• July


Bad Breath (Halitosis)

How Stress Affects Oral Health

Ongoing stress can lead to a range of mental and physical issues, with studies finding links between stress and conditions as serious as obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and, of course, mental health issues such as depression.

Links between stress and oral health

A large number of scientific papers on the subject from between 1990 and 2006 were reviewed. In 57% of the papers a clear link was found between stress and associated conditions – anxiety and depression – and periodontal disease.Periodontal disease is an advanced stage of gum disease whereby the gum and bone is being eroded and the patient is at significant risk of teeth becoming loose.There is strong evidence that stress can also affect someone’s oral health.

Stress and Bad Dental Hygiene

People suffering from stress also have a higher tendency to do things that are suboptimal for their oral health.A person with extreme stress might skip brushing their teeth, or skip flossing, or at best give their teeth a cursory brush.A person who is stressed might grind their teeth, leading to wear on the enamel and teeth sensitivity. They might snack on unhealthy treats, especially those high in sugar.

  • June


Fluoride Application in Children

Smoker’s Teeth: What is it and What can be done

We’re sorry to have to break this to you, but smoking is terrible for your teeth and overall oral health. It causes both cosmetic damage and more serious problems such as gum disease, potential tooth loss and even mouth cancer.In this post, we will look at what is meant by the term smoker’s teeth, what smoking can do to teeth and oral health, how to treat any problems and why any smoker really should try to stop – or at least cut back on their habit.

The Obvious Problems

The effects of smoking are clearly apparent on many smokers’ teeth – the teeth have yellowed, and in some cases, turned almost a solid brown colour. Accompanying this stained appearance there is a high likelihood of bad breath (halitosis) due to the build-up of bacterial plaque.These physical by-products of smoking can affect self confidence and self-esteem. Anyone who has a concern that their teeth are heavily stained and is also aware that they have bad breath is likely to try to hide their teeth – potentially smiling less and being less confident in conversation.These obvious problems are reason enough to seek dental treatment and also to quit or cut back on smoking, but they can also be signs that more serious damage could be present.

Long Term Damage to Teeth Caused By Smoking

Stained teeth and bad breath can be treated by dental professionals (we will talk about treatments later), but smoker’s teeth can also be a sign of more pressing health-related concerns.Smoking increases the risk of gum disease, also known as periodontitis, a condition that can lead to erosion of the bone under the gums causing teeth to become loose and potentially even leading to tooth loss. Periodontitis has also been linked to a range of other serious conditions including diabetes, increased risk of strokes and problems in pregnancy.By smoking, you double the likelihood of getting periodontitis according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Smoking also reduces the success rate of restorative surgery – like dental implants – and adds to the healing time for any dental work due to blood vessels having been damaged by years of smoking.Smoking is also a factor in the vast majority of mouth cancer cases. Statistics from the Indian Cancer Association show that in 90% of cancers affecting the mouth, lips or tongue, the patient is a smoker or consumes tobacco in some other way (chewing for example).

  • June


Dental Jewellery

What Are Facial Aesthetics?

There are two ways to answer the question ‘what are facial aesthetics’ – it is not only the question of what the treatments are and what they entail but also what effect they can have and their benefits.At the most basic level, facial aesthetics are small, non-surgical treatments that make noticeable but subtle enhancements to your appearance.They can help mask or even delay the passage of time, giving the face, and the person, a small boost, thereby improving confidence as much as they improve a smile or skin.At Refresh My Smile, our EverSmile dental clinic in Baner, Pune, we believe that facial aesthetics should make a difference but without being overtly noticeable. The effect should be attractive, not alarming.

Facial Aesthetics – The Basics

Facial aesthetics are clinically safe injectables that are used to either block nerve signals to muscles to relax facial expressions or to define, re-volumise and accentuate facial contours.These are tasks that dentists are exceptionally well-qualified to perform thanks to their knowledge of facial anatomy and their dexterity in performing delicate treatments on a daily basis, that is why we offer them at Refresh My Smile, part of The Sadguru dental clinic at Sangavi Corn Exchange.We do not make false promises: we cannot take decades off your appearance, but we can soften some of the effects of time, stress and work.We want people to think you are looking healthy and refreshed.