26 Aug 2014

Dental Health during Pregnancy

Dental health is not something that can be taken lightly and regular dental care is necessary for everyone. However, dental health becomes even more sensitive during pregnancy. Women need to take care of their teeth and gums just as much as they need to take care of themselves while pregnant. The occurrence of hormonal changes becomes higher when a woman is expecting a baby. The chances of gum disease become higher due to these very changes and if that happens, it can affect the baby to be, too.

Keeping your dental health in check requires one to personally care for their teeth and gums, and get professional help every now and then, too. During pregnancy, regular checkups with your dentist and doctor are necessary. When you first find out about your pregnancy, make sure you tell your dentist early on. Dentists know what would be the best precautionary measures that are required in such a condition. Avoid dental treatments in the first trimester of pregnancy because the developing baby is most prone to damages in that stage. Therefore, unless there is emergency, pregnant women should refrain from dental treatments. After that period is over, though, women can continue with their routine procedures and treatments as required. However, developing babies and radiations are not a good combination so X-Rays should be avoided as they can be damaging for the baby. Your doctor and dentist would not go for X-Rays either unless it is a pressing matter. However, it is best to evade them all the same.

Dental health is not a light matter, so do not avoid your checkups and routine visits to your dentist. Even if you think you are taking care of your teeth and gums just fine, you still need professional advice and help. Your own dental care is just as important so neither should be ignored. You take care of your dental health on a daily basis and let the dentist take care of it on a bi-weekly basis. Any medications that you are taking during pregnancy, even if they are just vitamin pills, make sure you inform your dentist about them.

Morning sickness is common to pregnant women; however, not brushing your teeth in the morning just because of the sickness is a bad move. Change your toothpaste, if you must, but do not avoid brushing your teeth. The first step to taking care of your dental health is brushing your teeth regularly- try to brush them at least twice a day.

Sugary and junk foods are commonly known to be bad for teeth and that is true. However, pregnant women should avoid such foods even more because they are not only bad for teeth but bad for the baby, too. Eating regular and healthy food will automatically improve your dental health, so focus on that a lot.

Keeping your dental health in check during pregnancy can be a tad bit irritating but it is necessary nonetheless- not just for you, but for the expected baby, too. If taken into a scheduled routine, the regular care can just become habitual and the visits to the dentist a frequent duty, which will make the whole “keeping your dental health in check” bearable.

Knowing how important oral health and hygiene really is during pregnancy, do not hesitate and contact your local west London dentist to schedule an appointment!

24 Jul 2014

An odd dental case

How many of you had to go through a tooth extraction procedure? If you even for a second felt sorry for yourself, this story of a 17-year-old boy from India reported by BBC will put you to shame.

Ashik Gavai has been suffering a painful swelling of his jaw for over 18 months.  After the doctors from his village failed to identify what might be the cause of this and as the pain grew unbearable, the boy’s family worried that cancer might be the cause, decided to travel to the city in order to recognize the issue.

The issue identified by the city doctors, was described as a ‘world record’ and a ‘very rare’ dental issue.

Dr Dhiware, who was one of the doctors working on the boy’s case, said "Ashik's malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. It's a sort of benign tumor," and added “Once we opened the gum, little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one-by-one. Initially, we were collecting them; they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted 232 teeth,"

After a 7 hour-long surgery, involving 2 surgeons and 2 assistants, all of the boy’s extra teeth have been successfully removed, leaving him with a healthy looking 28-teeth smile.

The lead surgeon, Dr Dhiware said she had "not seen anything like this before in my 30-year career, but was thrilled to get such an exciting case"

Wisdom Dental fears the boy was not as thrilled but fortunately he now can live a pain-free, healthy life!

5 Jun 2014

Celebrity smile evolution

The evolution of the celebrity smile: before and after work
One of the things that becomes quickly evident when you look at Hollywood celebrities on TV and in magazines is their gleaming wall of pearly whites.  Everyone in Hollywood seems to have a perfect set of chompers, ready to gleam for their adoring fans and for the flashing lights of the paparazzi.  What few people know is that none of them came into Hollywood this way, and that’s a secret they’d really like to have kept from the public eye.

Tom Cruise
Early in his career, even the immaculate and handsome Tom Cruise has an imperfect smile.  It was, as you might imagine, years before he became the huge start that he is today.  For much of his early career this was actually the case, it wasn’t until after his time with Nicole Kidman that he finally got the perfect shining smile he has now.

Courtney Love
While Courtney Love has never quite had the horrible set of choppers of our dear friend Tom, she certainly had an unfortunate bit of dental structure that was somewhat less than attractive.  While there’s no clear date as to when she finally upgraded her smile, Courtney Love has a perfect and beautiful set of pearly whites to flash at the camera.

50 Cent
When it comes to musicians, especially those known for their rougher appearance such as metal heads and rappers, we don’t necessarily pay attention their teeth.  However, early in his career, Rapper 50 Cent had a gap in his teeth you could probably have passed that coin through.  Perhaps trying to polish up his appearance and a bit of shopping therapy resulted in the £30,000 work he had done to perfect his teeth.  

Michael Douglas
This is a man who seems to have a bit of an oral fixation, he’s most famous for his movies, second only by his tendency to discuss the acquisition of oral cancer by performing cunnilingus, which is by all appearances is one of his favourite words.  There’s nothing that will make you age gracefully like a mouthful of pearly whites, and he has definitely invested in that.  He may have been in Hollywood for decades, but he’s sheared off at least one off his appearance with his perfect smile.

Celine Dion
Celine Dion is one of the most renowned musicians to come out of Canada, and her music has set the tone for a number of blockbuster romances.  While the end was ruined by anyone who knew even a little about the history of disasters, her “My Heart Will Go On” touched the hearts of screaming fangirls everywhere.  Celine used to be the proud owner of a pair of canines that would make the fiercest of wolves envious, but an outstanding musical career requires an outstanding smile, and some obvious work was done to tone down that predatory maw.

So if you’ve ever wanted to get into Hollywood, and thought your path might be blocked by a set of teeth that would make a shark proud, a visit to a skilled dentist will go a long way into giving you a flawless grin.  After all, if it’s a good enough solution for Hollywood, it’s a good enough solution for you!

29 May 2014

Battery acid vs soda drink

What's better (or worse) for your teeth; battery acid or a soda drink? Find out below...