Did you know, India is home to 12% of the smokers. According to “ A National Representative study on smoking and deaths in India” tobacco is responsible for 1 in 5 all the male deaths and 1 in 20 all female deaths in the country. Smoking mostly involves the use of cigarettes, bidis, chillum, pipes, e-cigarettes, and more. All these contain nicotine, the most prominent and active substance present in tobacco.
As an orthodontist in practice for last 4 ½ years , I have been consistently providing braces treatment to teenagers keeping their chronological age as the onset criteria. But what about the other end of the spectrum ? With increasing prevalence of appliances that are barely noticeable , it is not hard to figure out why more and more adults are seeking treatment. At Forest Wood clinics we are proud to help patients at all age groups achieve their confident smile.
“But first lemme take a Selfie”
A line heard quite often.
Dressing for a party?
Ready for some adventure?
We take selfie for every mood or occasion and so we have types of selfies – morning selfie, boredom selfie, workout selfie, first date selfie, first interview selfie and what not.
Gosh! People are so obsessed with this habit.
But ever thought why? The reasons could be many. It can be a manner of showing excitement or can be a way of loving self or just a way of expressing your thoughts or can also help you feel better.
But ever thought of taking a selfie while brushing? Ewww…. who does that. Why will anybody think of taking a selfie at this moment? But just spare a minute and think, will it help?
Whenever we see someone talking about teeth or oral health, the discussion and awareness is just limited to how good is the smile or how white the teeth looks. It becomes very important to understand that a good oral health is not about just having a good smile but also the total oral care which is also linked to general health . Many studies show that nearly 90% of the people suffer from some or the other kind of oral disease. On the other hand, nearly 40-50% of the school going kids suffer from dental disease. Now the critical questions that arise in our minds are:-
Can we control a dental disease?
How can we prevent them and improve our oral health?
What can we do to cure an existing dental disorder ?
Tooth loss is an important aspect of oral health because it impairs esthetics, chewing function and consequently quality of life. In general, decay and gum disease are regarded as the main reasons for tooth loss. Tooth loss can also result from trauma, treatment failure, infection, malignancies & amp; agenesis and can present adverse consequences on the remaining dentition and on the patients’ general well-being.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt in the jaws, between 17 to 25 years of age and there are various reasons as to why an adult may require to removed these wisdom teeth.
Pay attention to your Oral Health if you have Diabetes!!
Doctor: Good morning ma’am, welcome to Dental, How may we help you today?
Patient: Good morning doctor, from many months I feel all my teeth are shaking, have bad breath and my gums bleed every time I brush. I am just 40 years old and don’t want to lose my teeth. Please help me.
Doctor: Can you please tell me about your medical history and if you are under any medications.
Patient: I am a diabetic and take medications for the same.
(Doctor proceeds to check the patient’s oral cavity….)
Doctor: Ma’am, when was the last time you got a scaling done for your teeth?
Patient: Never doctor. My friends told me that the teeth become weaker after scaling. I am very scared to get the scaling done.
Doctor: Dear ma’am, I will explain you in detail two important points now on the basis of your oral examination.
In this modern world where everything is technology driven and is leading to innovations, human mind is also evolving which is leading to stress. Stress in any form is not good for health. It can keep you motivated if is in small ratio but excessive stress can harm you both physically and mentally. The chronic stress is leading to psychological disorders like anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders. The oral and mental health share a two-directional relationship. In one direction, the thought of getting dental treatment creates anxiety. In the other, patients who have a mental illness like chronic depression and bipolar disorders makes them least concerned about the maintenance of their oral health.