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You can’t see them, feel them or taste them, but your mouth is home to entire colonies of microorganisms. While most of these tiny oral bacteria do us no harm, there are other species in the mix that are disease causing and can affect our health and need to be controlled with a healthy diet, good oral care practices and regular visits to your dentist.
Over 700 different strains of bacteria have been detected in the human mouth, though most people are only host to 34 to 72 different varieties. Most of these bacterial species appear to be harmless when it comes to our health. Others, known as probiotics, are beneficial bacteria that aid in the digestion of foods. Other bacteria actually protect our teeth and gums. There are some bacteria, however, that we’d rather do without, since they cause tooth decay and gum disease.
The Two Most Common Harmful Bacteria
Streptococcus mutans is the bacteria you’ve probably heard the most about. It lives in your mouth and feeds on the sugars and starches that you eat. That alone wouldn’t be so bad, but as a by-product of its ravenous appetite, it produces enamel-eroding acids, which make streptococcus mutans the main cause of tooth decay in humans.
Porphyromonas gingivalis is usually not present in a healthy mouth, but when it does appear, it has been strongly linked to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious and progressive disease that effects the tissues and the alveolar bone that support the teeth. It is not a disease to be taken lightly. It can cause significant dental pain, and can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Once you’ve got a strain of oral bacteria, you’re not likely to rid yourself of it. The good news is that you can manage and control the bacteria in your mouth with good oral care. Brushing after meals and flossing at least once per day can remove the source of food for harmful bacteria, which can keep them from reproducing in your mouth. Antibacterial mouthwash can also be used to keep your oral flora from taking over.
Your diet also plays a role in managing bacteria. Avoiding sugary and starchy foods, especially when you don’t have access to a toothbrush, helps constrain bacterial growth. Also, eating foods that are known to promote healthy bacteria will help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime.
Calcium helps protect your teeth against gum (periodontal) disease and keeps your jaw bone strong and healthy.
Since women are more likely to get gum disease if they don’t absorb enough calcium from their daily diet, it’s especially important for everyone to eat and drink plenty of calcium–rich foods.
Drinking 1% low–fat or nonfat (skim) milk will help you gain the most nutrients without the extra artery–clogging fat of 2% or whole milk.
A behind the scenes video of the photoshoot at Alvi Dental for our new upcoming #SmileWithAlviDental campaign
We’re excited to share that Alvi Dental Hospital has received the much awaited Digital 3D Cone Beam scanning machine, a first installation in any dental practice in Pakistan. The availability of a 3D machine is now considered a global standard for dental practice.
The advantages are breathtaking
Traditionally dental x-rays (a 2D image/picture) though an amazing tool has its own set of limitations, but with the advent of 3D & CBCT technology a simple tooth 3D scan can reveal far more information to the accuracy of 76 micrometers than ever before possible
Which ensures cutting edge accurate diagnosis for Root canals, Implants, Orthodontics and Surgical issues the diagnostics utility of having a CBCT machine is endless
From having the First Dental Microscope in Pakistan, we now can easily lay claim to having the First Dental 3D/CT machine in Pakistan.
It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
If you need additional help, come in for a Free Consultation and talk to our specialists
The biggest hinderance for any person with crooked teeth is to have the courage to get metal braces, quite often the fear of a horrid social impact deters many from having braces, many instead choosing to live with their naturally (but crooked teeth) teeth, fearsome of the horrible wedding pictures with a “metal braces look” or even suffer work place taunting of having a “metal mouth“. At times transparent / ceramic braces may help hide a bit of the “metal braces look” but it may still not be sufficient to convince you to get the treatment.
Alvi Dental Hospital is proud to have recently entered into an association with a german company to provide high-end digitally custom fabricated lingual braces which are tuned to quickly straightening of your teeth in the shortest time possible, the lingual braces are tucked in the backside of your teeth, no one needs to know you are having braces unless you deliberately open you mouth wide enough to show them, else within a short span of time, you are guaranteed to have straighter teeth. These braces are casted in Gold alloy this enables a clean and pristine treatment without any allergic reactions or discoloration of teeth
Dr. Awab Alvi has been extensively trained in the precision treatment of lingual orthodontics during his post graduate training at Saint Louis University. The classical and older designs of lingual braces were cumbersome and the overall treatment took longer then regular braces, we at Alvi Dental Hospital never truly offered this option to our patients, Until the improvement in technology to custom fabricate these lingual braces perfectly for each person
Now with drastic improvement in technology Alvi Dental Hospital is proud to be one of the first few dental practices to offer computer precision designed lingual braces for your teeth, a huge advantage of quicker treatment without the hassles and problems of the standard (older) lingual orthodontic treatment. All without no one ever knowing that you got braces, since everything was conveniently hidden behind your teeth