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There's an old adage that goes, 'Gain a child, lose a tooth', and going by recent research there does seem to be some truth to it, especially as far the relationship between oral health and hormonal changes goes.
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What do you notice first in the face of any person when you meet them -- the eyes, the nose or the smile? Undoubtedly, it's the smile which sets the tone for any relationship and it's our ultimate disarming weapon. But not everyone is born with a perfect smile. Fortunately, the latest developments in dentistry allow us to "design" the perfect smile.
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It's interesting to see the similarities between cardiac and gum diseases: both are highly prevalent, both often progress without pain, both are insidious, slow to develop and caused by plaque. In gum disease, plaque forms on the surface of teeth, trapping the bacteria and causing inflammation of the gums. In the case of coronary artery disease, it blocks the flow of blood, thereby cutting off the blood supply to part of the heart. Both plaques are different in nature, but both harbour a common range of bacteria.
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Plaque, a sticky substance loaded with bacteria builds up between teeth causing irritation to gums, swelling and leads to early bleeding. In addition, bacteria which grow unhampered produce bad breath causing social stigma. The American and the British Dental Association both recommend daily use of dental floss, in addition to brushing.
According to The Journal of the American Dental A ociation, pregnant women with chronic gum disease are four to seven times more likely to have a premature baby. Pregnancy is a time of great expectat...
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"Cavities? Even after brushing twice? Oh God! Why my child? I take all the care required for my child's oral health!" I hear exclamations to this effect from every second parent seeking dental treatment for their child. The truth is, in addition to brushing twice a day, children need regular dental care from the age of 12 months.
As parents, we ensure that our kids receive all vaccinations and are taken to the doctor - and that too to the best - at the first hint of illness. However, making time for professional dental visit, which is so critical, is often forgotten or neglected. We only take our child to the dentist when the tooth aches; otherwise we feel if the child is brushing twice, he/she is immune to all dental diseases.