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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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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