Eating Disorders and Your Oral Health

Overview:

Eating disorders can show severe consequences for our teeth and oral health. The ones with eating disorders may experience thetenderness of the mouth, throat and may also notice swollen salivary glands. Swollen salivary glands may also result in widening of the jaw and a square-like shape. Someof the people may also experience weakening of the jaw bone resulting from osteoporosis, which also weakens teeth and leads to tooth loss. This is about eading disorders; as you go through the below article you will come to know more about the disorders.

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Eating disorders:

Eating disorders are mostly categorized under psychotic problem and it results in more of psychological complications.

Anorexia is about unnecessary fear of gaining weight,a desire to be thin and thereby eating less food than required. As they want to maintain the low weight they reduce the intake of necessary nutrients.

Bulimia is all about excessive eating followed by self-induced vomiting(purging).It also includes the fear of being overweighted and also hidden period of overeating which may occur several times in a week or even several times in a day.

Binge eating or Compulsive Overeating; this may affect almost as many men as women. In the past, these individual sometimeswere described as “food addicts.” They overeat and this affects as noted in the bulimia above, but some people do not regularly try to get rid of the food immediately by throwing up or by misusing laxatives or enemas. Feelings of guilt may make it easier for the person to overeat again.

Effects of eating disorders:

Bad Breath, Tenderness in the mouth, throat and salivary glands, Erosion of tooth enamel, Drymouth, Cracked, red and dry lips, Mouthsores, Highly sensitive teeth are some effects o eating disorders. As the intake of required nutrients is reduced, bleeding may start inside the mouth and the salivary gland may swell. Tooth decay and other complications may occur due to extreme food restrictions, insufficient nutrients, and minerals such as calcium, iron, and vitamins which are very much required for good oral health. In some cases, severe gum problems like gingivitis may occur.due to enamel loss teeth start breaking off very easily as they become weak.degenerative arthritis in the jaw joints may occur which lead to joint pains, headaches, and even difficulty in opening mouth.

Treatment methodologies:

You can avoid this complication by maintaining your good oral health.

After you purge it will be worse if you brush your teeth as it may push the acid more deep in the enamels.

It is always better if you wash your mouth with water orsugar-freemouthwash solutions.

After self-induced vomiting, it is quite common for the mouth to go dry and lead to tooth decay.

Moderate sipping of water or sugar-free chewing gum is highly recommended in such cases to reduce the chances of tooth decay.

If necessary, your dentist will prescribe fluoride rinses or mineralization agents to bring back life to your weak teeth.

Final Verdict:

If you don’t want any of these disorders or mouth problems. Tell your doctor all necessary information he/she wants to know. Even if you don’t tell your doctor they will find out. Consult a doctor as soon as possible if you don’t want more complicated treatment. The more you sit back with your problems the more you would increase it so be care full and act accding to the situtation. If you need a docotor for a small problem even you should manage to go because you have to keep youself healthy for a healthy living. It is easy to have a helthy life style by following some healthy habbits.

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Cancer Treatments and Oral Health

Overview

Were you diagnosed with cancer? This is indeed a scary disease. If it’s not in an advanced stage, it can be treated or slowed down with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These methods of cancer treatment can be quite effective. But often they have painful side effects that occur all over body including your mouth. Gums, teeth, salivary glands and oral tissues can all be affected as well. Some of oral problems caused by cancer treatments and therapy are so agonizing that a patient might need not delay or stop the treatment. Knowing about these side effects can help you reduce and manage them with help of your dentist and your physician.

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How can your mouth be affected?

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy have oral side effects which vary as per type of cancer and intensity of cancer treatment. They can display themselves in following different manners:

  • Cavities can appear quickly due to low amount of saliva
  • Xerostomia or dry mouth follows a reduced production of saliva as salivary glands get affected during treatments
  • Jaws might experience stiffness
  • There might be a painful or burning feeling in mouth, gums and tongue which also follow a low amount of saliva in mouth
  • Ability to taste the foods reduces
  • Problems with eating, swallowing and speaking
  • Immune system weakens in general
  • Periodontal disease might emerge

To manage all above side effects, your dentist will recommend you to keep your mouth healthy and comfortable.

What should be done before treatments?

Have your mouth and teeth examined to see if you are pre-disposed for certain problems before undergoing cancer treatments. Dentists recommend undergoing a thorough dental exam at least two weeks before the cancer treatment starts. This is done to reduce and manage the undesirable side effects. If you already have cavities or if you already suffer from gum disease, treating and managing those disorders should be done previously.

Before the exam, notify your dentist about your health state with cancer and update your medical history. Your dentist must know who your physician is and what cancer treatment will be as well as other aspects of cancer diagnosis. All this information will help you dentist to understand and plan on how to treat, make right recommendations and support treatment plan of your physician.

How to care for your mouth?

If you have cancer, continue regular and thorough oral hygiene including brushing two to three times a day and flossing at least once a day. Your mouth becomes drier due to low saliva flow after undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy. This increases your chances to develop tooth decay and gum disease. Hence you should floss preferably after each meal.

While you brush your teeth, use mild-tasting toothpaste as too much flavour can irritate your mouth. If toothpaste irritates your mouth, then rinse with salt and water after brushing your teeth. To avoid gum disease, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. However, it is also vital to avoid mouthwashes since it contain alcohol.

What to do about dry mouth?

If you have cancer and are suffering from dry mouth, brush your teeth and clean your mouth at least four times a day and floss at least once a day. If there are areas in your gums which bleed or are sore, floss gently around them. Use fluoride containing toothpaste to protect your teeth even more against tooth decay. Rinse your mouth with a solution of salt and baking soda in warm water several times a day, followed by rinsing with water alone.

What should you eat?

While undergoing cancer treatment, you may experience loss of appetite and nausea. However, it is important to get right amount of nutrients and calories. Protein intake is also important. Ensure to get enough vitamins from fruits and vegetables. If needed, take vitamin supplements that provide essential minerals. Most doctors recommend taking vitamin D and calcium to keep your bones healthy. Avoid acidic foods, high sugar beverages, smoking and drinking alcohol during cancer treatment.

Final Verdict

While undergoing cancer treatment, your ability to taste changes and so it’s more difficult to eat foods. Despite all this, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet as recommended by your physician.

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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.

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Cosmetic Dentistry in India

Overview

A beautiful smile is worth treasuring. As per the recent surveys conducted in the US, it has shown that many people believe that a good looking smile can be a game changer in a career. It creates a wonderful first impression and make a person to feel good. Any procedure beautifying the teeth and gums are considered as a cosmetic dentistry. In India, we offer a wide range of dental services to reshape and transform your teeth in order to improve your smile.

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Cosmetic dentistry – The need and application

There was a time when dental care purely focused to improve the oral health and had nothing to do with how the teeth and gums appeared. However, the advancement in dental technology allowed the dentists to consider the aesthetic aspect when performing the treatment. Today, a dental professional consider the aesthetics when performing almost every procedure. The lifestyle changes and increase in self consciousness among the population have raised the need for cosmetic procedures to transform your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry and oral health

The cosmetic dentistry in India offers a wide spectrum of solutions for all your dental issues. The dentists recommend procedures in which the overall oral health is improved and not compromised. The procedure can be very simple as restoring a decayed tooth using a tooth-colored filling to the dental veneers which are carefully fabricated to reshape the natural teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry – Treatment methods

Teeth whitening:

Staining from tea, coffee, wine and many other foods will leave your teeth looking dull and dingy. The tooth whitening is a procedure in which the stain is removed from the surface of the tooth. This can be either done in office or with a custom, take home kit. Getting the tooth whitening through a dental office is far safe and more effective. Beware of the over the counter whitening products through they may appear to be a cheaper alternative, However, in the long term they cost more to provide adequate results. Further, many of the over the counter products will lead to hypersensitivity in the teeth.

Cosmetic Bonding:

The cosmetic bonding is similar to dental veneers with the only difference that it may be used in cases where only minor changes are required.

Tooth colored fillings:

The tooth colored fillings is dental materials used for treating a decayed tooth. These fillings are carefully prepared for matching the natural color of the tooth.

Dental veneers:

Dental veneers are an excellent way to reshape and redesign your entire mouth and smile. A veneer is a very thin porcelain shell covering the existing tooth structure. By placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to fix the look of issues such as spaces, straining, misaligned teeth, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, etc.

Bridges and Partial Dentures:

Bridges are made of porcelain bonded to the precious metal while in some cases; other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.

The partial dentures are a plate with one or more false teeth which may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic on it. Both types may have clips to help them keep the denture in place in your mouth. Depending on where they are, some of the clips may show when you open your mouth or smile.

Crowns:

It is an artificial restoration which fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth to make it strong and give it the shape of a natural tooth. Also known as a cap, it can be made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, glass, all-ceramic, and gold alloy crowns.

Dental Implants:

It is used to support one or more false teeth and has a titanium screw that replaces the root of a tooth when it fails.

Orthodontic treatment:

It is a way to straighten or move teeth, improve their appearance and how they work.

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What’s the connection between oral health and overall health?

Overview

Your oral health has significant role to play than you may realize. Get the facts about how the health of your mouth, teeth and gums will affect your general health. Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health? The problems in thr mouth can affect the rest of your body. Understanding the intimate connection between the oral health and the overall health is what you can do to protect yourself.

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Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria and most of them are harmless. Normally, the body’s natural defences and good oral healthcare such as flossing and brushing can help to keep the bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, the bacteria levels in the mouth can lead to oral infections such as gum disease or tooth decay. Additionally, certain medications such as painkillers, decongestants, diuretics and antihistamines can reduce the saliva flow. The saliva washes away the food and neutralize the acids produced by the bacteria in the mouth to help you protect from the microbial invasion or the overgrowth leading to disease.

As per studies, the oral bacteria and the inflammation related with the periodontitis which is a severe form of gum disease might play a significant role in some diseases. Further, certain diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes can lower the resistance of the body to infection and make the oral health problems more severe. Taking good care of your mouth, gums and teeth is a worthy goal in and of itself.

The good oral and dental hygiene can help to prevent the bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. It can also help you to keep your teeth healthy as you get older. The researchers are discovering new reasons for flossing and brushing. A healthy mouth may help you to ward off the medical disorders.

On the flip side, an unhealthy mouth, especially if you have the gum disease, it may increase the risk of serious health problems such as stroke, heart attack, preterm labor and the poorly controlled diabetes. The case for the good oral hygiene will keep getting stronger. Let us now understand the connection between the oral health and the overall health.

What conditions may be linked to oral health?

The conditions that may be linked to the oral health may either be affected by or contribute to various conditions and diseases such as the following:

Endocarditis

The endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart or the endocardium. This condition typically occurs when the bacteria or other germs from another part of the body such as the mouth will spread through the bloodstream and get attached to the damaged regions of the heart.

Cardiovascular disease

As per some research, the heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to the infections and inflammations caused by the oral bacteria.

Pregnancy and birth

The periodontitis has been related to premature birth as well as low birth weight.

Diabetes

Diabetes reduces the resistance of the body to infection which puts the gums at risk. The gum diseases seem to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. As per the research, people having gum disease will have a harder time to control their blood sugar levels.

HIV/AIDS

The oral problems such as the painful mucosal lesions are common in people with HIV/AIDS.

Osteoporosis

It causes the bones to become weak and brittle. This may also be linked with the periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.

Alzheimer’s disease

The tooth loss before age of 35 might be a risk factor for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

How can I protect my oral health?

Practive good oral hygiene every day to protect your oral health.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between the meal snacks
  • Replace the toothbrush every three to four months or sooner in case the bristles are frayed
  • Avoid tobacco use
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
  • Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises.

Taking good care of the oral health is an investment in your overall health. If you didn;t already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, gums and teeth, then it is highly recommended to understand the relationship between the oral health and your overall health for now and the future.

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Top 5 benefits of good oral health

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Not many would like visit a dentist and if you are among the one then you are supposed to take care of your oral health the best. As per National Academies, millions of US citizens today need dental care services since they are pitted with their own issues that keep them away from taking care of the oral health. As per reports, the structural, economic, cultural and geographical factors are seen contributing to this problem. For instance, approximately 33.3 million people are seen living in the areas with shortages of dental health professionals. In the year 2008, around 4.6 million kids are seen do need the oral healthcare solutions. The fact of matter is you can reap a number of benefits of good oral health and the top 5 benefits are as under:

1) To Prevent the Gum Diseases

The gum disease can be called as an infection in the gum tissues and it can keep your teeth in a proper place and thus can lead a number of issues to tooth loss among the adults. If these are diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If the treatment is not received, it can be treated and reversed. In case if you need some advance treatment due to delay, it can be fixed on time. Hence taking care of your oral health, you can avert these issues. Make sure you carry out these dental cleaning on a regular basis and check up the flossing activities on a daily basis to avoid the gum diseases.

2) Good Oral Health for a Healthy Heart

As per the Canadian Academy of Periodontology people with periodontal diseases are often found at greater risk of having heart diseases and thus have the risk twice that can bring in issues like fatal heart attack rather than people without having periodontal disease. The gum disease from the extended bacteria exposure can lead to a number of cardiac issues that can inflate with growing amount of time. This is the reason sometime the cardiologists start the heart treatment by checking the oral issues.

3) Prevents Oral Cancer

As per the reports of Oral Cancer Foundation, many people also lose their lives due to menace called the oral cancer every single passing day in the US alone. However, when you are regular in maintaining your dental health and visit the dentist, you are likely to take care of the oral health the best and incase if you are seen with this issue, you can easily get treated the same and get rid of the same soon.

4) To Maintain your overall physical health

As per a number of studies, issues like gum disease, heart ailments and cancers can be seen getting affected to people who are known to have a poor oral health. However, with a regular health checkup once in six months can really help you get rid of these issues. With daily floss and brushing thing twice a day can really help you in keeping the health issues at bay and thus take care of your oral health.

5) To Find out dental and other issues early

The poor dental health can really lead to a number of problems. However with regular oral checkup with known dentists can help in keeping the dental issues from getting the detection of cavities, gum diseases and broken fillings, which become treatable. If you are able to find these issues beforehand, these can be easily treated with dental procedures like root canals, gum disease and other similar procedures.

Conclusion

Apart from all these benefits of good oral health, one can even help in securing their smile for a longer run apart. This also helps in securing your confidence and self esteem, which in turn allows a decent social life.

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Getting your child’s milk teeth restored is important

Milk Teeth are the first teeth in every individual life. Then the time starts when kids start to consume some solid food along with liquid diets. This is the time when you need start to take care of your kid’s oral health. Most of the time we as parents and guardians neglect the fact, that our kids also needs to take care of our kids, and taking care of them is more important than taking care of ourselves, because they are depending on us. It is important to make your kids milk teeth restored, as this is the time when their gum structure starts building and this is time when they are the best students to make healthy habit of taking care of their oral health.

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Select the right toothpaste

This is indeed the most important and most stressful task to decide that which toothpaste works best for you and your family. It is much important and stressful to decide which toothpaste is best adored by your kids. As an adult we know the advantages of ingredients used in the formation of the toothpaste and we use it as per the benefits regardless of giving much importance to the taste, but in case of kids, the situation is quite opposite, they give much importance to taste. And you are much aware about the condition for which you need to use the toothpaste such as sensitivity, but child does not have to do anything with this conditions. This is why you need to select the right tooth paste.

What to do if your tooth gets knocked out

This is much serious condition than ever thought of by any individual. Whenever any individual is facing the problem of tooth gets knocked out, it is suggested to visit at least to a general dentist to discuss the issue. Knocking out of the tooth is common, as child grows the milk teeth gets knocked out and then the permanent teeth took place of them, it is a natural process, but instead you have to take care about the infection. In this scenario only a qualified dentist is able to guide you effectively.

Tooth extraction does not affect your eyesight

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As mentioned above, this topic completely differs. There are such scenario that you faced due to which that you have to get your teeth extracted in order to retains your overall oral health. The most common situation is wisdom tooth extraction. But there are some saying that getting your teeth extracted will affect your eyesight, which has no solid evidence or scientific prove. But if you will not get your teeth extracted which has problems and suggested by your dentist, then definitely you will experience few problems.

Cleaning/scaling does not weaken teeth

Cleaning and scaling is sometime a suggested oral hygiene method recommended by dentist. There are some scenarios when the plaque has completely cvers your gum structures as well as teeth, this is why you need to get teeth cleaning service in order to retain hygiene and it does not weaken teeth at all.

Braces are for adults too

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Many of us has the habit of ignoring small issues, in our childhood, the most common is irregular gum structure, which makes your tooth misaligned. This is not only the issue of children; even adults have some problems like this due to many different reasons. This is what makes the braces as the primary solution for this kind of situations.

Visit your dentist every six months

Visiting your dentist at a regular period is the best thing that you can do to avoid oral health and gum disease problems. As mouth is the most used part of our body, it needs more concern than other health concerns. You must make a habit of visiting your dentist at least once in six months, which helps you to have a good oral health and if there are any symptoms of gum disease than it can diagnose at early stage and can avoid much complex treatment.

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