• Oral Piercings And Oral Health

    Self expression is the dominant necessity of human nature.

    Oral piercings have become a form of self expression and fashion.

    Oral piercings come in various forms and shapes like studs, rings, diamonds and so on. One chooses the type based on their liking.

    If you are thinking of getting an oral piercing, do read this article before doing so!

    Even Though oral piercings are latest fashion they pose following risks:

    1. Infection – Our mouth is full of good and bad bacteria. Placing a foreign body in such an environment increases the chances of infections. Many have the habit of constantly touching the oral piercings increasing oral infections.
    2. Pain and Swelling – Each and everyone reacts differently to a foreign body. One may experience swelling and pain after having oral piercing. In some extreme cases, it may prove to be life threatening. 
    3. Prolonged bleeding – An unfortunate mistake might lead to uncontrolled bleeding during placing the oral piercing.
    4. Chipped or cracked teeth – The oral piercing can strike teeth causing them to chip or crack. They may also interfere with dental fillings, dental crown or bridge.
    5. Injury to the gums – Oral piercings can cause injury to gums and soft tissue. This may lead to gum recession leading to unsightly appearance, risk of decay.
    6. Interference with normal oral functions – A foreign body like oral piercing increases the saliva flow. This may cause difficulty in pronunciation of some words.
    7. Interference with dental treatment – Oral piercing can come in between dental x-rays, dental treatment.
    8. Risk of swallowing of oral piercings – Loose oral jewellery poses a risk of swallowing.

     

    If you already have an oral piercing it is important for you to take care of your oral health.

    Tips to take care of your dental health :

    1. Brush twice daily and rinse with water after every meal. Keep the mouth healthy to reduce the risk of infection.
    2. Avoid touching the oral piercing constantly. Constant touching to the jewellery increases chances of infection.
    3. Check the oral piercing to check if they are tight enough to avoid it being swallowed.
    4. Wear a mouth guard during playing sports.
    5. Visit your dentist every 6 months for a regular dental check up.

     

    With proper care you will be able to flaunt that oral piercing without damage to your dental health.

    Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

    Nothing is more pure, soulful than a smiling baby.

    Preserving this innocent smile is definitely possible. But sometimes due to many reasons this smile gets affected by dental cavities. 

    And if you are wondering, do small children also suffer from cavities? Then the answer unfortunately is ‘YES’!

    The decay that affects small children is called as ‘Baby Bottle Tooth Decay’

    It commonly affects the upper front teeth.

    Signs of baby bottle tooth decay :

    • Pain and discomfort in the mouth
    • Visible tooth decayed upper front teeth
    • Child is uncomfortable every time he/she eats
    • Swelling 

    Treatment of baby bottle tooth decay

    Let your child’s first dental visit be even before the eruption of the first tooth. If your child has any cavities, they can be detected at the very first sign by the dentist. 

    It is advisable to get the cavities treated as early as possible. 

    Treatment may include fillings or a root canal treatment depending on the severity of cavities.

    Prevention of baby Bottle Tooth decay

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can do the following things to prevent your child from having baby bottle tooth decay

    • After every feed, make sure to clean your baby’s gums with a damn cloth.
    • Avoid sharing saliva through spoons and utensils
    • Brush even the first tooth with the help of finger toothbrush
    • Avoid bottle feeding at night. Make sure to remove the bottle before your child sleeps.
    • Make sure to clean the child’s tooth/teeth even after night feeding.
    • Avoid sugary drinks in bottle
    • Ensure that pacifiers are clean before and after use. 
    • Don’t dip pacifiers in honey or sugary syrups.
    • Have regular dental check ups for your child along with yours.

    Together we can prevent the little ones from experiencing the pain and discomfort of baby bottle tooth decay.