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Halitosis , the medical term for bad breath is a something everyone detests. It is primarily caused by poor dental hygiene but can also be a sign of some underlying health issue. An unhealthy lifestyle makes the situation worse. Smoking, pan masala chewing and alcohol contribute to this problem and only worsens it.

 

Digestion in Humans begins right from the mouth. The food begins to break down when it comes in contact with saliva and until the food has been digested the smell remains. Some food items like onions and garlic which has a very strong odour add to the bad breath. Brushing, Flossing or using mouthwash can temporarily cover the smell.

There are many ways to prevent Bad Breath:


Brush your teeth properlyBrushing teeth twice a day is the best defense against bad breath. Cleaning the Tongue is as much important as brushing your teeth.  During the course of the day the tongue accumulates lots of bacteria which can cause Bad breath.

 

Floss your teethFlossing is another important component to good mouth health. Flossing removes the plaque and bacteria build-up from between your teeth, which even the best toothbrushes can’t get rid of. Do this at least once a day before going to bed. One can also use a water floss which is a motorized water flusher , to clean between the teeth by a jet stream.

 

Get regular dental check-ups: Going to the dentist is important to maintaining your oral health, a primary factor in bad breath. A dentist, or dental hygienist, will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Missing out on Dental Appointments is never a good idea. A yearly once ultrasonic scaling and polishing of the teeth is highly recommended.

 

Drink lots of Water: Coffee, Soda or Alcohol contribute greatly to the built of bad odour from the mouth. Drinking lots of water prevents your mouth from getting dry and washes away the food residue in the mouth which builds up the Bacteria.

 

Use a mouth rinse: Keep in mind that if a health problem is the cause of chronic bad breath, a mouth rinse will only mask the odor and not cure it.  If the problem persists one should immediately seek medical assistance.

 

Eat Food Items that Are rich in Fibre: Fresh, fibrous and Crunchy food helps you keep the mouth clean and also prevent bad breath. Keeping away from Sugary Snacks is good for health. Tea, coffee and Acidic drinks should be taken in moderation.

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For many, after a certain age conventional removable dentures  become a part of life. A daily routine involves cleaning  and caring for dentures, feeling uncomfortable with the ill fit of it and social embarrassment of the falling out while speaking it coughing . Life has more to offer with Over Dentures that rests on your gum in a fixed manner and fits in like the real teeth.

 

According to the World Health Organization, edentulism is defined as a physical impairment (because important body parts have been lost), a disability (because it limits people in performing at least two essential tasks of life — speaking and eating) and a handicap (because significant changes are needed to compensate for such deficiencies). The impairment has all the characteristics of a chronic disease — is incurable and requires specific management strategies to overcome the difficulties caused by it.

What are Over Dentures?

 

By Definition: Over denture rests directly on your gums and is retained by implants placed into your upper and/or lower jaw. The over denture, which is removable, is secured to your implants through retentive attachments incorporated into the denture.

 

A more Technical definition says Over Dentures are basically dental prosthesis that replaces the lost or missing natural dentition and associated structures of maxilla and or mandible and receives partial support and stability from one or more implants .

 

Overdentures were developed to help both partial and fully edentulous patients regain a quality of life. Loss of Teeth affects the overall health and Confidence level.

Why Over Dentures are better than Regular Removable Dentures?

 

  1. Improves Digestion: Ill fitting Removable Dentures are uncomfortable while one modified natural teeth is trying to chew food.  Over Dentures are more stable which allows one to chew food normally. A well chewed food item gets easily digested by the digestive enzymes.

 

  1. Helps in retaining the Facial Features: Missing teeth can cause the Face look sunken and make the face look prematurely aged. Well Set over dentures can help you retain your facial features.

 

3) Cost : compare to full mouth fixed teeth , overdentures give the benefit of fixed teeth at reasonable cost

Who are the Possible Candidate?

 The possible candidate can be anyone who has partially or completely lost the teeth. After a careful examination the Dental Practitioners can suggest Over Denture. Ideally complete implant takes one session but careful examination is important before deciding to implant.

The overall treatment time can take a few days to a few months depending on the clinical situation.

Dental Implants – Fixed teeth for LifeSome tortures are physical and some are mental, but the one that is both is dental. The world always looks brighter from behind a smile……………..

A smile creates happiness at home, fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friendship. Investing in a good bite and a pleasing smile is the need of modern healthy life.

A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.

Once a tooth is lost, the bone around the root of the missing tooth gradually recedes causing poor tooth alignment and an aged look. Dental implants prevent this loss of bone and shifting of teeth, maintaining the facial structure and prevent the collapsed look of the face – usually seen in old age.

Alternate options of missing teeth replacement are fraught with problems. A dental bridge requires grinding of the enamel (the hardest substance in the body) which weakens otherwise healthy teeth. Till implants were invented, millions of people had to endure removable dentures with a host of problems like loose fit, pain, falling out of dentures while eating, talking or sneezing. Many denture wearers become social recluses due to embarrassment of ill-fitting dentures. But today the solution is fast and easy; it takes only a few hours to get rid of problems you have been dealing for years.

The benefits of Dental Implants:-

Appearance – Dental implants are a permanent solution that look and feel natural, like your own teeth. The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, including the root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. In addition, nothing in the mouth looks, or feels artificial.

Comfort – Removable dentures can irritate your gums. Implants are pain free. Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures. By preventing the bone restoration that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain intact. This is particularly important when all of the teeth are missing, as the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.

Durability – Implants are durable and will last many years – a lifetime with good care. Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures. By preventing the bone restoration that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain intact. This is particularly important when all of the teeth are missing, as the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.

Self-esteem – Dental implants allow you to smile with confidence, knowing your teeth look great. Restored self-esteem and renewed self-confidence. Many of the people who now enjoy the benefits of implant supported replacement teeth state that their self-esteem and self-confidence have been restored as a result of improved appearance, function, comfort, and health.

Dental Implants – Fixed teeth for LifeYou’re Smile – Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth. Even when only one tooth is missing, long term esthetics are usually much better with an implant supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth supported bridge. This is particularly important in the front of your mouth, where preventing a visible bone defect is critical for natural appearance.

Convenience – Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of dentures. No more removing, cleaning, or using messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.

Speech – Ill-fitting dentures can slip and make speech difficult. Dental implants are secure, ensuring clear speech.

Eating – Chewing can be difficult with dentures. Dental implants let you eat without worries.

Oral health – Unlike a tooth-supported bridge, dental implants don’t require altering your other teeth. This leaves more of your own teeth intact, which improves your long-term oral health. Dental implants also help prevent bone loss and tooth migration, keeping your other teeth where they should be. It is much easier to care for an implant supported crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth. In comparison, a tooth supported bridge requires the use of floss threaded for proper cleaning. It is also more convenient to clean a full set of implant supported replacement teeth than a traditional denture.

PLEASE CONTACT FOR A BETTER SMILING TOMORROW:

Dr Kamlesh Kothari is an Oro-Facial Plastic Surgeon- and Dental Implantologist, is the Head of the Department –Facio-Maxillary Surgery-at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata.

He can be contacted at Aesthetica – Facial cosmetic surgery and dental implant clinic

No.6 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, next to USA consulate, Kolkata

Mobile – 9830193000, 9830183000

Email – drkamleshkothari@gmail.com

Websitewww.happyface.co.in