Dr.Sarika, one of the most reputed pediatric dentist in Hyderabad shares her views on what is the right age for children to start brushing – a common question asked by most parents.
Dr.Sakhib from The Dental Specialists discusses the common causes and the ways to treat tooth decays and cavities for adults.
Dr. Ruheena Khan from The Dental Specialists talks about one of the most common problems – mouth ulcers and what can you do to get relief from mouth ulcers.
Tooth loss has become a very common problem and therefore replacement of the lost tooth with dental implants has become a most widely accepted and successful option. Even though it is the most appropriate solution, many people have myths and misconceptions about dental implants. However, not all misconceptions are true and therefore making an informed decision when going for dental implants is very crucial.
Dental Implants is a Painful Procedure
At “The Dental Specialists” we perform the implant procedure with a simplified technique using minimally invasive flapless keyhole technique, which hardly takes 10 minutes. The procedure is performed with modern technology with no incisions, no cuts and with minimal anaesthesia. Hence, there will be minimal bleeding with minimal postoperative pain and discomfort.
Dental Implants are Costly
There are multiple options available for replacement of teeth like Dental Implants, Fixed Partial Denture (FPD) and Removable Partial Denture (RPD). However, Dental Implant procedure is a lifetime solution for the replacement of your missing tooth and it does not involve taking the support of your adjacent teeth. As a result, there is no need to prepare your adjacent teeth. Now with the widely accepted modality all over the world, the cost of dental implant is reduced. We at The Dental Specialists practice Immediate Implantology with Immediate Loading protocol which gives back your natural-looking teeth in less TIME. And as it is rightly attributed by Benjamin Franklin (1748) “TIME IS MONEY”, so we should be as expeditious as possible and last but not the least it is the best investment for your overall health.
Dental Implants Are Not for Everyone
A newer technique Tall and Tilted Pin Hole Immediately Loaded Implants (TTPHIL)TM can be performed even in elderly persons, diabetics and smokers as it is done by following advanced surgical protocol which involves engaging basal cortical bone. Therefore, it can be done even in patients who have reduced bone height, reduced bone volume.
Dental Implants Are Not Natural Looking
At “The Dental Specialists” we give a personalized smile designing solution to our patients using CAD-CAM technology. We use this technology to design the anatomical features of prosthesis on a computer. CAD-CAM computer screen displays a 3D custom image of the teeth and gums which helps in drawing the precise design of the crowns which helps in delivering a highly esthetic crown with high translucency which is similar to your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Require Extensive Care
Dental implants are sealed into your bone under the retrievable screw-retained crown. Thus, you have to take care of the implant the same way as you take care of your teeth which include regular cleaning. A visit to your dentist every 6-12 months will help in avoiding any infections in the mouth and in and around Dental Implant which will help in avoiding peri mucositis and peri-implantitis.
Number of Missing Teeth Equal to Number of Implants
For full mouth rehabilitation, ALL TILTTM protocol involves placing 6 implants per jaw which has been proved to be the most optimal and with evidence-based successful results. They have better biomechanics with no cantilever effect and better anteroposterior spread with Tall and Tilted 2 piece cortical implants. Therefore, you can get a complete set of 14 teeth within a few days.
Dental Implant Metal is Unsafe to be in the Body
Dental implants are made of Titanium metal which is totally biocompatible with the body and it is the same metal used in Orthopedic and cardiac stents. Therefore, Dental Implants are absolutely safe to be in the body.
Looking for reviews on dental clinics is probably the first thing anyone does today before contacting a dentist or a clinic. When you are looking for a dental clinic or a dentist, it is a critical service that can have an immense impact on you, hence it becomes a default choice to look for reviews for your dental clinic before you connect with them and we strongly recommend you do.
However, while you are doing your research for the most recommended dental clinic, you need to be aware of some of the pitfalls.
While there are multiple platforms that offer dental clinic reviews, the question though remains, which of these reviews are actually reliable? You can find dental clinic reviews on Google, Facebook, Mouthshut, Practo, WhatClinic and several other websites. Unfortunately, the hard reality is that in some cases businesses try to game the rating and reviews system and all the reviews you see for a dental clinic might not be authentic and reliable.
So, how do you know which of these dental clinic reviews are authentic?
Here are a few pointers that will help you understand the reliability of a highly recommended dental clinic.
- Look for reviews for a dental clinic across platforms: If a dental clinic is really good and well recommended, you will notice they have good ratings across platforms.
- Facebook Reviews: This is probably one of the best places to find reliable reviews for dental clinics because when a review is posted on Facebook it is linked to the person’s profile. While looking at the reviews, check a few profiles of the reviewers at random, which should tell you if those profiles are genuine or just fake profiles set up to add reviews for the dental clinic
- Practo and WhatClinic: These are great places for dental clinic reviews. Both these platforms verify the reviews, hence it becomes a great place to find recommended dental clinics.
- The Number of Reviews: Don’t just look at the ratings but also look at the overall number of reviews. A dental clinic with a rating of 4.5 from 250 reviews, is definitely more reliable compared to a dental clinic with a rating of 5 from 20 reviews.
- Read the reviews: If you read 10 reviews of a dental clinic and all 10 of them are vague and/or one-liners, be suspicious. Typically authentic patients will talk about their treatment experience, sometimes mention the names of individual dentists or staff they interacted with, talk about treatment process etc. rather than just saying “great dentists”.
- Review from your peers: While going through review websites look for reviews from patients who had similar treatment needs as yours or if you belong to a specific segment, for example, if you are an international patient travelling to India for dental treatment, try to find reviews of your dental clinic from other international patients. If you are not able to find reviews from other patients with similar needs/ groups, you can also reach out to the dental clinic and specifically ask for such references. Most good clinics will have references for different types of treatment/patients.
The Dental Specialists Reviews
Review Platform Ratings No. of Reviews Link 4.9/5 343 Facebook Reviews 4.9/5 1068 Google Reviews Whatclinic 4.5/5 (Whatclinic Service Score)
99% – Average Satisfaction
Service Score from 840 users
Satisfaction score from 70 Verified users
Whatclinic Reviews Practo – Banjara Hills 5.0/5 2779 The Dental Specialists Banjara Hills Reviews – Kondapur 5.0/5 904 The Dental Specialists Kondapur Reviews Just Dial 4.8/5 922 JustDial Reviews Mouth Shut 4.4/5
1134 MOuthshut Reviews
While going through reviews on dental clinics is a great way to identify the truly recommended dental clinics, consider that this is online research and nothing can beat an in-person interaction. When in doubt connect with the dental clinic, ask them some basic questions and see how they respond. A good dental clinic will treat every patient query with equal importance, even if it is a pre-treatment enquiry.
Here at The Dental Specialists, we strive to give our patients the best treatment and an absolutely stress-free, comfortable experience from their very first contact with our team till they walk out of the door with a happy smile and that has kept all our reviews soaring. We strongly encourage you to look for reviews on dental clinics before you start your treatment and for us, we are always happy to answer any of your questions.
Sadly, kids do not brush correctly. Brushing twice is not strictly practised in many families. It results in chronic deposition of plaque on teeth resulting in dental problems like bleeding from gums and tooth decay and cavities. Professional cleaning your kid’s teeth periodically can help clean dental plaques and get rid of any possibilities of dental cavities and other problems. Dental plaques are often the most common problem that happens if the children don’t clean teeth properly.
What is Plaque
Dental plaque is a yellowish or tan color film that is formed over the teeth, braces and appliances placed in the oral cavity. Plaque is a sticky layer, formed of microorganisms (germs), food particles and the waste products of bacteria. Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are harmful as they cause gum problems, tooth decay (cavities), and bad odour.
How Dental Plaque Forms
The plaque builds up on the teeth daily, especially around the junction of gums and teeth. It forms on teeth which can be felt by our tongue.
Types of Dental Plaque
There are 2 types, old and new plaque.
New plaque is formed in less than 12 hours. This plaque will normally build up over the course of the day or night. This can be cleaned with brushing.
Old plaque is formed of bacteria that are older than 12 hours. This plaque is stubborn, will not be removed by brushing.
How to clean dental plaque from teeth
Dental Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) is a procedure performed to carefully clean the child’s teeth. Prophylaxis is an essential dental treatment for stopping the formation or progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
It is advisable to work with experienced pediatric dentists with the right type of dental equipment in order to identify and clean the plaque.
Here, at The Dental Specialists, we not only clean the teeth for children and get rid of plaques and cavities but more importantly our pediatric dentists educate the child and parent about oral hygiene. We also demonstrate the brushing technique directly on the child, which helps maintain better dental health.
Teeth cleaning and plaque removal for kids – our process
- A disclosing agent is applied on teeth to distinguish the plaque and educate the kid about cleaning teeth. These disclosing agents highlight the two different type of plaque by showing as different colors.
- The dentist will thoroughly clean the area above the gum line with scaling tools to clean the plaque.
- Once all the plaque is removed then the teeth are gently polished. This will help to smooth any rough surfaces, so the food particles and bacteria don’t stick to teeth and it’s a great way to help freshen up a smile and reduces the risk of bad breath in kids.
- The dentist will educate about the correct brushing and flossing method for the kid depending upon the age of the kid.
Prophylaxis is recommended twice annually as a preventive measure.
Consequences of Dental Plaque
The germs present in the plaque can cause inflammation and infection, eventually leading to
Oral malodor – you may sense the bad smell from kid’s mouth
Gingivitis – gums will become swollen, dull in color, and may bleed while brushing
Dental cavities – plaque have germs that form acids in the mouth resulting in the formation of cavities or hole in teeth.
Clean Teeth for Kids – Tips you can use
- Rinse mouth thoroughly with water after eating food.
- Brush your teeth daily twice a day – morning and night. Do not eat or drink after you have cleaned your teeth before going to bed.
- For kids up to 7-8 year age, brushing should be done by a parent.
- One parent should always be present to supervise the brushing in kids upto 9-10 years of age.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste. It helps to prevent dental cavities.
- From 6 years of age, you can introduce your kid to adult toothpaste but under supervision. Make sure they spit it out when they have finished cleaning teeth.
- Children under 6 year need a special kid’s toothpaste with less concentration of fluoride.
- Use soft bristles toothbrush for cleaning teeth and gums.
- Change brush at least every 3 months.
- Gently clean all surfaces of teeth and gums. It should take about 2-3 minutes to clean them all.
- Do flossing to clean plaque between two teeth.
Here comes the age where a lot of changes happen in the teeth as well as the jaws. This blog will address the changes that happen in the jaws and also give knowledge about the second window for the exchange of milk teeth.
Exchange of Milk Teeth
By the age of 9 years, generally, all the front milk teeth are replaced by the permanent teeth. At the age of 9-12years, kids start to complain about the wiggling back teeth. During this time, the child can also experience some discomfort and mild pain while eating.
Generally, these teeth wiggle and fall off at different times ranging from 9-12yrs. Mirroring effect is noticed where both the right and left side teeth fall roughly at the same time. But if this discrepancy is more than 6 months, expert opinion has to be taken.
After the milk teeth fall, it is expected that the permanent teeth erupt within 6 to 9 months. It is a slow process and parents need not to panic in the meanwhile. If it is delayed more, expert opinion is again mandatory.
The following chart shows at what age the milk teeth exchange for their successors.
Common concerns of parents when milk teeth are exchanged are already addressed in our previous blog about tooth care for children aged 3 to 6 years.
Secondly, these milk teeth sometimes do not fall at the right time and these are called retained teeth. These teeth might block the permanent teeth from erupting and lead to malalignment.
Does Your Child Need Braces
The other most frequent concern of any parent is whether the child requires future braces treatment.
To understand this, utmost monitoring by the specialist is mandatory during this age. Along with the exchange of teeth, sagittal, horizontal and vertical growth of the jaws is seen in order to accommodate the larger sized permanent teeth and the muscle mass. Excess or delayed growth can lead to changes in the shape of the face and during this time it is important to consult an orthodontist to understand if any intervention is required.
Habits to Develop for Life Long Dental Care
This is high time for your kids to develop positive habits to take care of their tooth and developing these habits will help them throughout their life in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and dental care.
- Motivate them to develop a habit of brushing twice.
- Rinsing mouth after every meal.
- Keeping a constant check on their eating habits.
- Avoiding frequent snacking
By the end of 13 or 14 years, the child is ought to have a full set of permanent teeth (i.e.28) excluding the wisdom teeth which erupt at the age of 18-22 years. Utmost care and prevention have to be taken of the permanent teeth as they are the last set of teeth.
Once the child has reached the age of 3 years, as previously mentioned, they will be bearing all the 20 baby teeth. During this age group, there will be no major milestones in their development of teeth. Parents will just have to take utmost care of these teeth by following the oral hygiene instructions.
A child at this age is very active and is more prone to falls and injury. Parents should be aware of the necessary first aid care to be taken when a child falls and injures his tooth.
For this information, you can check our blog on treatment for dental trauma.
Parents should also be aware of the preventive treatments like sealant and fluoride application for teeth, which will protect the teeth from forming cavities.
Apart from the care that every parent takes, there is always a psychological development happening in par with the rest. During this age, many children are to be seen with a habit of thumb sucking. Many are not aware which age is normal for a child to suck their fingers and which is not. So, for every child, it is said to be normal until they are 1 ½ year old and anything that prolongs after this age is abnormal.
More details about habits and their ill effects and how to manage the child will be dealt with in our next upcoming blogs.
So, at this age, though the growth and development of teeth is haulted, the risk to develop a cavity is always present for every child. So, it is mandatory that every child visit a pediatric dentist every 6 months to have their teeth checked.
Yes, this is the time to see a few baby teeth. As we have seen in the previous blog on Teeth and Gum Care for New Born Baby, teeth start emerging out from 6 months of age and it continues till the baby is 2.5 to 3 years old.
Baby’s First Dental Visit – A Milestone
An important milestone in the baby’s life is to schedule a first dental visit with a Pediatric Dentist. First dental visit is educational and according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Dental Association (ADA), it is recommended to establish a “dental home” for your child by age of ONE.
Finger Brushes – In Action
As spoken before, finger brushes should be put into use once you notice the new tiny pearls emerge out. It is important that you brush their teeth. Lack of care can lead to early childhood caries damaging the just arrived teeth.
At the end of 1 Year
What you notice is that your child’s front teeth have come out and this means, even more, bigger responsibilities towards their teeth.
It is also recommended that you ask your Pediatric Dentist for anticipatory guidance (ie. knowing what might happen) which will help you understand the preventive measures to be taken at home to fight against the cavities.
Oral Care for 0 – 6 Months Baby
Being a mother is a responsibility. Baby has just arrived and you might not be aware of how to take care of their tiny little mouths. Here in this blog, we will talk about all the necessary care you need to take care of a baby’s teeth.
Gum Cleaning: Not a Difficult Task
Just below the surface of the gums lies the baby teeth and this is why it is important to keep the gums clean. Here is a picture to show how the baby gums (known as gum pads) look before the teeth come. Cleaning the gums after every bottle or breastfeed will remove the substrate for bacteria which otherwise will start accumulating on the surface. Watch the video below to show you how the mouth is cleaned with wet gauze or a cloth.
Arrival of the First Baby Tooth
Every mother eagerly awaits the arrival of their baby’s first tooth, it is considered a major milestone in their growth and also surely they are adorable when they innocently smile through their teeth.
And when the wait is long, they start panicking and wonder why the tooth has still not come out. Is there something they can do or are they not doing the right thing?
Before you start worrying, you should first be aware of the time for the tooth to erupt.
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The cuteness vanishes when the baby starts to get irritated due to the itching sensation caused at the time of the eruption. This itching is common and ought to happen due to the gums being stretched.
Babies try to chew on hard things at this time and slip everything into their mouth. This habit obviously leads to stomach infections and diarrhoea.
Other common symptoms associated are
- Drooling saliva
- Finger biting
- Refraining from eating food
- Grumpy behavior at all times
- Swollen or red gums
Here comes the role of teethers. They are the objects designed for babies to bite on during teething. This helps to soothe themselves and also enhances the eruption of the tooth due to the stimulation of gums on biting.
The other means could be to use vegetables such as carrot or beetroot by cooling (not ice cold) them before. They will also help relieve the pain and irritation.
Also, carefully massaging the gums in a circular motion with your finger can alleviate the pain.
If the baby is still not comfortable, please do visit a pediatric dentist to get prescription for the pain.
Teeth Needs Cleaning
Though only one tooth has erupted, it should be mandatory to incorporate brushing into the baby’s schedule.
Finger brushes are available in the market that can be used to clean your baby’s teeth. Below is a picture showing how to use them.
It is recommended not to use any toothpaste for young infants as they can swallow the paste. The other side of the finger brush can be used to scrape the debris from the tongue.