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Well, a lot of people have dental issues mostly because of negligence and partly because of some underlining issues. We will discuss about the former category.

Teeth, Gums and Tongue, all are important. If you care only for teeth and not for gum then you will be inviting a lot of problems. Our GI tract begins with mouth with all teeth, gums and tongue. Omg, it sounds a scene outta horror flick. 🐒 Our teeth is socketed tightly into bones and gums provide this tight seal around that junction, which protects the roots of teeth and the bones around ’em from bacteria.

Enough Talks, What to do?

I will borrow the term FBI from Dr Tom McCawley, who has explained it at 2:30 in this video.

  • Flossing  
  • Brushing That includes cleaning of teeth as well as gum. 

  • Irrigating  Gurgle with 2 parts Listerine and one part water.

That’s all for prevention part. How to know if we have any dental or gum issue?


Visit your dentist at least once a year. Dentist will know what is going on, if you have any cavities or not. Dentist can advise you if you have to have braces or not. Right! 


I have cavities then what things should I know?

  • If you look into a mirror then you might see a tiny dark spot/hole. If you put a little tooth pick into it then you might feel it, which you should not do.
  • You will feel sensation to hot, sweet, sour and cold food. That’s why I always say, visit a dentist. That Sensodyne won’t cure your condition.
  • Based upon the severity of your cavities your dentist will advise you couple of treatments such as Filling the cavity, Root Canal Treatment followed with either filling/crown, Extraction and getting an implant after extraction.

Filling the Cavity


In my limited knowledge I am aware of three types of filling.

  • Amalgam (Cheapest) Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Copied from  https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/dental-devi... It is good for the molar/grinding teeth. Risks due to mercury poisoning is either not known or made public because of than than Gopal. 🐒 That’s alright. There are other issues as well. The Amalgam filling will give you sensitivity to cold and hot. It will be basically a lump of metal in your teeth. So, it might push the teeth walls and cracks might form. It is the strongest filling you can get for your bucks but it looks really ugly. https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/757087/medium/3-s2.0-B9780128137420000134-f13-02-9780128137420.jpg?1649149856
Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/chemistry/... If your dentist recommends then go for it. But most dentist deny, at least private ones, giving the mercury poisoning as risk. But the most important factor is the cost factor. It is the cheapest material available and is in use since 150 years. 🙂 You are not advised to eat or drink for 3-4 hours. And you will be advised to wait for at least 24 hours before being able to eat hard food.
  • GIC (Glass Ionomer Cement Might be Cheaper)  Well, it looks better than Amalgam but it is not entirely of a tooth’s natural color. Basically it is structurally weaker than the composite counterpart. Then why is it used? If the cavity is too deep then buddy Composite material might give you a lot of pain. Tooth will be extremely sensitive. There will be etching process in composite ones, which involves acid. So, dentist might give you a base, often NaOH, and give you this GIC filling. Advantage will be the filling won’t need blue light curing. The filing material will slowly release Fluoride and it will prevent further carries. You win some and you lose some. You are sacrificing strength here for other reasons. GIC can fill the chipped teeth part as well. Shrinkage won’t be a problem. Dentists can advise you better. I took info from 3M Ketac’s fact sheet https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/342536O/ket... advise 2 hr waiting time before eating or drinking. 
  • Composite (Cost? Sky is the limit. 🐒🙂) It is strong, might be expensive (mostly) and are available in shades of teeth. People can’t notice if the teeth has been filled or not. 🙂 Blue light curing is very important as well as etching process with help of acid. It is relatively stronger than composite and weaker than amalgam. 
  • Both Composite and GIC will serve faithfully for at least 4-5 years. Then we might need a new filling. And old ones can be replaced. Cavities can form around and beneath the filling. A Dentist can identify those things. 

Root Canal Treatment


    It is more expensive than getting a filling but cheaper than getting a fixed implant. They remove the decay and all the infected pulp and nerves from the teeth. They fill it with Gutta-percha https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/root-... rubber like material and they might give you either a crown or filling. If the tooth cavity is too big and old tooth is structurally weak then they will give you either a fiber or metal post. Dentist will explain you better. 


    Dental crowns are integral part of root canal procedure. Often crowns alone cost more than root canal treatment procedure. They vary from cheap PFM (Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns) to expensive Zirconia Crowns. Zirconia ones start from 10k in my knowledge. And they come with a 10 year warranty, maybe. I am not sure about 10 years but they come with warranty. 🙂


    Gum diseases


    My knowledge is severely limited. I know gingivitis is curable and periodontitis is treatable but bone loss will be permanent. 😭😭😭 Go check a dentist asap.


    What to expect from your dentist?

    • A thorough oral examination. 
    • Xray if necessary  https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/757098/medium/Cavities-in-x-ray-highlighted-1-300x200.jpg?1649152734
    • And advice as well as future path of the treatment.

    Things to stop doing

    • Stop sticky sugary hard food. Ex: hard candy, peanut chikkis. They will say peanut chikki is healthy. Buddy it wrecks havoc on teeth. It is very hard to clean thing. And it will cause cavity for sure. 
    • Stop drinking carbonated drinks. They are acidic in nature. Remember the natural remedy to shine teeth is Nimboo, lemon? Don’t do that. You are basically eroding your teeth. That also goes for health drinks like fruit juice. They wreck havoc on teeth. So, wash your teeth.
    • Stop grinding your teeth. If you are grinding your teeth then take a retainer. Everyone’s jaw is different so those are custom made.
    • Neglecting teeth after getting em filled. 
    • Don’t use CHX (Chloro Hexidine) based mouth wash for extended period of time. This is a prescription drug.
    • Don’t use tobacco, cigarette. 

    Start doing

    • Brush twice a day. At morning and after night. If you know about Japanese culture they brush after getting their breakfast. And it kinda makes sense. In ancient India, breakfast was not sugary cereal or bread and jam. Modern time requires modern technique. So, I brush my teeth after getting my breakfast. Sorry, Shaktiman. And yes, wait for at least 20 mins after eating the food. https://www.tofugu.com/japan/brush-teeth-japan/.... It is like that for at least 23 years. I was introduced to this practice by my uncle. And the practice is still being maintained by me. 
    • Don’t forget to floss your teeth. You will find Colgate Waxed Dental Floss https://www.amazon.in/Colgate-Waxed-Dental-Flos..., Thermoseal ones https://www.amazon.in/Thermoseal-Floss-Pack-Min..., Interdental Brushes like https://www.amazon.in/Thermoseal-Proxa-Narrow-S.... I use the interdental ones as per my dentist’s suggestion.
    • Clean your tongue thoroughly.
    • Use a mouthwash. 
    • Visit a dentist at least once a year.

    I have monetary issues. I can’t afford dentists.


    Date a dentist. They handle a lot of filth. Just floss today and smell the gunk. You will feel nauseous. So, they are generally very caring and understanding in nature, generally. And it does not break one’s bank account to appease them. Again it’s a personal observation. 🐒🐒🐒But dating a dentist is not like buying a toothpaste, you know. Price of treatments done by dentists vary from clinic to clinic. Newer clinics often give discounts you know. And if you are really stuck then go to Govt hospitals and dental colleges. They do fillings at a fraction of cost in comparison to expensive dental boutiques (I knowingly used this boutique word in place of clinic.) Yes, you deserve better treatment. Downside will be the time factor. In a dental clinic they have this portable X-Ray machines. In Govt hospitals they will send you to radiology deptt to get your X-rays done. Then they will call you for an appointment. You are looking for at least 2 appointments for fillings. And you have to entertain those cutie cutie  students. They will politely ask you if you have cavities under your fillings. And if you have some bite issues then you have to pursue them. They are doing a good job but there are other patients. 🙂🙂

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      Deal Lieutenant Deal Lieutenant
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      yaar koi dental clinic ka voucher dilvao. post dekh ke mann me veham par geya

      Deal Subedar Deal Subedar
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      A very informative and nice article. VU+

      Hunk Hunk
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      kukdookoo wrote:

      yaar koi dental clinic ka voucher dilvao. post dekh ke mann me veham par geya

      Bhai Diwali ke time offer ata hai, 30% off 50% off eise

      Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore
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      Great one… plus1
      Q :: Why your comments/posts are under moderation? 🤔

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      Himanshu1234567 wrote:

      Great one… plus1
      Q :: Why your comments/posts are under moderation? 🤔

      Past cases of badmashi n honestly no idea. 🙂🙂🙂

      Deal Subedar Deal Subedar
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      Get  scaling done once in 2 years .Govt hospitals does this for cheap 

      People usually ignore oral hygiene 

      On the other hand If you want your teeth to be shinny gold smoke beedi every day 

      Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore
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      nice one , is electric toothbrush more effective , tnx in advance

      Tech Guru Tech Guru
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      Dental colleges are good to go if you’re tight on budget.

      Some tips -

      get scaling done atleast once a year.

      observe gum colour often and if you see a change, consult dentist. 

      use electric brush if you mess with right brushing technique and not consistent with minimum brushing time.

      use mouth wash or salt water rinse.

      never ever delay visiting dentist if you are facing gum inflammation, loose gums or other gum issues like bleeding.

      If gums bleed frequently, visit dentist asap but never ignore brushing even if it bleeds.

      never think that oil pulling or salt water rinses or other alternate home remedies will help you get rid of oral care issues. 

      please visit dentist if you observe symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis.

      Note - Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually happens before periodontitis (gum disease). But not all gingivitis leads to periodontitis. If you visit early on time, you can save permanent bone loss.

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      Vitamin C deficiency – Scurvy.

      Scurvy is a disease that occurs when you have a severe lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in your diet. Scurvy causes general weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages. Scurvy is rare in the United States. Older adults who are not getting proper nutrition are most affected by scurvy.

      Symptoms: Periodontal disease

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      @bikidas2060 Thanks for this awareness post Biki 😬

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      homedimer wrote:

      nice one , is electric toothbrush more effective , tnx in advance

      My dentist advised electric brush because i mess with brushing technique 😌

      Electric brush ensures you do it right and some brushes have timer so you spend atleast the minimum time.

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      Original wrote:

      My dentist advised electric brush because i mess with brushing technique 😌
      Electric brush ensures you do it right and some brushes has timer so you spend atleast the minimum time.

      How long have you been using it ? Any improvements?

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      amdoinggood123 wrote:

      How long have you been using it ? Any improvements?

      I can’t actually tell as i have been going through gum treatment.

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      Original wrote:

      My dentist advised electric brush because i mess with brushing technique 😌
      Electric brush ensures you do it right and some brushes has timer so you spend atleast the minimum time.

      Please Suggest some sasta and effective electric brush

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      homedimer wrote:

      nice one , is electric toothbrush more effective , tnx in advance

      yes it’s very effective.

      it cleans plaque in just 1 week.

      If you use it 2 times regularly it can also eradicate cavity upto some extent . You will see the difference with just 2-3 days of regular brushing.

      im using this 1 from last 3 months 

      https://pgshop.in/oral-b-pro-2-electric-toothbr...



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      Shahskm wrote:

      yes it’s very effective.

      it cleans plaque in just 1 week.

      If you use it 2 times regularly it can also eradicate cavity upto some extent . You will see the difference with just 2-3 days of regular brushing.

      im using this 1 from last 3 months 

      https://pgshop.in/oral-b-pro-2-electric-toothbr...



      Cavity won’t go bhai. 🙂🙂🙂 Cavities are reversible, sometimes, if and only if they are in enamel stage. Fluoride can help remineralize the cavity. Once the decay goes to the dentin stage, it can’t be reversed. 

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      Since a lot of you don’t floss, please floss. 🙂🙂🙂

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      bikidas2060 wrote:

      Cavity won’t go bhai. 🙂🙂🙂 Cavities are reversible, sometimes, if and only if they are in enamel stage. Fluoride can help remineralize the cavity. Once the decay goes to the dentin stage, it can’t be reversed. 

      Yes cavity wouldn’t go away with this but it may help in controlling the further depletion of enamel with good cleaning as comparing to manual brushing.

      Regular brushing with flouride reverse the cavity in starting stage but after dentin stage it’s irreversible.


      I totally agree with you bro.

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      beamchota wrote:

      I floss with salt water twice a week.

      please do it every day. Not twice. Once will suffice especially before going to bed. 🙂

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      just my 2cents.

      In my opinion the root cause is due to change in food habits, albeit weather also plays role in it.

      1. Last 1.5 decades the problem with teeth started and dentist demand increased. This is due to change in food habits of people and life style.

      2. Service jobs are increasing and we spend more time in sitting posture. but food habits have not changed. 

      The root cause for decay of gums, teeth is your digestive system releasing excessive gases to your mouth 👄. One need to control this.

      I will tell my personal experience. Back in 2007, after staying in cold countries like UK and USA, i observed that my teeth color got changed. O visited a dentist and he suggested to wear teeth caps at night and brush 2 times which i followed for a year no change. He then suggested fir cleaning and grind which i was little skeptical and postponed. Later i visited one physician in my tier 3 city for some other problem and casually told him about it and dentist suggestion. He laughed and said above 3 points and suggested to change my life style.( i dont drink & smoke or eat outside every week. I usually eat may be 5-6 times in a year).

      Then i started observing my self and also bumped up with article in a magazine where it said 90% teeth problems are due to malfunction of digestive system.

      I started walking daily 30mins in the morning and extra walks if i ate rajma like food, reduced sweets frequency and preferred home made sweets.

      With in 6 to 8 months i saw my teeth color coming back to normal with only one brushing in the morning.

      As of today they are back to normal and healthy.

      i follow same for my kids.

      moral is for people who sit and work, check your food habits for a year and decide what nned to be taken and what should be avoided. Remember we are nolonger doing physical hard core like our earlier generations and dont need to follow their non veg habits.

      drinking and smoking avoid. Daily brush once and occasionally with neem if you get it. Use salt to clean every month or so. You dont need to visit dentist in lifetime.

      Europe and NA has cold weather, they suggest different things.

      Look at teeth of africans they are blessed with hot weather and work hard.

      you dont need to use mouth wash if your digestive system is clean.

      you may say i dont feel any digestive problems but it takes time to show symptoms based on your immunity.

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      Avoid cool drinks, cold water 💧,  on rocks drinks 🍸,  drink water from good pot.

      rinse mouth after every intake of food and rub the teeth with fingers after food while washing hands.

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      playdime wrote:

      just my 2cents.

      In my opinion the root cause is due to change in food habits, albeit weather also plays role in it.

      1. Last 1.5 decades the problem with teeth started and dentist demand increased. This is due to change in food habits of people and life style.

      2. Service jobs are increasing and we spend more time in sitting posture. but food habits have not changed. 

      The root cause for decay of gums, teeth is your digestive system releasing excessive gases to your mouth 👄. One need to control this.

      I will tell my personal experience. Back in 2007, after staying in cold countries like UK and USA, i observed that my teeth color got changed. O visited a dentist and he suggested to wear teeth caps at night and brush 2 times which i followed for a year no change. He then suggested fir cleaning and grind which i was little skeptical and postponed. Later i visited one physician in my tier 3 city for some other problem and casually told him about it and dentist suggestion. He laughed and said above 3 points and suggested to change my life style.( i dont drink & smoke or eat outside every week. I usually eat may be 5-6 times in a year).

      Then i started observing my self and also bumped up with article in a magazine where it said 90% teeth problems are due to malfunction of digestive system.

      I started walking daily 30mins in the morning and extra walks if i ate rajma like food, reduced sweets frequency and preferred home made sweets.

      With in 6 to 8 months i saw my teeth color coming back to normal with only one brushing in the morning.

      As of today they are back to normal and healthy.

      i follow same for my kids.

      moral is for people who sit and work, check your food habits for a year and decide what nned to be taken and what should be avoided. Remember we are nolonger doing physical hard core like our earlier generations and dont need to follow their non veg habits.

      drinking and smoking avoid. Daily brush once and occasionally with neem if you get it. Use salt to clean every month or so. You dont need to visit dentist in lifetime.

      Europe and NA has cold weather, they suggest different things.

      Look at teeth of africans they are blessed with hot weather and work hard.

      you dont need to use mouth wash if your digestive system is clean.

      you may say i dont feel any digestive problems but it takes time to show symptoms based on your immunity.

      🫀🧠🫁🦷

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      Avoid cool drinks, cold water 💧,  on rocks drinks 🍸,  drink water from good pot.

      rinse mouth after every intake of food and rub the teeth with fingers after food while washing hands.

      Bhai there are couple of things. Acid reflux can cause mouth ulcers and occasionally gum n teeth problems. I was misdiagnosed with them in 2011. It was fungal infection but my ENT specialist diagnosed me with stress ulcers. Even if the diagnostics were false positive, our acid reflux can wreck havoc. And https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridatio.... foreign countries artificially add fluoride to water. And there are couple of more factors, which can change tooth color. And toothpastes themselves, unless they have specified that they are fluoride free, also have fluoride in them. 

      Actually in the olden days we used chew sticks, from branches of Neem etc.  


      But fake doctors in our toothpaste advertisements have changed our perception on things. There was this story on our language book. A guy used a modified compass https://www.amazon.in/Staedtler-compass-550-55-... to hold chew sticks. Aim was to reduce the rate at which trees were being cut. 10 generations of pupils before and after me have read the same story. But we used plastic bristled and plastic handle. Which are way more eco unfriendly. 

      I watched this video during the pandemics. And it’s true that we always treat our mouth differently than rest of our body parts. It is a sad affair actually. Mouthwash alters Ph level of mouth, the beginning of GI tract. It alters the property of saliva. https://askthedentist.com/mouthwash-risks-and-a...
      And you are absolutely right about our food habit. There are different types of food. Charbya(Chaba Chabake, basically chewing activity is engaged. https://www.lemontfamilydental.com/blog/2017/09... These food can effectively clean one’s teeth while eating. Even raw coconut flakes can do this well), Chosya (Food that can be sucked off), Lehya (Food that can be licked) and Peya (Drinks) are four categories of human consumable food material. Tragedy of our diet system and economic practices is such that we keep the best Charbya (chaba chabake khane wale chizen) to be used by bedridden patients. Irony is majority of patients are into their condition because they didn’t eat right. And relatives bombard them with fruits n horlicks when they are bedridden. And when the patient is doing well they bombard that person with sweet, ghee wali puri etc. That’s the tragedy. People who are financially well off can afford to buy apples, and other fruits for daily usage. Sweets, who cause more damage to our system are available cheaper than fruits. One feels really obligated before cracking a coconut for one’s well being. And honestly if a healthy person munches on raw coconut then that person might not face any gum related disease and may skip flossing part iff the diet is healthy. 

      I frequently visit my dentist. She is very impressed with my observational skills. I always ask her about dental procedures. And she is really patient with me. Once she asked me at what time do I wake up. I replied, “4AM”. She again asked what do I do? I said, “Sweeping”. She laughed. She was impressed  As per her if done correctly brushing once is more than enough. But it depends upon the diet we follow. Luke warm saline water is the best thing for mouth as it does not alter the Ph level. But, but one thing. Once mouth has been affected by carries, gum issues then one has to maintain them. Brushing twice a day, gurgling with warm saline water/ mouth wash has to be done. One should get scaling done at least once a year/twice a year/ as per the prescribing dentist’s advice. 🙂🙂 





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      bikidas2060 wrote:

      Fluoride is needed for teeth. If water you drink has good level of fluoride then you wont need fluoride toothpaste otherwise you will need it to avoid cavities and enamel loss

      Wish people were slightly more cautious prior to doling out ill-informed advice on serious things like medical care.

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      ‏‏Dental fluorosis in adults was not the only reason for pushback on the initially haphazard (almost unregulated) addition of fluoride in potable water in USA.

      Thereafter, some of the places where it is still added in water … have reduced the quantities.

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      In reality, most adults actually do not need any artificially introduced fluoride for oral health or healthier teeth.

      The milk teeth of growing children might still need some artificially introduced fluoride in malnourished belts.

      In-fact fluoride controversies apart, any prolobged exposure to it in adults (especially with other ailments or inable to expel it) can lead to unhealthy build-ups in the body.

      And msy even get fatal at some time, for some patients.

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      ‏‏https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/water-fluor...

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