FAQ

Does cleaning of teeth make them loose?

No. Cleaning of teeth does not make them loose. The gums hold them firmly and they remain fixed at their place. It is the tarter which accumulates around the teeth causes infection of the gums and bone. This results in weakening of the bone and the gums creating a gap in between two teeth. The tartar if not removed within the time limit makes the teeth loose. This needs to be followed after every six months. Cleaning not only eradicates tartar but also makes the gums healthy and strong.

Can I Change the color of my teeth?

Precisely yes. It can be done easily without any difficulty. You can do so safely by a method known as teeth whitening. This is also known as bleach treatment. It can be conducted at the clinic (Office Bleaching) and Home Bleaching. The dentist uses some chemical to remove the dark spots caused by smoking or excessive intake of tea and coffee or alcohol. The stains are effectively and completely removed.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Root Canal Treatment is a procedure of removing the damaged, decayed or fractured pulp or nerve within the teeth. After removal of the decayed part, the root canal is cleaned and shaped properly. The canal is then filled with suitable bio-compatible substance. The whole procedure is painless as it is conducted by giving a local anesthesia.

Why do gums bleed?

There may be several reasons for the bleeding of the gums. One of the primary reasons may be the gathering of tartar around the necks of the teeth. People using hard bristles tooth brush also face this common problem. Another reason may be intake of certain medicines and drugs. You need to consult a dentist instantly who would identify the appropriate cause and treat it immediately.

How can I get rid of foul breath?

Bad Breath or halitosis does not occur only because of dental problems but there are problems associated with it. It may also take place due to diseases like diabetes or stomach upset. It also occurs because people ignore proper oral hygiene. Gum infections and unclean tongue may be one of the reasons. You need to use a good mouthwash or adopt the right techniques for brushing the teeth.

Do mouthwashes need to be used every day?

There are various companies manufacturing the mouthwashes today. They are nothing but mild antiseptics to refresh the mouth. It is better not to use them on daily basis. They can be used temporarily to reduce bad breath.

Is removing of wisdom tooth painful?

Extraction of tooth is painless as it is conducted by giving a local anesthesia. However, the extraction of wisdom tooth is different because they are located deep inside the mouth. It may affect the nearby areas through germs and infection. So you may require surgery depending on the shape and size of this tooth.

Is sugar-free gum healthy for teeth?

When we chew sugar-free gums it stimulates the flow of saliva. Saliva is a kind of natural mouthwash which dissolves with the volatile sulpher molecules. This is one of the reasons for the stinging of mouth. It neutralizes the acids formed by plague bacteria and helps in clearing the food particles that plague bacteria feasts in.

Why do children get irritated while teething?

Children get cranky while teething because they may suffer from problems such as drooling, irritability, loss of appetite and restlessness. However, if your child is experiencing fever, illness or diarrhea you need to consult your family doctor. These are not the symptoms of teething. The best remedy would be to give your child to chew a cold frozen rubber teething ring. Giving tropical antiseptics and gels is not advisable.

How do braces work and how long does it take to straighten teeth with braces?

The braces are applying continuous pressure on the on the teeth for a long period of time. This dislocates the teeth from its original position. In order to get them in right direction, the dentist uses bands, wires and elastics. Getting the teeth back into their right position may take a few months or years depending on the age, the amount of correction required and complication of the case. The will power of the patient does play an important factor.

Which is ideal toothpaste for use?

Toothpaste is a kind of a foaming agent which helps in cleaning the outer surface of the teeth. It also removes the food particles which stick on the teeth. Any fluoridated toothpaste (1000ppm and above) is ideal for brushing the teeth. You should purchase toothpaste according to the content of the medicinal value. However, medicated toothpaste is used for specific purposes and should be used under the directions of the dentist.

What is the right method of brushing?

One of the best ways to keep your teeth free from germs and also from all sorts of dental problems is proper and systematic brushing of teeth. It is advisable to brush your teeth twice a day with good fluoridated toothpaste. Moreover, it also keeps your breath fresh and removes all the food particles from the mouth. The fluoridated component helps in making the enamel stronger and resistant to germ attack. You also need to change your toothbrush after every three to your moths. The toothbrush should have a firm grip on the teeth.


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Step 1:

Place bristles along the gum line at a 45o angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gum line.
 
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Step 2:

Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion. Move brush to the next group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.
 
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Step 3:

Maintain a 45o angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gum line. Gently brush using back, forth, and rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.
 
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Step 4:

Tilt brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
 
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Step 5:

Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back and forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.
 
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Is flossing important?

Although the toothpaste cleans the outer surface of the teeth, it fails to clean the food plague that is stuck in between two teeth, under the gum line. Flossing helps in removing the plague and keeps the teeth clean. Dental floss is made of nylon and is a special kind of cord of eighteen inches approximately. You can remove the plague with the help of index fingers and the thumbs. The fingers gently guide the floss in between teeth, up and down.

 
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Do babies with not many teeth need any dental care?

Yes. You can clean off baby’s mouth with the help of wet gauze and give them water after every meal. This will keep their mouth clean and the food particles will not stick on their mouth. You can clean their tongue with a piece of soft wet cloth.

What is smile designing?

Some people have health and good teeth as well as gums but there not very happy with their smile. They can go for the smile designing treatment to an experienced dentist who would provide them with the best solutions. He would evaluate the missing smile, understand its causes and then proceed further with the treatment. Broadly speaking, it is a combination of symmetry, color, shape and lines which play a key role creating a smile.

What are implants?

Dental implant is nothing but replacing a false tooth in place of a missing tooth. This is done by surgery. Here, the titanium tooth is attached to the jaw bone and it acts as a support to the crown and bridge. It takes help from the bone rather than from the adjacent teeth. You also do not need to trim the adjacent teeth when replacing the missing tooth.

What is the right age for braces treatment?

To be precise, there is no definite age for getting the braces treatment. People have a wrong notion that it can only be conducted in kids. Even the adults can go for it. But in the case of adults, it may take some time as the bone is much denser. In the case of kids the treatment is easily conducted and there are several treatment alternatives such as invisible, ceramic and lingual braces, esthetics.

How is smoking bad for teeth and gums?

One of the disastrous effects of chewing tobacco or smoking is the development of oral cancer. The development of cancer depends on how many cigarettes does a person smoke each day and for many long he has been addicted to this habit. There are some other ill effects of tobacco consumption; the person develops oral wounds, gum problems and bad breath.