09/Mar/2017

Have you ever wondered what was used to clean the teeth before toothpastes came into existence? People used neem sticks, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, ginger, cinnamon, clove, peppermint, and certain essential oils.

What motivated people to switch over to toothpastes? Well, though the natural ingredients are harmless, some of them are overly abrasive to the enamel. The essential oils, if not diluted well, could cause burning sensations and blisters.

Toothpastes contain mild abrasives that remove plaque. They also contain certain active ingredients like fluoride, which makes our teeth resistant to decay as well as prevent diseases related to teeth and gums. Furthermore, certain special ingredients that are added to toothpaste remove stains and polish our teeth over time, resulting in a ‘whitening effect’. Lastly, toothpaste leaves a clean feeling in our mouth after rinsing and keeps our breath fresh.

Choosing the right toothpaste can be overwhelming, considering the number of products that are displayed on multiple aisles in almost any supermarket. Which type of toothpaste would you opt for – whitening, fluoride, tartar control, or herbal?

Let us look at the basics first. Toothpastes come in paste, gel or powder form. All of them contain more or less the same ingredients and are as effective. Hence, the type of toothpaste that you prefer is more a personal choice than a recommended one! Is there any ideal toothpaste that suits all? The answer is ‘No’.

The toothpaste that you choose depends on your unique oral needs (sensitive tooth, ulcers, dentures, etc.), dental disorders (if you are suffering from any) as well as your susceptibility to dental issues (bad breath, cavities, etc.)

  •         Whitening toothpaste is generally recommended for people having stained teeth as it contains mild abrasives that help to “polish” the teeth and also prevents build-up of stain and teeth discoloration.
  •         Fluoride toothpaste is recommended for people who are susceptible to developing cavities, as it protects the enamel and also strengthens the teeth. Most toothpaste contains this ingredient.
  •        Some people have sensitive teeth and gums and find it difficult (or nearly impossible) to consume foods that are hot (coffee, tea, soups) or cold (ice creams and soft drinks). In that case, toothpaste containing desensitizing ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride is recommended.
  •         Tartar control toothpaste is recommended to prevent plaque build-up as it contains anti-tartar ingredients such as zinc citrate or pyrophosphates.
  •         Natural (herbal) toothpaste offers a combination of anti-cavity and whitening options.
  •         People wearing dentures should also clean with effervescent tablets and solutions in addition to brushing.

Remember that no toothpaste is effective if you do not follow a healthy oral routine – brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. But, choosing the right toothpaste can be a long-term solution to maintaining strong and healthy teeth in addition to preventing serious dental disorders.

Furthermore, stay away from toothpastes that promise the ‘magic’ of claiming to be an ‘all-rounder’ of all dental issues.


09/Mar/2017

Just like we have a family doctor who we primarily consult for general check-ups, it is advisable to choose a dentist who we visit regularly for routine dental check-ups. This way, your dentist is well aware your individual needs, right from your medical history, anxieties and allergies. Furthermore, developing a rapport with your dentist goes a long way in him/her taking responsibility in case any emergency arises in the future.

However, with numerous dentists (not to mention their different specializations) practicing all around, it can be quite challenging and confusing to find the right dentist who is suitable for you!

What factors should you take into account to choose your dentist?

  1.     Referrals: There is hardly anything more secure and trustworthy than a ‘word-of-mouth’ recommendation.Consult your known circle (friends, family, colleagues, etc.) to shortlist a few recommended names from which you can choose your dentist.
  1.     Logistics: It is advisable to choose a clinic that is located near you. Find out the working hours to evaluate whether that would be convenient for you. Also, enquire whether the clinic has provision for emergency procedures, late appointments (if you are working) or consultations during weekends.
  1.     Training and experience: Inquire about the dentist’s experience in effective diagnosis as well as handling special dental procedures.
  1.     Services: Clinics differ in the range of services that they offer. Check out whether these services match with your requirements. For example, if you are looking for cosmetic dental procedures, what options do they have? Do they meet your needs?
  1.      Ambience: Pay a visit to the clinic and check out whether the waiting room is well-organized. Is the ambience amicable? Does the staff behave courteously?
  1.     Patient-friendliness:It is extremely important that your dentist is approachable enough to address your queries patiently and also handle you anxieties. Talk directly to the dentist to find out his/her approach to treatment. Does he/she believe in preventive care?
  1.     Fees and insurance: Though this should not be the only or ultimate factor to finalize your dentist, it is important to find out the approximate estimates for dental check-ups and few common procedures and review whether it is affordable for you. Also, find out if the clinic accepts payments through dental insurance. Do they have special payment plans for expensive procedures? Remember that certain dental procedures are not covered by insurance, and hence, you have to incur these costs yourself.

 


09/Mar/2017

 

So you have planned to embark on a trip to Chennai. Yes, you need to have your appointment with the dentist and get your teeth in top condition. However, a trip to Chennai need not just stop with a visit to the dentist. Chennai has much more to offer than just high quality and cost effective dental care! This write-up of ours will focus on some of the places which you can visit in Chennai.

# 1 Beaches: A melange of colours and food!

Sunshine and sea waves are available in abundance in Chennai! Home of the second longest beach in the world, The Marina Beach, Chennai also has many other smaller beaches which dot her coastline. Edward Elliots Beach or commonly referred to as Bessie Beach in Besant Nagar is another beautiful beach which is a must visit, if you like watching the sea! There are smaller beaches in areas such as Tiruvanmayur, Ennore, Neelankarai, Foreshore Estate, Royapuram, and Santhome.

While one can happily watch the waves, the beaches in Chennai are also a small potpourri of eateries. You can munch on hot chilli bajjis, tasty bondas, or healthy sundals (boiled groundnuts seasoned with raw mangos, onions, and salt). You can also have your future predicted by charming lady astrologers who read your palm or by parrots (kili josiyum) too!

# 2 The Theosophical Society

Founded by Annie Besant, The Theosophical Society in Adyar is a must visit for anyone travelling to Chennai. Nestled in greenery by the banks of the Cooum River, The Theosophical Society in Adyar is the headquarters of the International Theosophical Society. You can take a tour of The Theosophical Society by walking around the lush surroundings, interacting with the members in the society, and visiting the library to read more. It is a historic place which provides a lot of food for thought and serenity for the soul!

# 3 Temples, Churches, and Mosques

Chennai has many historic places of worship which attract travellers, irrespective of if they want to pray or not. The Kapaleeshwar Temple in Mylapore, The Parthasarathy Swami Temple in Triplicane, Santhome Church in Santhome, and The Thousand Lights Mosque on Mount Road are just a few of the heritage sites which add colour to Chennai’s geography.

# 4 Amusement Parks

Chennai also houses many theme parks and amusement parks like VGP Golden Beach Resort, MGM Dizzee World and Kishkinta. These places have a plethora of adrenaline pumping rides and are a big hit, especially with children. These amusement parks have green locales and are built on a vast area, hence making them a great spot to spend the entire day.

# 5 Bird Watching at Vedantangal and Pallikaranai Marshland

Vedantangal and Pallikaranai Marshlands are home to many migratory birds. You can spend time in these places in the company of exotic birds which make Chennai their abode during early summer. Siberian Cranes are the most popularly spotted birds. Grab those binoculars and do some bird watching!

# 6 Popular places of interest: Egmore Musuem, Guindy Park, and Fort St.George

The Egmore Museum, Guindy Park, and Fort St.George are three popular tourist spots which give a glimpse of the history of the city. Educative and entertaining, a visit to these places is bound to enthral every kind of traveller!

Not to forget you can watch a movie in Satyam Cinemas or catch an IPL( or a cricket match) in the MA Chidambaram stadium! Chennai, formerly (and fondly) called as Madras, is a confluence of tradition and modernity. No matter what kind of a tourist you are, you will be able to find enjoyable things to do in this warm tropical city. Pack your bags and head here!

 

 

 

 

 


09/Mar/2017

You have landed in Chennai and taken care of your teeth. You have also gone around the city. Why stop with that when you can do more? There are very many scenic and historic places which are very close to Chennai and can be visited with ease. Here are some of them:

# 1 Mahabalipuram

This city built by the Pandavas is a great place to head for a day or two or three! The monuments in Mahabalipuram are one amongst the World UNESCO sites and are beyond beautiful. The architecture is splendid and the town is by the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Mahabalipuram is a popular tourist place. You can go around the town on a cycle, watch the waves, surf, and generally chill out eating a variety of mouth watering food! You will be able to find very competitive deals for staying and eating.

# 2 Pondycherry or Puducherry

Pondycherry is a Union Territory which is takes about 2.5 hours to reach from Chennai. Sometimes compared to Goa, Pondycherry (fondly called as Pondy) is located by the sea and is the town of the famous Aurobindo Ashram. Surfing, Rafting, and Scuba Diving are some of the adventure sports that you can indulge in here. You can do a whole lot of other things in Pondy which include sight-seeing, fishing, shopping, clubbing, and the like! Pondicherry is a famous spot for holidaying where you can just lounge and soak in the local ambience. One never visits Pondy just once, but keeps visiting Pondy whenever possible!

# 3 Tada Falls

Tada Falls are located at the outskirts of Chennai and may take about 2.5 hours to reach from the city. These waterfalls are pristine and a refreshing way to beat the belting Chennai heat. A great place to relax and rejuvenate! It is a good spot to go for a one day picnic. You can enjoy tasty local cuisine after taking a cool shower in the falls. Tada Falls is generally not very crowded and hence is a great place to head to!

# 4 Yelagiri Hills

Yelagiri hills are about 4 hours away from Chennai. You can take a train till Jolarpet and then ride on a bus/auto/cab up the hills or you can simply drive down from Chennai directly. Yelagiri hills are famous trekking spots. Nestled in greenery and beauty, these hills are very cool and are an ideal getaway all through the year. There are many trekking spots and trails for one to walk about the hills. Yelagiri Hills are a fantastic way to spend a day or two away from Chennai, and will surely make your trip a memorable one!

# 5 Kancheepuram

Kancheepuram is a district and the town of Kancheepuram is a 3 hour drive from Chennai. Kancheepuram is known for its beautiful silk sarees and intricately carved temples. The town is one of the oldest in India and showcases the Pallava heritage. There are very many historic temples and hence Kanchipuram is also known as the Temple Town. The Kamakshi Amman Temple, The Ekambareshwarar Temple, and The Varadaraaja Swamy Temple are amongst the most popularly visited temples. Silk saree shopping is a famous pastime of anyone who visits Kancheepuram! Visit Kancheepuram to revel in silk and marvel at heritage!

There are many more places around Chennai which can be visited. Chennai is the gateway to South India and depending on the time you have to spend, you can keep Chennai as your base to explore the entire Tamilnadu and Kerala. This means that every time you visit your dentist, you have an exciting new place to visit!

 


09/Mar/2017

You and your family need dental care: at least once in 6 months. Many people shy away from regular visits to their dentists because of a plethora of reasons. Two main reasons why people refrain from periodic dental check-ups are the humongous cost of the treatments and the lack of finding a suitably efficient dentist with whom the patient is comfortable with.

Chennai, as a city, offers the ideal panacea for these two causes which prevent people for undertaking good care of their teeth. The premise of this note is to provide you with three solid and attractive reasons on why you should be visiting Chennai for all your dental treatments.

# Reason 1: Low Costs of Treatment:

Dental treatments in Chennai cost a fraction of what they cost elsewhere in the world. A single tooth implant which would cost at least 1000 USD in other Asian countries and above 2000 USD in the West, will cost only around 600 USD in Chennai. Whether it is doing a root canal or removing a wisdom tooth, Chennai is way more affordable than any other place. If you are residing in the USA or any of the European nations, you will find that dental treatment costs are significantly lesser in Chennai, and by significant we are talking of fractions like 1/10, 1/9 etc.

# Reason 2: Internationally Trained and Educated Dental Surgeons:

Chennai is home to many internationally educated and recognized dental surgeons. All these dental surgeons have studied abroad, undergone trainings and certifications to be abreast with the latest in the dental world, and have now set up their clinics and hospitals in Chennai. Remember these surgeons originally hail from India and have gotten back to their roots. Talk about the best of both the worlds: a confluence of Eastern empathy with Western efficiency. Such dental surgeons located in Chennai not only make you and your family feel comfortable, but are also well-versed with the latest in technology and hence render a world class treatment at purse-friendly rates.

# Reason 3: State of the Art Infrastructure:

Chennai plays home to many an internationally acclaimed dental surgeon and their hospitals or clinics. This has also translated into the ready availability of all the world class equipments and devices within the precincts of these clinics and hospitals. The dental surgeons and doctors are not only abreast with the latest news in the dental world, but also have ready access to the best cutting edge technology tools. Suffice to say the dental treatment provided is amongst the best in the world.

Summing up…

Apart from these three very pertinent reasons which make the case for opting for Chennai as THE place to undergo dental treatments, there are some more reasons which act in favour of Chennai. Some of these include the lower costs of living, the presence of a good network of public and private transport system(well, the recently launched Metro is there too… 🙂 ) , and the general English fluency of the local populace.

You may say that you will be spending money on your tickets to get to Chennai, but we assure you that you will still be saving on costs! Furthermore, you can also use the savings to give yourself a holiday. Chennai is city which offers many multifarious sources of entertainment, learning, and unwinding to every kind of traveler. Read through the rest of blogs to know what you can do in Chennai. No matter how many times you visit the city, you will always have a bundle of fresh memories to create!

In our next blog we will let you know the places you can visit in and around Chennai. Stay tuned and have a great oral health!

Have any questions or clarifications on taking your dental treatment in Chennai? Leave us a comment!

 


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