Last modified on May 2021
With inputs from Dr. Pragnya Rao - General Physician
There has been an increased prevalence of dental caries in India in addition to cavities, due to poor oral health and lack of access to proper dental care professionals. It is for this reason that dental caries treatment in India needs to be made easily available.
“Dental caries, or tooth decay, can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle habits and practicing good hygiene. Limit your consumption of sugary foods as they can damage your enamel. You should also make it a point to brush your teeth at least two times a day. If possible, also gargle your mouth with a fluoride-enriched mouthwash to keep your teeth healthy.”
– Dr. Pragnya Rao, General Physician
The high incidence of severe dental caries in India is also often attributed to the increased consumption of processed and sugary foods as well as inadequate exposure to fluoride in both drinking water and oral hygiene products. The shortage of access to quality dental caries treatment adds to the woes.
Most dental diseases and issues are largely preventable. Educating and encouraging Indian families to adopt a healthy oral care regimen, regular screening, and early detection will ensure a lower risk of oral diseases like dental caries in India.
This article will discuss the causes of dental caries, along with its symptoms, treatment and prevention strategies.
Dental Care amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
With the current COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc in India, it will not be quite wise to visit a dentist for a regular check-up. However, with many online consultations available, one can take care of their dental health right at the comfort of their home and without the fear of a COVID-19 exposure.
COVID homecare to maintain dental hygiene include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Changing toothbrushes every three to four months
- Holding back from smoking cigarettes
- Rinsing your mouth after every meal or strong beverages
When should you consult a doctor for your dental health?
In general, the frequency of your visit to a dentist can depend on how well you maintain your oral health. Else, one can see a dentist every six months or twice a year for regular dental check-ups. However, if you are facing any of the following symptoms of oral health issues, you shouldn’t wait but rush for online consultation with the best doctors in your city:
- bleeding or swollen gum after flossing or brushing your teeth
- awful breath lasting a long period
- facing sudden sensitivity to any cold or hot temperatures or beverages
- gum pain or experience facial swelling
- a frequent dry mouth
- pain or toothache while chewing or biting
- If you notice a white or yellow covering on teeth
- if you have a mouth sore or ulcer
Speak to expert dentists in the country with just a click of a button. With MFine’s online doctor consultations, we have made receiving diagnoses and treatments for various conditions easier especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chat to dentists on message or video calls and discuss your symptoms from the comfort of your own home.
Additionally, if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID or have been tested positive for COVID, visit MFine’s COVID-19 page for information on next steps and COVID tests you can undertake to clarify your diagnosis.