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DR. Mahfujul Haq Khan BDS, DDS, FSDCE (USA), PhD (Japan), Post Doc. (Japan) Specialised: Crown and Bridge work, and Periodontal plastic surgery (USA) Assistant Professor and Consultant, Department of Dentistry, BIRDEM Hospital
Dear Dr. Khan,
Without examining you it is very difficult for me to determine the exact cause and treatment plan of your tooth discoloration. Before discussing your particular query, I think it will be better if I can give a brief about tooth discoloration and you can get your answer by reading carefully.
1. Intrinsic (causes decay in a tooth with an intact blood and nerve supply), the causes are: Hereditary disorders: In this conditions the teeth are colored in a brownish blue and a brownish red. Tetracycline (Antibiotics) medication: Tetracycline administration during pregnancy can lead to discoloration of teeth as the tooth erupts in the newborn. Depending on the severity, discoloration can range from yellow -orange in mild cases and bluish gray in the most severe cases. Excessive fluoride intake in drinking water: Flurosis is a condition seen in places with increased fluoride content in the drinking water. Beyond a certain level, fluoride can cause yellow staining of teeth.
High fevers associated with early childhood disease: High fever due to childhood infections can lead to areas of poor calcification within the teeth resulting in the appearance of prominent white spots.
The loss of blood supply and nerve supply can by itself cause discoloration of the tooth.
2.Extrinsic causes Extrinsic stains (can be classified based on color of the stain into):
Brown stains: It is caused by a thin translucent, bacteria free layer covering the teeth. It is seen in individuals who do not brush their teeth adequately, or in those who use toothpaste with inadequate action.
Tobacco stains: Dark brown or black surface accompanied by brown discoloration of the tooth substance is seen. These stains results from coal tar combustion present in the tobacco and also due to the diffusion of tobacco juices into the substance of the teeth.
Green stains: Green to greenish yellow stains, sometimes of considerable thickness is seen in children. It is usually seen in upper anterior teeth and has been attributed to florescent bacteria and fungi.
Orange stains : Occurs in front teeth, and is caused by color producing bacteria.
Metallic stains: Caused by metals and metallic salts, which may be introduced into the oral cavity
How can we diagnose Tooth Discoloration ?
How can Tooth Discoloration be treated ?
Most external stains can be removed by thorough cleaning of teeth, with an instrument called “ultrasonic scaler”. This instrument removes most of the stains caused by tobacco, food debris or bacteria. If a broken down filling or a cavity is the cause, filling the defect will improve the discoloration.
Discoloration resistant to cleaning can be corrected or greatly improved through conservative procedures such as Bleaching, it generally has an approximate life span of 1 3 years. Other best treatment option is making porcelain cap/crown. Stains caused by tetracycline medications are usually much difficult to treat, and might require a radical approach.
Visit Dr. khan's website www.aikodental.com for more information.
Naina's Beauty Salon Now at Gulshan
NAINA Khan has been running her first beauty salon at Uttara for the last 6 years. But at the beginning of this year she has thought of expanding her business to reach girls and women living in the vicinities of Gulshan and Banani. The result is the birth of its second salon at Gulshan 2.
The new branch of Naina's Beauty Salon started its operation last Friday. And to celebrate the Eid festival, Naina Khan is offering 20% off for the students on all beauty services. So this Eid, if you want good beauty service at a reduced price do step inside Naina's. Besides discount, with every facial treatment and haircut, eye-brow threading is now being offered as a complimentary service.
At Naina's, hair cuts are priced between tk.80 and tk.300 and hair coloring within tk.600 to tk.1500 (depending on the kind, texture and length of your hair). Naina Khan says that her salon provides premium quality facial to her clients, the prices of her facial treatment are within tk.300 to tk.600. So on this Eid, if you are looking for a high-quality place to take care of your skin and hair, do stop at Naina's new outlet at Gulshan. Naina's is situated at house 16, road 35, Gulshan 2, Dhaka.
By Wara Karim
By The Way
Rejuvenate your skin with facial
DID you know that facial is a wonderful way of soothing and rejuvenating skin? Facial unlocks the emotional tension that you carry in your face, enabling tension-related wrinkles and creases to drop away, leaving you with a younger looking, calmer, more peaceful face.
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