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Common Dental Problems and Their Management

Dr. Beena Thomas

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The disease is characterized by pain, redness and bleeding on touch. The ulceration tends to spread and may eventually involve all gingival margins. A typical odor ultimately develops which may be extremely unpleasant.

Pyorrhoea: Gingivitis may precede and develop into more severe periodontitis which involves not only the gingiva but also the alveolar bone, cementum and periodontal ligament. The gingiva becomes more inflamed and swollen, Spontaneous haemorrhages will often appear and there would be discharge of pus. An unpleasant almost foul type of halitosis may e present.

Sensitive Teeth: When plaque settles between gums and teeth it may force the gums to recede from the teeth exposing the roots. This makes the nerves vulnerable to extreme temperatures and sweet and sour food. The result is an electric, shooting pain every time you drink cold water, or eat sour fruits like oranges and lemons. This condition is known as sensitive teeth and can be cured with specialized remedies.

Tartar: In some children and most adults, varying amounts of hard stone like concretion form on teeth or prosthetic applications in the oral cavity. These deposits are called calculus or tartar. It is composed of mainly calcium and phosphorus. Once this happens it can be only removed by a dentist.

How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
There are numerous means of cleaning the tooth mechanically and these are:

Toothbrushing
: It has been seen that acid producing in the dental plaque occurs within a matter of minutes after the ingestion of carbohydrates. Brushing your teeth after meals helps in controlling the plaque.

Mouth rinsing: The use of mouth wash for the benefit of its action in loosening food debris form the teeth has been suggested to be of value as a caries control measure.

Dental floss: It is important to remove the plaque that collects between the teeth. The floss has to be passed through the interstices of the teeth, between ti becks and arches of the gums to dislodge that irritating matter which no brush can remove and which is the real source of disease. Dental flossing has shown to be effective in removing plaque from an area gingival to the contact areas on proximal surfaces of teeth an area impossible to reach with the toothbrush.

Detergent foods: A number of studies have indicated that the act of eating removes relatively a large number of microorganisms from the oral cavity. It is logical that hard, fibrous food would be more beneficial in mechanically cleansing the oral cavity than soft, sticky food.

Restrict snaking between meals, especially processed and sugary foods. Also make sure the diet includes plenty of milk and dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Visit your dentist at least every 6 months, even if you don’t have a problem. The regular check-up will ensure you remain in perfect dental health.

Homoeopathic Remedies for Various Ailments Related to Teeth and Gums
Merc Sol: For gingivitis. Gums spongy, recede, bleed easily, sore and painful on touch and from chewing. Teeth loose and feel tender.

Plantago: Teeth ache and are sensitive and sore to touch.

Kreosote: Very rapid decay of teeth, with spongy bleeding gums, putrid odour.

Cochelaria: Used as gargle in scorbutic gums.

Phosphorus: Swollen and easily bleeding gums. Persistent bleeding after tooth extraction.

Staphisagria: Toothache, with swelling of cheeks and submaxillary glands. Toothache after cold drinks. Teeth sensitive to touch.

The use of Homeodent toothpaste has been seen to be effective in treating swollen and bleeding gums. It is also useful in curing sensitive gums and controlling halitosis.

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