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Harmful Habits for Your Teeth

There are many habits most people have which are bad for the teeth and jaw- bad habits. Done consciously or unconsciously these can lead to expensive dental bills.

1. Nail Biting: This nervous, compulsive habit is more common in children and can lead to chipping of teeth. Keeping the lower jaw in forward position for prolonged time while nail-biting can put pressure on the jaw and lead to jaw dysfunction. Using bitter tasting habit breaking nail polish and stress reduction methods can help break this habit.

2. Biting on objects: Many a times we catch ourselves biting on end of pen or pencil when thinking about ideas. Constantly doing this can chip or deforms the edges of our teeth. Also, the germs and bacteria are introduced in the mouth, as these writing tools are not clean.

3. Brushing too hard: Brushing too hard or with a hard brush damages the enamel and gums, leading to sensitivity and weak teeth. Set 2 minutes for brushing and be gentle when cleaning your teeth. ADA Seal of Acceptance at the proper pressure. "Don't think 'scrub.' Think 'massage,".

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Importance of Straight Teeth


Often this question comes up, "Why I need braces, my teeth are just fine and don't bother me".

It is true you need straight teeth, not only for improving your looks but for other health reasons too. Following are some reasons for this.

• Straight teeth make it easier to chew, talk and maintain a proper oral hygiene.

• When you have crooked or crowded teeth, brushing and flossing is not effective, as a result plaque and bacteria grow in these areas leading to build-up. This build-up leads to gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, where you start losing bone around the teeth which can lead to eventual loss of teeth. The inflammation in the gums caused by the bacteria has been associated with systemic diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer too.

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Gum Disease and Systemic Health

There has been a lot of research and studies been done, which shows a direct relation between gum disease and other systemic disease in the body. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help periodontal diseases but may also help with the other systemic chronic inflammatory conditions.


Patients with diabetes are more prone to having periodontal disease and more susceptible to contracting infections, which in turn can increase blood sugar and complications.

Research has suggested that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways - periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts people with diabetes at increased risk for diabetic complications.

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Teens and Teeth

Being a mother of two adolescent can sometimes become challenging when it comes to Oral health, so I decided to write about Teens and Teeth in this blog.

Teens or Adolescent are kids between the ages of 11-19 years.

Teens and Preteens at this age are at a high risk of caries, injuries and gum diseases.

They have unique social and psychological needs during this age.

Teens tend to have poor nutrition as they consume high quantities of refined carbohydrates and acid containing beverages.

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Why Baby Teeth are Important

Many times, I come across this comment from the parents," Anyways He/ She would be losing this tooth, so why worry about saving it".

So, in this blog we will discuss how baby teeth are so important.

1. Social and emotional well-being: Having dental pain can affect child's eating habits, which may sometimes lead to malnutrition and affect the growth of the jaw bone in a certain way. Dental pain may hinder with child's ability to pay attention in school and may result in missing school and other social activities.

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Fluoride and Teeth

A very common question asked is, how I can make my teeth strong, so I don't get cavities or I don't feel sensitive.

Answer to this is Fluoride.

The outer layer of tooth is called enamel and is strongest in the body.

Your dentist can recommend, what would be a good procedure for you.

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Implant VS Bridge:

Many times I come across this question, "Dr what is the difference between Implant and Bridge?"

Until few years back, if you were missing some tooth / teeth, bridge was the only available option. The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepped by removing enamel and create room for the bridge to sit on. With dental implants, the dentist will put a titanium screw in the bone in the area of missing tooth and put a crown on top once the titanium fuses to the bone (4-6 months).

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June is Men's Health Month and Father's Day and is dedicated to focus attention to men's health needs, encouraging men to go to yearly dental and physical check-ups.

Good oral health is linked with longevity and a better quality of life. Men tend to ignore their physical health more than women.

When it comes to oral health, statistics show that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. If he smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. Men are also more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal (gum) disease (abstract from dentistry.uic.edu).

Most common sites for oral cancer are tongue, the floor of the mouth, soft palate at the back of your mouth, lips and gums. Poor oral health is also a risk factor for Oral Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and men are 4 times more prone to oral cancer associated with HPV.

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Women And Oral Health

There are many stages we go through in our life and every phase of our life affects our health in a different way. In this newsletter, we will discuss the affects on oral and dental health of women.

There are five stages a female goes through :

1. Puberty

The drastic change in the hormones makes the gums swollen and sensitive, sometimes also leading to mouth sores and increased plaque build-up.

2. Oral Contraceptives:

Females using oral contraceptives which contain estrogen and progesterone can lead to gingivitis. When getting procedures like dental extractions,

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How Smiling And laughing Affect Your Health

Smile is your signature. Smile is a curved line which straightens up many things. The quality of your smile affects your mood and confidence in general. It also has some great physical and mental benefits.

Some facts about smiling and laughing are :

1. Mood Booster and Stress Reliever

When you are feeling low or in bad mood, the last thing you would want to do is smile or laugh. But letting out a smile or laugh can trigger your brain into feeling happier .Laughing stimulates circulation and your muscles relax. These positive effects last for about an hour of laughing.

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