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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

NJH CME
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1997 May / Jun VOL 5 NO 3.
Abstracted from World Book by
Dr Vibha Shah

In this time of deceptive advertisements on TV, and our limited knowledge about Teeth, following points may be helpful when paitents ask about oral care :

  1. No toothpaste can take place of regular thoothbrushing
  2. No toothpaste can permit unrestricted use of carbohydrates
  3. No toothpaste will prevent oral disease
  4. No toothpaste gives all day protection with one brushing
  5. No toothpaste provides an invisible shield giving unlimited protection
  6. No toothpaste can prevent bad breath, which may be due to diseases of the nose,sinuses, lungs or GI tract.
Toothache

Q Why is a toothache always excruciatingly painful ?
Because the inflammatory process is confined to the hard tissues of the tooth or within the jawbone. Decay is working towards the pulp,which contains the nerve.

Q Does disappearance of pain signify end of infection ?
Most certainly not.It is better to refer to a dentist even if the pain goes away,as a toothache means that something is going wrong within the tooth.

Q Is application of Clove oil benefical ?
Yes,but only till proper medical help is sought. Not as a replacement of detnal care.

It would be a good idea, if Homoeopaths started examining the oral cavity in detail while treating a toothache and not just rely on symptoms picture.

Did you know that in America
  • The average 2 year old has at least one decayed tooth
  • More than 100,000 teen-agers are completely without teeth
  • More than 3 out of 4 people over 60 require full or partial sets of replacement teeth.
The majority of these dental problems could be vastly reduced with proper detnal care. With the range of candies and chewing gums available in India now , can we be far behind ?

AGES AT WHICH TEETH APPEAR
 
DECIDUOUS TEETH
  Upper teeth Lower teeth
Central lincisors 6 months 7 months
Lateral lincisors 7 months 9 months
Canines 16 months 18 months
First molars 12 months 14 months
Second molars 20 months 24 months
 
PERMANENT TEETH
  Upper teeth Lower teeth
Central incisors 6-7 years 7-8 years
Lateral incisors 7-8 years 8-9 years
Canines 9-10 years 11-12 years
First premolars 10-12 years 10-11 years
Second premolars 11-12 years 10-12 years
First molars 6-7 years 6-7 years
Second molars 11-13 years 12-13 years
Third molars 17-21 years 17-21 years


* all these are approximate and only serves as a guide, individuals may teeth at different age.

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