• Coping With Dry Mouth

    Dry parched lips. Dry mouth. Bad breath. Dry throat.

    Does this sound familiar?

    If yes, then you may have ‘Dry Mouth’ also called ‘Xerostomia’.

     

    What is Dry Mouth?

    Dry mouth or Xerostomia is a condition in which the production of saliva is decreased due to various reasons. 

    Saliva helps in digestion by breaking down the food. It also flushes out the food stuck in between teeth and helps prevent dental cavities and gum diseases.

     

    Why would one experience dry mouth?

    Dry mouth is caused due to various reasons like 

    • Dehydration – dehydration is caused due to loss of too much fluid without any or reduced intake of water. This may happen by vomiting, blood loss, or upset stomach.
    • Medications – some medications lead to reduced production of saliva
    • Radiation therapy – radiation therapy is recommended after cancer surgery. During and after radiation therapy, saliva is reduced
    • Stress – dry mouth is something everyone has experienced at least once due to stress
    • Ageing – saliva reduces as age increases
    • Smoking – smoking or tobacco use affects saliva production
    • Medical conditions – people with medical conditions like diabetes, autoimmune disorders show dry mouth

     

    Does one face any issues due to dry mouth?

    Dry mouth is an issue indeed. It gives problems like 

    • Dry and chapped lips
    • Difficulty in  chewing food, swallowing food
    • Bad breath
    • Inflammation of gums
    • Mouth sores
    • Increased chances of dental cavities
    • Issues in wearing dentures

     

    What can one do when one has dry mouth?

    Dry mouth is usually treatable by some simple at home tips and some treatments

    • Drinking water by sipping water throughout the day
    • Avoid tobacco chewing and smoking
    • Chewing on sugarless chewing gum to increase saliva secretion
    • Talk with your doctor if medication is causing it
    • Over the counter saliva substitutes

     

    Dry mouth can be an everyday issue but by taking simple steps one can make it easier.

    Dental Bridge or Dental Implant? Choose Wisely

    Don’t regret losing your teeth. Win your smile back with Dental Implants.

    Are you missing one or few teeth? 

    If yes, read more to make the right decision for yourself.

     

    Missing teeth is a part of our journey. But it is important to replace those missing teeth.

    Failing to do so will result in following issues :

    1. Movement of neighboring teeth into the missing tooth space

    2. Chewing problems

    3. Uneven chewing forces

    4. Low self confidence if missing tooth is a front tooth

     

    Missing tooth/ teeth can be replaced with removable prosthetic replacement or fixed prosthetic replacement.

     

    Dental Bridge or Dental Implants? What is the difference?

     

    Dental Bridge

    Dental bridge is used to replace missing tooth or multiple teeth. Dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic option. Dental bridge takes support of adjacent teeth to replace the missing tooth/teeth. The durability of the dental bridge is dependent on the adjacent teeth.

    One may need root canal treatment of the adjacent teeth as they need to be adjusted.

     

     

    Dental Implants

    Dental implants are the fixed prosthetic replacement options to replace one or few missing teeth. As the dental implants take support from the underlying bone, they are independent of adjacent teeth. Dental implants osseointegrate in the underlying bone making them the most natural looking fixed dental prosthesis.

     

    What should you go for? Dental Bridge or Dental Implant?

    The decision between dental bridge or dental implant is dependent on the health of the underlying bone, oral hygiene and the patient’s choice.

     

     

    Whether you choose dental bridge or dental implant, we at Elite Dental Clinic can replace your missing tooth or teeth to help you regain your smile.

    Cancer : Dental Care Before Cancer Treatment

     

    Undergoing cancer treatment is a long process. Not having to worry about your dental health during this process will be very much helpful later on.

    Your immune system is going to be impacted during cancer treatment. Having healthy dental health is vital in this condition.

    Oral infections may hamper the cancer treatment. If the dental infection is severe, you may have to even postpone chemotherapy.

    To avoid this, take the following care before beginning with cancer treatment.

     

    Dental Visit :  

    Your dentist will do an in depth dental check up and advise you dental treatments which will help you keep oral infections at bay. 

    Some dental preventive treatments like dental sealants and dental fluoride application help in preventing dental caries.

    If you already have any dental issue like decayed tooth, it is advisable to get it treated before starting chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Some dental treatments are not recommended during and even a few months after chemotherapy and radiotherapy. If these decayed teeth are not taken care of before then they may pose an impending worry of probable dental pain in near future.

    It is advisable to restore the missing teeth as having all healthy teeth is important to be able to chew food properly, thus helping in maintaining overall health.

     

    Brush twice daily :

    Healthy mouth, healthy body. It is essential to maintain a healthy body to be able to undergo cancer treatment. Brushing twice daily using a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste will help you stay away from dental pain and issues.

     

    Floss :

    Flossing cleans in between teeth which get missed during brushing. In absence of flossing, these surfaces get neglected and become prone to dental caries.

     

    Healthy diet :

    Healthy nutritious food will be recommended to you by your oncologist too. This helps build the immune system. 

    Have foods rich in vitamins and minerals like fruits and vegetables to help the body heal faster.

     

    Do not use tobacco :

    Tobacco products, be it chewing or smoking are harmful to the oral tissues and overall health. 

    Tobacco hampers the healing of the body.

     

    Rinse your mouth :

    Keep those bacteria away by rinsing your mouth after every meal. 

    Brushing twice daily, flossing and rinsing after every meal will support our goal of keeping dental decay away during the cancer treatment.

    Always remember,

    “Cancer is going to be only one chapter in your life,not the whole story.”

    Food For Thought : Diet and Dental Health

    Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.

    But Healthy food is the foundation of good dental health.

     

    Healthy diet is important for good health but it also affects dental health.

    Diet forms one of the major components that determine dental health.

     

    Which food habits are good for dental health?

    1.Fibre rich food

    Plaque is naturally deposited on teeth. This plaque, if not cleaned on time, leads to cavities in future. Fibre rich foods like salads, carrots, and cucumbers help in removal of plaque on teeth.

     

    2. Drinking Water

    Food lodgement is one of the major reasons for cavities in between teeth. Water flushes out the food stuck in teeth, thus preventing cavities.

     

    3. Eating fruits – 

    Fruits provide roughage and help with removal of plaque. They keep their teeth clean. Fruits like apples provide roughage and nutrients. 

     

    4. Limiting citrus fruits

    Many people have the habit of drinking citrus drinks everyday. Overuse of citrus fruits in diet erodes the enamel layer of teeth. Limiting citrus drinks prevents weakening of teeth.

     

    5. Limiting sugary food products –

    Sugar is the culprit of many dental problems. Sugary food and drinks in large quantities cause dental decay.

     

    Not just the food but the frequency of having food affects your dental health.

     

    Why does frequent snacking cause cavities?

     

    Frequent snacking harms the teeth. 

    When we eat, the pH levels of saliva decreases. The environment with acidic saliva is conducive to dental decay.

    It becomes difficult to keep teeth clean after every snacking.

    Having three meals a day maintains the pH levels of saliva, thus reducing the chances of dental decay.

     

    Make the right choices while not only choosing the type of food but also when you eat it.

    Space Maintainers

    Losing milk teeth and eruption of permanent teeth is like the rite of passage of growing up for children.

    But losing milk teeth earlier than intended is not ideal. The space created does not stay as it is on its own.

    Space maintainers are the answer in this situation.

    Space maintainers are the devices that maintain the space made available due to early loss of milk teeth. 

     

    Why would someone lose milk teeth?

    Early loss of milk teeth maybe due to various reasons like :

    • Advanced dental caries
    • Advanced infection
    • Not taking dental treatment in time
    • Financial reasons

     

    Wondering what would happen if space maintainer isn’t applied?

    In absence of space maintainers –

    • Neighboring teeth shift into the space available
    • There is no or little left for permanent teeth
    • Crowding in future
    • Loss of bite

     

    It is important to apply a space maintainer as soon as the wound of the milk tooth has healed. This prevents future problems. The space maintainer is kept until the permanent tooth starts its eruption. It is then easily removed and the permanent tooth is let to erupt in proper place.

     

    Space maintainers are of many types like :

    1.Removable space maintainers –

    Removable space maintainers are recommended when front teeth are lost early. It is removable, serves the purpose of maintaining the space and also gives good aesthetics. So the child doesn’t have to live with a gap in the smile.

     

    2.Fixed space maintainers –

    • Unilateral – these space maintainers are recommended when one or more milk teeth are lost only on one side. 
    • Bilateral –  these space maintainers are recommended when one or more milk teeth are lost on both sides.  

     

    It is essential to take care of milk teeth till it is time for them to fall off.

    But don’t let early loss of milk teeth become early loss of smile.

    Space maintainers are the smile saviors.