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Day: October 15, 2017

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Almost everyone has some or other Gum issues.

Ranging from the need of teeth cleaning, bleeding during brushing to pyorrhoea.

LINK OF GUM & YOUR BODY

Gums harbor a lot of bacteria. Unlike the outer surface, the inner lining of gum lacks protective properties. Thus bacteria can easily penetrate inside the body during gum inflammation. Once bacteria or bacterial products gain entry in the circulation, they can spread out to cause a multitude of diseases. Years of clinical research has shown a strong correlation between gum health & systemic diseases.

HEART & BRAIN DISEASE

Bacteria or their products cause inflammation and can trigger:- myocardial infarction (heart attack), angina, atherosclerosis, coronary heart diseases and stroke.

DIABETES

The association of gum disease & diabetes is bidirectional. Due to diabetes, there is a substantial increase in gum disease. Conversely, treatment of gum problems reduces the severity of diabetes.

PREGNANCY

Studies have shown a strong correlation between gum diseases & pre-term labor, pre-eclampsia, premature rupture of membranes (PROM) & low birthweight infants (LBW).

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)

A recent study in Taiwan has shown a strong correlation between gum disease & ED. Elevated oxidative stress & endothelial dysfunction triggered by gum inflammation significantly contribute to ED.

OSTEOPOROSIS

Scientist suggests a strong link between osteoporosis & periodontal bone loss. Osteoporosis reduces bone density, which may lead to early tooth loss.

LUNG DISEASE

Tartar & bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs and can cause pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) & acute respiratory infections.

MYTHS

Often patients have a misconception, that getting teeth professionally cleaned, weaken them. Professional teeth cleaning is not at all harmful to teeth, rather it cleans areas which are hard to reach or missed in daily brushing. Do no harm – is the basic principle every Doctor abides by, so any treatment if harmful will be removed out of practice.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more LINK OF GUMS & YOUR BODY

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING OF GOOD QUALITY AND YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT – YOU CAN HAVE IT FOREVER”. The mouth can be regarded as the mirror of the body. Various oral problems are linked with many systemic diseases. Good oral hygiene can be easily maintained.

BRUSHING

Maintenance is the key to everything. Even the most expensive amenities require timely maintenance, likewise, proper brushing is the key to good oral health. It is not the about the brand of products but about the technique of brushing. Change your brush every 3-6 months.

FLOSSING

Areas that are hard to reach by toothbrush (between teeth) are cleaned with floss. Regular flossing prevents tooth decay and maintains good gum health.

DENTAL VISIT

You should regularly visit your Dentist. Any problem if diagnosed and intercepted in an early stage saves you money as well maintains your natural teeth for longer service. Remember NEGLECT IS THE MOST COSTLIEST THING.

HABITS

Keep your habits in check. Excess of anything is bad. Drinking soda, smoking, excess sugar intake etc. have adverse effects on your oral health.

DIET

A well-balanced diet takes care of your nutritional requirements. Reduce intake of refined carbohydrates. Include fibrous fruits, veggies and dairy products in your diet.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

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The tongue can be rightly regarded as the mirror of your systemic health. It serves as a great diagnostic tool in a variety of conditions.

NORMAL

Pink, muscular, without cracking/discoloration & has a thin clear coating.

DISEASE

Some conditions involving tongue

White  – anemia (reduced hemoglobin), lichen planus, diabetes, fungal infection etc.

Black  –  hairy leukoplakia, viral infection (HIV), fungal infection etc.

Red  – vitamin deficiency, viral & bacterial infection, cancer etc.

Swollen  – allergy, a side-effect of medication, cancer etc.

TONGUE MYTHS

A common myth seen is regarding tongue scrapers. People often feel that scrapping can alter taste sensation – FALSE!

Scrapping does not alter the taste. In fact, the coating harbors a plethora of bacteria – whose removal is paramount in oral hygiene maintenance.

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?

It can provide early indications about many systemic diseases.

If you notice the following alterations, see your Doctor at the earliest-

  •  shape/size
  •  color/texture
  •  coatings
  •  ulcer/pain/burning
  •  altered taste.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more WHAT DOES YOUR TONGUE SAY ABOUT YOU ?