“ Your teeth shine like stars”, said Ram to Shyam. “Absolutely! They come off at night! And mind you nothing to be proud of. I was letting everyday stress overtake my lifestyle and living. This resulted in my teeth getting affected and an entire gamut of consequent health issues. I had to get dentures to begin sorting my health troubles. Mark my words, take care of your teeth!” were the sage words of wisdom by Shyam to Ram.

This blog of ours is about how a stressful lifestyle and living have an impact on your teeth, which in turn has adverse consequences on your overall health.

A disclaimer, as ever… while the blog may get tad serious, we have every intention of getting you a little scared and make you take care of your teeth better!!!

Without further rambling, let’s dive headlong into the blog.


Stress: The age old enemy!

Yes, you have heard about stress being the cause for just about every health hazard you face. The funny thing is it is true! Why would doctors keep harping on it otherwise?

Okay, question time. Are you dissatisfied with your work? Does your boss trouble you a lot? Worried about saving up enough to beat inflation? Family troubles besiege you? Is your answer to even one of these questions a a “Yes”? If so, then stress is slowly but steadily building up in your system. And know what? It has a huge negative impact on your teeth. Worries stress your body out and amongst the first things which get affected are your 32 pearls of wisdom!

Do you gnash your teeth often when you are stressed? (This was just an extra question and is not the reason for your teeth getting weaker! Unless you gnash really hard and break them!)

You are kidding! How does Stress affect my teeth?

Well before you think we are kidding, let us talk about the consequences. We all agree with the fact that stress is not good for the health. We will now elucidate how stress is related to oral health, and hence your holistic health.

First and foremost, if you are stressed out your brain conveys this to the entire body. All parts of the body work extra hard to handle the stress and still function optimally. Your teeth being the first step towards your getting energy (umm.. you eat food for energy, digestion starts from your mouth), have to work extra to help you beat the stress and still feel energetic. Now stress has a habit of piling up, the load on your teeth piles up to a point where they start weakening. What happens when your teeth start getting weaker? A whole lot of things!

You may start getting inflammation in your mouth. This leads to the weakening of your jaws, a slight change in your looks, and a dent in your confidence levels. Not just this, there is an established link between inflammation in your mouth and inflammation in blood cells which lead to heart diseases!

Poor oral hygiene leads to a lowering of your body’s immunity levels and weakening of the body. Studies have established deep links between bad oral health and osteoarthritis.

Stress causes diabetes is a known fact. What compounds the problem is that people with Diabetes end up having weak teeth which lead to other health issues!

Lung diseases like pneumonia get worse when a person has poor oral hygiene. The increased presence of bacteria in the mouth increases the attack on the body which worsens a lung condition.

Poor oral hygiene which leads to mouth ulcers causes irritable bowel syndrome and immune disorders. Now this is scary because it shows that stress, which affects your oral health, causes a serious weakening of your body and overall general health!



In this article we are going to look at two common problems in children

(1) Baby bottle tooth decay

(2) Thumb sucking

Baby bottle tooth decay:

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Every time a child consumes a sugary liquid, acid attacks the teeth and gums. After numerous attacks, tooth decay can begin.


How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay Never allow children to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, juice or other sweetened liquids.

Be sure to clean and massage the baby’s gums once a day to help establish healthy teeth and to aid in teething.

Healthy baby teeth will usually result in healthy permanent teeth.

Thumb sucking:

 Babies have a natural urge to suck their thumb. This urge usually decreases after the age of 6 months. But many babies continue to suck their thumbs to soothe themselves. Thumb-sucking can become a habit in babies and young children who use it to comfort themselves when they feel hungry, afraid, restless or bored.

Children who suck their thumbs often or with great intensity around age 4 or 5, or those who are still sucking their thumbs at age 6, are at risk for dental or speech problems.


Home treatment includes parents setting rules and providing distractions. It may help to limit the times and places that your child is allowed to suck his or her thumb and to put away blankets or other items your child associates with thumb-sucking. Putting gloves on your child’s hands or wrapping the thumb with an adhesive bandage or a cloth may help remind your child not to suck the thumb.

Offering praise, positive attention, and rewards for not thumb-sucking may also help your child break the habit.

Don’t shame or punish your child for thumb-sucking. This will only lower your child’s self-esteem.

If home treatment doesn’t work and you are concerned or feel frustrated about your child’s thumb-sucking, talk with your child’s doctor.



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Most of us are aware that if we don’t brush our teeth regularly we may end up having cavities, gum diseases and bad breadth. These problems may eventually result in loss of teeth. Poor oral health may also lead to other serious diseases that affect the lungs, heart, kidney, and the brain!

Although studies show that people rarely start their day without brushing their teeth, the interesting news is that only 20% of the people brush before going to bed. The reason behind skipping this highly recommended routine could be that they are unaware of the consequences. If you fall into this category, then it is time now to understand why it is important to follow this routine.

If you go to bed without brushing your teeth properly, the germs in your mouth break down the food particles that are left on your teeth, making them acidic. Over a period of time, this damages the outer coating (enamel) of the teeth. Once the enamel is affected, problems such as cavities and gum diseases etc. follow. As mentioned earlier, these problems may lead to serious health concerns. That is why our mouth is a “gateway” to our overall health.

To avoid these problems, all we have to do is brush our teeth regularly, at least twice a day, once in the morning and the other, before hitting the bed. By brushing every night before going to bed, we avoid waking up with a mouthful of bacteria that have feasted on the food particles that remained in our mouth overnight. This solution is not only for those who don’t brush their teeth in the night, but also for those who prefer to have bed coffee/tea i.e., to drink coffee/tea even before brushing their teeth in the morning.

Hopefully you have realised by now that brushing your teeth regularly, twice a day, is very important to maintain your overall health.



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.


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.




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!







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!


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