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THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE CHOOSING A TOOTHBRUSH AND RIGHT BRUSHING TECHNIQUES

The most common question that every dentist faces no matter where they are …in the clinic, in an elevator, on a flight or even at a party – DR, WHICH IS THE BEST TOOTHBRUSH?

My simple answer has always been – THE ONE YOU ACTUALLY USE!

Here are 7 easy tips to help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing your toothbrush.

 

1. BRISTLES – Material, Shape & Texture
Bristles are usually made of nylon material and should be really soft in their texture they can even be extra soft. The shape of the bristles is not as important and you can choose from multiple options in the market today with criss-cross action and various designs.

Recently bristles impregnated with different materials like activated charcoal have also become available and must be used only if they maintain the same soft texture or the original bristle. Materials that impregnate the bristles can also cause increased wear and tear of the teeth.

 

2. BRUSH DESIGN

  • The brush head is the second most important factor which should be small and sleek enough to allow you to access even the areas in the back of your mouth.
  • The brush handle must be ergonomic giving you a good grip without slipping and allowing you to brush well with the right technique.

3. BRUSHING PRESSURE
Contrary to the popular belief of brushing hard, gentle or mild brushing pressure is recommended. Excess pressure over many years of faulty brushing can cause abrasion of teeth and wear out of your all-important enamel layer. Some automated brushes now come with an indicator to signal when brushing pressure is too much for your teeth.

4. ADDITIONAL CLEANING BESIDES TEETH
Your brush also can come with additional features to be able to clean your gums and even your tongue since it’s not just the teeth that encompass our good oral health and hygiene.

5. AUTOMATION
You can choose an automated brush which can range from a simple battery-operated brush to the latest smart brushing innovations.

5. LONGEVITY
A brush should last between 3-6 months depending on your brushing pressure. If you see the bristles fraying it is time to replace it.

Ideally, we can replace the entire brush if manual or then replace just the brush head in case of an automatic brush.

 

5. COST
This is the least important factor to use when choosing your brush, and yet it must be considered as brushes are replaced frequently and you maybe factoring not just you but your entire family. While the latest innovations can be an investment to make, a simple, inexpensive, manual brush with the above factors can also do the job and help maintain your pearlies in pristine condition.

 

TIPS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BRUSH FOR SENSITIVE TEETH

When choosing a brush for sensitive teeth you must remember that the brush must be really gentle and must exert little or no pressure on the date I often tell my patients that all teeth sensitive or not must be cleaned like your most expensive chinaware because they are precious and priceless. Steps 1,3 & 5 discussed above are the best to ensure optimal care of sensitive teeth.

 

WHAT ARE THE RIGHT TECHNIQUES TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH?

There may be many right ways of brushing your teeth the most common and dentist recommended technique is to use a ROLLING MOTION  which requires you to make circles around each tooth covering both your teeth and your gums.

Ensure you are brushing in a direction away from your gums to ensure that food is getting pushed out so from DOWN to UP for your lower jaw & UP to DOWN on your upper jaw.

If all this seems too complex then the best hack is to get an automated or battery operated brush which takes the guess work out of brushing. You just need to hold it for a few seconds and move it in the same manner motioning away from your teeth and gums covering each tooth or a few teeth at a time so it can clean adequately without us having to worry about it.

 

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in

7 TIPS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TOOTHBRUSH

The most common question that every dentist faces no matter where they are …in the clinic, in an elevator, on a flight or even at a party – DR, WHICH IS THE BEST TOOTHBRUSH?

My simple answer has always been – THE ONE YOU ACTUALLY USE!

Here are 7 easy tips to help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing your toothbrush.

 

1. BRISTLES – Material, Shape & Texture
Bristles are usually made of nylon material and should be really soft in their texture they can even be extra soft. The shape of the bristles is not as important and you can choose from multiple options in the market today with criss-cross action and various designs.

Recently bristles impregnated with different materials like activated charcoal have also become available and must be used only if they maintain the same soft texture or the original bristle. Materials that impregnate the bristles can also cause increased wear and tear of the teeth.

 

2. BRUSH DESIGN

  • The brush head is the second most important factor which should be small and sleek enough to allow you to access even the areas in the back of your mouth.
  • The brush handle must be ergonomic giving you a good grip without slipping and allowing you to brush well with the right technique.

3. BRUSHING PRESSURE
Contrary to the popular belief of brushing hard, gentle or mild brushing pressure is recommended. Excess pressure over many years of faulty brushing can cause abrasion of teeth and wear out of your all-important enamel layer. Some automated brushes now come with an indicator to signal when brushing pressure is too much for your teeth.

4. ADDITIONAL CLEANING BESIDES TEETH
Your brush also can come with additional features to be able to clean your gums and even your tongue since it’s not just the teeth that encompass our good oral health and hygiene.

5. AUTOMATION
You can choose an automated brush which can range from a simple battery-operated brush to the latest smart brushing innovations.

5. LONGEVITY
A brush should last between 3-6 months depending on your brushing pressure. If you see the bristles fraying it is time to replace it.

Ideally, we can replace the entire brush if manual or then replace just the brush head in case of an automatic brush.

 

5. COST
This is the least important factor to use when choosing your brush, and yet it must be considered as brushes are replaced frequently and you maybe factoring not just you but your entire family. While the latest innovations can be an investment to make, a simple, inexpensive, manual brush with the above factors can also do the job and help maintain your pearlies in pristine condition.

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in

5 WAYS TO STOP YOUR GUM BLEEDING

 

Gums bleed as a sign of inflammation in response to bacteria, says Dr Diksha Tahilramani Batra, a prosthodontist.

Research proves that around 85% of the Indian population has gum disease in some form and the first tell-tale sign of gum trouble is bleeding gums. Gums bleed as a sign of inflammation in response to bacteria. If we can arrest gum diseases at this stage which is also called gingivitis or inflammation of gums, then we can rest assured that we can significantly reduce the impact of gum disease.

 

1. FLOSSING
Hygiene plays a big role in keeping away inflammation-causing bacteria and some of the best methods of hygiene include flossing between teeth. This doesn’t necessarily mean the thread that is used to clean between teeth but interdental cleaning can also be achieved by waterjets and floss sticks which are easier to use and control. Keeping gums clean is one of the best ways to stop bleeding.

2. MOUTHWASH USING CHLORHEXIDINE
Bad breath has been masked often by the use of mouthwash, but when using mouthwash specifically for your bleeding gums – make sure it contains an agent called “chlorhexidine”. This is responsible for killing the bacteria and ensuring your teeth remain in a healthy condition in their absence.

3. VITAMIN DEFICIENCY
Besides hygiene, there is also a condition of vitamin deficiency that can cause your gums to weaken become tender and bleed. A vitamin C deficiency called scurvy is one of the main reasons for profuse gum bleeding – eating foods rich in vitamin C, especially citrus fruits or even using oral supplements can result in long-lasting gum health improvement in addition to better overall immunity. B vitamins and iron are others that can be kept in check when facing prolonged gum bleeding despite good hygiene.

4. ORAL PHYSIOTHERAPY/ GUM MASSAGE
If you happen to have a tendency of having sensitive or fragile gums that bleed no matter what then ensuring a good massage routine can actually strengthen your gums. Just a gentle finger massage can work wonders in strengthening your gum fibers and also promoting circulation in the area. This massage is carried out in circular motions ensuring you massage closest to the junction between your teeth and gums. Often this is carried out with medication or even plain salt water to ensure proper disinfection.

6. DENTAL CLEANING
When all else fails a dental cleaning will definitely help bring your gum bleeding under control. This is a very simple dental procedure when your dentist cleans below your gums causing any deposits of plaque and calculus.

Do not ignore gum bleeding as this could be a sign for bigger problems in your gums and underlying bone and must be dealt with at the earliest with these simple solutions.

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in

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DR. DIKSHA TAHILRAMANI BATRA

Dentist

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HOW TO SPEND QUARANTINE DAYS HEALTHIER?

DR. DIKSHA TAHILRAMANI BATRA
Dentist

Prophecy – Sometime in 2020
“All of humanity will be brought down to their knees by a virus, they will survive as
they always do, but be forced to change their life forever!! “

If someone had predicted this who would believe it ? Mankind has been through

and survived wars, nuclear disasters and natural calamities – a virus doesn’t seem like a viable threat. And yet here’s our current reality, I along with a billion people in India have spent 57 days exactly 8 weeks indoors – a phenomenon that has never occurred in my lifetime nor ever in the history of time. For those of us who are still  in some form of denial and still haven’t accepted the situation we are in I would urge you to.

REALISE : TAKE CONTROL : RESPOND

01 – PHYSICAL LEVEL

All those times when we complained I have too much work and I can’t work out I’m too busy. I have to eat socially here’s your chance to maintain your routine. No one has seen you for awhile how about a corona transformation – a
coronation 🙂

5 SIMPLE EXERCISES TO DO

02 – PROFESSIONAL FRONT

Some of us are working harder than usual while others have become set in the lack of a routine !

Threat – not being able to work long productive hours, wake up on time and even make it to work on time.
The discipline that we followed for years is about to crumble and going back to work will seem  harder than you think.

If you thought this phase was hard watch what happens when lockdown is over and we actually have to go back to a normal life.

If there was a time to get work life balance well this is it ! Being home gives you the luxury of having meals together as a family and being there for each other. Create a boundary of timings or Both will spill into each other and you will enjoy neither.

Imagine all that time commuting and having to attend patients is all converted to time you can
actually think, strategize and do focused work.
Question is what will we as dentists do – we don’t have any patients.

PLAN YOUR WORKING HOURS 

03 – EMOTIONAL COPING

If you thought you are fine think again.

Everyone is experiencing the effects of a lock down being couped up indoors is something we have never done before.

Do we expect to get out of it without any help or even acknowledging what’s wrong with us.
There will be days you will feel fear, vulnerability, helplessness, frustration even anger
and it’s ok to experience these emotions and not suppress them.

Deal with them and let them pass.
You must have emotional practices that allow you to centre back to normal.

5 STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU COPE 

All of these are strategies
which will help you cope
– the worst one you need to avoid
is denial and saying I’m fine.

Most of us have stunted
emotional intelligence only
because we are so busy with
work we don’t have time to
develop our inner dialogue
so here we are with the best
time at hand to develop
ourselves as intellectual
beings and have a coping
mechanism and emotional
strength for anything that
comes our way!

04 – FINANCIAL PLANNING

There will be some financial strain on all of us whether we are just graduating or we have practices or jobs. Let’s understand it best we can and plan for a 6 month period atleast.

For those of us who are dependent on our parents try to see if there’s anything you can do to
help share the load or reduce their stress.

What are the expenses we can cut down ?
What are other avenues of income we can have ?
How much personal reserve do we have ?

For those of us who have people depending on us let them know clearly how much you can support them and for how long.
– Avoid sudden lay offs.
– Figure a new strategy for payments.
– Being prepared reduces the fear of the unknown!

05 – RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

The ones who get ignored the most in our lives are the ones closest to us. You must realize that soon these days will be behind us  and although it may seem like an eternity now, we know how time flies these weeks and months will feel miniscule. To be strong and endure no matter what’s coming. Remember there are people all over the world losing the ones they love and while we have this time with them we must make it count. So start building your relationship credits now.

06 – ONLINE SOCIALIZING

We are social beings and if we are disconnected from the world there are bound to be side effects. Try to stay connected with your loved ones through social media and online meetings.

A time like this will never return where you can actually meet and speak with all Your friends all over the world, family that might be experiencing the intense effects of a lockdown- connecting with them will change your mindset and theirs !

We will go back to normal and we all know the day is not far but it’s what we make of this life
event that counts. We will all go through this time we have a choice who comes out on the
other side a broken version of you or a new and improved you !

 

DON’T OVERLOOK YOUR SMILE. VOW TO FEEL NEW AGAIN.

When was the last time someone complimented you for having a gorgeous smile? The good news is that you can now get your misshapen, chipped or crooked teeth to look good. Thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry, you can get the smile you want at Smile Essentials. Our services are quick, painless and surprisingly affordable. Few treatments to choose from

1. Bleaching: Helps lighten teeth that have been stained, discoloured or darkened. There are two ways to professionally bleach teeth. One to apply a bleaching solution at the clinic or with a custom-made bleaching tray that you wear for a couple of hours at home for 1 to 6 days.

2. Re-contouring: If your teeth have mild flaws in shape, they can be slightly contoured. The process is usually quick and painless to make teeth look more aligned and symmetrical.

3. Bonding: Mild discrepancies like gaps,crooked,broken or decayed teeth can all be corrected by tooth fillings that is bonded or moulded to an ideal shape,size and colour onto your teeth.

4. Veneers: Are thin,tooth-coloured shells that cover the front of your teeth. These work the same way as nail extensions or cosmetic lens giving you the perfect shape and colour that you desire without sacrificing your natural teeth. The process usually involves two or three visits at SE.

5. Braces: Recent advances are almost invisible, less painful and fast acting.We are regularly treating adults as people refuse to compromise and settle with a crooked smile.

6. Dental Implants: Dental implants are fixed artificial substitutes that replace missing teeth permanently without damaging any other teeth. They’re much more secure and natural looking than dentures or bridgework.

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in

7 REASONS TO MAKE YOU SMILE!!

Visiting a dentist can be very daunting. We realize that and hence here are 7 reasons that will surely bring a smile to your face.

SO HERE ARE THE SEVEN REASONS TO MAKE YOU SMILE 

1. NO PAIN, ONLY GAIN

Dental clinics are no longer the torture chambers they used to be. With modern amenities and warm  welcoming interiors you no longer need  to be afraid of hospital like settings with scary looking doctors.

2. PAIN & ANXIETY CONTROL

We now have advanced equipment that replaces drills, injections and blades, all the instruments that you may have feared in the dental office.

3. SLEEP WHILE GETTING A ROOT CANAL

While root canals  are the most feared treatments in dentistry, patients today are painlessly treated within a single sitting, so much so that they sleep through most of their treatment.

4. WALK OUT WITH AN INSTANT FACE LIFT

Getting an instant cleaning and whitening is now as easy as walking in for a 15-45 minute session. So even if  you’re a last minute person getting that dazzling set before a party or your big day is ever so easy.

5. STRAIGHTEN TEETH WITHOUT UGLY BRACES!

If its crooked teeth that are bothering you and you just cant bear the thought of ugly metal braces, the new invisible braces is  just the perfect solution to your problem. No one will ever know you have braces! And you will be smiling all along the treatment and have a better smile at the end of it!

6. NO MORE CAVITIES!

We counsel our patients on how to ensure no more cavities –right from diet  counseling to establishing oral hygiene habits that’ll prevent any future cavities to keep that sweet smiling face always intact!

7. FIXED TEETH FOR ALL

We now have the ability of replacing a crippling denture with fixed teeth which maximizes your eating pleasure and increases your self-confidence no matter your age

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in

5 REASONS WHY SMOKING IS THE WORST HABIT TO HAVE

We have heard it all about why smoking is bad and quitting is the solution but try convincing a smoker despite all this knowledge they know what’s right but just don’t have the will to quit even if their life depends on it. For the motivated self critical few who are still open to getting some help here we are giving them few more reasons to kick that cigarette butt, and in case they can’t read on to find solutions that minimize the hazardous effects that smoking leaves us with.

SMOKERS BREATH

Ever tried being intimate with someone or even coming home reeking of nicotine ? Your fore finger, your hair, clothes and breath seem to have a stench that refuses to leave. Be it Mouth freshener sprays, mints or gums it all seems in short supply as each nicotine blast seems to need a fresh load of minting up! For those of you who have kids or parents who do not approve you know what a challenge masking your nicotine breath is. As a smoker your oral hygiene measures have to be amped up going all the way with motorized brushing, tongue cleaning ,using mouthwash and even flossing being a part of your routine.

STAINS ON TEETH

Imagine having two dentists – we have had patients who get their teeth cleaned and report to us just so we wouldn’t know that they’re smokers or vice versa they come in get their teeth cleaned and go to their dentist who is probably a relative or parent and wouldn’t approve of their habit. Smokers tend to be especially conscious of their stains which start from the back and inside of the teeth coming on to the front surfaces as well depending on the intensity of the habit. A quarterly cleanup is recommended with exceptional oral hygiene to reduce the build up of stains.

DARKENING OF GUMS

Among other effects a smoker is well aware that nicotine can increase melanin production and cause your gums and lips to darken to an unpleasant colour. Mild colour changes may include a bluish purple discolouration starting on the gums and lips which slowly turns into a deeper chocolate brown. Fortunately now we have a very easy solution for gum lightening called laser pigmentation – a simple and easy way of erasing the discolored pigments from your gums and bringing back the pink healthy appearance despite the habit. Of course the condition recurs if the smoking continues.

GUM DISEASE

Smokers are at a greater risk of gum disease and have poor healing due to the reduced blood supply that gums and other structures receive. Smoking produces a constricting effect on blood vessels this allows bacteria to grow unhindered without blood products that can fight the infection and heal the areas.

THE RISK OF CANCER

There maybe several small inconveniences like bad breath, stains and unaesthetic changes in your smile – those you can live with or have solutions for but the real threat or risk that all smokers are in denial about despite numerous warnings is –CANCER. The C-word is often ignored with justifications like “not like I smoke a pack a day” or “this cannot happen to me”.

As a smoker it’s important to know that smoking doesn’t produce cancer overnight it tends to present as a few changes in the mouth which are precancerous in nature. The changes to watch out for are any lesions, patches or outgrowths which are red, purple or white in nature. Keeping a constant check or getting regular assessments may still save you at a stage when the condition is reversible. So quitting the habit would be the best course of action but if you cant then keep these solutions in mind and Smoke responsibly. If you want to get away with one bad habit you may have to inculcate a few new ones to compensate it with.

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in

 

CAN A ROOT CANAL ACTUALLY BE PAINLESS? Shocking Facts Revealed

HOW SCARED ARE YOU OF ROOT CANALS? WHAT IF WE TELL YOU… YOU NO LONGER NEED TO BE?

Root canals are easily one of the most dreaded treatments in the world. I have seen patients compare the anxiety they feel before a root canal to things like open heart surgery and labour. The last thing you want to hear on a dental chair is the diagnosis that you need a root canal. The horror stories surrounding this dental treatment range from gruesome to excruciatingThis article is an attempt to dispel the mystery and pain associated with root canals and show you how far we have come from the horrors to the sophistication of the latest technology.

FROM PAINFUL TO PLEASING

WHAT ARE ROOT CANALS REALLY ?

In its simplest sense a root canal is a deep filling done by cleaning the infection from the third and innermost layer of the tooth which is made up of nerves and blood vessels. Our tooth is made up of 3 layers –the first 2 are hard and confined layers called enamel and dentin –when decay affects these it is very slow to spread and easy to remove and fill within one short session. The third layer may take 1-3 sessions to clean as the infection may have spread or collected in the supporting tooth structures.

WHY ARE ROOT CANALS CONSIDERED PAINFUL?

The 3rd layer of our tooth is a nerve chamber containing soft nerves and blood vessels in communication with the rest of our body. This is the place that communicates pain to our brain and this is why when decay or bacteria hit this soft deeper layer we experience sharp shooting pain.

TOP 3 REASONS WHY ROOT CANALS USED TO BE PAINFUL

  • Improper or inadequate anesthesia to numb the inflamed nerve
  • Mechanical instrumentation – to manually pull out the nerve which we now dissolve and clean with automated machines
  • Lack of the right medications to use –within the tooth.

What happens to root canal infections if left untreated ?If this pain is suppressed with medication and not treated it can lead to an infection spreading within the bone which may later lead to a swelling with pus etc.If this infection is left within it can eat into the supporting bone and eventually infect or affect the adjacent teeth as well.

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in

 

THE WORKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO THE PERFECT SMILE!

Here are habits to implement TODAY to maintain that perfect smile for you and your family TOMORROW. As women at work or at home, we are responsible for the health of those around us. If you are a compassionate and caring mother, daughter, sister or wife looking after the dental health of your family becomes imperative to their well being. Here are some useful habits that can go a long way in keeping you and your family smiling for years.

1. GO SOFT & AUTOMATIC

Rev up your brushing-use an automated tooth brush. This maybe true for not only you as a woman but for your family. Make sure you switch them to an automatic or motorized brush with soft or extra soft bristlesThis works best since it takes the guesswork out of brushing and improves your and your children’s technique even if they’re sleepy in the morning.

2. DENTAL EMERGENCY KIT

Keeping a dental emergency kit loaded with some essentials like a basic dental painkiller (as prescribed), clove oil, some dental floss and a toothpick (not a habit recommended by us but when things get lodged and cause pain it maybe the last resort).

3. VITAMIN CHECK

Best way of ensuring good tooth and bone health is to ensure good levels of vitamins vitamin D3, calcium especially if you’re beating menopause and even iron, b complex to prevent anaemias which can be detected orally. Deficiencies of vitamins and essential minerals can make your family more susceptible to oral health problems.

4. GIFT A SMILE

Gift your dependents a great smile – Be it preventive treatments for your young ones like our decay protection program which ensures they never have to feel dental pain like we have,or the braces intervention campaignwhich helps guide teeth to proper positions at an early age. More questions about your young ones’ dental health – For the elderly who missed out on a lot of preventive dental work can now enjoy the benefits of latest technology giving them fixed teeth instead of removable dentures.

5. START A TREND-FAMILY ORAL HEALTH CHECKUP

Mark a day in your calendar a public holiday or the beginning of the year a time that you can easily remember and as a family get an annual checkup to not only ensure that you do not suffer from any dental problems but also early detection of any upcoming medical issues can be done.

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or just want a more beautiful smile, call us at 7045497915 or email us at info@thepainfreedentist.co.in