February 8, 2021 Uncategorized0

Most people think of your teeth as independent units. Your dentist even has a number and name for each of your teeth! The fact is every tooth in your jaw adds up to form a complete system. Every tooth functions as a neighbor and adds support to the teeth around it. Human dentition or the full complement of teeth consists of the posterior and the anterior teeth. The anterior teeth are used to tear and cut food while the posterior ones are mainly for chewing and grinding.

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The posterior teeth also maintain the vertical height of the face. If you remove these posterior teeth, your face is not as well supported as before and starts to lose height and close down. This occurrence is known as the “posterior bite collapse”. Your appearance starts to change when the height of your jaw decreases. Loss of a tooth can cause more wrinkles on your face and even droop the corners of your mouth.

The posterior teeth also affect the biting and spacing function of your anterior teeth. When a posterior tooth is lost, the pressure on the front teeth changes and can cause them to splay or move forward. As a result, it can become hard to eat food since the front teeth were not designed for chewing. Losing a tooth also comes with social implications like laughing, smiling, singing, talking, and enjoying a nutritional diet. Overall in extreme cases, losing a tooth can affect your mental and physical health.

Traditional Tooth Replacement Is Not So Traditional Any More

Dental implants are a comparable “new kid on the block” when it comes to replacing missing teeth. But you might be wondering if they really compare well with the other traditional systems?

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Removable options

Former methods of removable tooth replacement used to include plastic “flippers” and were temporary, simple, and non-precision based in nature. Naturally, these were more affordable than precision-based options made up of metal. Both of these can substitute individual or even groups of teeth. A basic problem with removable prostheses is the stability they need to comfortably rest on the gums and teeth that tend to cause additional problems all related necessarily to their design. These include periodontal disease and tooth decay hastening the loss of teeth and bone due to the pressure transmitted to the gums on which they rest. They create short term options with documented studies that indicate that removable partial dentures need to be replaced approximately every 5 years.

For complete tooth replacement either in the lower or upper jaw, full plates or dentures are the only options. Because they are only kept on the gum tissues they apply pressure. Hence they transfer force to the underlying bone which stimulates its loss even more quickly than anticipated. They even imperil the facial structures because of this pressure. As they proceed to collapse, full dentures should be made thicker to neutralize for supplementary facial sagging and bone loss. They additionally become individually problematic in the lower jaw if the jaw has no palate for suction. Additionally, the tongue forces tend to destabilize these fixtures.

Non-removable options

Secured bridges are non-removable prostheses that are connected to natural teeth. These act by combining other teeth with a false tooth or even teeth among them “bridging” the gap. The biggest disadvantage of these fixtures is adjoining teeth or “abutment” gets cut down into small peg shapes which negotiates their long-term health. They can carry the extra load of the teeth they replace. They get more inclined to periodontal, bacterial plaque accumulation, root canal problems, and decay.

 

 



January 27, 2021 Uncategorized0

Your mouth is widely considered to be one of the most vascular parts of your body. Hence it is very important to keep your mouth healthy. A very surprising fact is that people don’t put a lot of thought into maintaining their mouths. In fact, most people believe that their mouths are healthy even if they experience any bleeding, foul smell, pain, or any visible discoloration. Sadly, bad breath and bleeding gums are usually one of the first signs of a periodontal or gum disease. Here are 5 things that you need to know about periodontal disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

The word ‘Periodontal’ is derived from the words ‘peri’ which means around and ‘odontal’ that stands for teeth. Together, the word periodontal stands for the area surrounding your teeth that is the gums. Periodontal diseases are infections of the alveolar bone, the periodontal ligament, the cementum that covers the root, and the gums. The early stage of periodontal disease is commonly known as gingivitis. It is an infection that generally only affects your gums. However severe cases of gingivitis can also affect the supporting tissues, bone, and ligaments around your teeth.

How Do You Get Periodontal Disease?

The most common cause of periodontal disease is the bacteria in dental plaque. It starts as gingivitis, and if you ignore it and leave it untreated, you are letting it turn itself into periodontal disease. Basically, your body starts to get rid of any bacteria that might be present. As a way to rid itself of this bacteria in your mouth, it starts to release a substance that inflames the alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, or gums. Hence your gums start to bleed and swell up causing discomfort and often a foul smell.

Even though plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Some other things can cause these diseases, such as:

Hormone changes – If you are undergoing any major hormonal changes such as menopause, puberty, or even pregnancy, you are more prone to contracting periodontal disease.

Illness – Some illnesses can cause deficiencies to your immune system such as HIV, and cancer. These lower your body’s defenses against diseases and make you more susceptible to bacterial infections.

Medications – Many medications can cause side effects that can decrease your saliva level and make your mouth more prone to bacterial growth.

Habits- Some personal habits such as smoking can make it hard for your gum tissue to repair on its own, hence making it

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Diseases

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Here are some common symptoms and signs of periodontal disease and gingivitis:

– Bleeding gums that can occur after and even during brushing your teeth

– Tender, swollen, or red gums

– Lingering bad-smelling breath or even a foul taste in your mouth

– Retreating gums

– Formation of some deep pockets between your gums and teeth

– Some noticeable changes in the manner in which your teeth fit together when you bite them down

How Is It Detected?

To correctly detect any periodontal disease, you should ideally get a dental exam. During the exam, your dentist looks for any signs of pocket formation between your gums and teeth, the firmness, swelling, and any bleeding in your gums.

Early Detection Is Important

Since periodontal diseases progress slowly, dentists can detect it in the early stages when gingivitis has not progressed. As it progresses, you might experience some discomfort and pain, which might need extensive treatments. Hence dentists stress the value of getting regular dental checks.



January 8, 2021 Uncategorized0

Braces are among the best methods to adjust and align your teeth gradually. Dental braces are used to treat conditions like jaw misalignment or crooked teeth. Also, along with time braces have evolved as well and crafted in a way to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Even so, along with the benefits of aligned and shaped teeth, there is one issue that commonly persists among most dental braces users; swollen gums. It mostly happens due to new braces or when it is adjusted again.

Take a look at the causes, treatment options, and preventive measures to tackle swollen gums caused due to braces.

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Causes

  • Underlying conditions like obesity or diabetes are among the most common factors leading to swollen gums.
  • Another reason that immediately makes way for swollen gums is poor oral hygiene.
  • Dental plaque and tiny bits of food particles can easily stick to your braces. This can cause swollen gums and gingivitis.
  • Although it is invisible to the human eye, your teeth are moving and aligning for it to reshape. This is caused due to the steady pressure of the braces. As a reaction to this, gums tend to get swollen and inflamed.
  • Due to overgrown gum tissue, the braces could cause inflamed or swollen gums. This condition is called gingival hyperplasia or gingival enlargement.

Treatment & Remedies

  • First things first, visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning. This would also ensure at-home maintenance and oral hygiene.
  • Look out for the signs of swollen gums like tender gums, red gums, gums that easily bleed while flossing or brushing.
  • Severe gingival hyperplasia that shows no improvement through at-home remedies, need to be consulted and treated by an orthodontist.
  • Warm salt water rinses several times a day can soothe swollen gums.
  • Always use unwaxed floss to reduce the effect of inflamed gums.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication that is either prescribed by your dentist or recommended by a pharmaceutical physician can be taken as a pain reliever.

Prevention

Prevention is better than cure and this stands correct in terms of swollen gums. Gum swelling is common after wearing braces and there are ways to keep your gums healthy and to avoid swelling altogether. Preventive measures also help reduce the risks of developing gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontists.

  • It is challenging to clean your teeth with braces on. Therefore, swollen gums or not, oral hygiene should be a priority. Plaque buildup also leads to tender gums so make sure to keep your teeth clean.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles or an electric toothbrush with a soft brush head.
  • Avoid hard-to-chew, sugary, chewy foods that stick to your teeth or tough to break. Foods like corn on the cob, popcorn, steak, hard candy, etc. should be avoided.
  • Flossing is very important as it deep cleans under the gum line and between teeth. For best results, use an orthodontic floss threader.
  • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouth wash after brushing.

When to consult a dentist

It is normal to have tender and swollen gums for up to a week after you have got your braces fixed. There are slight pain and discomfort for three to four days after you have got your braces tightened.

Pain, bleeding, or swelling that persists post one week should be shown to an orthodontist.

All in all, do not worry as it is a common occurrence. Follow the preventive measures, remedies, and treatments mentioned above and you are sorted. Ensure good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist to avoid gum and other dental diseases.



January 2, 2021 Dentist0

When it comes to the health of your mouth, it is not just about how bright your smile is and how your teeth are straight. You cannot just ignore your gums. Even if you have zero cavities, pearly white teeth, it does not mean that you cannot suffer from gum diseases. Most gum diseases are generally painless. The absence of pain also means that you might not be able to identify that you are suffering from something. Something just might be wrong with your gums but since you don’t have any pain, you might never find out.

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Here are some signs that you might be suffering from gum disease include:

  • having bad breath or taste consistently
  • permanent teeth that are getting loose or are separating
  • gums that are easy to bleed
  • gums that are tender, red, or swollen
  • gums that are pulling away from your teeth

The good news is that gum diseases are preventable. Here are 6 ways to keep your gums healthy.

Floss

Try to floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing helps in removing the accumulated food and plaque that is beyond the reach of your toothbrush. A floss can easily reach those hard places in your mouth. But keep in mind that you need to be gentle with your gums. If you are too rough with them, you might end up getting a gum bleed and making your gums loose.

Quit Smoking

Are you a smoker? The good news is that there is yet another reason for you to quit. Smoking is very closely related to gum diseases. Smoking is known to make your immune system weak. This means that smoking can also make it hard for your body to fight a gum infection off. Smoking also makes it difficult for your gum disease to heal even after you try to control it. Smoking has also known to discolor your gums and teeth.

Brush Twice a Day

You have probably heard this one before but the importance of brushing your teeth cannot be stressed enough. You should brush your teeth after every meal. This will help in removing the plaque and food that is trapped between your gums and teeth. Since your tongue can harbor bacteria too, you should scrub it daily. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and that can fit in your mouth very comfortably.

Use an Electric Toothbrush

You can also consider getting an electric or a battery-powered toothbrush. These devices are designed to help you brush in an efficient way while reducing the risk of gingivitis. They remove plaque better than manual brushing. You should ideally keep swapping your toothbrush or its head every couple of months to avoid your bristles from fraying and getting too hard and stiff.

Gum disease usually starts when plaque starts to accumulate on your teeth, along with and under the gum line. Plaque is a film-like sticky substance that is normally filled with bacteria. These bacteria grow round the clock to cause numerous infections. These infections can hurt the bone and gum and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. A lot of plaque accumulation over a considerable amount of time can even cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can get your gums to be:

  • prone to bleeding
  • red
  • inflamed
  • tender
  • swollen

Luckily, since the tissue and the bone that holds the teeth in place, together, are not affected and the damage done by gum diseases is reversible by using dental sealants.

Visit a Dentist Regularly

One of the most frequent gum diseases is called periodontists. It is an advanced form of gum disease and you need a dentist to diagnose it. It affects the bones of your jaw that hold your teeth in their place. If this condition is ignored and not treated in time, it can very easily ruin your tissues, gums, and bones that are connected to your teeth.

The final stage of this common gum disease is advanced periodontists. In this condition, the bone and the fibers that support your teeth get destroyed. It can even reshape your bite as a result of which you might have to get your teeth removed. Visit a dentist regularly to avoid these risks entirely.



December 18, 2020 Uncategorized0

It is necessary to teach your kid about proper dental hygiene, as it is imperative for their overall health. Taking care of your kid’s dental hygiene from a very young age will help your child to be away from long term critical conditions in the future. Good oral health makes your child more confident.

Kids Dental care

Taking appropriate care is of primary importance for strengthening teeth. As the child grows, their dental hygiene practices also change with time. Parents must learn and know the right style of taking care of their kids’ oral hygiene according to their age. It will set your child on the right path for a lifetime of excellent oral hygiene.

But the question is how to ensure proper dental hygiene for your kid? Most importantly, how to implement adequate steps for the same? So, we aim to discuss some appropriate measures for taking care of the dental hygiene of your kid with this blog post.

Taking care of the oral hygiene of an infant

Babies are born with all their teeth, but they are embedded in the gums. Thus, their teeth are not visible through naked eyes. However, it is crucial to take care of their gums because healthy gums will give birth to healthy teeth.

  • Clean your baby’s bum with a soft washcloth after feeding. It will keep away infectious bacteria’s.
  • Usually, the gums start swelling at six months as the baby’s body starts preparing itself for the growth of teeth from the gums. At this stage give them a clean teething ring and use a soft bristle brush without toothpaste to massage their gums.
  • It is a healthy habit to start weaning your child at 12 months. Limit sugary and sweet beverages. Wean them through a bottle and at this phase you can also give them water to drink.
  • Children abruptly catch cavities if proper dental hygiene is not maintained. It can also lead to complicated situations. Therefore, from an initial stage, it is important to have regular dental checkups to ensure excellent oral hygiene of the kid.

Taking care of the oral hygiene of an infant

Babies are born with all their teeth, but they are embedded in the gums. Thus, their teeth are not visible through naked eyes. However, it is crucial to take care of their gums because healthy gums will give birth to healthy teeth.

  • Clean your baby’s bum with a soft washcloth after feeding. It will keep away infectious bacterias.
  • Usually, the gums start swelling at six months as the baby’s body starts preparing itself for the growth of teeth from the gums. At this stage give them a clean teething ring and use a soft bristle brush without toothpaste to massage their gums.
  • It is a healthy habit to start weaning your child at 12 months. Limit sugary and sweet beverages. Wean them through a bottle and at this phase you can also give them water to drink.
  • Children abruptly catch cavities if proper dental hygiene is not maintained. It can also lead to complicated situations. Therefore, from an initial stage, it is important to have regular dental checkups to ensure excellent oral hygiene of the kid.

Taking care of the oral hygiene of a child (2-8 years)

  • Children like to do all the tasks on their own at this phase. They can clean their teeth properly, but they have not achieved enough manual dexterity in cleaning their teeth thoroughly. So the parents could let them brush their teeth initially and then can follow-up to help them with deep cleaning. It is advised to parents to make brushing teeth a family event so that children can observe, learn, and enjoy brushing and flossing.
  • Fluoride is very important as it makes your child’s teeth strong by hardening the enamel. It also prevents cavities and tooth infections. Make sure you are using a fluoridated toothpaste. If your water does not contain fluoride, your child may need fluoride supplements. Consult a dentist and explore the best options in this case.

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Taking care of the oral hygiene of a preteen (8+ years)

During this age, permanent teeth start coming out vigorously. Your child may face various dental issues at this stage of life. It is most important to take care of dental hygiene at this time.

  • Preteens may lose interest in oral hygiene at this age as they are more conscious about their looks. Thus, it is essential to remind them of the importance of dental hygiene.
  • Make sure, your child is brushing their teeth twice a day. Brushing teeth should be a wholesome experience of an entire two minutes to fight effectively against infectious bacterias. Brushing teeth in the right way also removes all the debris from the mouth.
  • Flossing is crucial at this age to ensure thorough cleaning between the permanent teeth.
  • Make sure children who wear braces floss their teeth daily and keep extra care of their teeth.

Conclusion

It is essential to take care of the dental hygiene of the kids at every stage. There are different ways of taking care of oral hygiene as per the age. It is recommended to take care of the cleaning of the gums at infancy while it is advised to teach happy and healthy brushing practices for 2 to 8 years. Children during pre-teens may lose their interest in oral hygiene but it is the responsibility of parents to remind them of the importance of their dental hygiene. Make sure your child is taking extra care of their teeth during pres-teens. They should brush their teeth twice a day and floss regularly. Good oral health not only makes teeth strong and straight but also boosts the confidence of the children and motivates them to communicate actively in society.

 

 


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March 1, 2017 Uncategorized0

Do you ever wonder why your dental cleanings are so important? If so, our A Dental Care dental team is happy to tell you why! There are many advantages to your dental cleanings and exams, like:

–They can deeply clean your teeth: The tools and techniques used during your dental cleaning are the only tools and techniques that can save your smile from gum disease. If you skip your appointment, your gums can become infected and you can also have loose and lost teeth if you don’t get the disease treated right away. The cleaning can also help prevent tooth decay.

–They can polish your smile: Once your teeth are clean, our team will thoroughly polish your smile and remove the minor stains on the surfaces of your smile. This can help you have shiny, clean, and attractive teeth, which could also help boost your self-confidence.

–They can detect and fix dental issues: During your cleaning and exam, our dental team will keep an eye out for any dental issues you have, like tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel erosion. If you have fallen victim to any of these problems, Dr. Firoz Lalani will discuss the next treatment step. In addition to your exam, your dentist will also look for signs of oral cancer.

As you can see, your six-month checkups can be extremely beneficial for your smile and oral health, which is why it’s very important to avoid delaying or skipping your appointments. So, if you’re due for your next checkup and you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Firoz Lalani, please call our office at . We are happy to help you!


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February 6, 2017 Uncategorized0

Do you want strong and healthy teeth so you can have a beautiful and functional smile? If so, then it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums on a regular basis. In order to do so, you need to do all you can to prevent the dental issues that can alter the condition of your oral health. Those dental issues are:

–Enamel erosion: Enamel erosion can cause extreme tooth sensitivity. It generally occurs when you eat and drink acidic foods and beverages. The acid in the products can wear away your tooth enamel and expose the sensitive layers of your teeth. It’s important to strengthen your teeth with fluoride and avoid consuming acidic products as much as possible.

–Tooth decay: Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that can cause severe pain and can alter your oral health. This problem usually develops when you have poor oral hygiene habits. If you don’t remove the bacteria, food particles, and plaque from your smile, there is a chance they can attack your teeth and cause cavities. If the cavities are left untreated, it can result in root canal therapy or even tooth extraction. It’s best to avoid this dental issue by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing daily, and visiting Dr. Firoz Lalani every six months.

–Gum disease: Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that needs to be prevented at all costs. You can prevent it by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting Dr. Firoz Lalani twice a year. The cleaning and checkup is vital because it involves the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque from on and between your teeth, which is the substance that causes gum disease. If you don’t prevent and treat gum disease, it can result in receding gums and loose and lost teeth.

If you would like more tips, details, and information on how to prevent dental issues in Houston, Texas, please call A Dental Care at and schedule an appointment with Dr. Firoz Lalani at your earliest convenience. When you come into our office, we’ll give you the tips and information you need to succeed!


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