Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Why my teeth are uneven? Why my teeth are looking dirty? Why do I have foul smell from my mouth?

The milk teeth start appearing at 6 to 9 months of age. The first milk tooth to appear is the lower front tooth. However the order of eruption of different teeth may vary in some children. All the milk teeth erupt by 3 years of age. The milk teeth come out from 6 years onwards till about 10 years of age. The permanent teeth takes place by 6 years of age. Between the ages of 6 - 9 years the child has some milk teeth as well as some permanent teeth. This period is called the mixed dentition period.
By about 12 years all the milk teeth should be shed off and replaced by the permanent teeth. As the permanent teeth start emerging they wear off the roots of the milk teeth. Thus the milk teeth loose their support in the bone and become mobile. The milk teeth are ultimately shed off and are replaced by the permanent teeth. Nowadays, permanent teeth start coming out, but milk teeth have not yet erupted, so permanent teeth finds space available and then seen uneven. So it is better to consult doctor as first milk teeth get erupted.

It is normal to find the milk teeth in children to be spaced. These spaces between the teeth help later in accommodating the bigger permanent teeth. Thus absence of spaces between the milk teeth in children may be a fore warning that the child may not have adequate space to accommodate the bigger permanent teeth which may erupt in a crowded arrangement. Here also development of JAWS plays a important role. The movement/exercise due to chewing and speaking does have some effect for better growth. Eating hard foods also make jaws and teeth stronger.
The cutting edge of the newly emerged front permanent teeth (incisors) are not even. They show elevations called mammelons that correspond to their developmental lobes. These in due course wear off to form a flat cutting edge.
Deep inside the tooth is the dental pulp or the vital tissue comprising of nerves, blood vessels and other tissues. This tissue is protected by the outer covering of dentin and enamel. When the cavity becomes large and deep the caries may reach the inner vital tissue of the pulp. Thus the area of pulp adjacent to the dental decay may get infected and inflamed. Pulpotomy is the procedure where the superficial part of the infected pulp adjacent to the area of dental decay is removed leaving behind the pulp present deeper inside
Habits like biting nails, pencils, etc besides causing wear of the teeth can cause injury to the gums and supporting structures around the teeth. In addition the pressures they exert on the teeth may force them into abnormal positions which may necessitate orthodontic treatment
Tongue thrusting is a habit wherein the person forces the tongue against the back surface of the front teeth while swallowing. This habit can produce proclination of the front teeth and spaces between them. The dentist may have to train the patient on the correct swallowing method by some exercises and use of habit breaking devices.
Bacteria from unremoved food particles and sugar by-products produce lactic acid, which dissolves calcium in the protective enamel layer. When decay spreads to the sensitive pulp tissue, pain starts. Milk is recognized to be a greater producer of lactic acid. And no matter how much calcium you take, without magnesium only soft enamel can be formed. Soft enamel will lack sufficient resistance to the acids of decay.
Morning hours have rush time through the routine of brushing the teeth and rinsing our mouth, but after dinner we do not bother to clean the teeth. Most of us do not have habit to clean our teeth and gargle after eating Lunch and in-between the meals. Ideally, teeth should be cleaned thoroughly after every meal, but not many adults, let alone children, do this. It is only when one is in pain that one visits the dentist. Very often it's too late to save the teeth even by a qualified dentist.

So how to keep teeth healthy and smile, beautiful?
The correct diet and nutrition play an important role in ensuring strong teeth and healthy gums. Sugar, natural or processed, is your teeth's deadliest enemy and is the prime cause of tooth decay. Retention of sticky foods that are not quickly diluted by saliva also pose a major risk in the formation of dental cavities. Even apparently harmless wafers/chips are retained on the tooth for a long period of time & eventually broken down into carbohydrates & sugars leading to decay. 
Children should be given carbohydrates in their natural forms (as far as possible). They should be encouraged to eat hard fruits in whole instead of juices. This helps cleanse and stimulate teeth. Sticky/soft foods like white bread, pastries, aerated drinks, doughnuts, sweet rolls and processed cereals, one of the biggest causes of tooth decay, should be cleaned immediately from the teeth.

The longer food remains in your mouth, the greater the chance for decay. Rinse your mouth immediately after eating, especially if you've just had something sweet, to prevent the formation of plaque. Rinsing after meals and brushing teeth with soft toothbrush every time is essential to keep tartar and plaque at bay. So after Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snack, Dinner make four times minimum.Carry a small baby brush in your beg/purse to use it after anything you eat in between, while away from home. Keep one such brush in your work place/office too and use it without forgetting.
Morning, after getting up, use Neem (LIMBDO)  or Babool(BAVAL) stick (DATOON) or even easily available Neem leaves. Chew these leaves or small thin sticks. It will take out saliva from the mouth every time. It will also help in cleaning the tongue.  One can go for a small walk/jog and find the above on the way/ around in the garden. The use of fluoridated toothpaste markedly reduces the occurrence of dental decay. Most of the toothpaste are sweet in taste which is not at all required, but companies wants children to like it and increase their sales. Foaming also may not be useful as such.
Crash dieters, or diet on and off pattern, tend to have a lack of, or decrease in certain vitamins, most notably Vitamins D, B-12 and calcium. They also tend to lack certain minerals like magnesium and proteins in their diets. These are very important vitamins especially for the health of the teeth and gums. Dieters also tend to take diet pills that may cause a decrease in saliva flow as a side effect. This decrease in saliva flow tends to increase the acid levels in the mouth, which may cause an increased level of cavity formation. CRESH Diet should be consulted with experts first.

Tongue cleaning is very important. It helps to reduce bad breath and improve oral hygiene status because a large number of bacteria reside in the rough corrugated surface of tongue. Most dental professionals advise that poor oral hygiene, such as not brushing, not flossing, or not rinsing enough is the leading cause of gum disease and tooth decay. Drink water few sips after every half-an-hour, gargle/rinse your teeth to avoid bad breath problems.

Smoking, chewing beetle nut and tobacco are also factors that adversely affect oral hygiene. These habits can cause bad breath, decay, gum disease, damage to tooth enamel, eventual tooth loss and in many cases even lead to oral cancer.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Why am I not happy with my SKIN color? Very fair, Fair, Wheatish, brown, Black

Believe me and daily look into your large size mirror and say that “ YOU are the BEST”
Most of the teenagers and sometimes even adult are not so happy about the color of their skin. The skin color is a gift from Father & Mother, so better accept it. Indians have quite a large difference in the skin color depending on the location they belong to. It is due to heredity.  Human skin color is primarily due to the presence of melanin in the skin. Indian Skin color ranges from almost black to white with a pinkish tinge due to blood vessels underneath.  Skin color is different from South to North as India is geographically very large with different atmosphere and different food habits.
Variation in natural skin color is mainly due to genetics. The natural skin color can be darkened as a result of tanning due to exposure to sunlight. Skin color adapts to sunlight intensities which produce vitamin D deficiency or ultraviolet light damage to folic acid.  Protection from ambient temperature, infections, an alteration in food also affect skin color. By absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, melanin controls the amount that penetrates the skin. UV radiation is needed to manufacture vitamin D, but excess UV can damage health.
SKINCARE products are to be sold by the companies through aggressive advertising. So they promote MODELs accordingly to sell their products. They create the need for the product in the mind of INDIANs. They say that what you have is not good, but use our products to get that dream girl/boy like skin. Most of them do not suggest for HEALTHY body requirement, but sell FAIR skin dream to every INDIANs. Indian Matrimonial sites demand fair or very fair skin spouse. This creates negative feelings about your skin in your mind. You do not like to see yourself in the mirror. You are always in search of improvement in skin color and tone.
YOU are LOVELY, be it fair or wheatish or black. You do not need any fairness skin. Instead change your attitude towards yourself, your body.  BE YOURSELF and groom with communication skills, knowledge, education, humour and happiness. GLOW from within..........
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Is your son/daughter driving safe from ROAD accident? Head scarves a must, but no HELMET.

How much do you love your life? How much do you love your son/daughter? How much you care for the life your son/daughter?
I have observed in cities of Gujarat, that two wheelers are driven by schools students before they reach the eligibility to drive. Parents, school administration and RTO/traffic police are equally responsible for this situation. Justifying the need to have two wheelers for academic purpose has become a fashion. Driving around at top speed to meet the time deadlines between, school, home and tuition class daily. Peer pressure to have better and better scooter/bike with higher CC and speed capacity is tempting them to purchase beyond their own means.
PARENTS are first to blame to pamper their child so much with their extra income. School administrator are not strictly putting ban on entry of two wheelers in school premise. School administrators should be made responsible by LAW that they check the eligibility of students to drive, have proper driving licence and use only allowed CC of scooter/bike as per RTO law. TRAFFIC inspectors are also not doing their duty to stop this illegal driving by school students.
Students learn to drive cycles on the road. But they want to drive together and talk while cycling. Many times two or three cyclists students drive on the road blocking the other vehicles. Many accidents happen while big vehicles take turn or overtaking such students. We blame truck driver or car driver, but generally fault lies with cyclist or two wheelers. I must have saved one person daily on an average on such occasions. I have to apply brakes, blow horns to ask them to give way to my car.
Girls and also boys likes to protect their skin/hair from SUNLIGHT and AIR POLLUTION. So they cover their face completely with cotton cloth (Chooni/Handekerchief). But they do not like to wear HELMET. The two wheelers manufacturers are also running away from their responsibilities for safe driving of their vehicles by their owners. Their design, have to provide space/locking arrangement for two helmets. Also HELMETS should be provided as compulsory accessories with every new two wheelers by LAW.
Two wheeler manufacturers (BAJAJ/HONDA/HERO/TVS/MAHINDRA) also promote their scooters and bike for thrills and race driving in their advertisement. They promote to young target audience as a tool to get the girl friend impressed. They promote risky driving. Even the worst case is TVS Wego.  
They never promote utility value. Many times I think why RTO is not taking any objection on such advertising promoting risky driving. LAW should be made that every advertisement of VEHICLE promotion has to get approval of RTO before releasing.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Are you aware & prepared for EARLY PUBERTY development with your daughter?

Is my DAUGHTER body is MATURING faster than her friends? Is she going through normal developmental process? Should I consult the Gynaecologist? Will Doctor asks for PELVIC examination of my daughter which may harm her HYMEN?

According to recent observations, girls are experiencing the onset of puberty at younger and younger ages, with an alarming rate of girls seeing breast development as young as seven.  Breast pain during preteens has become very normal. Menstruation and pubic hair development started before the age of 10.
Although ethnicity is a known cause, there are many other factors as to why we are seeing girls growing up faster. Some say it's the media and entertainment sexualizing girls at younger ages, while others maintain it's an environmental problem. Endocrine-disrupting compounds or estrogens possibly may speed up puberty as well, but not known.
Some point the blame towards the rise in childhood obesity. Girls who start experiencing puberty earlier on also have higher body mass index (BMI) than girls that start in their early teens.
Parents and mainly mothers are confused about when to start discussion on PUBERTY related issues with daughter. Most of the information on reproduction and sex are age specific, but the exact age for individual daughter is having wide difference.
The analysis has become difficult even by expert doctors in the field, due to so much individuality in development of PUBERTY. Only a complete diologue with mother and daughter can help on regular basis. Daughter should have full trust on mother for sharing any issues of physical and emotional nature. Mother has to be available to listen the daughter. Mother should learn and understand the current generation developmental issues. Break yourself from the past, from your teenage, as Media presence was not so much there.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Indian Teens Today needs guidance on reproductive healthcare issues.: India Today survey a must read by Parents.

INDIA TODAY magazine published cover story on secret life of Indian teens related to CASUAL SEX NET ADDICTION and NOON PARTIES in March 7 2011 issue. The price of this issue is only 25 Rs, so i suggest that every parents of teenage son/daughter should somehow buy or borrow and read it. PARENTS please understand the teenage of ours and teenage of our son/daughter is going through different environments.
One may restrict late NIGHT party, but they may go for NOON party. One may restrict dial-up or broadband to use internet for unwanted websites, but now internet services are available on mobile phones. Maharashtra government closed the BAR-GIRL activities, but many television channels produce programs that titillate YOUTH in our drawing room.

The new bill likely to be tabled during this budget session in Indian parliament may allow consensual sex after the age of 16 years. Except penetrative sex (intercourse) almost other forms of foreplay, kissing, hugging, necking, among same age group will not be an offence. How then parents will react to next generation on moral sexual issues of their beloved son/daughter? How such sexual behavior of school and college students may affect their study?

Tuition classes have created parallel schooling even for bright students. Electronic and print media have brought sex and violence into the drawing room. TV and computers and internet and mobile-phone have occupied the time slot available for sports and arts activities. Calculators helped to reduce logical calculating skills by human brain. Word-spell check helped to ignore learning of grammar and spelling. Email and SMS is creating new word-dictionary. Rising land cost have minimized the sports grounds. Automobile boom have snatched cycling and walking from school children. Fast foods have replaced nutritional fresh diet. Abstinence is slowly replaced by sex experimentation at early age.

An attitude change is needed to develop body and mind during crucial period of adolescence, when sudden growth spurt takes place in the life of human beings. Parent-teenager relationship is under strain. Physical changes and body image are one of the most interested subjects among adolescents. Emotional relationship, infatuations, first love, sexual attraction towards opposite gender will play a very vital role on their behaviour.
Teenagers and teachers want to develop the personalities of students, but time and material resources are not adequately available. The need for adolescence education was identified to build our next generation. The technological developments have changed the life style and it is affecting the body and mind development of the children.
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