What is a cervical laminectomy?

What is a cervical laminectomy? A cervical laminectomy is performed to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord in your neck. A cut will be made in the skin at the back of your neck. X-rays will be taken during surgery and used to confirm the correct levels of the spine. Small portions of bone and ligaments will be removed from the affected cervical spine to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord. The cut will be closed with stitches or staples. What [...]

What is TMT or Tread Mill Test??

A) PROCEDURE Your doctor has referred you for an exercise stress test.  The exercise stress test will evaluate your heart and vascular systems response to exercise.  It will help diagnose blocked arteries in the heart (coronary artery disease), assess abnormal heart beats, and check pacemaker function. You will be connected to an electrocardiograph (ECG), which records your heart beat, and a blood pressure monitor.  Your heart will be exercised or stressed by walking on a treadmill.  The speed and slope of [...]

Types of toothpastes

There are various kinds of toothpastes available in the market and their functions depend on the active ingredients they contain. Desensitizing toothpastes Used to provide relief from dentine hypersensitivity Active ingredients-potassium nitrate,arginine, etc e.g-vantej,sensodyne Anti-decay toothpastes Helps prevent tooth decay(1000 ppm or 500ppm in children’s toothpastes) Active ingredients-sodium fluoride,stannous fluoride, monofluorophosphate e.g-cherio flavoured toothpastes for children Anti plaque toothpastes Inhibits plaque accumulation, reduces toxic effect of bacterial toxin on tissues surrounding the teeth thus reducing the chances of gum disease Active ingredients-triclosan,zinc citrate,etc Anti calculus toothpastes Retards calcification of dental plaque thus [...]

Smoking and Dental Health

Common oral problems affecting smokers are: Periodontal/gum disease Oral Cancers Whitening of the oral mucosa Poor healing in extraction sites(dry socket) Poor healing after oral surgeries Staining of teeth Bad taste/bad breath Some things that can be done in smokers to prevent tooth and gum problems Try to quit smoking-counselling with your doctors will help Tapering the number of cigarettes if you cannot quit all at once Using fluoridated toothpastes twice a day to brush your teeth and keep them clean Using floss to clean between your teeth Avoiding dry mouth Limiting alcohol [...]

GALACTOGAUGE- Nutrition is Key

          Eating well balanced nutritious diet is necessary not only to fulfil the self-nutrition requirement of the mother but also to provide the abundant nutritious milk supply to the baby. Mother’s requirement is increased by 500kcal in first 6 months & 400 kcal during the next six months. Recommended daily allowance for protein in mother’s diet is additional 25gms/ day to provide protein-rich milk which facilitate healthy growth & development in baby. Micronutrients like Zinc, selenium, Iodine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Vit.B12, Vit. [...]


DIET IN HEPATITIS Liver is the main metabolic machine of our body. Everything we eat or drink is passed to the liver after digestion. Liver assimilates the nutrients from your food and then passes it ahead for absorption. If the liver function is deranged, entire body gets affected. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The liver’s functions are to detoxify the blood, store vitamin & produce hormones. With the inflammation caused due to hepatitis, these processes get hindered. This can [...]

Dental Cleaning

Dental plaque/calculus deposits present on the tooth surfaces can cause gum inflammation and tooth decay. Dental cleaning done with ultrasonic instruments helps remove this layer as well as extrinsic stains on teeth. In persons with sensitive teeth/gums, local anesthesia may be required prior to the cleaning procedure. After cleaning, if sensitivity persists, a desensitizing paste needs to be used. Dental cleaning does not weaken the teeth. It is a good idea to revisit your dentist every 6 months to 8 months and check to [...]

How Acid Reflux Affects Dental Health

GERD-gastroesophageal reflux disease-it is a condition where there is reflux of acid from the stomach back into the esophagus eventually making its way into the mouth. This acid which is in constant contact with the teeth causes demineralization of the layer called enamel. In patients with GERD symptoms like dry mouth helps intensify the activity of dental plaque and bacteria, thus increasing the chances of tooth decay. In such cases, if patients chew on mints/lozenges containing sugar their teeth are more [...]