Is Having Dental Work During Pregnancy Safe?

Overview:

It is good to have a routine dental check up during pregnancy in order to prevent from any kind of oral infections. During pregnancy hormone changes because of which gums swells up and results in bleeding, infections etc. The swollen gums hold food particles and further cause the gums to bleed and create infections to prevent from this condition during pregnancy you should go for a routine dental check up. Dental treatment such as cavity fillings and crowns, should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. Procedures which take hour to complete should be planed after the delivery because lying on your back can be risky. It is best to avoid dental work during pregnancy in order to save the developing baby from any risks.

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 What about other regular dental work during pregnancy?

Sometimes dental work like root canal or tooth extraction is necessary but cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and other procedures should be postponed till the delivery. Even if the procedures are minimal it can risks the developing baby so to prevent it is better to avoid dental work while pregnancy. There are conflicting studies about adverse effects on the developing baby because of the medications used during dental work. The most commonly used drug name Lidocaine penetrates inside the placenta. One should plan only normal dental check up like cavity fillings and crowns etc, other dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy as it can risk the developing baby. The dental procedures that demands hours to complete should be avoided because it may create inconvenience to lie on your back for a long time during your second trimester. During pregnancy as the hormones changes the gums swells up which creates infections and bleeding of the gums. These conditions can be prevented by some simple procedures. Sometimes preventive dental cleaning and routine exams during pregnancy is not only safe but also recommended.

What about medications used in dental work during pregnancy?

According to research Dental treatment during pregnancy is safe, it says that dental treatment using anaesthesia is not harmful during pregnancy. You need to keep a track of what medicine is being used as some drug or anaesthesia can affect your pregnancy. The commonly used anaesthesia named Lidocaine is considered safe during pregnancy. It does pass through the placenta but it is not toxic to the developing baby. Hours of long procedures should be avoided as lying on your back for a long time can harm the baby.

What about x-rays used in dental work during pregnancy?

X-rays that are used during dental work are harmless if done with appropriate shielding. As per the American college of radiology no single x-ray has a radiation dose that can cause adverse effects in the developing baby fetus. And according to research it is proved that x-rays are not harmful in a dental work for a pregnant woman. Generally it is said that x-ray are harmful to the fetus; it may not risk in miscarriage or cause any kind of problems in the developing baby, such as birth defects and physical or mental development problems. A repeated exposure to the x-ray can damage the cells of the baby fetus that can increase the risk of cancer.

Final Verdict:

Dental work like cleaning, cavity fillings and crowns can be performed during pregnancy as it can prevent from oral infections. Dental cleaning is advised during pregnancy to prevent from oral infections like gum bleeding, swelling of the gum, and other problems. During pregnancy the hormones changes and leads in swelling of the gums, gums bleeding and as the gums are swollen it holds food particles in it that causes oral infections. To prevent this dental cleaning is recommended. Other dental work which takes hours to complete should be avoided as it can harm the developing baby. Hours of dental work expects you to lie on your back and remain in the same position till the procedure is completed, which is not possible in the second trimester. So to avoid further complications one should postponed some of the dental procedures and plan them after delivery.

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How to keep your teeth happy?

Overview

 

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Do you want to keep your teeth pearly white? Doctors say how you brush your teeth is important than what you use to brush it. The fancy and expensive toothpastes do not guarantee better oral hygiene and dentists don’t really recommend one over the other.

World Oral Health Day is March 20 and it’s time to “Live Smart By Mouth”. Our choppers do more than helping us chow down as they help us to laugh, smile, talk- gestures we often take for granted.

The fluorides in toothpastes sticks to the teeth enamel and prevents the cavities, zinc removes the tarter and trciclosan has the antimicrobial function and prevents plaque.

To celebrate the healthy smiles and laugh across the globe, we put together some smart choices you can make for a lifetime of the dental health.

The right way to brush your teeth

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Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle against your teeth and move it in small circular motion to clean each tooth. In order to remove the plague, gently flick the toothbrush from the gums to the biting edge of the teeth. Brush inside the surfaces of the teeth. Always remember to firmly and gently brush your tongue too so as to remove the bacteria.

Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy

Brush twice daily

Brush your teeth every morning and night for two minute. You need only a pea-sized drop of toothpaste and not the amount shown in the television toothpaste advertisements.

Floss before going to bed

Floss your teeth regularly to clean the food particles and the plaque present in between the teeth. According to Dr. OP Kharbanda, Chief of Dental Centre at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the regular flossing is a vital part of oral hygiene and it is particularly necessary for the adults with gaps between the teeth. However, you should refrain from over flossing as they can damage the gums.

Both brushing and flossing are the most important step to keep your mouth healthy. Floss your teeth every day and brush them two times a day so as to take effective preventative measure against the gum diseases and the tooth decay.

Clean the tongue

It is not only important to clean your teeth but your tongue too so as to maintain good oral hygiene. As per Dr. Gagan Sabharwal, Consultant of Dental Sciences and Maxillofacial Surgeries at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, “Cleaning the tongue will get rid of the bacteria which are responsible for the bad breath that is the most common problems of people visiting the dental clinics. Also drinking loads of water will help with the problem of bad breath.”

Regular dental checkups are necessary

If something is wrong in your teeth, it will be obvious right? But it’s wrong! There are a lot of dental troubles which has no symptoms. Hence it is crucial to visit your dentist at least every six months to ensure that everything is in shipshape. Even the most skilled brusher and flossers miss the spots. Once the plaque hardens, it can only be removed with special tools used by the dental professionals.

Getting regular dental checkups at least once every year is important to maintain a healthy set of teeth. Dr. Sabharwal says. “Toothache prompts people to visit their dentist but by this time, their cavity has already eaten into the enamel and has also reached the nerves. Hence regular dental checkups help to detecting such problems early.”

Eat food that is less carcinogenic

Eating the right foods will not only keep your body but also your teeth healthy. According to doctors, you should stay away from foods high in sugar content and low in fibre content. Dr. Kharbanda says, “Consuming fibres is a good way to keep your teeth healthy. People should try to eat foods which are low in sugar and are closest to nature. As for example, if I have to choose between a fruit and a fruit juice, I would choose fruit.”

Stay away from coffee and tobacco

Smoking or chewing increases the risk of cavities and gum recession, which can make your teeth sensitive. Coffee and tobacco can also stain your teeth.

Useful facts to remember

  1. Use toothbrush with soft bristles which fits in your hand and can reach all areas comfortably.
  2. Replace your toothbrush regularly, most preferably every three months or when the bristles go out of shape.
  3. The fluoride-based toothpaste is good enough, you don’t need other additives.

You will get the detailed info here:

Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth

Teeth for Two: Oral Health During Pregnancy

Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery?

Overview:

For cosmetic surgery you should be healthy, should have reasonable expectations and you should know the risks of the procedure. People who are obese, smoke or drink too much of alcohol may not be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. In this case your surgeon may ask you to make some changes before surgery like: he may ask you to quit smoking for two to four weeks before and after surgery. This can give you a chance to heal properly. Planning cosmetic surgery in India is very affordable.

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Making the Decision to Have Cosmetic Surgery:

Planning for a cosmetic surgery itself is a big decision. Before deciding for a cosmetic surgery one should ask these questions to themselves;

  • Can surgery really give me the look I want?
  • Am I expecting surgery to improve my social skills or job prospects?
  • Am I expecting the surgery to improve my relationship?
  • Am I considering cosmetic surgery for myself or to please someone else?
  • Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
  • How long have I thought about this surgery?
  • Did anything specific set off this desire?
  • What is my current life situation?
  • Why am I thinking about surgery now?
  • Are there other ways I can achieve the results I want?

One should not think that cosmetic surgery will help you to improve your relationship, social situations or work as it may go wrong.

Chin implant: You can plan to have a chin implant if you have a weak chin or your chin is not balanced with your nose. If you have an abnormal dental bite and require jaw realignment, then you are not a good candidate for chin implant. You should be able to accept the risk that can come along with the surgery like: implant could become infected, it can be rejected by your body, or it can shift to an abnormal position requiring more surgery.

Facial Implants: For this surgery your skin should be elastic and flexible and you should not be overweight. The risk in this surgery includes skin loss, scarring, numbness, partial facial paralysis etc.

Nasal surgery: You can go in for a nose job if your nose is large, crooked that is droopy or has a bump. If you have thick skin, or you are a child, or play contact sports then you are not eligible for a nose surgery. There is 15% to 20% possibility that additional surgery may be needed for best results.

Eyelid surgery: You can plan eyelid surgery if you have droopy eyelids, bags, or puffiness around your eyes. You cannot plan eyelid surgery for reasons like dark circles, fine lines, or crow’s feet. One must accept the risk of blindness which is rare, dry eyes, visible scars, and eyelid pulling which can cause eye irritation.

Final Verdict:

Yes, anyone can plan a cosmetic surgery but with the acceptance of its risks. There are rare chances that the surgery may go wrong. The surgery or the implant should be accepted by your body then only the implant will give fruitful result. Before going for a cosmetic surgery one must take a suggestion from a councillor or the surgeon itself. So that you are clear with your expectation with the surgery. You should clear all your doubts before you go under the knife to avoid further complication. If you wish to undergo this surgery for yourself, and to make yourself beautiful for yourself then you should go in for a counselling first and after that draw a conclusion. Because after the surgery you cannot expect everything to function naturally.

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What is the Role of Oral Health in Overall Wellness?

The oral health offers clues for your overall health as the problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. Protect yourself by learning more about the connection

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What is the connection between oral health and overall wellness?

Your mouth is teeming with bacteria like many other areas of the body and most of these are harmless. Normally, the natural defences of the body and good oral health care such as daily brushing and flossing can keep these bacteria under control. Without proper oral hygiene, the bacteria can reach levels which will lead to oral infections such as gum diseases and tooth decay.

Additionally, certain medications like antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, antidepressants and diuretics can reduce the saliva flow. The saliva washes the food away and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. This helps to protect you from the microbial invasion or the overgrowth which lead to disease. Oral bacteria and the inflammation are related to periodontitis which is a severe form of gum disease. Additionally, certain diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes lower the resistance of your body to the infection and could make the oral health more severe.

What are conditions which are linked to oral health?
Your oral health will contribute to various conditions and diseases such as:

    • Endocarditis: It is an infection of the inner lining of the heart. Usually, endocarditis occur when bacteria or the other germs from another part of your body like the mouth will spread through bloodstream and attach to the damaged areas of the heart.
    • Pregnancy and birth: Periodontitis is linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
    • Cardiovascular diseases: As per some research, heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke are linked to the inflammation and infections caused by the oral bacteria.

Certain conditions which affect your oral health are:

  • HIV/AIDS: Oral problems such as painful mucosal lesions are common amoung people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Diabetes: It reduces the resistance of your body against infection and this will put the gums at risk. Gum disease are more frequent and severe among people having diabetes. According to a recent research, people having gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels. Regular periodontal care will help to improve the diabetes control.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: Worsening oral health is seen as progression of the Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Osteoporosis: It causes the bones to become weak and brittle and this is linked to the periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Drugs for treating the osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.

Other conditions linked to oral health include rheumatoid arthritis, eating disorders, head and neck cancers, Sjogren’s syndrome which is an immune system disordercausing dry mouth.
Considering these potential links, tell your dentist if you are taking any medications or have observed any changes in your overall health such as recent illness or have a chronic condition like diabetes.

How to protect my oral health?

In order to protect your oral health, you should practice good oral hygiene each day. Follow these tips:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between the meal snacks.
  • Floss daily.
  • Replace the toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
  • Avoid use of tobacco.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings at dental clinic near you.

Contact your dentist as soon as you notice any oral health problems. Taking good care of your oral health is an investment in your overall wellness.

Source:

Relation between Oral Health and Medical Illness

Tips for optimum oral health

The Mind-Body Connection: How Mental Health Can Impact Oral Health

 

Diabetes and Oral Health Problems

Overview

 During the past ten years, much research has been undertaken on the link between periodontal disease and diabetes. The periodontal disease is the sixth leading complication of diabetes and if you have been diagnosed with it, then you are three to four times more likely to develop it. You are at a higher risk for more severe levels of gum infection and bone loss.

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The more severe form of gum disease is called as periodontitis. When you reach this stage, the gums start to pull away from your teeth. The pockets form between the gums and teeth and these will fill with pus and germs and deepen. When this happens, you;ll need the gum surgery in order to save your teeth. If nothing is done, then the infection will destroy the bone around the teeth. The teeth will then start to move or begin to loose. Then the teeth may fall out or need to be pulled.

Is There an Association Between Gum Disease and Diabetes?

 Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and most of them may be surprised to learn about the unexpected complicated related with it. As per research, there is an increased prevalence of the gum disease among those with diabetes. It also add serious gum disease to the list of other associated complications such as stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

 Is There a Two-Way Street?

 The emerging research suggests that the relation between serious gum disease and diabetes is a two way street. People with diabetes are more susceptible to serious gum diseases that have the potential to affect the blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. The research also suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems such as gingivitis which is an early stage of gum disease and periodontitis which is a serious gum disease.

The reason why people with diabetes are at higher risk for serious gum disease is that they are more susceptible to the bacterial infection and have a decreased ability to fight the bacteria which invades the gum. The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health states that the good oral health is an integral part to the general health. Ensure to brush and floss properly and visit your dentist for regular checkups.

 If I Have Diabetes, am I at Risk for Dental Problems?

 If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled then you are more likely to develop serious gum diseases and lose more teeth than the non-diabetics. Unlike all the infections, serious gum disease may be a factor causing the blood sugar level to rise and make harder to control the diabetes. Other oral health problems related to diabetes are: dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, thrush, an infection caused by fungus which grows in the mouth, infections and cavities.

How Can I Help Prevent Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes?

 Control your blood glucose level. Take good care of the teeth and gums, along with a regular checkup every six months. Maintain good diabetic control to control fungal infection and thrush. Avoid smoking. Remove and clean dentures daily if you wear them. Good blood glucose control helps to prevent or relieve the dry mouth caused by diabetes.

What Can I Expect at My Checkup? Should I Tell My Dental Professional About My Diabetes?

 Dentists and hygienist are equipped to meet the special needs of people with diabetes. Keep your dentists and hygienist informed about any changes in your condition and medication you might be taking. If your blood sugar level is not in good control then postpone any non-emergency dental procedures.

 Source:

What Is the Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Oral Health?

 

6 Heart Health Mistakes Made by Women—and How to Avoid Them

Overview

Despite the fact that the heart disease is the number one cause for death of women in the US, there is still a common misperception that it is a guy thing. Often women fear breast cancer more although they are eight times more likely to die of the heart disease. As per Pamela Ouyang, MBBS, director of the John Hopkins Women’s cardiovascular health center, “The message is getting out more but women still need help to understand their risk factors”. Now let us check out if any of these heart health mistakes often made by women apply to you.

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Believing You’ll ‘Know’ When You Need to Get Your Blood Pressure Checked

Its great to be in tune with your body, but this approach will alone has its limits. Women often tell the doctor, “I got dizzy, so I knew my blood pressure was high”. You won’t know when you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol which are silent conditions.

How to proceed: Get the blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar measured regularly by your doctor. These tests can flag your risk for future heart trouble.

Installing an Exercise Bike in the Home

Having a bike or a treadmill itself is great. The trouble is that you have to use it often and that’s where many women go wrong. Hence, they decide to embark on a new exercise program which is not that fun, convenient and so far after an initial push as they slack off.

How to Proceed: Pick up an activity which is fun for you or so you’ll want to do it often such as running with a friend or walking around the mall.

Smoking Weight Down

Keeping your weight in a normal range is great for your heart. But using cigarettes for weight control snuffs out the good effects. This is because smoking is a leading cause of the cardiovascular disease.

How to Proceed: Control your weight with exercise and diet. Do not count on e-cigarettes, either. According to Dr. Ouyang, “They may not be as healthy as it has been hoped initially as it is still nicotine”.

Not Knowing the Warning Signs of Heart Trouble for You

A heart attack can be present differently in women than it does in men. Expecting a chest crushing episode, women will ignore other danger signs.

How to Proceed: If you notice abdominal pain, nausea, difficulty breathing or other bothersome symptoms which are unusual for you. Therefore it is important to consult with your doctor.

Avoiding Hormone Replacement Therapy at Menopause Because It’s Bad for the Heart

Some women may suffer unnecessarily through intense hot flashes and sleep disturbances. While it’s no longer believed that the hormone replacement therapy can help protect the heart at menopause, it doesn’t mean you need to avoid it. Ouyang says, “For most women in their 50s, the established cardiovascular risk is low and it is safe to take hormones”.

How to Proceed: If you need to take hormones for menopausal symptoms relief. Try a prescription at the lowest possible dose for the shortest period of time.

Thinking Certain Health Problems of Pregnancy Ended with Your Child’s Birth

Though your baby may no longer be inside you, but your heart, arteries and other organs still are. If you have hypertensive issue in pregnancy such as preeclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension or gestational diabetes, then you are at increased risk of heart problems later in life.

How to Proceed: Always inform a new doctor about your full health history so that he/she has necessary information to consider your individual needs.

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How to Keep Heart Healthy in Winters?

Heart Health for Women: What You Should Know

 

How To Handle Severe Teeth Problems When You Can’t Get To The Dentist

Sometimes You Can’t Get To The Dentist:

Sometimes you may find it difficult to get a dentist when you have a severe tooth ache. You may use home remedies in this case, it is only a temporary treatment that can help you to relieve pain for couple of days. Tooth ache indicates that there is a serious problem in your teeth or gums. This can worsen if delayed medical treatment. There can be many reasons for tooth ache; it can cause because of food particles stuck between your tooth, internal decay etc. The treatment depends upon the criticality. Following are the home remedies:

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WARNING:

Remember that the below given tips are not to be used instead of visiting the dentist. These tips are only a means of relieve till you see the dentist.

Pain Management:

You can use home remedies to relieve pain when you do not have pain killer tablets. Following are the ways to stop pain:

  1. Gently rinse your mouth out with salt water.
  2. Gently floss between your teeth that hurt.
  3. Apply clove oil directly on your pain area.

Take Pain Reliever:

In emergency you can use ibuprofen or acetaminophen. you can also take antibiotics like: Amoxicillin, Clamoxyl, Erythromycin.

Take Antibiotics:

You can also take antibiotics like: Amoxicillin, Clamoxyl, Erythromycin, Metronidazole, Clindamycin, Chlorhexidine, Tetracyclines.

Numbing Medication:

Clove oil can help you numb up your gums, Lidocaine is the most common medicine.

Use Ice:

You can use Ice as a cold compress on your check this will not let your check inflame because of the pain or tooth decay. Cold compression is better than anti-inflammatory drug.

Take Hot Showers:

Hot water showers can wear out your trays if you have your invisalign done. In this case for a thorough mouth wash you can use worm water (not hot) with some salt in it for a gargle.

Sleep A Lot:

If you have an oral discomfort it reflects on your face, in this case enough sleep or rest would work as the best medicine.

Get A Root Canal Even If You Can’t Afford A Crown:

A surgical treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or have become infected. This procedure removes nerve and pulp and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. If you do not take a proper care of your teeth the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. Root canal is affordable than crown. Crown is a procedure in which tooth shaped “cap” is placed over a tooth to cover it and restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.

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http://lerablog.org/health/services/root-canal-treatment-is-it-safe-for-you/

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