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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
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 :
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,
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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