General Questions

Dentistry

Decay is the destruction of the outer and inner surface of the tooth. It occurs due to the plaque formation - the sticky film of bacteria on the tooth surface. When you take foods that contain sugar, the bacteria will produce acids that weaken the hard surface of the tooth. If not treated, decay may cause tooth loss. To prevent decay, brush twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste.

You could bring your child to the dentist right from the eruption of the primary teeth, commonly known as milk teeth. Oral health issues can occur at any age and most of them can be prevented with regular dental checkups.

During the whitening process, the harmful stains and plaque will be removed using the peroxide-based whitening agents. However, few individuals who have excessive nerve exposure may feel tooth sensitivity, but it could be taken care by our dental experts. Tooth whitening is not just safe but also improves the oral health.

Your baby’s teeth and gums will be delicate and you should be gentle while cleaning them. Use only water or non-fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean until age 3. After that, you could use fluoridate toothpaste, but not more than a size of a small green pea.

Adults can use fluoridated toothpaste and toothbrushes with soft bristles. Unlike the television commercials, just use toothpaste that is not more than half the length of your toothbrush bristles.

Infectious Diseases

Immunization helps us to prevent various health conditions for which there is no cure. Vaccines can power your immune system to avoid the diseases and prevent the serious health complications associated with that particular disease. Vaccines are the ideal solution for the diseases which could not be cured but preventable.

Various vaccines are recommended for seniors based on their immunity, lifestyle and current health condition or as prescribed by the physician. Vaccines, such as Hepatitis A and B, Flu, Shingles, Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis (TDAP) and Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR), are common in the recommended list of vaccines for adults.

The need for vaccines depends on the country you are traveling to. Depending on the country, you may require vaccines for health conditions such as Hepatitis A and B, Yellow Fever and Typhoid. Consult your doctor before planning your abroad trip. If you are traveling with family, your children and parents also need to be vaccinated.

Yes, there are vaccines that protect adults against various communicable disease. Vaccines could protect you from various diseases such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Shingles, Pneumococcal Diseases, Influenza (Flu) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

You may require vaccines at different age brackets. For example, Hepatitis is given as a newborn (before 18 months), HPV is given before or in 26 years and shingles is given after or in 60 years. A single dose of few vaccines would suffice for a lifetime where as some vaccines should be given as a series in short spans. The best way to know which vaccine your body requires is to check with your doctor and duly maintain an immunization record.

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