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APAD April # 30 - A bad habit

I love to carry my world wherever we go, because I can't afford to miss a single thing. This habit of hauling the world with my (lots and lots of) worldly things is going to have serious repercussions one day. But until then, I can't think of a single thing in this bag that I can do without! A closer peek will show how I need to lug around my art book and pens too! 

Z - Zirconia ( A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Zirconia is becoming one of the most chosen materials for dental crowns. The aesthetic effects alone of a zirconia crown should be the biggest advantage it can give. It is important that you have dental crowns that will look natural especially if it will be placed at the front teeth and will be visible beside the natural teeth.Zirconia manufacturers are now producing and designing dental crowns custom milled from solid block of the material and baked at ultra high temperatures to ensure that the finished crowns are almost indestructible. Zirconium crowns and bridges are so strong they can be used anywhere in the mouth. Zirconium crowns can withstand the biting pressure of the front teeth as well as back teeth grinding.The fact that this material is biocompatible means that it is safe to stay within your mouth for a long time. There is no need to worry about any adverse reactions from your body because it is not rejected by the human body. Advantages :Extraordinarily toughCan withstand …

Y - Your Dentist and You (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Whether you are visiting your dentist for the first time or it’s a return visit, it’s important that you are confident in the quality of care that your dentist provides. And starting with first impressions, a welcoming reception area and a clean and neat office environment are often signs of a well-run practice.Note how promptly you are greeted and how long you’re asked to wait before being treated. While it’s not realistic to expect the practice to always be right on schedule, it is reasonable to expect to be told within a few minutes of your arrival whether there will be a delay. During your visit, ask yourself these questions:Does the dental office present a professional atmosphere and a willingness to address your concerns? Is your medical history thoroughly reviewed prior to treatment or is it an afterthought? Health problems, such as high blood pressure, should be monitored at every dental appointment.When dental work is performed, are staff members wearing masks, gloves and appr…

APAD April # 29 - Fave smell

Three of my all time favourites....always have them in stock....Lola by Marc Jacobs, Flowers by Kenzo and Emporio Armani.

APAD April # 28 - A Stranger

Feel like a stranger to myself.....spent all Sunday getting a keratin hair treatment. Love love love the look and feel of my hair! If only I didnt have hair like hay!

X - Xerostomia / Dry Mouth (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Dry mouth is a condition in which your mouth is unusually dry. A dry mouth can affect both your enjoyment of food and the health of your teeth. The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia

A result of reduced or no saliva, dry mouth can lead to problems because saliva helps prevent tooth decay by limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. Saliva also enhances your ability to taste and makes it easier to swallow. In addition, enzymes in saliva aid in digestion. Patients with a persistently dry mouth may develop a burning or scalded sensation and have poor oral hygiene. They are prone to increased dental caries, periodontal disease, intolerance of dentures and oral infections, particularly candidiasis.


Symptoms:

Dryness in your mouthSaliva that seems thick and stringySores or split skin at the corners of your mouthCracked lipsBad breathDifficulty speaking and swallowingSore throatAn altered sense of tasteA fungal infection in your mouthIncreased plaque, tooth decay and gum …

APAD April # 27 - Lunch

Homemade spaghetti arabiatta....such a great change to every day food.

APAD April # 26 - Toothbrush

Our son is obsessed with the toothbrush, no he isn't taking after his dentist mommy, he is teething. He has figured out a way to get to his toothbrush and spends hours chewing away.
I have now got this innovative new toothbrush for him to chew! Introducing the Baby QQ toothbrush. I came across this toothbrush at a Mom and Baby exhibition I attended earlier this month. It is made by a Taiwan based company called Intelligent. They claim it to be the only chewing toothbrush in the world. The toothbrush is made of a flexible silicone like material with a handle to put the finger through at one end and double sided bristles on the other. When the child bites onto the chewing surface, it cleans and massages the gums at the same time. It basically envelopes the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws while being chewed upon, cleaning at the same time while soothing.
I personally haven't used it to brush my son's teeth yet for the only reason that he at this time enjoys using it t…

W - Whitening (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

In most cases, the natural colour of teeth is within a range of light greyish-yellow shades. Teeth naturally darken with age and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains acquired from the use of tobacco products and the consumption of certain foods or drinks. In addition, the perception of the colour of teeth is severely affected by skin tone and make-up. Independent of the real colour of their teeth, people with darker skin or who use dark makeup will look like they have brighter teeth. What is teeth whitening?Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. Teeth whitening can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades. Who can perform teeth whitening?Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist. Some beauty salons offer teeth whiten…

APAD April # 25 - Mother

A very happy birthday to one of the most important person in my life......my mom, my best friend, my god. I am what I am today only because of you. Love you.
Because of You
Dearest Mother, You’re the friend I most adore. You taught me everything I know and more. You never abandoned me when times got tough. You held my trembling hands when the waters were rough. Mother, you've always been by my side. Holding me up When I wanted to hide. Because of you, I now walk with pride.

V - Veneers (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color. You'll often hear people say that celebrities have veneers and this may seem like the best way to replicate picture-perfect teeth, but each mouth is different and veneers need to be carefully researched.




Indications: They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. Procedure:
This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance front teeth.  Your dentist will most likely begin …

APAD April # 24 - Pink

Cannot believe I waited for so long to get nail art done! got it done on my toes for the first time and love it! 



U - Unerupted Teeth (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

An unerupted or impacted tooth is a tooth that has formed but not emerged into the mouth. Teeth that fail to erupt can damage surrounding teeth gums and supporting bone and lead to the formation of tumours and cysts that can severly disrupt the jaw. Because of this risk unerupted teeth are often extracted.An impacted tooth remains stuck in gum tissue or bone for various reasons. It may be that the area is just overcrowded and there's no room for the teeth to emerge. For example, the jaw may be too small to fit the wisdom teeth. Teeth may also become twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge, resulting in impacted teeth.Failure to erupt occurs most frequently among third molars also known as wisdom teeth. Third molars are last teeth to develop; thus by the time they are ready to erupt there is often no room for them in the jaw and they remain beneath the gums. Canines the four pointy teeth surrounding your front teeth and premolars the teeth between your canines and molar…

T - Teething (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

A baby’s first teeth (known as milk or deciduous teeth) usually develop while the child is growing in the womb.In most babies, these teeth start to emerge through the gums when they are around six months old. This process is known as teething. Though teething usually begins around 6 months of age, it is normal for teething to start at anytime between 3 months and 12 months of age. By 3 years of age, the child will have all 20 primary teeth.
Many babies are not affected by teething, while some babies are fussier than usual when they are teething. This is because of soreness and swelling in the gums before a tooth comes through. These symptoms usually begin 3 to 5 days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin. 
Teething symptoms: Babies may bite on their fingers or toys to help relieve the pressure in their gums. They may also refuse to eat and drink because their mouths hurt.Many babies drool during teething, which can cause a rash on the chin, face, …

APAD April # 23 - Made you smile today

I am a big fan of arts and crafts and diy projects! Ever since we enrolled our son for his first ever summer camp at his play school, he has been coming home every day with a new craft project he helped make. I drop him for the summer camp every morning and can't wait for those 3 long hours in between to come to an end until I he walks out of that door, with a smile so sweet, and holding out his little prized possession proudly. We have kept them all out to display in his room like all new proud parents! Here are two of his projects....germination and a penguin!


APAD April # 22 - Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear ~ Nelson Mandela


S - Sealants (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

What is a dental sealant? A dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities.Sealants stick or bond to the surfaces of teeth. Sealants do not dissolve in saliva and are safe.

Where are sealants put? The permanent molars found in the back of the mouth have the highest risk of tooth decay and benefit the most from the application of dental sealants. In most children, the first permanent molars appear about age six or seven years and the second molars about age 11 or 12 years. Children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. In this way, the sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. 
Who is a good candidate for sealants? Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from s…

APAD April # 21 - Before bedtime

Picked up these Scholastic stacking cards for my son at a book exhibition at his school. It was the first time I came across this and loved the concept. Its kept by his bedside now and every night we spend a fem minutes just feeling the animal shapes and learning their names. I do plan on picking up the others in the series too. 



R - Root Canals (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth's root. A tooth's pulp tissue contains nerve fibers, arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue. Each tooth's nerve enters the tooth at the very tip of its roots. From there, the nerve runs through the center of the root in small "root canals," which join up with the tooth's pulp chamber. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one but no more than four root canals.
The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when:
tooth decay occursfillings leakteeth are damaged by trauma, such as a fall.Pain in the tooth is commonly felt when biting down, chewing on it and applying hot or cold foods and drinks.
A root canal is a procedure done to save the d…

APAD April # 20 - Tasty

Sunday treat......pizza, penne arrabiata, coke, cappuccino and cupcake! What more could a girl ask for :)

Q - Quack (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Street dentistry, a form of quackery, is in practice in the rural and remote places of India. These street dentists often visit villages on their bicycle with a bag consisting of some pliers, screwdrivers, dividers, self-acrylic materials, etc.For years, the Indian Government has waged an unsuccessful war against people such as 'unqualified medical practitioners' - otherwise known as quacks. Reports suggest that there are about one million unqualified providers, or 'quacks', in India.They have long been blamed for misdiagnosing and mistreating. Various factors attribute to this practice like - lack of qualified dentist in the rural areas, increase in the cost of professional dental treatments, illiteracy, lack of awareness, immediate treatment, availability, etc. Many of the quacks claim to have learnt the art of dentistry from their ancestors, but there are some quacks who are practicing dentistry after seeing a professional work in a dental clinic or who have learnt …

APAD April # 19 - In the distance

Summer break calls for innovative ways to keep a toddler busy. Our weekends are usually spent at the pool followed by dinner at the club and then home. With the mercury rising, the weather in the evening is perfect to spend in the pool. And it's even more fun when both mom and dad get into the pool with baby!

APAD April # 18 - Us

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.


February 15th, 2009, Bombay.

P - Pregnancy (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

It's important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby.It's a myth that calcium is lost from a mother's teeth and "one tooth is lost with every pregnancy." But you may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. If the mother’s intake of calcium is inadequate during pregnancy, her bones – not her teeth – will provide the calcium her growing baby needs. This calcium loss is quickly made up after breastfeeding is stopped.

Before You Get Pregnant Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy. Research has found a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. Babies who are…

O - Orthodontics (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. Dentists who specialise in orthodontics are known as orthodontists.Orthodontics uses devices such as a brace to correct the position of the teeth. Your exact treatment will depend on the problems with your teeth.Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. In some cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face, which could cause psychological and emotional problems, such as lack of self-confidence.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.Many different types of appliances, both fixed …

APAD April # 16 - Picnic

Some of the best memories are made in flip flops


New Jersey, July 2009.

N - Nitrous Oxide (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Nitrous Oxide is a non-allergenic, non-irritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It's one of the safest forms of sedation available and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects. The nitrous oxide takes effect within 3-5 minutes. Following treatment the effects of this gas are completely reversed within 3-5 minutes, simply by breathing normally. Benefits:Nitrous Oxide can make you feel more comfortable during your appointment. You remain conscious and are fully aware during treatment.The depth of sedation can be varied throughout your treatment as required.Your gag reflex and flow of saliva are somewhat decreased.Nitrous Oxide can reduce the discomfort or anxiety associated with an injection of local anesthesia; in some cases (particularly with small children) it takes the place of an injection altogether.Most importantly, it helps to eliminate fear and reduces anxiety by helping you relax.