Saturday, 6 February 2016

Is “White Spots On Teeth” A Problem?

A perfect personality is impossible without a perfect face and a perfect face is impossible without a perfect smile. These days, finding a person with a perfect smile is getting so hard because most of the persons suffer from dental problems. Though there are lots of dental diseases, but the most common one is white spots. Yes, a white spot on teeth is becoming a challenge for all of us. So, today I am going to write everything about “White Spots on Teeth” right from causes to cure. Let’s start from the beginning.

What are White Spots on Teeth?

White Spots on Teeth, also known as dental fluorosis or mottling of tooth enamel, is a tooth disease generally occurs during the development of teeth; this disturbance occur by using high concentrations of fluoride in excessive amount. Dental fluorosis is possibly found in the persons of all age group, but it is most common in younger ages.
What are the causes of dental fluorosis?

White spots on teeth is a result of numerous factors, some of which are given below-

  • Due to the excessive use of high concentrated fluoride during the development of teeth architecture.
  • Due to the loss of important chemicals by using excessive acidic drinks or food
  • Poor care of teeth around braces; due to which white spots developed after removing braces

What are famous treatments for White Spots on Teeth?

These days, the problem of dental fluorosis is commonly noticed in two out of five people; but thanks to the world class cure of dental fluorosis this fraction has somewhat got decreased. Presently, there are numerous methods are used by the dentists to get rid of the layer of calcium deposits present on your teeth. Though there are several methods of removing White Spots on Teeth, but the most common one is dental bleaching. In this method, a dentist washes your teeth by using a special kind of whitening chemical. In case, if this process fails, then your dentist might use another method i.e. air abrasion process. In this treatment, dentist throw small crystal particles on your teeth by using a crystal throwing device; by doing this, all the calcium layer removes gently by crystals.
How to prevent your teeth from dental fluorosis?
“Prevention is better than cure”. This is an absolutely right statement; also justify this situation. To prevent your teeth from white spots, practice good oral hygiene, such as-
  • Floss and brush your teeth at least two times per day
  • Visit dentist regularly at the interval of six months
  • Avoid acidic and sugary drinks
All in all, occasionally it can be challenging to conclude what white spots on teeth signify. They could possibly be a primary insignia of tooth decay; therefore, to avoid the annoyance of the tooth enamel, you need to visit a dentist. Definitely, a dentist will evaluate the damage as well as recommended cures that are appropriate for your situation.

White Spots of Discoloration on Teeth

Tooth discoloration presents an obvious cosmetic issue. However, there are often issues underlying the color change that present a greater cause for concern. The appearance of white areas on the tooth may indicate the presence of a composite filling that has become recently exposed due to color chances in the natural tooth structure. In other circumstances, the discoloration may indicate tooth demineralization as a precursor to cavity formation. In either case, it is paramount that the root cause be identified to prevent any serious harm to the tooth.

Tooth Demineralization
Tooth demineralization describes the process of acidic depletion of the protective layer of the tooth known as the enamel, which is compromised of a myriad of minerals. The acid can be a by-product of plaque-harboring bacteria in the mouth or may directly originate from dietary choices.
Regardless, demineralization scatters the uniform, lustrous and transparent surface of the tooth with dull, rough and opaque white spots. These white spots on Teeth are often concentrated in plaque-dense areas, such as near the gum line. Orthodontic patients often present with these discolorations post-treatment in areas where their brackets were originally bonded.
Tooth demineralization marks the starting stages of cavity development. Unless the tooth is replenished through the following, the condition will likely worsen:
  • Use of fluoridated toothpaste and/or other specialized remineralization pastes at the recommendation of your dentist
  • An improved oral hygiene regimen consisting of brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups
  • More regulated intake of sugary foods

Developmental Disorders
Developmental problems can also be to blame for white discolorations on the teeth. Fluorosis, a condition characterized by high levels of fluoride intake that coincides with tooth eruption, is but one example. Depending on the severity of the condition, physical changes to the enamel may range from white spots and opaqueness to surface defects that increase stain retention. An important distinction between fluorosis and other sources of discoloration is that fluorosis affects the entire dental arch.
Enamel hypomineralization is another dental disorder that arises from developmental disturbance ranging from infantile tooth trauma to episodes of fever. Unlike fluorosis, areas of white discoloration are confined to a few teeth and there are no surface irregularities. Enamel hypoplasia, which can be caused by a similar factors, results in non-uniform development of enamel.
The overriding treatment goal should be to treat white discolorations in the least invasive way possible.
Tooth demineralization can be easily treated as described above or may require in-office treatment with microabrasion. The dentist will remove some surface enamel to expose the healthy enamel below. If the end outcome is not satisfactory, tooth bleaching can be employed to further eliminate the stains.
All other causes of white spots on the teeth can be successfully treated with a combination of microabrasion and tooth bleaching. Severe dental fluorosis or enamel hypoplasia is best treated with cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers or dental bonding. The facial surface of the tooth is essentially covered with either porcelain or composite filling material to create a smooth, white and uniform surface. Restorations offer permanent whitening results and can restore an enamel-like barrier to the tooth, protecting against decay.
See a Dentist for Proper Diagnosis
As explained above, white spots on the teeth can arise due to a number of reasons, some more nefarious than others. A proper diagnosis is key to receiving proper treatment. You can mitigate unnecessary cost, wasted time and unsatisfactory results by working with a professional.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

How To Get Your Baby To Sleep ?

This article How To Get A Baby To Sleep aims at extending expert advice on the initial stages of parenthood and getting your baby a peaceful night sleep. Now you do not need books or parenting magazines to learn tips about how to get your baby to sleep! With the help of this article, you will be able to understand what exactly a new born baby requires for a perfect sleep and how you should go about it as a parent. We understand that it is every parent’s nightmare to get the little one to sleep, especially during the initial three to four months and this article will help you overcome this nightmare. Not just one or two, check out this complete list of seven important tips or mantras on how to get your baby to sleep at night without getting hassled. This will surely help you get rid of the stress related to parenting during early development stages of your child.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Choking hazards...

August 17, 2004

Choking hazards...

A tragic story from New York where a 3-year-old boy choked to death while eating a piece of popcorn. The family was watching a movie (Alien v. Predator...I'll get to that later), sharing a tub of popcorn, when the parents noticed their little one was choking.
It serves as a terrifying reminder...just because your child is a no longer a toddler and easily eats solid foods, it doesn't mean you should toss aside the safety guidance used when first introducing food to kids...
Check out the following link on what to avoid. It's a small step with huge benefits, like saving your kid's life.
On a separate riff, why the hell were these parents taking a 3-year old to see the movie "Alien v. Predator" ? All you need to do is take one look at the movie's web site to see it's clearly inappropriate for a young child. Not exactly G-rated content.

Crazed Parent

The pain of the "new" dad..

August 16, 2004

The pain of the "new" dad...

TIME Magazine just ran a story "Stress and the Superdad" with the sub-head "Like the supermoms before them, today's fathers are struggling to balance work and home."
I beg to differ that it's today's fathers....I remember my dad struggling with the balance. He'd come home from his gig as a commercial contractor, having been up since 5 am. The man would just want a few minutes to watch a ballgame on TV. But he took me to the park, out fishing, or just for a walk. We'd have dinner, and then he'd go about doing work around the house. And he didn't say a peep about it.
So what's the difference with today's dads?
They are willing to talk about this new-found "challenge." They'll tell you they face the same time battles as their wives, trying to figure out how to find the time to fulfill work and home obligations and then just be dad (forget superdad -- these guys just want quality time with their families).
I remember a conversation I had with a good friend about her husband's work schedule. She's a part-time attorney and stays home with her two boys (one and four-years old) several days during the week. Her husband leaves the house by 9am and is usually home by 7pm. They have dinner together, and he helps with the boys. After they go to bed, he usually turns on his laptop and works til the wee hours - and that is the compromise they make so that he can be home and have family time.
Compromise is no stranger to a mom, no less a working mom. Compromise is her middle name. So when she reads a story about dads finally experiencing feel the same anguish, expect a sly smile to appear on her face. It's a smile that sighs "finally."
It's about time dads feel the gut-wrenching guilt and stress typical of a working mom. What's annoying is that for some inane reason when men experience it, it suddently becomes valid.
Go figure.

Mom? Me?

August 14, 2004

Mom? Me?

Becoming a mom was an exciting and scary prospect. I was thrilled to finally welcome this new little being who would someday refer to me as mommy, yet completely frightened at the same time. How would I juggle being a mom and being "me." Can it actually be possible to be a mom and have your own sense of individuality? Your average "expert" would a resounding "YES!" But I mean, here, in reality, on planet earth. Could it happen? And how?
The truth actually is yes. What it requires is the ability to accept your new life.
Once my son was born the fear subsided. I quickly learned being a mom and being me is one and the same. It's just a new me. I do all the things I used to do, just with a new flavor.

A verse from the poem "Years" by W.S. Merwin captures it perfectly...
"Like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stiched with its color."
The "it" is my son, and everything I do on my own is laced with a wonderful, vibrant new color thanks to him. I'm talking jibberish, aren't I.
It's makes sense to me. And probably to any other parent who's experienced the same feelings.
For new moms looking for some help on how to meld the old with the new, check out the class described in today's Ashland Daily Tidings. Your local mother's group is also a good place to start.

New moms programs to assist in life adjustment

August 14, 2004
New moms programs to assist in life adjustment

By Amanda Bolsinger
Tidings Correspondent

Motherhood is one of the most demanding jobs a woman can have. Michelle Jensen has made motherhood her labor of love, sharing her wisdom, knowledge and insight with other soon to be moms through a new program called First Time Moms.
Jensen has a master's degree in counseling humanistic psychology, and more than 25 years experience as a businesswoman. She also is mom to a teenage son.
"I have a passion for parenting," Jensen said. "In graduate school last year I saw the need for a program that bridges the gap between healthy and unhealthy parenting."
Jensen built the bridge as the First Time Moms program. The program is designed for women who are considering motherhood, or are about to become moms. It covers topics like emotional readiness, fantasies and expectations of motherhood, lifestyle changes, relationships, and child development from zero to two.
Jensen developed the program as an extension of her graduate school thesis with the help of Kim Oveson. Oveson has her master's of science degree in clinical psychology specializing in addiction and parent education. The two women hosted a pilot group of the program with five women that were entering motherhood.
"This is my thesis," Jensen said. "I put it into practice with the focus group. The women were fascinated and found it very educational as well as fun. Women are hopeful and joyful about being good moms."
Jensen also based much of the program from her own personal experiences with parenting and with observing other parents.
"I paid close attention to what things my child had to teach me. I learned what worked and what didn't," Jensen said. "I also saw that many didn't know what being a parent meant, or were actually afraid of their kids, or too afraid to discipline them consistently and properly."
Jensen disagrees with the sentiment that there is no formula for raising children. She feels that there are four broad categories that can make parenting much easier.
The first category is prevention. Learning to recognize, and handle potential problems before they arise. The second category is that parents need to learn to be conscious and aware of themselves as people before parenting another person. The third category is knowledge. Knowledge of child development both emotionally and physically as well as knowledge of what to expect from yourself and others. The fourth category is instinct. While instinct can't be taught, First Time Moms is designed to teach and explore different aspects of the parenting process and help build parenting instincts.
The first of the First Time Mom programs will begin on Sept. 25 and 28. Each program is a 5-week, 12-hour long program.
"Its not about diapers and bottle-feeding," Jensen said. "Its about themselves, their relationships, and the dynamics of this new third person."
First Time Moms is a part of a new Parent Resource Center. The Parent Resource Center is in its building phase but will eventually encompass other programs and resources such as First Time Dads and relationship workshops. Many professionals are working in conjunction with the Parent Resource Center to offer a wide variety of parents of all aged children.
"We want to change the views of generationally passed down poor parenting habits," Jensen said. "Parenting is an on-going learning process and most parents could improve upon their parenting skills." 

Source:Ashland Daily Tidings.