Monthly Archives: September 2011

Kids First Teeth : Teething Symptoms and Solutions

When the first tooth start to break through the gum in a child, the process is called as teething. Teething is blamed for ailments such as fever, convulsions, bronchitis, otitis media and diarrhea for causing 12 % of the death in children under 4 years old.

Eruption of primary/deciduous/temporary dentition usually begins in the 4th-6th month of a child’s life. The appearance of normal teeth is eagerly awaited by parents since it represents an important early milestone in development.  The first teeth to appear is the lower front teeth of the child called as central incisors. Continue reading

Root Canal Obturation Techniques

Sealing the root canal system with a proper filling material is an important step in determining the success of root canal treatment. This is known as obturation which is done to prevent reinfection of microorganisms into the root canal system. Continue reading

Preventing Dental Cavities with Sugar Substitutes


To most people the term sugar refers to the common household foodstuff table sugar (sucrose). Yet sucrose is only one of many naturally occurring sugars used in the human diet. Technically the term sugar applies to two classifications of carbohydrates. Free-form monosaccharides (simple sugars) include the more common glucose, fructose, and galactose. Disaccharides (two simple sugar molecules linked together) include the most common sucrose, lactose, and maltose. Naturally occurring sugars are available in fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy foods. Sweeteners are added sugars that are used as ingredients to both satisfy our taste and in some cases provide added energy. Continue reading

How Neem Works

In the old days the people in India did not use neem toothpaste. They used neem toothbrushes instead. Chewing on a neem twig has for many centuries been the commonly preferred way to prevent gum disease and maintain healthy teeth. These rural people had never used a “real” toothbrush, didn’t know Crest or Colgate, yet they had perfect teeth. A perfect natural solution. Researchers believe the tradition of using neem twigs for dental care has helped Indian villagers to avoid cavities and tooth loss, although they have no access to modern dental care facilities or products. Continue reading

Two sets of teeth in our lifetime

We have two sets of teeth in our lifetime.

The first set of our teeth is known as deciduous/primary/milk/baby/temporary teeth. There are a total of 20 teeth in the oral cavity/mouth.

Deciduous Teeth

On the upper jaw, there are 2 central incisors, 2 lateral incisors, 2 canines and 4 molars making it a total of 10 teeth. Same goes for the lower jaw making it a grand total of 20 teeth altogether. Continue reading

Preventing Dental Cavities by Avoiding Sweets


Sweets are a bane to our teeth. Not only do they cause cavities in our mouth, they could also be detrimental to our health if consumed in large amounts.  Teeth cavities (also known as dental caries in dental terms) is a common plaque-dependent bacterial infection that is strongly affected by diet. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Different Dental Fillings

Dental restorations are placed to restore the function, anatomy and integrity of tooth structure which can be lost due to various reasons such as dental caries, trauma and etc. They can be broadly classified into two categories: direct and indirect restorations. Direct filling materials are used for chair side restorations where as indirect restorations such as crowns, bridges, inlays are fabricated outside the patient’s mouth. Before we venture into the pros and cons of different types of restorative materials, let me explain to you the requirements of an ideal dental filling material. Continue reading

Benefits of Dental Tourism

(Phuket) Dental tourism provides monetary savings, opportunity and convenience to travel to an exotic destination

Dental Tourism means traveling abroad for affordable dental care, dental treatment, dental surgery or dental procedures. These treatments generally are expensive in one’s own country. Dental tourism is gaining momentum and popularity as more and more people realize that the benefit of dental tourism besides monetary savings also provides for the possibility, opportunity and convenience to travel to an exotic destination. Dental care ordeal in the U.S. is causing many U.S. insurers, employers and dental insurance agents to take creative and innovate ways to reduce dental care costs whereby the U.S. Employers and Insurance Carriers are saving approximately 90% of the cost of their dental care expenses and hence find it extremely beneficial in taking up dental tourism. Continue reading

Is it normal to clench my teeth frequently?

 If you do clench/grind your teeth frequently during night or day, you could be having bruxism. Bruxism is the habitual grinding or clenching oh the teeth during day or night, awake or sleeping. The incidence of bruxism has been variously reported as between 5% to 20 %.

Bruxism is divided into 2 types :

a) Day Time Bruxism also known as Diurnal Bruxism. Continue reading

How to Avoid Uneven Color After Teeth Bleaching

It is normal to have unevenly colored teeth after bleaching, but that depends on the extent to which it occurs. With time, the color will appear more even. The problem may be related to what you do. It is important to avoid making some common post-bleaching mistakes, such as consuming foods and beverages that stain the surface of your teeth – soy sauce, coffee, wine, coke, etc. Continue reading