NATIONAL DENTIST’S DAY observed on March 6 every year, was created as a day set to say “Thank You” to your Dentist.

On this special occasion, let us know who a Dentist is and the various dental specialties offered in USA. American Dental Association[ADA] recognizes the dentists and the following nine dental specialties,

Dentists: Often referred to as Family dentists or General dentists, Dentists are doctors who specialize in oral health. Their responsibilities include:

• Diagnosing oral diseases.
• Promoting oral health and disease prevention.
• Creating treatment plans to maintain or restore the oral health of their patients.
• Interpreting x-rays and diagnostic tests.
• Ensuring the safe administration of anesthetics.
• Monitoring growth and development of the teeth and jaws.
• Performing surgical procedures on teeth, bone & soft tissues of the oral cavity.

Dentists’ oversight of the clinical team is critical to ensuring safe and effective oral care. Even seemingly routine procedures such as tooth extractions, preparing and placing fillings or administering anesthetics carry potential risks of complications such as infection, temporary or even permanent nerve damage, prolonged bleeding, hematomas and pain.

Leading the team is the Dentist, a doctor specializing in oral health who has earned either a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, which are essentially the same. Dentists work in conjunction with the following other dental specialization,

• Periodontics
• Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
• Prosthodontics
• Endodontics
• Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
• Pediatric Dentistry
• Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
• Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
• Dental Public Health

Read my blog on to know more on each specialization and share your views.

Dentists brighten up the world, one smile at a time & to make you smile today,
A man is locked in the room and the key is lost. How would different dentist specialists solve this problem…

• Endodontist will drill a hole and unlock the door
• Orthodontist will slowly expand the door frame and then open the door
• Pediatric dentist will apologize and say ” Sorry, its a man and not a kid”
• Periodontics will make tunnel beneath the door
• Prosthodontist will make impression of lock and make a key
• Maxillofacial Surgeon will smash the door
• Oral Pathologist will observe the door and hope it will open spontaneously

Share and spread the smile 🙂
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Why Gums recede from Implants?

The visit to the dentist for most persons is to clean, fill decayed teeth and the very best to maintain good oral health. Another set of persons are concerned about that bad tooth that is chipped, or teeth which are discolored needing to improve their image which is at times linked to their self-confidence. Many procedures are done to provide that cosmetic aesthetics and many more to ensure functionality of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. There are times that with the undertaking of these procedures which have been done to help and to protect the integrity of a patient’s teeth, one is confronted with a complication or two. This is the case with dental implants.

What are implants?

Dental implants are tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line enabling the mounting of replacement teeth or bridges.1 Implants provide a solution to the filling of space(s) in the mouth compared to the contemporary dentures and bridges which are uncomfortable and are moveable. In contrast, implants are secured to the jawbone and provide sturdy support of artificial teeth, allowing for more natural speech and eating.

What are the risks with dental implants?

The potential risks of dental implants include gum recession, infection at the place of implant, nerve damage, sinus problems and damage to the surrounding structures. Frightening as these may sound, only a small percentage of patients experience one of these listed issues.

Gum recession happens when the tissue of the gum line moves back exposing more of the teeth and at its worst the root of the tooth. Recession of the gums may result from2

  1. Improper oral care can encourage the development of gum disease where the gums become infected. As a result, the gums recede causing pockets around the tooth to develop. A visit to Dr. Vadivel T Kumar’s office of Implants and Gumcare will provide the necessary help needed for recession of the gum line.
  2. Brushing aggressively with a hard toothbrush will wear away the delicate gum tissue.
  3. Some persons have a genetic predisposition to gum recession even with great oral care.
  4. Tobacco users over time develop more sticky plaque which result in the receding gum line. Frequent visits to the dentist for cleaning may slow down the effects of tobacco. Quitting is usually the best and safest option.
  5. Teeth grinding puts pressure on the gums and the teeth leading to gum recession. There is no cushion as is found at the base of the tooth naturally when biting. Give Implants and Gumcare a call on 817-756-8578 and you will be given the best advice on how to address teeth grinding most especially if you’ve had a dental implant.

Persons with receding gum lines in their genetic history may have thin gums. These individuals may have complaints of greying under the gum where implants were positioned.  At times when the gums recede, so do the bones where there are dental implants.3 This may cause further damage to the bone or even displace the dental implant.

The periodontist or dental specialist would have taken into consideration the positioning of the implant, the shape of the implant as well as that of the crown where the patient’s gum is thin. The color of the implant is also taken into consideration as well as putting pieces of the gum from the palate to help to give a more robust and healthy looking gum line.

To help to resolve the problem of gum recession, the dentist may apply a soft tissue graft as explained earlier, where a piece of flesh from the roof of the mouth is sewn to the site where the root is exposed. This is one of the solutions that is provided by the team at Implants and Gumcare whose offices are in Carrollton, TX or Grapevine, TX.

What is the best way to prevent gum recession?

Persons with dental implants may see the gum receding after quite some time after the implant is put in and the mouth has healed from the procedure. To prevent or reduce gum recession the following steps may be taken:

  •         Use soft bristled toothbrushes when brushing teeth
  •         Maintain good oral care by brushing twice daily, flossing everyday and ensuring that you visit your dentist or periodontist at least twice a year.
  •         If the teeth are misaligned or there is grinding of the teeth, ensure that you visit Implants and Gumcare a call for solutions –
  •         If there is a tendency for gums to recede, visits to the dentist or periodontist are more frequent as they will be able to monitor and ensure that the gum is healthy.
  •         If you are a smoker – quit smoking.
  •         Eat a balanced diet
  •         Always monitor for changes in your mouth.

What should I need to know about Dental Insurance Plans?

With the rising medical costs, the need to have a health insurance plan is of prime importance. If you’re someone who needs constant dental attention, then a dental insurance plan will be a right fit. These plans cover all the basic and preventative dental care treatments. Since benefits vary from plan to plan, choose one that is perfect for you.

There is a broad range of dental plans – both big and small – to meet your needs. Continue your regular check-ups and cleanings to prevent any serious outcomes in the future.

What do Dental Plans Offer?

There are five benefits that dental plans offer you. These include,

1. Routine Dental Care Continue reading “What should I need to know about Dental Insurance Plans?”

May I suffer tooth loss from insufficient exposure to sunlight

Many of us may not be aware of the fact that Vitamin D deficiency and teeth problems are very closely related. Although teeth are not the same as bones, both are made of the same kind of tissues.  Teeth and bones can be affected for the same reasons. One important reason that leads to the weakening of the bones and teeth is insufficient exposure to sunlight, which can lead to decrease in the Vitamin D levels in the body.

While Vitamin D  – tooth decay are closely related, certain conditions caused by weakening of the bones like rickets and a condition known as osteomalacia can often lead to problems with your teeth as well. Most of you may know that the top layer of the human tooth known as the crown is made up of enamel, which is quite hard; in fact, it is the hardest substance in the body. However, even the hardest substance in the body can be affected by vitamin D deficient tooth enamel erosion.

Tooth enamel is made up of calcium phosphate, which is what gives the enamel the property of hardness. Did you know that more children are affected by tooth decay than by any other chronic infectious diseases in the United States? This can be quite shocking to some; however, this cannot be ignored as it can cause severe pain and also cause infections leading to difficulty in eating and swallowing. Some kids find it difficult to speak and develop learning difficulties as well, all because of an untreated tooth, which can lead to serious conditions like Gingivitis and Periodontitis.

It’s not just the kids who are affected. More than 33% of the adults in the United States suffer from tooth decay, and shockingly they do not seek treatment in time, leading to loss of precious teeth. Insufficient levels of Vitamin D and tooth sensitivity are also closely related, and it pays to heed this warning signal when there is still time. The moment you sense sensitivity in your teeth, you need to visit your dentist instead of trying to shrug it off as a temporary phenomenon, or worse still, trying self-medication to kill the sensitivity and pain.

Again, Vitamin D deficiency and gum problems are closely related and insufficient levels of Vitamin D can affect the underlying bone and cause the tissue in the gums to weaken and get severely infected. Once infection sets in, it creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply in your mouth, leading to a host of oral problems. However, there is no need to panic. If you are living in the Carrolton or Grapevine area, you can immediately contact Dr. Vadivel T Kumar, DDS, FDS, RCS, MS, who is a board certified Periodontist. Look up his website at and find the exact location. However, you can also call any of his assistants at 817-756-8578 if you would like more details, or if you would like to fix an appointment to meet Dr. Kumar at his office for a consultation and treatment.

While you are there, take advantage of the FREE consultation offer (worth $200) and a FREE 3D CAT (computerized auxiliary tomography) scan (worth $700) just to make sure there is no serious problem in your gums or underlying bone. Detecting the onset of bone erosion and tooth decay well in advance helps the dentist to give the appropriate treatment that not only gives immense relief from the severe pain but also helps prevent loss of precious teeth.

There is a strong reason why you should get more of natural sunlight, which enhances the Vitamin D levels in the body. Research conducted by Gill Diamond of New Jersey Dental School, Newark has proved that vitamin D induces the lung cells to generate a natural antibiotic that helps kill bacteria present in the gums and teeth. The research also proved that vitamin D has an important role in fighting infection in the gums and teeth.

While eating Vitamin D-rich foods is a good alternative, sunlight is a very rich natural source of vitamin D, and what’s more is, it is absolutely free. Exposing your skin to a couple of hours of sunlight should be more than sufficient. Even taking the prescribed vitamin D supplements may not be sufficient, unless there is enough exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D and sunlight are closely connected; your dental health depends on optimum levels of vitamin D in your body. What’s more is apart from ensuring the good dental health, vitamin D through exposure to sunlight helps reduce the risk of contracting colon cancer and offers relief from depression. The risk factors for diabetes are also reduced through exposure to sunlight and the subsequent enhancement of vitamin D levels in the body. Step out, get a healthy dose of sunlight and remain healthy.

How Diabetes impacts your oral health – Periodontitis?

American Diabetes Association Alert Day says – “Count your Carbohydrates & lower your risk for Diabetes”

Take small steps every day to ensure a healthy living.

Diet plan:  Make a personalized plan 45-60 grams of carbohydrate at each meal and 15-20 grams of carbohydrate servings at each snack.  And also include two pieces of fruit one at breakfast and one at afternoon.

Be Physically Active  It is most important to manage diabetes.  It is managed by aerobic exercise and strength training.  In simple words “the more you move the more calories you burn”.  Anaerobic exercise helps keep your joints flexible and prevent stiffness.   Use pedometer when you start a walk, which helps you to keep track of your walking, distance and calories burnt.

It is important to learn about diabetes-induced oral-related diseases.  Know how periodontitis and diabetes affect each other and cause multiple problems in human body.


 What are Diabetes and Periodontal disease and how are they related?

#Periodontitis is a condition in the mouth, and diabetes is a condition in the pancreas.
A common gum disease progresses to periodontitis, and it is the harmful bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis that causes the disease. This bacteria can even cause heart problems called atherosclerosis, How?

There is a stronger relationship between diabetes and periodontal diseases than any other oral health-related conditions. Poor oral health causes many oral problems including inflammation and bleeding of gums and progresses to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease and diabetes mellitus are the two major chronic diseases which have a deteriorating effect on the health and well being of millions of people globally.

Like diabetes, periodontal disease is a very common chronic disease among the US population. Among all ages, >50% of the US population has gingivitis. The occurrence of severe periodontitis increases with age. On average, approximately 13% of the population has moderate or severe periodontitis.

The condition of periodontitis is 10 % to 15 % in non-diabetic individuals. However, diabetic patients are 2.8 times more likely affected by periodontitis and 4.2 times more likely to have a bone loss than non-diabetic patients.

Diabetic patients with severe periodontitis have poor glycemic control than non-diabetic patients. However, improving glycemic control has been confirmed to reduce the severity of periodontal disease.

Diabetes is a condition which exists in two ways:

1. When pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, it is Type (I) diabetes; (otherwise called as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus).

2. If the body cannot use adequate insulin, it is Type (II) diabetes; (otherwise called as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus)

How does diabetes affect your oral health?

Individuals with Type (I) and Type (II) diabetes are at higher risk of developing oral diseases and dental problems because diabetes thickens the blood vessels and stops the passage of vital nutrients flowing towards the gums, and gets easily affected by harmful bacteria.

What are harmful bacteria and what does it do to your teeth?

Porphyromonas gingivalis is the harmful bacteria which form a layer of film in a couple of minutes after brushing. Once the bacteria stick to the teeth, it binds to other bacteria in your mouth. In 24 hours, it reacts with leftover food particles in the mouth and becomes a hard plaque material called tartar.

How do oral related diseases affect diabetic individual vs. non-diabetic person?

The frequency and severity of periodontitis are more in diabetic and cardiac patients than non-diabetic individuals.

A periodontitis chart between Diabetic and Non-diabetic individuals will help you to understand better about the conditions.

  Plaque or tartar Causes gum disease, if left untreated it progresses much more rapidly and they experience severe cases of periodontal problems. Causes gum disease. If left untreated it progresses to early stages of periodontal disease.
 Periodontal problems Diabetes can increase the risk of periodontal disease.  Also, it causes tooth loss, oral candidiasis, dental caries in the subsequent tooth, and dry mouth. Generalized periodontal problems may not be severe, but they cause dental caries and in advanced stages, it may cause tooth loss.
Other major related problems with periodontitis Diabetic individuals with periodontal disease can increase the risk of heart and kidney problems. Periodontal bacteria can enter the body’s circulatory system through leaky blood vessels – can cause numerous other infections and illnesses to the body.
Periodontal infection and glycemic control If periodontitis left untreated, it will cause poor glycemic control and other induced diabetes-related complications, like atherosclerosis in blood vessels or myocardial infarction. Severe periodontitis is not a local issue for non-diabetic patients because the blood sugar levels can deteriorate even further without diabetes so there is a risk of developing a condition called insulin resistance.

There is compelling evidence showing that periodontal inflammation is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease which is in turn related to chronic diabetes. In the case of diabetes, the successful treatment of periodontitis will, therefore, contribute to improved health not only in the oral cavity but throughout the body.

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