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Dear Doctor,
How far does food/nutrition affect our oral health? I want to know the healthy food chart for dental health.
Amir Hossain

Dear Mr. Hossain,
Choosing the right foods in your diet is an important aspect in having good oral health.

Nutrition affects oral health
The foods that you eat come in contact with the germs and bacteria that live in the mouth. If you don't brush, plaque will accumulate on the teeth. Plague thrives on the starch and sugars that are found in a wide range of food. When plaque combines with the sugars and starch, an acid is produced that attacks tooth enamel and eventually causes decay.

Choosing a Healthy Diet
Choosing a healthy diet may sound easy, however, fruits, milk, cereals, bread and some vegetables contain sugars and/or starches. Carbonated drinks, sweet fruit drinks and sugary snack foods should be limited.

You don't have to avoid these foods, just keep in mind that you should eat a balanced diet, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.

Healthy Tips
Drink plenty of water. To get a balanced diet, eat a variety of foods. Choose foods from each of the five major food groups: breads, cereals and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; milk, cheese and yoghurt.

Cut down on snacking in between meals; limit snacks and drinks that are high in sugar; brush twice a day; floss daily; visit your dentist for regular check ups.

Dear Doctor,
I have bad breath but no caries or gum infection. I brush my teeth after every meal. Why is it still persisting? Is there any other cause?

Dear Mr Azmol,
There are several causes for bad breath. Among them more than 60% are from oral and dental origin and rest from other systemic causes such as liver diseases, intestinal problems, sinusitis, pharyngitis etc. Please visit your dental surgeon to get rid of any oral and dental problems.

Dear Doctor,
My name is Azam, aged 33 and I was your patient. You did a root canal and put a dental cap. Recently I am facing swelling and pain near the wisdom tooth. Right now, I am out of Bangladesh. A Local dental surgeon advised me for extraction. But I am against tooth extraction. Is it possible to preserve the tooth by root canal on the wisdom tooth?

Dear Mr. Ahsan,
I have neither seen your condition clinically and nor have I seen an X-ray. Usually we strongly recommend wisdom teeth extraction if it creates a problem as the risk of future ailments persists. I usually do not recommend root canal treatment of wisdom teeth unless it has perfect functional position.

Dear Doctor,
I have carious front teeth. It has become black, but I feel no pain. I consulted a dentist who suggested root canal and cap. But I am not sure whether I need root canal, as I feel no pain. Can you suggest what I should do?

Dear Ms Rehana,
For your carious front teeth, root canal with porcelain cap will be the permanent solution. But as you have mentioned that you don't feel any pain, you can try a special type of tooth colour filling (Composite/bonding).

Dear Doctor,
My daughter is four. Although she brushes her teeth after every meal since she was one and a half, her upper set of teeth are affected by caries and already most of the visible part are lost. She also complains of occasional pain. Can she take any NSAID? How can I save the other teeth from caries till she grows permanent teeth?
Asish Kumar Sarker

Dear Mr Sarker,
I think she is suffering from bottle nursing syndrome/baby bottle syndrome.

Nursing bottle syndrome is characterized by children, generally under the age of 3 who are put to bed with a baby bottle filled, usually with fruit juice or sweetened milk. The pattern is severe decay of the front top teeth. It is quite common because parents simply do not know the effect of sugar in fruit juice or sweetened milk. There are numerous reasons to repair baby teeth, but when baby incisors are this badly damaged, it is usually best to extract them. Baby incisors are not essential for maintaining spacing in the adult dentition, as are the baby molars and canines.

On a different Note
Hot fuss about hair

You've got that killer outfit, those perfect shoes, and just the right amount of make-up. As you're brushing your hair, you notice strands of hair in the comb. Your hair. Poof! You're down in the dumps. Indeed, nothing kills self-esteem the way hair trouble can. While this may sound like a petty problem, studies have linked hair and self-image to confidence and performance.

Women who feel good about themselves and their hair can be attentive, focused and present in the here and now (Tolle 2001, 2002, 2003). Women who feel unhappy with their hair, suffer. Through internalised social comparisons and real experiences of criticism from peers, partners or parents, they feel small and inadequate, unhealthy and unwholesome.

There's more to the whole hair than self-confidence and self-image though. Let's look at some interesting connotations related to hair:

Hairstyles and image

* Hairstyles are a medium of expression. Teenagers may adopt hairstyles that provoke shock, puzzlement, or even disgust as a means of indicating rebellion.

* New hairstyles indicate change (McAlexander and Schouten, 1989) while familiar hairstyles symbolise personal continuity.

* Women of mousy-coloured hair often choose to dye it blonde to signify sexiness, fun and availability.

* Blondes are considered more glamorous than brunettes and redheads (Heckert, Heckert, and Heckert, 2003)

* When making recruitment decisions for professional positions, it is often brunettes that are preferred and awarded higher salaries over women of other hair colours because they are seen as more capable (Kylie and Mahler, 1996)

Hair as a symbol of sexuality

* In many cultures, hair length and quality are indicators of reproductive ability, and thus younger women are concerned with displaying good hair, wearing longer hair than older women.

* Nuns cut their hair short and cover their heads as a symbol of renunciation of sexuality.

* In India, women make a pilgrimage to Tirupathi in South India, where they then shave their heads as a symbol of gratitude for favours received from God, thus signifying willingness for a time to become asexual persons.

Hair and Opposites (Synnot)

* Opposite sexes tend to have opposite hair (men have short hair, while women have longer)

* Head hair and body hair are opposites (Women keep longer hair, but depilate body hair; men keep shorter hair, but bodily hair is a symbol of masculinity)

* Opposite ideologies have opposite hair (Professional hairstyles are medium length and neat, alternative hairstyles are either very short (i.e. Skinheads) or very long (i.e. Hippies) or variously coloured (i.e. Punk)

Hair Politics

* In the late 19th and 20th century women were required to have long uncut hair, which could be moulded into elaborate shapes as a symbol of the family's wealth and status.

* Beginning in the 1850's feminists called on women to dress with freedom and have simpler hair.

* In China and Japan, bobbed hair was seen as a symbol of female promiscuity and a sign of defiance of the domestic ideal, and was banned. The state took control over women's hair, and short-haired women were publicly executed or heavily penalised (Sun, 1997)

Condensed and adapted from “Living in the hair and now” -Dr Nimmi Hutnik.

By the way

"Embracing some of the positive aspects of aging is helpful," says Becca Levy, PhD, an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Psychology at Yale. She found more than a 7-year survival advantage for older men and women with a positive attitude toward aging, compared with people who have a negative one.

If you're a cranky sort, you might also want to tweak your attitude about other things. "People who have a goal in life a passion, a purpose, a positive outlook, and humour-live longer," says Robert Butler, MD, president of the International Longevity Centre in New York City. Embrace life, and the coming of old age- it happens to all of us. If we're lucky.

Source: www.health. yahoo.com



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