Why do my Gums bleed while brushing everyday?

Bleeding gums is an indication of a persisting gum disease or most commonly due to deposition of tartar and calculus around the tooth. This deposition leads to inflamed gums which bleed when you brush your teeth. So one needs to get teeth cleaned ( Scaling ) professionally by doing scaling once in six months.


I am suffering from bad breath even though I brush my teeth twice daily?

Bad breath can be due to various reasons. Gum disease, decayed untreated teeth, severe acidity, diabetis mellitus, coated tongue etc. First the reason of bad breadth has to be ascertained i.e the root cause of the problem, then treatment can be given accordingly.


Is root canal treatment a very painful procedure?

Root canal treatment is not a painful procedure if carried out in a meticulous way. Local anaesthesia is given before the start of the procedure which eliminates pain. All the infected tissue is removed and root camals are filled with a inert material.


Can I get my smile improved by any cosmetic procedure as I have crooked and yellow teeth?

Teeth can be corrected and smiles can be improved drastically by doing smile designing procedures. First the case has to be studied so as to plan the treatment. The teeth can be corrected orthodontically so as to correct malposition and crooked teeth. Tooth colored restorations can be carried out in teeth which are decayed. Also the color of the teeth can be improved by performing Whitening procedures which are very easy to perform. Porcelain Laminates are also a treatment of choice wherein thin laminates are placed on the facial surfaces of teeth of desired shape and color thus improving the smile. So this treatment may change from patient to patient and only after planning the designing can be carried out in a phased manner.


What is Tooth Whitening and Is it safe?

Teeth whitening is a procedure where by certain bleaching agents are applied to the teeth in order to remove external and internal stains thus changing the teeth to several shades lighter. In fact, many dentists consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.


How long does whitening of teeth take?

You will see results after the first application and maximum after around 5-7 nights for home bleaching in case of home bleach. While result can be obtained in 1 hour with in-office bleaching.


Are there any side effects associated with teeth whitening and How long do the results last?

Only to the extent that some people may experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms disappear within a day or two after the interruption or completion of the treatment. However the results also depend upon the life style, eating habits like consumption of tea, coffee, aerated drinks, smocking, tobacco consumption etc.


What are the ways by which decay in teeth can be prevented ?

Prevention is better than cure. So as to prevent decay one has to regularly brush teeth twice daily apart from flossing and using mouthwash. Decay in teeth can also be prevented by treating them by PIT AND FISSURE SEALANTS. They are used to seal the deep pits and fissures seen on posterior teeth which are highly prone to decay. These fissures are treated by sealing with resin compounds . A sealant forms a barrier that protects pits and fissures against bacteria and fermentable foods like sugars and starches, and thereby helps to prevent decay from starting deep within these fissures. The application of a sealant is easy and painless. No drilling is required during the procedure. The tooth is properly cleaned, treated, dried, and the sealant applied. The sealant is then hardened and it forms a protective coating over the tooth. Decay in teeth can also be prevented by application of Flouride on teeth which forms a barrier. Topical fluoride application is specially done in children wherein teeth are highly prone to decay.


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