DR. AJAY SHARMA
FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS
Q: Does extraction of the upper teeth lead to deterioration of vision?
A: This is a total misconception. There is no relation between treatment or extraction of teeth and vison.
Q: Does the teeth become cleaner when you brush harder?
A: It is not the pressure of tooth brushing or the length of the brushing, but the technique that influences the cleanliness.
Few minutes of correct tooth brushing is more than enough in maintaining good oral hygiene.
Q: Is tooth loss an inevitable part of the normal ageing process?
A: Tooth loss occurs due to periodontal diseases which is most often caused due to collection of plaque and tartar
on and around the tooth. This leads to tooth mobility and eventual loss. Following good oral hygiene and maintaining
periodontal health will keep your teeth intact lifelong.
Q: Does professional cleaning and scaling loosen the teeth?
A: Our teeth are firmly held together by supporting structures such as the gums and alveolar bone. Bad
oral hygiene results in deposition of tartar which causes bleeding of gums and hence a dental procedure such as
scaling makes us feel that the teeth have loosened. But the removal of tartar helps in arresting further deterioration
of the supporting structures and helps recovery. Hence, it is important that you get your teeth professionally cleaned
once every six months.
Q: Is cleaning teeth with a finger and tooth powder much better, than a toothbrush?
A: A toothbrush has bristles which help in the removal of plaque and food particles. A finger may not be able to reach
all the places as well as a toothbrush does. Your finger can be used to massage your gums with the help of gumpaint if need be.
Q: Do over-the-counter mouthwashes and mint-fresheners help in the treatment of bad breath?
A: Halitosis or bad breath is usually due to tooth decay, gingivitis, smoking, gastrointestinal disturbances etc. Over the counter
mouthwashes may only help you to mask this condition and will not treat it. The underlying causes need to be treated and a
good antibacterial mouth wash prescribed by your dentist after proper dental treatment will help take care of the problem.
Q: Does keeping an aspirin tablet near a painful tooth reduce the toothache.
A: Keeping any pain killer near a painful tooth, will not in any way reduce the pain. In fact, this is dangerous as it
will result in the burning of the tissues around the teeth. Swallowing a pain killer after eating some food will help in relieving
Q: Are dental procedures always painful?
A: Most dental procedures are done under local anaesthesia and hence the procedure is almost painless.The modern instruments
used in dentistry are so sophisticated that they cause less of vibration and hence more comfortable and less painful.