Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure and can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth.
Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches), such as breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities.
To prevent tooth decay:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Preferably, brush after each meal and especially before going to bed.
- Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental cleaners, such as the Oral-B Interdental Brush, Reach Stim-U-Dent, or Sulcabrush.
- Rinse daily with a fluoride-containing mouthwash. Some rinses also have antiseptic ingredients to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
- Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacks. Avoid carbohydrates such as candy, pretzels and chips, which can remain on the tooth surface. If sticky foods are eaten, brush your teeth soon afterwards.
- Check with your dentist about use of supplemental fluoride, which strengthens your teeth.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars) to protect them from decay.
- Drink fluoridated water. At least a pint of fluoridated water each day is needed to protect children from tooth decay.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exam.
Researchers are developing new means to prevent tooth decay. One study found that a chewing gum that contains the sweetener xylitol temporarily retarded the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. In addition, several materials that slowly release fluoride over time, which will help prevent further decay, are being explored. These materials would be placed between teeth or in pits and fissures of teeth. Toothpastes and mouth rinses that can reverse and "heal" early cavities are also being studied.
Absence of natural tooth and severe tooth loss: Not everyone is responsible for their poor or defective oral health. Some are born without natural teeth, and some are victims of accidents or diseases that led to the loss of their teeth.
Poor hygiene: The more you are exposed to food low in calcium and fluoride, the more your teeth, gums, and other adjoining areas are susceptible to weaknesses.
Unhealthy diets: Many of us belong in this category since we unhealthily consume a lot of sugar, tobacco, and alcohol. Moreover, food and drinks that are consumed at extreme temperatures (either hot or cold) are unhealthy for the teeth. Most importantly, excess sugar from those yummy candies and chocolate on display at shopping malls alongside tobacco and alcohol without the required sanitary and healthy oral practices will lead to dental disease.
The high cost of preventive dental medicine in many countries: In many countries, the cost of diagnosing and treating dental-related matters is very high. This cost contributes to the incidence of diseased teeth, and this is not exclusive to low-income countries as a percentage of individuals in high-income countries also suffer from dental disease because they cannot afford the high cost.
Two amazing reasons why India is the place to go
Health care is expensive and dental care is one of the costliest health challenges of the whole lot.
In countries where there is an active health insurance scheme like some European nations, the cost of dental care almost equals the cost of some individual’s salaries.
In the United States, an average patient spends a little above 500 dollars, and families spend a little below three thousand dollars monthly. This poses a challenge in countries where there is no robust and reliable health care system.
Like a knight in shining armor, India’s dental health care has been saving people from losing their teeth or squandering their hard-earned income on fixing their dental issues.
With over 180,000 registered dental graduates and with about 80,000 of them actively practicing as dentists, every patient has the opportunity of being serviced at the point of the visit or after due consultation.
The availability of so many highly skilled dentists is responsible for the low cost of dental health in India - isn’t this a reason to flash your teeth in excitement.
India does more than treating defective and deformed teeth; if you want your teeth to shine like an expensive marble from a roman cathedral or to be shaped like well-stacked grains in a silo, you can get the best form of cosmetic surgery for the most affordable prices.
As a medical tourist, the ease of booking a ticket, accommodation, and appointment with the doctor of your choice is as stress-less as flashing a smile.
2) Dental advancement
There are some folks who are not bothered by the cost of health care, especially when the care measures up to international best practices. This category of individuals look up to India thanks to the digitalized and hi-tech machinery that exists in many Indian dental clinics.
Technology is certainly advancing, and the Indian dental industry is at the forefront of such an automated system. They have Machines that screen patients for STDs before treatments commence. This is how they are able to curb the spread of bloodborne pathogens, which is a challenge in dental practice.
Also, the world is heading to India’s dental centers for cosmetic surgeries, because unlike other countries that promise low-quality service for high cost, India promises great service for less in fully automated facilities.
The dentists and their assistants are well trained to handle modern equipment and apparatuses and also to deploy modern treatment methodologies. With advanced equipment and procedures, treatments and operations are now fast, painless, and seamless.
So, when next you are wondering where your superstar celebrity got their recent dental facelift, don’t look too far, they probably visited the country of spices and the home of the famous Taj mahal.
FAQ about traveling to India
We have made a list of the frequently asked questions about dental health in India along with their answers, check them out.
- Are Indian dental procedures the cheapest, globally?
No they aren’t, but they are one of the most affordable, and trustworthy.
- Are the staff at all hospitals proficient in speaking English?
Many of the staff in the hospital are actually native speakers of whatever languages that are spoken in the region, but there are English speaking dentists assigned to English speaking patients.
- Will I need a passport and visa?
Yes. Passports and visas are needed as this is a form of dental tourism.
- If I have had a dental job done before, do I have to visit the hospital with a report?
Yes. It is important to visit the hospitals with a physical copy of your dental records or a digital copy sent from your doctor.
- How long can I stay in the country?
It is common knowledge that India is a beautiful country, and no one wants to leave in a hurry; however, patients can stay as long as their treatments last. For elongated stay, you need to apply for an elongated stay visa.
When it comes to dental health, there is no denying that it is a challenge that cannot be waved away due to how sensitive the mouth is.
This is why patients from around the world are embracing India with both arms because with India, they get the best for less using the best of dental technology.;