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Fact - Bleeding gums are often caused when dental plaque and food debris is not properly removed by regular brushing and flossing. If you notice that your gums become more prone to bleeding it is good idea to thoroughly and gently brush and floss them at least twice a day. If the bleeding continues visit your dentist and obtain treatment.
Fact - Dental procedures like taking x-rays and dental surgery should be avoided during pregnancy. Dental treatment can be safely carried out in the 2nd trimester (4-6 months) of pregnancy. Dental checkup and treatment should be done prior to pregnancy. Inform your dentist about your pregnancy at the time of consultation.
Fact - Soft and hard tissues beneath the denture change over a period of time. Dentures need to be refabricated over a period as the denture will become loose and ill-fitting as progress.
Fact - Teeth are held in position by the bone surrounding the tooth. Calculus can sometime bind the teeth together. Calculus cause inflammation of the gums and hence need to be removed. After removal of this calculus, there may be slightly mobility of the teeth, however this is necessary to ensure recovery of the health of the supporting structure.
Fact - Most dental procedures are now a days done under local anesthesia and hence are painless. Very fearful or anxious patients can undergo dental treatment under general anesthesia.
Fact - With newer technique root canal treatment is almost become painless and patient friendly procedure. RCT with single sitting is gaining rapid popularity. Previously RCT required minimum 3 visits but now with the advancement in dental technology and materials the numbers of visits have been minimized. The number of visits, for now, depends on the condition of the tooth.
Fact - After the root canal treatment, the tooth may become brittle, hence it is necessary to crown such teeth. The brittle tooth is reinforced and made stronger with the help of crown. Also it ensures, the filling done after the root canal treatment is complete and does not get dislodged. The crown enables the patient to masticate just as normal tooth. Most patient do not place crown on the root canal treated tooth and finally end up fracturing the tooth. When the tooth is fractured, the dentist is left with no option but to extract the remaining root stump, if the remaining tooth structure is compromised following the fracture.
Fact - Any lost tooth should be replaced. Every tooth in the oral cavity has a specified function. Posterior teeth play a very important role in chewing food. Loss of posterior teeth on one side of the oral cavity makes patient to chew food exclusively on the opposite side and using the front teeth. This leads to overloading on the opposite side and the front teeth and over a period of time results in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder pain. It is mandatory that lost teeth should be replaced at the earliest by your dentist.
Fact - Cleaning teeth with charcoal / salt can lead to abrasion of teeth as this particles are very coarse and can abrade the tooth surface. Cleaning of teeth should be done using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste regularly.
Fact - Decayed teeth can be restored by various methods due to the advancements made in dentistry in today's world. Restoration can vary from normal fillings to root canal treatment depending on the extent of the decay. A tooth is comparable to any organ of our body and its loss is invaluable, hence, the teeth should be preserved to the best possible.