WHAT TO DO- IN DENTAL EMERGENCIES FOR CHILDREN

                                                                      By.Dr Rajat Sachdeva

Mouth injuries are common, especially in children, and may involve the teeth, jaw, lips, tongue, inner cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth (hard or soft palates), neck, or tonsils. Teeth may be injured during a fall or a sport activity. A tooth may be knocked out (avulsed). You may be not able to replace a permanent tooth in its socket (reimplant) if it has been knocked out or torn away from the socket. Immediate first aid and dental care are needed when a permanent tooth has been knocked out.

  An injury could crack, chip, or break a tooth, or make a tooth change color. A tooth also may be loose or moved in position (dental luxation) or jammed into the gum (intruded). Even a small cut or puncture inside the mouth may bleed a lot because there are many blood vessels in the head and neck area. Home treatment of minor mouth injuries can help stop bleeding, reduce pain, help healing, and prevent infection.

 Symptoms to be noticed

  • Presence of any cut or punctures or tears of soft tissues inside your mouth.
  • Change in colour of tooth after injury.
  • Any knocked out, loose or moved tooth.
  • Check for any crack, break or chip tooth or dental appliance.
  • Any sign of infection.

 FIRST AID AT HOME

Call your doctor and arrange for an appointment and ask what steps to be taken in the meantime.

  • Bleeding in your mouth;
  • Return any skin flap to its normal position. If necessary, hold the flap in place with a clean cloth or gauze. Apply acold compress to the injured area, or suck on a piece of ice or a flavored ice pop, such as a Popsicle, as often as desired.

 If your tooth that has been completely knocked out:

  • The best results occur if a dentist puts the tooth back in the socket within 30 minutes. Chances of successful reimplantation are unlikely after 2 hours.
  • Never touch the tooth root, hold it with its crown portion.
  • Media used to carry an avulsed tooth: best media is patient’s own oral cavity but this is not possible in children as they may swallow.
  • Milk is other good option to carry tooth to the dentist or you may collect child’s own saliva in a container and put a knocked tooth.
  • Check for any broken tooth piece or dental appliance:
  • Find any pieces of tooth or the broken dental appliance and take them with you when you go to see your dentist. Your dentist will want to check for missing pieces of tooth or dental appliance that may have been left in a wound, swallowed, or inhaled into the lungs (aspirated).

 Try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your pain:

  • Talk to your child’s doctor before switching to painkillers, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • To protect a slightly loose tooth:
  • Teeth that are slightly loose but still in their normal position should tighten up in 1 to 2 weeks.
  • PREVENTION
    • Eat a diet of soft foods for 1 to 2 weeks.
    • Be gentle when you brush or floss.
    • Wear a mouth guard or face protection if you participate in sporting activities.
  • To remove objects or food stuck between teeth
  • Use dental floss to remove objects or food stuck between your teeth. Guide the floss carefully between your teeth and avoid “snapping” the floss, which can cut your gums.
  • Do not use anything sharp to remove an object that is stuck between your teeth or under your gums.

GUIDELINES TO PREVENT YOUR CHILD FROM MOUTH AND DENTAL INJURIES:

  • Have regular dental checkups. If your gums and teeth are healthy, you are more likely to recover from an injury quickly and completely. For more information, see the topic Basic Dental Care.
  • Use a seat belt to prevent or reduce injuries to the mouth during a motor vehicle accident. Always place your child in a child car seatto prevent injuries.
  • Wear a mouth guard while participating in sports. A mouth protector can be made by a dentist or purchased at a store that sells athletic supplies.
  • Wear a helmet and face guard in sports during which a face, mouth, or head injury could occur.
  • If you wear an orthodontic appliance, such as a retainer or headgear, follow your orthodontist’s instructions about proper wear and care of it. Learn as much about your orthodontic appliance as you can.

Dr. Rajat Sachdeva
Dr. Sachdeva’s Dental Aesthetic & Implant Centre
I – 101, Ashok Vihar,
New Delhi -110052
Mobile: +919818894041

Clinic: 011-42464041, +918527017175

http://www.sachdevadentalcare.com/

SMILES FOR TWO: TIPS TO MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HEALTH FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY

                                                    By. Dr.Rajat Sachdeva

INTRODUCTION

Pregnancy is a unique period during a women’s life and is characterized by complex physiological changes, which may adversely affect oral health. Research indicates that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your whole body; when your mouth is healthy, chances of your overall health are good too. At the same time, various dental treatments like preventive, diagnostic and restorative are safe during pregnancy and also helps in improving and maintaining good oral health.

Evidence suggests that most infants and young children acquire caries- causing bacteria from their mothers. Providing education and counseling to pregnant woman to promote oral health behaviors may reduce the transmission of such bacteria from mothers to infants and young children, thereby preventing onset of caries.

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ORAL HEALTH AND PREGNANCY: If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, keep your oral health in mind.

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that may put you at increase risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby. Recent research suggests a link between gum disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies. Regardless, practicing preventive dental care during pregnancy has been proven to protect oral and overall health, and is safe for mothers and children.

PREGNANCY-RELATED ORAL CONDITIONS

Pregnancy hormones cause changes throughout the body – even in your mouth.  It’s important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant.

Below are some tips to help you to maintain good oral health before, during and after pregnancy.

BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT 

If your last dental visit took place more than 6 months ago or if any oral health problems were identified, try to get dental appointment before you get pregnant. In that way, careful assessment of your teeth and gum tissue (gingiva) can be done. And any oral health problem can be treated before you get pregnant.

DURING PREGNANCY

Dental care is safe and essential during pregnancy. Tell the dental office that you are pregnant and your due date. This information will help the dental team provide the best care for you. Schedule a dental exam in your first trimester. Scaling and root planning to control periodontal disease can be undertaken safely; avoid using metronidazole in first year.

As a precautionary measure, dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided as much as possible, except in the case of an emergency. However, routine dental care can be received during the second trimester. All elective dental procedures should be postponed until after the delivery.

Avoid dental X-rays during pregnancy. If X-rays are essential (such as in a dental emergency), your dentist will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby. Advances in technology have made X-rays much safer today than in past decades.

Regular periodontal (gum) exams are very important, because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease characterized by red, swollen and tender gums that are more likely to bleed. Women who already have gingivitis may find that their symptoms become more severe. Pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy.

NUTRITION AND ORAL HEALTH: Choose healthy, balanced diet that may include fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains like cereals, bread, or crackers; and dairy products like cheese, milk, or unsweetened yogurt. Drink plenty of water or milk instead of juice. Try to avoid between-meal snacks; if you do snack, opt for nutritious, low sugar foods like raw fruits and fresh vegetables. Avoid sugary snacks. Sweet cravings are common during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay. Your baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth month of pregnancy. Eat a healthy diet that includes calcium, protein, phosphorus and vitamins A, C and D to give your baby’s smile a healthy start.

MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGIENE: Brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. Clean between the teeth with floss or interdental cleaner at least once a day to keep your mouth healthy. Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting. After meal, chew xylitol-containing gum or mints etc, this can help to reduce bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

AFTER THE PREGNANCY

If you experienced any gum problems during your pregnancy, see your dentist soon after delivery to have your entire mouth examined and periodontal health evaluated.

We look forward to helping you upgrade your smile and your quality of life!

Dr. Rajat Sachdeva
Dr. Sachdeva’s Dental Aesthetic & Implant Centre
I – 101, Ashok Vihar,
New Delhi -110052
Mobile: +919818894041

Clinic: 011-42464041, +918527017175

http://www.sachdevadentalcare.com/

SMILE MAKEOVER: DON’T FORGET TO SMILE IN YOUR MARRIAGE

                                                                                        By : Dr.Rajat Sachdeva

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing – Mother Teresa

Say cheese: Every wedding has one thing in common: photos. And there are a lot of them. Nothing is more stunning than a lovely bride in an attractive dress with a gorgeous smile. We all want to look our best at our marriage. On your Marriage Day, all eyes will be upon you. You may never be photographed and video shoot more than on this day, and we want to ensure you have a bright, beautiful celebrity smile! Remember, those photos and video will last forever.

If you think your smile will mar pictures or make you self conscious, then your wedding is the right reason to have a smile makeover. Ranging from basic cleaning procedures, new whitening techniques, dental jewellery and smile designing procedures to porcelain veneers and other restorative dental work, the smile of your dreams is within your reach come your wedding day.

Right time to visit dentist: It’s true that some smile makeovers will require a little more time. An initial consultation with a dentist even before you get engaged is important. If you do it too close to your wedding day and anything goes wrong, there is no leeway. Cosmetic dental procedures should be performed with as much time as possible to make sure it’s done right, and to give yourself time to enjoy your new smile and get used to it. Various procedures can be undertaken as:

Scaling and Polishing:

A quick basic cleaning may be the perfect touch-up solution. Often, our teeth sustain daily wear and tear which can lead to the formation of plaque. Over time, tooth decay can set in. If you have the problem of bleeding gums, you may need a course of antibiotics prior to the cleaning procedure and multiple sittings of cleaning. Getting teeth cleaned before your wedding day not only keeps them healthy, but can curbs bad breath.

Bad Breath (Halitosis) Management

Poor oral / dental hygiene and dental problems are not the only reasons for bad breath. There are several other factors contributing to the condition. Consulting your dentist and correct management is the solution.

Bleaching- White Teeth Whiter Smile

You will be the centre of attention on this day, it is also important to get that splendid and most beautiful smile which is captured for your entire life in the photographs. You always want a brighter smile and hence, tooth whitening (bleaching) is a procedure which can be performed before wedding. Depending on the value (dark or light) of your teeth bleaching procedure varies from simple to advance.

 

Cosmetic Tooth Contouring Before the Wedding

Tooth contouring or tooth reshaping is a procedure to correct minor defects in the shape and appearance of a tooth. The procedure is not painful and is pretty much simple. Cosmetic contouring dealt with the longer, pointed or chip tooth that needs to be smoothen out.

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Restorative Procedure before The Wedding

Presence of diastema or space between two teeth, and such problems can be easily solved by bonding. Bonding is a simple, non-invasive and conservative procedure, which can also improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked or stained. With bonding, tooth-coloured materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface.

Ask Dr.Rajat Sachdeva For Veneers And Laminates: The most popular and effective aesthetic treatments are porcelain veneers or Cerinate Lumineers, both of which are applied over your existing teeth to give you a natural-looking, white, straight, gleaming, beautiful smile. These thin, custom-made shells cover the front side of teeth, and can be used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.

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Braces before The Wedding

Braces are not just for kids. Braces can help straighten crooked teeth, reduce crowding or fill in spaces where teeth do not meet properly. Considering aesthetics, there are more pleasing, clear and even invisible braces are available. Start as early as you can if you want a perfectly straight smile by your wedding day.