9 Ways to Ruin Your Teeth

Overview

You might say a smile is a person’s best asset as it conveys happiness, warmth and confidence. Studies show that smile makes us more attractive. However, the key to a pretty smile is of course a gorgeous set of pearly whites. We are all well educated enough to know that coffee, smoking and red wine is a big culprit for staining those beautiful pearly whites you possess. Sometimes this can be difficult to avoid.

9 Ways to Ruin Your Teeth

But all too often, the very things we do to take care of our smile- brushing, flossing and even rinsing with mouthwash can hurt instead of helping our teeth. Though we can’t promise you a supermodel smile, we can share nine ways that ruin your teeth.

Soda

Sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. To add an insult to the injury, sodas contain phosphoric and citric acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. The diet soda drinks let you skip the sugar however they may have even more acid in the form of the artificial sweeteners.

Munching Ice Cubes

You might think ice is harmless as it is natural and sugar free. However munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. If the mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth then regular toothaches may follow. Eating cold foods and hot foods may trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get the urge for ice, get some sugarless gum instead.

Baby Bottles at Night

It is never too early to protect your teeth. Giving a baby a bedtime bottle of milk, juice or formula can put the new teeth on a path to decay. The baby may become used to bathing the teeth in sugars overnight and falling asleep with bottle in his or her mouth. So it is best to keep the bottles out of the crib.

Starchy Snacks

Who doesn’t love the nice, satisfying crunch of a potato chips- the starchy snacks. However they are filled with starch that tends to get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in snacks like these then take extra care while flossing that day to get all the food particles removed as it can lead to plaque build-up.

Coffee

Over time the dark color and acidity of coffee can cause yellowing of the teeth. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest stains to treat with various whitening methods. Talk with your dentist if you are concerned about the discoloration of your teeth.

Grinding Teeth

Teeth grinding or bruxism can wear the teeth down over time. Often this is caused by sleeping habits and stress which makes it hard to control. Avoid hard foods during the day to reduce pain and damage from this habit. Wear a mouth guard at night to prevent the damage caused by grinding while sleeping.

Tongue Piercings

Though tongue piercings are trendy but biting done on the metal stud can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk as the metal rubs against the gums which cause the gum damage which may lead to tooth loss. Since the mouth is a haven for bacteria, piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. With tongue piercing there is a risk of accidental piercing of a large blood vessels causing severe bleeding. So discuss the health risks with your dentist.

Hard Candy

Although hard candy seem harmless but eating too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful for your teeth. They put the teeth at risk not only due to being full of sugar but because they can also be trigger to dental emergency such as a chipped or broken tooth. Chew sugarless gum carrying the ADA seal which is better alternative to hard candy.

Smoking

Cigarettes and other tobacco products can stain teeth causing them to fall out due to gum disease. This can also cause cancer of the lips, mouth and tongue. Think of your smile while looking for one more reason to quit smoking.

Conclusion

Try to cut down on all of the above wherever possible. Brush your teeth around half an hour after you eat any of the above offenders.

 Reference:

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Oral Hygiene Kit for Travellers

Overview

Did you put away your passport, camera and all the necessary clothing for your next trip? This can be quite stressful because you don’t want to forget anything be it important documents or credit cards and all the money you need to pay for everything. Do not forget to bring what you need to brush your teeth and keep your mouth clean. In this article, I am recommending few oral hygiene items for the travellers so that you can create a perfect kit to keep you smiling throughout your trip.

Dental floss

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Flossing is not only important when at home but also when you are far away from home. In case your trip lasts for a few weeks and if you don’t floss during all that time then you are at higher risk to develop gum diseases and also cavities between your teeth. Hence, it is significant that you always carry the dental floss with you while travelling. It can also be handy for removing the fibrous foods that stuck between your teeth after meal!

Bear in mind that if the spaces between your teeth are tight then waxed floss can be easier to use.

Toothbrush

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Toothbrush has been the basic device for oral hygiene for centuries as it removes most of the food debris and dental plaque. Its cleaning action is well completed when you floss right after. An electric toothbrush can clean your teeth better especially if you have braces on. Also do not forget to put the charger in your luggage along with rest of the stuff. In case you have to buy a new toothbrush during your trip, remember to get a soft or an ultra-soft one.

Toothpaste

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You can always buy toothpaste from wherever you are travelling to. Each supermarket of every country should have a variety of toothpastes to choose from. However, some travellers have preferences in the toothpaste they like, be it the taste or if they want a tooth sensitivity fighter, it is better off to bring your own.

Keep in mind that big tube of over 100 ml toothpaste cannot be kept with you on an airplane, as it has to stay in the checked in luggage.

Sugarless gum

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Sometimes you will eat a snack or you want to try local food but you cannot brush and floss right after. Chew on a sugarless gum for 10 minutes after a meal. This will stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth which is a natural cleaner. It also reduces the acidity of the mouth, making it a less cavity prone environment. However, it does not replace brushing and flossing, instead it is a temporary salutation that makes your breath fresher.

Interdental brush such as the Proxabrush

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If you have braces on your teeth or you have receeding gums then it is a good idea to have an interdental brush always with you. They are small and manufactured by several companies such as Gum for the Proxabrush. Sometimes even a floss or an electric toothbrush doesn’t remove rice or a tiny piece of food stuck in between your tooth and wire, an interdental brush can do wonders in such cases.

Bottom line

Don’t let a dental issue become the lasting memory of your vacation. There is no better way to ensure a healthy mouth before, during and after your holiday than taking care of your teeth just as you do at your home. Remember that while travelling that all of the usual at home rules apply- avoid sugar and no matter what stick with your regular oral hygiene routine. If you splurge on the sweet sugary drinks or make s’mores around campfire then ensure sensible oral hygiene such as drinking lots of water, brushing and flossing to get the sticky stuff off, even chewing gum as these will help to keep teeth in top form. No matter how often you travel, you can always end your day on a minty fresh, healthy note with a little bit of effort. Maintaining dental hygiene on the road can be quite challenging. Therefore carrying the routine on the road is essential to stave off any dental issues down the road.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bridges

Overview:

Dental bridges are made up of natural teeth or implants; it works as a bridge for the gap that is created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two of more crowns these anchoring teeth are called as abutment teeth or false teeth or tooth.

Dental bridges last for 5 to 15 years and even longer; with the help of regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene it is likely to have the life span of a fixed bridge to be more than 10 years.

One can get best dental surgeons and clinics at affordable cost in India. The clinics are updated with all the latest techniques and equipments that can be of a great help during the surgery. The surgeons in India are well trained from some of the best institutes in India and abroad. They are very professional and have seen and successfully treated many dental disorders.

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Who are eligible for dental bridges?

People who have lost their teeth naturally or in an accident can be a good candidate for dental bridge. A dental bridge fills the gap which is made by missing teeth. This bridge is made up of two or more crowns these anchoring teeth are called as abutment or false teeth or tooth.

Types of Dental Bridges:

There are three main types of dental bridges:

Cantilever bridges: This type of bridge is not that common and not even recommended anymore. Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Traditional bridges: It is a common type of bridge and is made of either ceramics or porcelain fused to metal. This method involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth by using a pontic in between.

Maryland bonded bridges: Porcelain or metal wings often on one side of the bridge are bonded to the existing teeth. Maryland bonded bridges is also known as a resin-bonded bridge; it is made up of porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework.

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Advantages of Dental Bridges:

The major advantages of a dental bridge are:

  • One can restore their smile again.
  • One can get back the ability to properly chew their food and speak.
  • A Dental bridge can maintain the shape of the face.
  • It replaces your missing teeth.
  • A dental bridge can prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:

The major disadvantages of a dental bridge are:

  • To support the bridge and proper insertion the abutment teeth should be properly prepared.
  • This process includes removing much of the tooth’s original structure even the ones which are structurally healthy and sound.
  • This process includes the loss of large amounts of healthy tooth tissue and sometimes even tooth devitalization and endodontic treatment.

The bottom Line:

A dental bridge is permanent in nature and takes the place of a missing tooth or teeth. This dental bridge is made up of a natural or an artificial implant. Dental bridges can last for maximum 15 years and even longer. This type of dental work can make eating easier as the dental bridge replaces the missing tooth or teeth. One should eat soft food or should have liquid diet until they get used to the dental bridge.

One may face difficulty in speaking clearly when their teeth are missing. Having a dental bridge can help such people to speak properly. The only thing is the dental bridge work should be done properly and by a professional hand.

After having a dental bridge one should keep their remaining teeth healthy and strong because the success of a dental bridge depends on the solid foundation by the teeth surrounding. Flossing and brushing twice a day and also using an antiseptic mouthwash every day will help one to prevent tooth decay and also gum diseases which can further lead to tooth loss. The dentist who have assisted your dental bridge will let you know how to properly floss and brush your teeth. If the precautionary measures are not taught by the dentist one should initiate to ask to explain the precautionary measures after a dental bridge.

 

Choose the Right Medical Tourism Company in India – Here’s What to Look For

Overview

India is a medical travel destination for patients seeking world class treatment at competitive rates. There are many medical tourism companies in India that can help patients to plan and arrange health tour at an affordable price. India major for attraction for foreign patients who seeks medical treatments. When it comes to surgeries and treatments, people often have queries around the best hospitals, and cost of treatment and best surgeons almost everyone goes to the internet to validate or find about it. Medical tourism in India is for anyone looking for affordable medical services and the necessary infrastructure at hospitals that best address their concern.

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Planning your Trip with a Medical Tourism Company

Every patient has a right to seek the highest level of quality medical treatment at the most affordable cost. Medical tourism companies in India help foreign patients to seek treatment at some of the best hospitals in India, which are located across the country. Some medical tourism companies even provide free consultation, so it can be useful for patient to check out the websites of some such medical tourism service in India.

Travelling Distance

The distance of travel destination from one country to another can be the deciding factor if someone who dislikes long-distance travel. The medical tourists have different reasons for travelling such a long distance: America it’s a huge cost savings and in countries like UK waiting periods is very long. This brings patients to India where they can get faster treatment. People from Africa also look for better treatment and low cost in India. Another benefit of medical tourism is getting a chance to travel to another country.

Cost of Surgery

Medical Tourism Company in India is well-connected with top hospitals and provides cost estimates from the hospitals, to allow patients to plan their budget accordingly. For patients interested in getting treatment in India cost is the key factor involved. Surgery and treatment can be very expensive in places like US and UK, and in Indian medical tourism the same procedure can be found at a fraction of the cost. .

Accommodation

The cost accommodation will affect the overall cost of the trip. In India facilitator arrange affordable, decent accommodation  with the package. If the patient is having a surgery or a procedure in India that requires staying in hospital for several days, so then they may need an accommodation only for  a  few days.

 Without a Medical Tourism Company

 Medical tourism is on the rise around the world. Agencies are being set up in India to promote less expensive health care costs to foreign patients from countries where health care costs are through the roof. A medical facilitator helps to curb the language barrier which patients face while travelling to India. Travelling to India without a medical tourism company can put patients into problems like over-expenditure due to improper planning, which can be easily overlooked while planning to own.

How can the Medical Tourism Company Help?  

Medical Tourism Company in India provides world class facilities with hospitals and specialized health centers. Patients should always consider a medical tourism company, who can make introductions, manage appointments and handle their travel plans; they play an important part throughout the treatment process. A Medical tourism company saves patients time and presents with the best options to choose from. Choosing a medical tourism company also gives the peace of mind by helping in putting together the best possible treatment package.  A medical facilitator arranges all the required medical records. Medical Tourism Company in India provides pick up at airport and fix an appointment with the surgeon and arrange for all the pre operatives test required.

Choosing the Right Medical Tourism Company

The bottom line is to choose a medical tourism company that makes you feel most comfortable. Every medical tourism company in India has a different policy regarding the length of stay. Services vary from company to company

Below are important points to consider when deciding on a Medical Tourism Company:

 If a medical tourism company can’t respond to the patient within 48 hours, then it’s a waste of time

  •  Make sure the doctors associated with the company are board certified.
  • Medical tourism company will know the best clinics for the treatment at the best price, and can make recommendations.

Source:

http://www.indianhealthguru.com/

 

Surgeon in India is Drawing Medical Tourists by Offering Discounted Surgery

Overview

Medical tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry but its characteristics differ from one country to another. Some of the countries have transformed themselves into the top most medical tourism destinations while other are just supplying the patients. It is no surprise that many of the developed countries are losing out in the battle called as the medical tourism.

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Developing countries such as India, Singapore, Costa Rica and Thailand are way ahead of the competition as they provide the surgical facilities for much less cost compared to the prevailing costs in the developed countries. That is why a new trend is on the rise which may turn the game a little. Many global patients are travelling to India and other developing countries to get their surgery done at a discounted rate.

Surgeon tries to bank on Medical Tourism

During his lifeguard days, while supervising the safety and rescuing the surfers, swimmers and other water sports participants such as in a water park, beach, and a swimming pool, the surgeon noticed how the residents of other countries were coming down to India for getting their dentures done at a lower price. He observed that it was the flat discount which was attracting the patients to the beautiful beaches of Goa. After getting their tooth pulled out, they spent their time on the beach and returned to their native country feeling refreshed. Despite the weeklong holidays, the total expenditure incurred in the medical tourism did not amount to what the denture costs in the developed countries such as the USA, UK, etc.

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This gave him a brilliant idea and hence he decided to offer similar discounts as an orthopedic surgeon. The patients who preferred to get their surgeries and medical treatments in India could easily save money on flight tickets with the medical tourism in India. Indian Healthguru Consultants is a prominent medical service provider in India offering assistance to the international patients seeking various medical procedures and treatments in India at low costs. Our team provides support to the patients from abroad so that they can get their surgery and treatments at a low price and we take care of all the arrangements so that they could have a hassle free journey. Further, choosing their treatments in India helps them save thousands of dollars even when considering the complete expense incurred during the entire medical trip to India.

India is the hotbed for outbound medical tourists

In the year 2014, an estimated 1.2 million American patients have travelled abroad to developing countries such as India for their medical treatments. The medical tourism markets are growing and thriving as both the government and private sectors are investing in the betterment and the medical infrastructure in the developing countries to attract more international patients.

Although finding the information about the exact turnover and profit of the medical tourism industry is a bit difficult, it is estimated to be $55 billion. Since the doctors in the developed countries are not yet ready to share the surgical costs with the patients so they cannot completely rely on vague information. On the other hand, India provides not only the complete information about the prices but also about the lucrative discounts. Many websites show the exact prices of surgery so that the patients can compare the prices and count the costs. This is what attracts many medical tourists from abroad to plan their medical procedures, treatments, and surgeries in India with Indian Healthguru Consultants. People recognize the significance to undergo the highest quality and world-class medical treatments and surgeries at affordable prices in India.

Final Verdict

Medical tourism is kicking up in the developing nations such as India and the global medical tourists have started to understand the benefits of getting their surgeries here. The proper marketing and awareness initiatives are a part of medical tourism which can rally it to prosper.

Sushma Swaraj Assures A Four Month Medical Visa to An Ailing Infant From Pakistan For His Treatment

In what could be considered as a major show of kindness and sympathy and the spirit of service of the Minister of External Affairs, when the whole relationship of India-Pakistan going through a tough phase, Sushma Swaraj assured a four month medical visa to a Pakistani citizen who reached out to her regarding his ailing infant. She assured Ken Sid, a father of a two and half year old child that he will be provided with a medical visa for the treatment of his ailing infant in India.

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According to the reports, the infant is suffering from a heart condition which is not treatable in Pakistan. Hence he contacted Indian Healthguru Consultants, a leading medical value provider in India assisting the patients from abroad to get their medical treatments and surgeries at highly affordable prices.

Ken in his distress call said that he had sought a medical visa for his ailing son and he has emphasized the point that even though the relationship between India and Pakistan is strained at the moment, his son is not aware of these happenings and hence he should not be deprived of proper treatment.

The father sought help from Swaraj, who is known to be highly active and responsive to the distress calls on the Twitter, micro-blogging site. Swaraj’s intervention came after the infant’s father brought the matter to her notice on the Twitter handle named @KenSid2, the tweet read as, “Why my bud suffers for medical treatment!! Any answers Sir Sartaaj Azeez or Ma’am Sushma??”

To this Sushma Swaraj said, “No. The child will not suffer. Pls contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will give the medical visa.”  To the reply of the External Affairs Minister, Ken Sid responded tweeting, “It is heartening to see humanity prevailing despite the differences and thanked all for their efforts.”

Earlier, the family has been trying to get a visa for three months. It has been reported that many Indian Twitter users pleaded to Swaraj to help Ken Sid treat his son, and this is why the father thanked all for their efforts.

An official at the Indian High Commission said, “A four-month medical visa has been issued to the family so that the boy could undergo the heart surgery in India.”

As the consequences of Kulbhushan Jadhav episode, India had said, “We have suggested that their foreign minister or foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz give a recommendation letter and it will be cleared immediately, without any delay”. Adding the insistence on a recommendation letter would enable us to ascertain that the requests received from Pakistan are genuine.

Frequently, many ailing Pakistanis travel to India on medical visas for seeking their treatments for the complicated health problems. Previously, the Indian hospitals have reported to receive around 500 patients from the neighbouring country, Pakistan every month.

However, the visa process for the Pakistani Citizens wanting to visit India for medical reasons has slowed down amid the rising tensions between the two countries over a number of reasons, including the issue of Pakistani military sentencing to death Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of espionage and the cross-border terrorism.

It is been said that the ailing infant will be arriving to India for his treatment on Monday under Dr. Rajesh Sharma, eminent Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Jaypee hospital Delhi.

If you are seeking any medical treatments including their cardiac surgery in India, then contact Indian Healthguru Consultants. Send your query to contact@indianhealthguru.com or call us at +91-9371136499 to get assistance with your medical treatments and surgeries in India.

Source:

http://doctors.meramd.com/India-Laparoscopy-Surgery/posts/1283-An-Infant-From-Pakistan-Gets-Visa-For-His-Medical-Treatment-with-Indian-Healthguru-After-Father-Tweets-Sushma-Swaraj

 

Why Are Your Gums Bleeding?

You’ve Got Gum Disease

While brushing if you see red, then it is likely caused by early stage gum disease or gingivitis. Normally the bacteria live in the mouth and build up and form a sticky film on the teeth called as plaque which when not removed can make the gums to swell up, turn red and bleed.

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You Skip Brushing and Flossing

If you want to prevent gum disease and stop the bleeding; always keep our mouth clean. Follow dentist’s advice and brush with fluoride toothpaste once after each mean and before bed. Floss everyday and use an antiseptic mouthwash. Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups to catch gum disease early, before it leads to tooth loss.

You’ve Changed Your Flossing Habits

Are you new to the routine of flossing? Probably you’ll notice some bleeding as your gums get calm down. Don’t let the sight of blood make you give up this healthy habit. Flossing removes the plaque to prevent the bleeding gums in the future.

Your Toothbrush Is Too Rough

The hard bristles can hurt the delicate gums. Bleeding could be a sign that you need to use softer brush or you are going to intensely at your gums. Buy a soft or extra-soft toothbrush and use a gentle back and forth motion to clean your gums and teeth so that you don’t injure them.

You Take Certain Medications

Blood thinners such as warfarin can make your gum bleed easily. Some blood pressure, anti-seizure and immune-suppressing drugs make gums grow too quickly. New gum tissue is more delicate and may bleed while brushing. Antihistamines, antidepressants, and blood pressure medicines cause dry mouth that can contribute to gum disease.

You’re Pregnant

The belly isn’t only part which swells during pregnancy. Hormone changes send more blood flow to gums; it will puff up, turn red and bleed more easily. Gums are more likely to get hit by bacteria which cause plaque and called as pregnancy gingivitis. It is important to brush and floss during these nine months. Avoid cigarettes and sweets to protect both you and your growing baby’s teeth.

You’ve Got a Blood-Clotting Problem

When you cut yourself, blood cells called platelets rush to area and form a plug over the wound to stop bleeding. Those with bleeding disorders such as von Willebrand disease and haemophilia don’t form clots as they should. Bleeding gums are a sign that you have a clotting problem. If you have it, then treatment with clotting factors will help to stop bleeding.

You Have Leukemia

It is a cancer of bone marrow in which your body makes too many abnormal while blood cells that crowd out healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Without platelets blood can’t clot normally and gums may bleed. Chemotherapy drugs used to treat leukemia can lower platelet count and cause bleeding gums.

Your Dentures Don’t Fit

Although they let you eat your favorite foods and give you back a natural smile, if they don’t fit then they can slide around in mouth and rub painfully against your gums. Hold warm compress against gums and rinse your mouth with salt water to heal the sores and bring down swelling. To get your dentures refitted, see your dentist as soon as you can.

You’ve Got Diabetes

It can make harder for body to fight off bacteria in the mouth causing plaque. Gum bleeding during brushing or flossing is a sign that diabetes has lead to gum disease.

You’re Stressed Out

Stress affects more than mental state and has long lasting effects on your physical health as well. When you are stressed, the body make chemicals which lead to inflammation and gum disease. When you are upset, you tend to eat more sweets, smoke or drink alcohol that is unhealthy habits which encourage growth of bacteria in the mouth.

You Have Cirrhosis

Gum bleeding is a sign of cirrhosis that causes scarring of the liver.

Bleeding Gums Run in Your Family

If your family members have unhealthy gums, then you might inherit genes that make you more likely to have it. You can reverse the process by taking good care of your gums and teeth and regular checkups with your dentist.

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