Tuesday, 2 March 2021

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN D???

                Vitamins are an essential part of our health. They are the fuel that keeps our bodies functioning at peak levels.

         Every vitamin is important however, vitamin D is especially important for our oral health as it aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous which helps to rebuild our teeth from the inside.
                            

          Calcium not only makes up and fortifies our bones and teeth but is needed to facilitate every muscle movement we make on chemical level. 
                                   

  Sources of vitamin D:
          There are 2 ways we can absorb vitamin D:
  •     Through the sun
  •     Through the foods we eat
      Vitamin D is often found in pill form and added to dairy products, but stores of vitamin D can also be found in mushrooms, fatty fishes like salmon, canned tuna, mackerel, egg yolks, milk, cheese, orange juice, leafy green veggies, nuts.
                                  

  Impact on oral health:
      Lack of vitamin D leads to dental caries and weak or brittle teeth that easily break, chip & crack.

    In children, severe vitamin D deficiency [VDD] can induce defective tooth mineralization, resulting in dentin and enamel defects.
                                  

    VDD has been associated with higher prevalence of periodontitis and gingival inflammation.

  Vitamin D plays a key role in bone and tooth mineralization and when levels are unregulated it can lead to "Rachitic tooth" which is a defective and hypo mineralized organ highly susceptible to fracture and decay.
                             

OTHER ROLES OF VIT D IN BODY:
  • Modulation of cell growth
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Immune function
  • Reduction of inflammation
Inadequate intake through childhood and into  adolescence will lead to decreased bone density and  mass which will lead to osteoporosis { a disorder where bone becomes porous, brittle and subject to fracture }. 
                               

vitamin D keeps BP low, aids the pancreas in producing insulin and lowers the risk for infections.

CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH LOW VIT D LEVELS:
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancers
  • Allergies
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Autoimmune disease

WHAT VITAMIN D DOES?
    our body creates vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.
   once created, our body transforms vitamin D into calcitriol{Its active form}.Then circulated throughout the body and function similar to hormones.

WHAT KIND OF VIT D IS BEST:
 
    Recommended form is VITAMIN D3 OR CHOLE-CALCIFEROL.
           
            ADULT: 1000 IU/DAY
            CHILDREN: 400 IU/DAY

         Natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight.
         Supplements are made from the fat of lamb's wool.

UPTAKING YOUR INTAKE:
     
      Get 30 minutes of natural sunlight  per day. With avoidance of sun exposure many people are becoming vitamin D deficient.
        Make sure to get enough vitamin D in our diet and from supplements.
     vitamin D promotes strong teeth and protect your gums and mouth against bacteria.
          Make sure to pair foods high in vitamin D with those containing a lot of calcium.

   If you wish to take the best care of your teeth possible , make sure you are getting the right mix of nutrients everyday.


  To know more about " VITAMIN D RELATED ORAL HEALTH " contact us @ GUMS AND TEETH LASER AND DENTAL IMPLANT CENTER

         ADDRESS: PERUMBAKKAM MAIN ROAD,
                             MEDAVAKKAM,
                             CHENNAI-100

     LANDMARK: BEHIND MSM FOOD COURT
                               PERUMBAKKAM.

            MAIL ID :  care@gumsandteeth.in

   Also check us out at www.gumsandteeth.in
       
       
    

        

               
 

DOES YOUR LAST TOOTH HURTS???





 Wisdom teeth / Third molars/ Lower last tooth grow in at the back of the mouth, behind your molars. There is a set on the bottom as well as the top. Wisdom teeth often grow in a  crooked, sideways, or otherwise misaligned. As they grow in, they can push on other teeth, causing problems of overcrowding and misalignment for them as well.

Eruption between 18-25 years of age.


Why are third molars called wisdom teeth?

   One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars.

    Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.

    When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew.


Function  of wisdom teeth:

    Wisdom teeth are believed to be "evolutionary relics", and were helpful to our distant ancestors who ate diets that consisted of rougher foods like sticks and reed plants.

    As teeth wore down or fell out, wisdom teeth provided replacements.

    Most mandibular third molars also upright and acceptably replace the second molars after extraction due to caries.

    Nowadays, with modern advancements in oral hygiene and softer diets, we don't need these replacement teeth, but they still grow in.

     Essentially, our mouths can hold 28 teeth, but including wisdom teeth, we have about 32 teeth all vying for space.






Impaction means the wisdom tooth partially erupt through gums which allows habitat for bacteria to enter around the tooth and causes an infection.


   Impacted teeth creates pressure on the adjacent teeth and decreases the amount of bone present on the side of impacted tooth. 

   Food lodgement will be there and difficult for brushing and flossing, will leads to tooth decay, gum swelling.

  NOT TOO COMMON, cyst formation around the wisdom teeth. this causes destruction of bone.


TYPES OF IMPACTION:




SIGNS?

    PRIMARILY,

  •         Pain
  •         Swelling in the region
  •         Tenderness
  •         Bleeding from gums in that area
  •         Swelling around the jaw
  •         Difficulty in mouth opening

  SECONDARILY,

  •         Ear pain
  •         Head ache
  •         Swollen lymph nodes
  •         Painful ulcers
  •         Bad taste
  •         Bad breath 




COMPLICATIONS:

          There are varying degrees of impacted teeth. some partially impacted showing crowns to some fail to penetrate gums fully impacted.

          Crowding of teeth due to pressure on adjacent teeth

          Gum disease and decay due to difficult access to cleaning make them prone to food lodgement  and infection.

           Development of cysts: Wisdom teeth grow in a sac within the jaw and sometimes when the sacs get filled with fluid cyst develop leading to serious complication of damage to jaw bones and nerves in it.




TREATMENT:

       Surgical removal of that tooth under local anesthesia. The oral surgeon opens the gums and remove the teeth and sutures will be placed. Sutures will be removed at 5th-7th day.




Post extraction instructions:

         For an hour after surgery, you should place pressure on the gauze pad covering the extraction site for 1 hour.

         After an hour to drink  juices in sipping only. Do not use a straw.

         After surgery, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 20 minutes. Remove for 10 minutes. Repeat the same. 




         Do not rinse your mouth.

         Do not spit.

         Plan to eat soft foods, such as idly, curd, fruit juice for 2-3 days on the opposite side.

         Do not drink carbonated beverages.

         Do not eat or drink hot and spicy foods for 2-3 days.

         Do not brush your teeth on the day of surgery. Then resume normal home care, gently brushing and flossing.

         Avoid smoking and alcohol.

         Bruising, swelling, and pain are normal in a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication.

                                               


To know more about WISDOM TOOTH contact us @

            GUMS AND TEETH LASER AND DENTAL IMPLANT CENTER @

                     Perumbakkam Main Road,

                     Medavakkam , chennai -100

                     Landmark: Behind MSM food court,

                                         Perumbakkam.

                     Mail Id: care@gumsandteeth.in

Also check us out at www.gumsandteeth.in