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Tips for Brushing and Flossing

Dental hygiene, also known as oral hygiene, refers to the process of keeping your mouth and teeth clean and healthy by following a routine of brushing, flossing and regular check ups with your dentist. As you are probably aware from television adverts, keeping teeth free from bacteria-rich plaque can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and can help to keep your breath fresh but most people don’t really understand why.

Plaque is a major cause of cavities. It is a transparent layer of bacteria that coast the teeth. Brushing your teeth will remove the plaque build up. You can also floss once a day to insure that all plaque is removed, even where the brush cannot reach. Brushing stimulates the gums too, which keep the gums healthy and prevent gum disease.

Even with the strictest dental hygiene routines it is still always necessary to see a dentist regularly to monitor for the first signs of any dental problems. It is also becoming more and more common to visit a dental hygienist as part of your regular check up. Hygienists are specially trained technicians who can remove any built up tartar and give the teeth a thorough deep clean alongside treatment from your regular dentist. Hygienists can also give the best advice on effective cleaning methods to help give your teeth the best protection possible.

Top tips on brushing:

– Gently brush your teeth, holding your brush at a 45 degree angle against your gum line. Use short strokes, starting from where the tooth meets the gum. Careful not to brush too hard as this could cause receding gums, and over time tooth sensitivity, or even tooth loss
– Using a sweeping motion, gently brush your tongue in a downward motion to remove the decay- causing bacteria. Not forgetting the roof of your mouth
– A lot of people do not brush for the suggested 2-3 minutes each day. Use an egg timer, or play a favorite song to get used to brushing for the suggested time

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Laser Teeth Whitening For Shining Smile

Dental care begins at home, but sometimes teeth encounter problems such as discoloration, cavity problems, etc. These problems need to be solved by the dentist. There are many techniques available to get rid of these problems including sophisticated techniques for tooth whitening.Of all the cosmetic dentistry procedures, few have as an effective or dramatic impact as teeth whitening. This is a process that aims to make the teeth whiter by up to an incredible ten shades. It is widely offered by most dentists and is one of the most widely used and affordable of the cosmetic dentistry treatments. This method does not take a long time and you can get back home within an hour with white and sparkling teeth! Laser tooth whitening is a tooth bleaching method and involves the use of laser and a whitening gel in order to lighten the tooth shade and whiten them. Laser techniques have been used since 15 years by the dental fraternity.

For the most part, laser whitening is a fairly simple procedure.The first step in laser tooth whitening system is to manually clean the teeth and remove plaque. This is followed by the application of a peroxide based gel to the teeth. The peroxide gel is made up of a maximum strength formula, which makes sure that the laser which is to be applied further works properly and performs maximum cleaning. Further, the gel is subjected to specialized light in order to activate itself. This procedure takes almost an hour to complete and your teeth are whitened by making it many shades lighter.Depending on your diet and oral hygiene, this procedure will enable you to have white teeth for a maximum of two years.

The laser tooth whitening system is an easy process which doesn’t consume much of your time. It is painless as well! However, there are some pros and cons of this method. In most cases, laser bleaching causes no damage to your gums and teeth. Typically, even if you have gum disease, you can have this type of bleaching treatment. If you have fillings, they will not be loosened or damaged by laser whitening. You will also notice that the enamel on your teeth will not become soft. Unfortunately, your teeth may be a bit more sensitive after this procedure.The biggest con of laser tooth whitening system is the high cost involved in the treatment.  This further increases with the number of times the cleaning is to be performed. Another disadvantage associated with laser tooth whitening is that it may not work for teeth which have turned gray in color, as such type of teeth do not get bleached at all.

After reading this, you must have decided to try out the laser tooth whitening system. However, before opting for any treatment, do not get tempted by its popularity. Consult a specialist to know about this procedure, know about the advantages and disadvantages of tooth whitening, see whether the treatment suits your needs and most importantly think about the cost incurred on it. Choose a reputed dentist for this treatment. Your teeth are special and every care must be taken to preserve them for a lifetime.Remember though, the real secret to keeping your teeth white and preventing discolouration is regular brushing, a healthy lifestyle and regular dental check-ups. Keep smiling, as it costs nothing!

Dental Tourism : Shimla in the Himalayas

Medical Tourism is a developing concept whereby people from all over the world visit other countries for their medical and relaxation needs. As health care costs skyrocket, patients in the developed world are looking overseas for medical treatment. We, at HimachalDental, are capitalizing on its low costs and highly trained doctors to appeal to “medical tourists.” Even with airfare, the cost of going to India for surgery is markedly cheaper, and the quality of services is often better than that found in most countries. Indeed, many of our patients were pleased at the prospect of combining their oral-facial maxillary surgery or prosthesis on their implants with a trip to Holiday Destinations In India, all courtesy of HimachalDental world-renowned services.

Not only do you save an enormous amount of money — since offshore dental procedures can be performed for as little as one-fourth the cost of what would normally be charged in the Western states, with state-of-the-art facilities to boot, you also get to enjoy VIP services, such as personalized hotel accommodations, free shuttle services to and from the airport, and absolutely to-die-for hotel accommodations, restaurants, spas, and vacation packages anywhere India.

The reason HD is often referred to as “a patient’s dental paradise” is because our infrastructure and technology, is at par with those in the advanced countries. It is one of the first dental centers in the Himachal to take advantage of the country’s positive image as a destination for medical tourism due to its world-class dental care and modern technology, with procedures delivered at a fraction of the cost of those in developed countries. In addition, the services of hotel bookings, pick-up services, city tours around Shimla may be included as part of the dental tourist’s package – making it one of the most convenient and well-planned dental tourism packages offered in the country today.

Since  India is also one of the most favorable tourist destinations in the world, dental medicine combined with tourism has come into effect, from which the concept of Medical Tourism is derived. What’s more, we have developed links for speedy treatments for foreign nationals on account of the fact that in those countries one has to wait for extended periods of time to undergo operations. Here, at HD, our focus is on giving you our closed attention and the finest of dental care. We maintain our notable full service operation in all levels of dentistry to ensure you the utmost possible care. Renowned as a pioneer in one-stop dental treatment in Shimla, we extend our full dental service to welcome you at the gate of India.

Dental Implants :Greatest Alternative To Natural Teeth

Dental Implants enable you to replace missing teeth and recapture the beauty and health of your smile after tooth loss.Dental implants are probably one of the main contributors of cosmetic dentistry to the world. A dental implant is essentially an artificial replacement that resembles a tooth or a group of teeth.

A dental implant is a metal fixture (usually a screw) that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It takes on the role of an anchor within the mouth, for a false tooth or a set of false teeth. Then when dental work such as a crown, fixed bridge or a full set of dentures is added, one or more missing teeth can be replaced.

Mini dental implants or a standard dental implant are fabricated from a very strong, bio compatible material. After an initial healing period, during which the implant fuses itself to the bone. Small metal posts are then secured in place to support the artificial tooth.

Dental implant treatment has the power to change your life. Missing teeth can significantly affect your self-esteem, confidence and facial appearance. Just a few of the benefits Dental Implants surgery offers patients:

• Dental Tooth Implants look and feel so natural that you may forget you ever lost a tooth.

• After your dental implants procedure many patients find they can eat and speak as they did previously – foods that were forbidden are now back on the menu.

• Increased preservation of bone and decreased gum tissue shrinkage providing permanent solution to replace lost teeth.

• Titanium Dental Implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth (i.e. this can occur in bridge treatment) does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant.

• Most implantation procedures are computer-guided which makes them safer and faster and take very little time to heal.

Dental Implants Dentures will give additional support, security and freedom from the clicks and wobbles of traditional dentures. You can say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.

Whether you have one missing tooth and require one dental implant or you require full dental implants for all of your missing teeth – a dental implants dentist can help you.This procedure has one of the highest success rates in dentistry, but all are not eligible to get a dental implant done. Consult your dentist who will take your history and examine your teeth and gums to consider you for this restorative procedure.For more information on dental implants in your area please call Goma Dental at 177-645-0704.

Advantages Of Tooth Colored Fillings

At the Goma Dental, we have seen tooth-colored fillings quickly replace traditional metal fillings as the filling of choice for patients wanting a natural, healthy-looking smile.

Tooth-colored, or white, fillings are the fillings made out of a composite resin that is the same natural color as your own teeth. They are often bonded to the tooth, which helps to strengthen it.As with other composite materials, a dental composite typically consists of a resin-based oligomer matrix, such as a bisphenol A-glycidyl methacrylate (BISMA) or urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA), and an inorganic filler such as silicon dioxide silica. Compositions vary widely, with proprietary mixes of resins forming the matrix, as well as engineered filler glasses and glass ceramics. The filler gives the composite wear resistance and translucency. A coupling agent such as silane is used to enhance the bond between these two components. An initiator package(such as: Camphorquinone (CQ), Phenylpropanedion (PPD) or Lucirin (TPO)) begins the polymerization reaction of the resins when external energy (light/heat, etc.) is applied. A catalyst package can control its speed.

In addition to their natural appearance, tooth-colored fillings are generally preferred by cosmetic dentists because they require the removal of less tooth structure than silver fillings, allowing you to keep more of your natural tooth.The main advantage of a direct dental composite over traditional materials such as amalgam is improved aesthetics. Composites can be made in a wide range of tooth colours allowing near invisible restoration of teeth.While somewhat more expensive than silver fillings, tooth-colored fillings are widely considered the better choice due to the fact that they strengthen the tooth. Plus, they don’t contain mercury, which is considered by many to be a toxic substance.

If you currently have silver fillings, they can be easily replaced with tooth-colored fillings to match your own teeth. If you have a new cavity, you may want to consider a tooth-colored filling over a silver filling.With proper care, tooth-colored fillings can often last 5 to 10 years before needing replacement.For more information on white fillings please call Goma Dental at 177-645-0704.

History of Toothbrushes

Posted in Preventive Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on November 6, 2009
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A variety of oral hygiene measures have been used since before recorded history. This has been verified by various excavations done all over the world, in which chewsticks, tree twigs, bird feathers, animal bones and porcupine quills were recovered.

Many peoples have used forms of toothbrushes through the ages. Indian medicine (Ayurveda) has used the neem tree (a.k.a. daatun) and its products to create toothbrushes and similar products for millennia. The end of a neem twig is chewed until it is soft and splayed, and it is then used to brush the teeth. In the Muslim world, the miswak, or siwak, made from a twig or root with antiseptic properties has been widely used since the Islamic Golden Age. Rubbing baking soda or chalk against the teeth was also common.

The first toothbrush to resemble the modern toothbrush is believed to have been invented in China in the late 1400s,which used the stiff hairs from a hog’s neck, attached to a bamboo stick.The earliest identified use of the word toothbrush in English was in the autobiography of Anthony Wood in 1690, in a sentence about buying a toothbrush from a man named J. Barret.William Addis of England is credited with creating the first mass-produced toothbrush in 1780. He soon became very wealthy. He died in the year 1808 and left the business to his eldest son, William II.

The first patent for a toothbrush was by H. N. Wadsworth in 1857 (US Patent No. 18,653) in the United States, but mass production of the product in America only started in 1885. The rather advanced design had a bone handle with holes bored into it for the Siberian Boar hair bristles.Natural bristles (from animal hair) were replaced by synthetic fibers, usually nylon, by DuPont in 1938. The first nylon bristle toothbrush, made with nylon yarn, went on sale on February 24, 1938. The first electric toothbrush, the Broxodent, was introduced by the Bristol-Myers Company (now Bristol-Myers Squibb) at the centennial of the American Dental Association in 1959.

In January 2003, the toothbrush was selected as the number one invention Americans could not live without, beating out the automobile, computer, cell phone, and microwave oven, according to the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index.Today, both manual and electric toothbrushes come in many shapes and sizes and are typically made of plastic molded handles and nylon bristles. The most recent toothbrush models include handles that are straight, angled, curved, and contoured with grips and soft rubber areas to make them easier to hold and use. Toothbrush bristles are usually synthetic and range from very soft to soft in texture, although harder bristle versions are available. Toothbrush heads range from very small for young children to larger sizes for older children and adults and come in a variety of shapes such as rectangular, oblong, oval and almost round.

The basic fundamentals have not changed since the times of the Egyptians and Babylonians – a handle to grip, and a bristle-like feature with which to clean the teeth. Over its long history, the toothbrush has evolved to become a scientifically designed tool using modern ergonomic designs and safe and hygienic materials that benefit us all.

Get Rid Of Dental Calculus

Calculus is a form of hardened Dental plaque and is synonymous with tartar. It is caused by the continual accumulation of minerals from saliva on plaque on the teeth. Its rough surface provides an ideal medium for further plaque formation, threatening the health of the gingiva. The initial deposition hardens the plaque surface which makes it an ideal substrate to further development of the dental calculus.Plaque accumulation causes the gingiva to become irritated and inflamed, and this is referred to as gingivitis. When the gingiva become so irritated that there is a loss of the connective tissue fibers that attach the gums to the teeth and bone that surrounds the tooth, this is known as periodontitis. Because dental plaque is the sole cause of periodontitis, it is referred to as the primary aetiology. Plaque that remains in the oral cavity long enough will eventually calcify and become calculus.

Brushing and flossing will help you if the calculus is in its formative stages. But a more serious condition requires their removal by the use of ultrasonic waves and sharpened tools which is why it is always better to visit your dentist irrespective of the degree of the problem. Initial stages of dental calculus are generally found to be removed by routine brushing and flossing but there have been cases wherein the gums have been inflicted with further damage when the individual was trying to get rid of the calculus himself. A layman will not be able to determine whether the calculus is rudimentary or well developed and hence it is always suggested to visit the dentist.

The dentist will examine your condition and then suggest the best possible solution. It is not always that you will have to go for ultrasonic treatment and if the problem is small the dentist himself will not opt for specialized treatment. The bottom line is that good oral care is very important if you want your teeth and gums to be problem free. Dental care costs far cheaper than curing a dental problem and hence the decision is to be taken by you whether you want to be going through the process of treatment.

Regular brushing and flossing along with regular dental checkups are all that is required to prevent dental problems. So don’t wait any longer. Go fix an appointment with your dentist now.

Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding Gives A Beautiful Smile

Cosmetic Dental bonding is done with a composite resin material that is used to fix various dental problems. The composite bonding material can be used to fix some breaks, cracks and chips on teeth and some spaces between teeth called diastemas. If the tooth imperfections or spaces are large, bonding may not be an option, in which case porcelain veneers or crowns may be required to give a good cosmetic result.

To start the tooth bonding procedure, your Dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth for treatment by roughening the surface to be repaired and then recontouring the surface to acccept the composite resin material. Surface roughening is performed to allow the resin to adhere properly to the tooth structure when it hardens. When the tooth or teeth are properly prepared, the cosmetic dentist will apply a mixture of two different materials which have an adhesive and a catalyst in them. The putty-like composite material, which is tooth colored is applied and sculpted to correct the problems. The composite material is then carefully applied to the properly prepared area of the tooth to be fixed. The tooth-colored composite is then shaped and smoothed to accomplish the desired cosmetic appearance. To harden the composite resin material once it is placed on the tooth, a high intensity light is used to cure it by your Cosmetic Dentist. If the area to be fixed is large or deep, more than one layer of composite material may have to be applied and cured separately. After shaping the material, the newly fixed area is smoothed and polished to look like the natural tooth structure. If done correctly by someone well trained in cosmetic dentistry, the finished tooth colored composite should have the same appearance as its adjacent natural tooth structure. Any tooth whitening that is needed or desired should be done prior to the use of cosmetic dental bonding resins, because the resin is not effected by the bleaching process and remains its original color. Generally, composite bonding is done on teeth after they have been bleached. At that time after bleaching, the tooth-colored bonding material is matched to the newly whitened teeth. Cosmetic tooth bonding with composite material can usually be completed during one office visit, depending upon the amount of repair needed and the number of teeth to be treated. Cosmetic cases that are complicated involving multiple teeth may require more than one visit to your  Cosmetic Dentist.

Cosmetic dental tooth bonding
is quick and generally able to be finished in one visit to the dentist if they are properly trained in cosmetic dental work. The finished product is usually relatively long lasting, assuming the patient takes normal care of their teeth. Tooth colored dental bonding is a wonderful alternative to more extensive and more expensive cosmetic dentistry treatment that is done with porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridges. Cost is often a concern for patients. The cost of dental tooth bonding varies depending upon three things: (1) the number of teeth that are repaired; (2) the size of the individual areas that are bonded; and (3) the geographic area of the country where the procedures are performed.

As always, this information is not in any way meant to replace a visit and examination by your own dentist. However, if you do not currently have a dentist, you may contact Shimla Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Goma, to set up a dental exam and additional information may be viewed at our  Himachaldental Cosmetic Dentistry website.

CEREC Crowns

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on October 28, 2009
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While dental crowns are one of our most common procedures, they are also one of the procedures offering the most benefit to patients.

Crowns
are a type of dental restoration that when cemented into place, fully cover the portion of the tooth above the gum line. Because a crown encases the entire visible aspect of a tooth, it effectively becomes part of the tooth’s new outer surface.

Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal or a combination of both. Most patients today prefer porcelain crowns due to their natural appearance.As new technology and materials science has evolved, computers are increasingly becoming a part of crown and bridge fabrication, such as in CAD/CAM technology.The CEREC method of fabricating all-ceramic restorations is by electronically capturing and storing a photographic image of the prepared tooth and, using computer technology, crafting a 3D restoration design that conforms to all the necessary specifications of the proposed inlay, onlay or single-unit crown; there is no impression. After selecting the proper features and making various decisions on the computerized model, the dentist directs the computer to send the information to a local milling machine.

We would generally recommend a crown to restore a tooth to its original shape, to strengthen a tooth or to improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.We will make an impression of your tooth and a dental laboratory will create the crown. You may wear a temporary crown until the permanent crown is prepared. Once ready, the permanent crown will be cemented onto your tooth. The latest technique being Metal-free restorations where restoration can be placed in an hour. Dr. Goma at Goma dental ,Shimla  can explain how dental crowns can make your teeth look natural and beautiful.


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