in.

The recommended age for children to see an orthodontist is seven or sooner if something is obviously wrong. By age seven, the first permanent molars and front teeth would have erupted and their condition can be evaluated. Early treatment also means making room for adult teeth to come in. Many adults also seek orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and because bones and teeth in adults have matured, the treatment process is usually longer.

Dental Implant! Am I Suitable For It?

  • Dental implants are an alternative to dentures or bridgework for replacing teeth.
  • The dental implant is made from titanium and is surgically implanted in jaw bone.
  • An implant functions like the root of your missing tooth
  • Implants are usually placed in a dental office using only local anesthesia.
  • Generally, there is minimal post-operative pain or discomfort.

A natural tooth consists of a dentine core enveloped by an enamel coating, and anchored in the jaw bone by its root. A crown is present in a completed dental implant to replicate the appearance of the enamel coating of the surrounding natural teeth. The crown is fixed to an abutment, or post, which is the equivalent of the dentine care. The post is then attached to the titanium implant and anchored in the jaw bone to act as the root of the replacement tooth.

Gums Matter. So You Smile Better!

Gum disease is caused by the build-up of dental plaque around the gums. In the early stages, gum disease is usually painless. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.

Early Signs Of Gum Disease

  • Gum Are Red And Swollen
  • Gums Bleed Easily Even On Gentle Toothbrushing
  • Persistent Bad Breath

If you have an any of these signs, consult a dentist for advice.

Tips To Prevent Gum Disease

Brush Your Teeth In The Morning And Before Sleeping At Night.

  • Place brush at 45° towards gum line.
  • Brush outer surfaces
  • Brush inner surfaces
  • Brush chewing surface

Floss At Least Once A Day

The toothbrush may not be able to remove dental plaque between the teeth and below the gum margins effectively. Use a dental floss to reach these areas.

  • Stretch 4 cm of floss over thumb and fore finger.
  • Gently guide floss between teeth.
  • Curve floss into C-shape and floss between teeth and under gums.
  • Gently remove floss from between teeth and under gums between teeth.

Visit The Dentist At Least Once A Year

Regular dental check-ups help to detect dental disease (e.g gum disease or tooth decay) early.

Dental Surgery Assistants

A visit to the dentist can be a stressful experience for a child. Calming him down should not be the job of the dentist alone, but a team effort, involving parents and dental auxiliaries. Dental auxiliaries are persons other than the dentist who form the dental team. They often help out in arranging appointments for the patients

Role Of Dental Auxiliaries

Often, the first people the child sees on entering the clinic are the DSAs, so they are in a position to get the visit off to a positive start. They should greet the child in a warm, friendly manner and speak to him gently. They should provide activities to keep children occupied in the waiting room, such as coloring books or television programmes. The dentist may be the main person managing the child's behavior during treatment, but the DSAs can also play a part in supporting his efforts.

They can help by reinforcing the instructions as well as praising the child for doing well. They can also help prevent movement during the procedure by holding the child's hands. Some dentists use fun words for the instruments they use when they are dealing with children. If a dentist calls an injection a "sleepy juice squirt", DSAs should take the cue and use the same term in front of the child. Another role they can play is in giving advice to parents. 

When the parent calls to make an appointment, the DSA can help the parent choose an appropriate time for the child's appointment - a time when he is not tired and not when he usually takes his nap. The DSAs can also advise the parent on how to prepare the child for the visit. Most children find the dental clinic environment unfamiliar. Often, it creates anxiety in the child. It is up to the dental team to allay the child's fears and anxieties to make it a successful dental visit.

The Drill Is Gone

Dental appointments may transform from torturous to tranquil. Japanese researchers are developing a paint-on synthetic enamel to fill cavities without drilling. The compound, made of hydroxyapatite crystals and fluorine ions, will be brushed over the decayed area, where it will bond to enamel and halt the decay process. Studies are needed to ensure long-term safety before dentists can use it.


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