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Dear Dr Khan,
Dear Mr Khabir
How Caries develop…
The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth and create holes in the tooth (cavities). Cavities are usually painless until they grow very large inside the tooth and destroy the nerve and blood vessels in the tooth. If left untreated, a tooth abscess can develop. Untreated tooth decay also destroys the internal structures of the tooth (pulp) and ultimately causes the loss of the tooth.
A root canal is recommended if the nerve in a tooth dies from decay or from a traumatic blow. The centre of the tooth, including the nerve and blood vessel tissue (pulp), is removed along with decayed portions of the tooth. The roots are filled with a sealing material. The tooth is filled and a crown may be placed over it if needed.
Chewy, sticky foods (such as dried fruit or candy) are best eaten as part of a meal rather than as a snack. If possible, brush the teeth or rinse the mouth with water after eating these foods. Minimize snacking, which creates a constant supply of acid in the mouth. Avoid constant sipping of sugary drinks or frequent sucking on candy and mints.
Dental sealants can prevent cavities. Sealants are thin plastic-like coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. This coating prevents the accumulation of plaque in the deep grooves on these vulnerable surfaces. Sealants are usually applied on the teeth of children, shortly after the molars erupt. Older people may also benefit from the use of tooth sealants.
Fluoride is often recommended to protect against dental caries. Topical fluoride is also recommended to protect the surface of the teeth. This may include a fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. Many dentists include application of topical fluoride solutions (applied to a localized area of the teeth) as part of routine visits.
For more information please visit Dr. Khan's website www. Aikodental.com
By the way
Beli, Jasmine, Dolonchapa or any other fragrant fresh flowers act as excellent air fresheners without any hazardous effects on the environment.
Under a different sky
By Iffat Nawaz
Our children haven't awakened yet. They are not yet born. Our children know not what their faces will carry, what their veins will commit, what their voices will accomplish. They will also fail.
Our children living in our souls, waiting for their birth have created their sagas already. They will be third generation Bengalis since Bangladesh was no longer East Pakistan, or second generation American, Australian, Canadian, according to whatever place we have travelled to and made our home. Our children will define purity in their own way- purity of race, purity by clarification, purity by difference.
My children will be different from yours, and their differences will be similar. Some of them won't know religion. Some of them won't know our mother tongue, and most of them won't understand our history. It will all be empty words to them.
Our children will see less blood, less guns, less sadness. They will define progressive thinking, curiosity, nonchalant ness, minimalism, and unlike us they will not be selfish.
Our children will wake up earlier and go out for longer runs. They will take steeper walks, stare at the sky more often, climb more trees, sing more songs, dance to more beats. They will smell more flowers, save more lives and their hands will be softer but stronger. Their eyes will be sharper.
Our children won't teach us and we will never learn. We will never change. They won't blame us for it. They will understand as their insides will be filled with kindness. Their lives will be memorable, each and every one of them.
Our children will create a new world, a more polished world. It will be safer too if they are given a chance. Our children will not look like us.
Our children will know to respect, not just others but their own selves. They will learn to respect their surroundings, what's here, there and what might be.
Our children won't teach us, because we will never learn. They won't preach to us, because we will never believe.
And like us they will not believe. They will not believe us, our past and theirs. They will only believe the present and what's in it.
Some of us will leave nothing behind and some will only carry everything and not let go. Some of us will envy our children, for what was given to us, by us.
Our children might fail, they might fall, or they might never be. But they are perfect, because everything in the future is perfect, like our children- the ones who will be and the ones who will never be.
Summer babies are luckier
People born in April/May are more likely to have a spring in their step than those who started life in January, new research shows. Don't stop reading yet folks, there is more.
Study reveals that it is possible to be "born lucky" depending on the time of year your mother gave birth.
The effect might be due to changes in how some parents interact with their babies during summer and winter.
Those born in April/May experience almost the whole summer during their first six months, while October-borns encounters the winter.
The environmental factors around the birth period, like exposure to sunshine and temperature could all influence the body's biological systems, with effects extending into adulthood.
Lucky "summer-borns" include footballer David Beckham, rugby player Jonny Wilkinson, and model Jordan. Harry Potter author JK Rowling was also a "summer" baby born in July.
The good news for winter-borns is that people can improve their luck by being more optimistic and making the most of the opportunities that come their way.
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