DENTAL HEALTH AND A CHILD’s DEVELOPMENT – ARE THEY RELATED?

A child is the most innocent and beautiful creations of God. Innocent because they don’t think or act grey, its either black or white and anything so pure and unadulterated ought to be beautiful. They don’t know the little intricacies of smiling like we adults do, when to smile, when not to, formal smile, pleasing smile and sometimes even plastic smiles. A child’s smile is just that, sheer pleasure, fresh like dew drops and soothing like sunshine on a winter morning!!

I have my little daughters, elder one being nearly 5 years old. Like any other child she is also not very regular with her brushing regime (ironically yes!!). Being a dentist myself I tried to convince her of the bad effects not brushing can have on her teeth but she just gave me one of those “I don’t care” smile and moved on. Initially I thought to just let it go for I was also tired at the end of day but then the consequences dawned upon me.

I have seen many pediatric patients during my practicing years with lots of dental problems mainly decays and pain. One common thing which I noticed among all those children was a lack of confidence, that pure, never caring, confident smile was missing. They were conscious of the fact that their teeth did not look good, social pressure you see. And the main motive behind coming to a dentist was to get appreciation from friends, teachers and peers. This all set me wondering what would be going on in their little heads to handle all that pressure at such young age. I realized that the dental problem is not only giving child a physical discomfort but also hampering their overall physical and mental growth. I would not let that happen to my child.

I think it’s not their fault that they are suffering rather ours .We as parents should make that extra effort to give our child a helping hand to get through that 5 minute regime of brushing, morning and evening.  Believe me these 10 minutes daily you put in with child, ignoring their tantrums will definitely add on to your child’s physical well being and developing her confidence and overall personality. In a way we would be helping our society and country prosper.

A child should smile like one free, confident, fun and fresh!!

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my daughter DHUN!!!

Until next time smile healthy and live happily!!!

Dr Vandana Thakran

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Strong teeth or bad dental habits? Choice is always yours!!!

Hello friends,how are you guys doing? Hope my this article finds you in best of your physical, mental, and dental health!

I usually like to discuss here the practical aspects of dentistry. I prefer talking about any subject which comes from my patients and intrigues me a lot. Like I have been getting many patients with tooth brush abrasion, attrition of teeth due to excessive clenching of jaws, micro fractures of teeth as the patient liked to chew on ice, hot and cold sensitivities in teeth because patient loved lemon so much.

Interestingly, all of them could not imagine that they have been into all these wrong dental practices all this while. So today here I want to discuss point wise all those thing/practices which are harmful for our dental well being.

Do not brush too hard
imagesBrushing your teeth regularly is part of good oral hygiene, but if you brush too vigorously, or too hard you can cause more harm than good. It can wear down enamel, irritate your gums, make your teeth sensitive to cold, and even cause cavities. To avoid these problems use a soft tooth brush which means the bristles are firm enough to remove plaque, but soft enough not to cause damage. Alternatively you can also use your non dominant hand to brush your teeth because that ways your brain will be more alert while brushing !!

Use Toothpicks Carefully :

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When used properly, toothpicks can help keep the areas between your teeth clean. “If you do it carefully, it is helpful, If you don’t, you are going to hurt your gum tissue.” So be careful not to get too aggressive with that toothpick in your quest for oral hygiene. Use your pick perpendicular to tooth surface and never poke into gums!!!

Lay Off the Lemons: 

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People who suck lemons or drink lemon water in excess may be putting their dental health in jeopardy. Lemons are very acidic, the acidity corrodes the enamel  and repeated exposure creates a rough texture on the surface of your teeth, which can lead to sensitivity or decay!!!

Fond of Soda?  

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Always have a soda on hand? Carbonated drinks are a red signal for your teeth, because they tend to be very acidic. Even if it’s diet, the acidity of [soda] is just corroding your enamel . The effects of soda on teeth are even worse if you slowly sip it over a long period of time. “People don’t realize they are bathing their teeth in acid for an hour. The acidity in soda can lead to dental health problems much like lemon does!!

Do You bite on ice?

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 Ice cubes may seem harmless, but the cold temperature and the hardness of ice cubes can cause serious damage to your teeth. Our teeth are designed to crush through things, not against something. Even though crunching ice with your teeth may be easy, keep in mind, that your blender needs special blades to crush ice. This can cause micro fractures in teeth.

Refrain From Jaw Clenching and Tooth Grinding  

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For some people, stress can trigger frequent clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth. There is a severe amount of pressure on your teeth when you do that, and you can get micro fractures or actual fractures in your teeth Micro fractures are weakened areas in your teeth that puts them at risk for further damage. Jaw clenching or tooth grinding can also damage the internal structure of your jaw joints hence causing chronic pain symptoms on sides of face.

Using Teeth as a Tool  

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Teeth has mainly three jobs : chew food properly, speak clearly and look good when we smile.Many people use teeth to remove a tag from clothing or open a packet of wafers or even opening a cork screwed bottle. All this can damage tooth structure so do not use your teeth as a plier or hook .

All these habits can actually lead to some serious problems with teeth which we can easily avoid. Keeping in mind these few things and keeping a check on wrong habits can help us maintaining beautiful and strong teeth.

Till next time

Smile healthy, Live happily

Dr V Thakran & team

Dental care during pregnancy- it’s not about only you, but baby too!!

Hello all!

Since last 2-3 days I was thinking about writing a new blog and searching for some informative and use full topic of dental health. Incidentally, in last few days I happened to see three pregnant ladies at my clinic for one or the other dental problem and I realized that during pregnancy mouth, teeth, gums and oral health are somehow overlooked. It is a fact that physiological and hormonal changes in body leads to increased gum problems in all pregnant ladies but generally swollen gums and bleeding from gums is totally ignored and only few of them report to a dental surgeon maybe if there is any pain or chewing problem. This is the extent of taking yourself for granted. I believe that during pregnancy it’s not just about you, it’s about the baby too!

Today I would like to emphasize on the importance of a healthy mouth and oral cavity in pregnant ladies. During pregnancy there is an increase in hormone estrogen levels in body and gums in our mouth has a special attraction for this chemical leading to an increase in swelling or inflammation tendency. If you have not been keeping up well, with your oral hygiene before conceiving than you are at receiving end for gum bleeding and other dental ailments during pregnancy. If you were doing well and never visited a dentist before, still you need to get yourself examined by a dentist because there are fair chances that you may develop the signs of inflammation during early weeks after conceiving.

Now there is this big question on every pregnant ladies mind that,” what’s the big deal I can handle at least this much if I have decided to give birth to a new life”? Then I must tell you my dear friends that it’s really about the baby too because the infection that you carry in your mouth and the chemicals released in inflamed gums can cross the uterus and the protective barrier around your unborn baby and can harm the foetus. Recent research suggests seven fold increase in the risk of pregnant ladies delivering pre term, low birth weight babies as infection spreads to uterus. The effects can lead from minor deformities to still births depending on the physical status of the mother.

So all my dear ladies do take very good care of your teeth and oral health!! And do not forget to see your dentist at the earliest sign of gum disease.

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Till next time

Dr V Thakran & team

Smile healthy, live happily!!

ORAL HEALTH – A MIRROR OF OVERALL HEALTH

If we say in one line that a healthy mouth is the first step towards a healthy body than it would be correct in two senses. One is that everything we eat or drink to take care of our body’s nutritional requirement will go through mouth way and another important thing is that the infection from an unhealthy mouth can spread to other organs in body and can many folds increase the risk to other organs of the body as well. Hence the main focus should be on keeping the gateway to our body clean and healthy.

Regular brushing is important to keep oral cavity clean but that usually takes care of the hard part that is teeth and gums are somehow neglected in due course. So if your teeth are free of caries/decay  than that does not guarantee healthy gums. Gum Disease affects approximately 80% of the population. This may range from occasional bleeding during brushing to swollen gums with loose teeth. In most instances, patients are unaware of the fact that they have a gum infection that is destroying the bone and tissues that hold their teeth in the jaws. Gum disease is somewhat similar to high blood pressure which may also be asymptomatic but cause serious consequences if it remains undetected.

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Gum disease can lead to loosening and premature loss of teeth in addition to bad breath, bleeding gums and sensitivity. And these are only some of the consequences of gum disease that are limited to the mouth. Disease of gums is an infection which is mainly bacterial and called as periodontal disease, of course smoking, alcohol and certain medications add to it. Oral cavity has a very rich blood supply, hence bacteria in the gums can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs.

Recent research suggests that people with periodontal disease have an increased risk of developing heart disease, 4.3 times greater risk of stroke and seven fold increase in the risk of pregnant ladies delivering  pre term, low birth weight babies as infection spreads to uterus. Special mention of diabetes is needed as if you are a diabetic, mouth infection can disrupt your blood sugar levels and make yor diabetes harder to control. 

Neglecting your oral health lead to more than just sore teeth and bad breath.

Hence, treating gum disease is not just about saving teeth but more about your overall health and well being. This infection in gums needs to be treated at the slightest onset to prevent its spread to other organs in body.

Keep practicing good oral hygiene every day

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups.

Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

“You cannot be healthy with an unhealthy mouth any more than one can be healthy with an infected foot.”

DR VANDANA THAKRAN

MINT LEAF DENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE

     ORAL HEALTH – A MIRROR OF OVERALL HEALTH

If we say in one line that a healthy mouth is the first step towards a healthy body than it would be correct in two senses. One is that everything we eat or drink to take care of our body’s nutritional requirement will go through mouth way and another important thing is that the infection from an unhealthy mouth can spread to other organs in body and can many folds increase the risk to other organs of the body as well. Hence the main focus should be on keeping the gateway to our body clean and healthy.

Regular brushing is important to keep oral cavity clean but that usually takes care of the hard part that is teeth and gums are somehow neglected in due course. So if your teeth are free of caries/decay  than that does not guarantee healthy gums. Gum Disease affects approximately 80% of the population. This may range from occasional bleeding during brushing to swollen gums with loose teeth. In most instances, patients are unaware of the fact that they have a gum infection that is destroying the bone and tissues that hold their teeth in the jaws. Gum disease is somewhat similar to high blood pressure which may also be asymptomatic but cause serious consequences if it remains undetected.

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Gum disease can lead to loosening and premature loss of teeth in addition to bad breath, bleeding gums and sensitivity. And these are only some of the consequences of gum disease that are limited to the mouth. Disease of gums is an infection which is mainly bacterial and called as periodontal disease, of course smoking, alcohol and certain medications add to it. Oral cavity has a very rich blood supply, hence bacteria in the gums can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs.

Recent research suggests that people with periodontal disease have an increased risk of developing heart disease, 4.3 times greater risk of stroke and seven fold increase in the risk of pregnant ladies delivering  pre term, low birth weight babies as infection spreads to uterus. Special mention of diabetes is needed as if you are a diabetic, mouth infection can disrupt your blood sugar levels and make your diabetes harder to control. 

HARD DEPOSIT CALLED AS TARTAR

Neglecting your oral health lead to more than just sore teeth and bad breath.

Hence, treating gum disease is not just about saving teeth but more about your overall health and well being. This infection in gums needs to be treated at the slightest onset to prevent its spread to other organs in body.

Keep practicing good oral hygiene every day

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups.

Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

“You cannot be healthy with an unhealthy mouth any more than one can be healthy with an infected foot.”

DR V THAKRAN

MINT LEAF DENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE

Hello world!

I am Dr Vandana Thakran and I am very happy and excited to start my new blog “ SACRED SMILES”.

I welcome you all in my world of beautiful and confidentsmiles. I love to see smiling faces and making people smile is my passion. It is said that “if your passion is your job or vice a versa than you really don’t have to work hard to earn a living”. I must tell you that I am literally living this phrase. Being a dentist by profession I live my passion each passing day to make people smile!!! I don’t have to sweat harder than to realize my dreams!!!

I have named my blog sacred smiles because I really believe in the sanctity of smiles. A real smile will disclose your true self, which is reflected in the eyes. They really bring you closer to each other for only humans have got these muscles which help you smile. I find each and every smile beautiful and strongly believe that one should keep smiling more often because YOU CAN.

Every smile increases our face value but definitely we all have got different musculature and different set of teeth, which means that it may differ according to different sense of esthetics. Here I would also like to mention about healthy smiles which is an indicator of healthy teeth and oral cavity. My years in dentistry and my experience as a dental surgeon has taught me that any one  can have that great celebrity like smile line because smile makeovers are not just for bolywood or rich. They can be had by anyone who feels that they would improve their self esteem, social engagement, job opportunities by doing that extra bit.

. A well trained dentist can actually make a significant improvement in a patients smile by not necessarily doing a total ‘reconstruction’ of their teeth but by performing a minimal amount of dentistry that makes  a subtle but pleasing change to the overall effect of their smile. My passion is to create not only beautiful but CONFIDENTsmiles as confident humans are needed to bring that positive change in society.

Following my dream, my practice MINT LEAF DENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE was born about 18 months back and now we have two centres in Gurgaon. I did my masters in maxillofacial surgery and have been practising dentistry since last 10 years in few of the premier institutes of INDIA which includes PGIMS ROHTAKand MAMC NEW DELHI.

Being a good dentist to me is to be able to detect conditions that would become a more complex problem later on. Something that gets diagnosed early on would mean that my patients would avoid the need for more dental procedures hence saving more money, time and distress in future.

Here at my practice, we feel that Dentistry is not just about teeth. It is about our patients feeling comfortable in our skills and knowledge and trusting our intentions to help them. This takes time and patience and an atmosphere and environment that are designed to allow our patients to be heard while they express their fears and concerns. We want our patients to be our partners in their care and to be excited about the fact that they have decided to invest in their health and well being. Our patients are our extended family and we really treat them like family members.

Integrity, honesty, compassion, quality, learning, sharing and most of all humility are on the top of my learning list. I may still not be perfect but trying to catch up with all these humane aspects which I learnt during my living years.
No one ever gets anywhere by themselves. I am the poster child of this reality. I would like to conclude by mentioning few  people & institutions who have been enormous with their help, support, encouragement and most importantly faith in my abilities.                                                                      My  parents Dr and Mrs Sangwan , I m here only because of you , thanks for the life and values instilled.

My mother Dr K Thakran who inspire me to be worthy of her love, support & faith in my abilities

My institutions and all my mentors at  PGIMS Rohtak & MAMC New Delhi  where I learnt dentistry and made me feel that I could practice successfully with excellence and passion.

My patients who inspire me to improve daily so I may earn their confidence & trust.

My brothers and sisters (Bhawna, Siddharth, Achraj & Pragati) for liking me and appreciating me , even when I don’t find myself good.

My daughters, Dhun& Mehr for giving me the reason to smile and inspire me to work harder for the love of smiles on their faces. You guys  give me purpose in life!!!

And my husband Dr Arun Thakran  who told me to always dream Big and In Colour and made me believe that I could achieve all those dreams.

I look forward to having you with me on this journey of sharing information about dentistry, your oral health, and overall health and life lessons that I learn every day about living with passion!

Till then  stay happy and smile confidently!!!

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