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Diabetes, Pregnancy & Oral health


The A.K.A Dental surgery clinic is operational in Rooty Hill,NSW for quite some time and now the clinic has established its new branch in Parramatta, Church Street,NSW. Talking to Dr. Rashmi Suryawanshi, Dental Surgeon, B.D.S(A.D.C) who is being into practice for 16yrs now, says “when it comes to preventing and managing diabetes or pregnancy, the last thing that probably comes to mind is your teeth and gums… but your oral health is actually an incredibly important element on your body’s ability to stay well.”

Some of the interesting aspects she shared with regards to diabetes, pregnancy and oral health is as follows-

Why do people with diabetes have a greater risk of oral health problems?

People with diabetes who have irregular blood glucose levels have a higher risk of tooth problems and gum disease than people without diabetes. This is because they have lower resistance to infection and may not heal as easily.

Poor blood glucose control leads to bacteria growth and increases the risk of infections. Dry mouth can also occur when blood glucose levels are high. Some medications for diabetes, may cause dry mouth and taste disturbance.

Also, diabetic people who smoke or even general smokers are at higher risk of gum disease and may also contribute to having a dry mouth. Hypo treatments such as sweetened fizzy drinks and lollies can lead to tooth decay.

What are the symptoms to watch for?

Bleeding from gums or gums that are loose and pull away from the teeth, a persistent discharge (pus) coming from the gums are all the signs indicating to see your dentist immediately. Sometimes with advancement of the disease, there will be no bleeding, which in normal circumstances many people tend to ignore and not pay a visit to their dentist.

Why is the management of oral health especially important for people with diabetes?

Taking care of your teeth and mouth is especially important if you have diabetes, because the condition results in a greater risk of oral infection and often slows the healing process because of minimum blood supply in that region. Seeing a dentist is a slightly different experience for diabetics and it’s important to learn as much as you can, about handling your diabetes and dental treatment and work with your dentist to avoid  any complications and maintain your oral health. Tooth- and gum-related problems aren’t the only oral health issues that you might face if you don’t treat your diabetes or see a dentist regularly.

Plus, along with getting your diabetes under control, caring for your teeth at home is an important part of your dental treatment. There is myth among people to brush the teeth, but actually we are supposed to massage the gums in circular way and use soft brush to clean the mouth and floss daily.

Tips to maintain good oral hygiene?

  • Massage your gums with your finger in circular way before brushing.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft tooth brush and toothpaste.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months.
  • Floss daily.
  • Get a dental check-up and teeth cleaning at least twice a year.
  • Avoid smoking and other forms of tobacco.
  • Avoid candy and other sugary foods.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.

What precautions a diabetic patient need to take before any dental treatment?

Handling your diabetes and dental treatment means being open with your dentist about your condition. Before undergoing surgery or another treatment that is expected to cause bleeding, one needs to get their blood sugars under control. Also before visiting your dentist it’s better to have food before. And it’s a must to visit the dentist every six months.

Is there any oral health care cover provided by the Government of Australia for diabetes patient?

There was a cover for diabetes patient, but not anymore. But there is only Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) which gives eligible children and teenagers access to up to $1,000 in benefits for dental services over two calendar years.

How important is it for pregnant women to maintain oral hygiene and why?

Pregnancy is a very exciting and a beautiful phrase in any woman’s life. There are so many changes a body undergoes and your mouth is no exception. The increase of hormone levels can leave your mouth more vulnerable to dental problems from bacteria and plaque and that’s why maintaining good oral hygiene is important not only for the mother but also for the fetus. The serious stage of gum disease, periodontitis, could cause premature birth and low birth weight.

There are also possibilities of future health problems and disabilities for unborn babies. Cerebral palsy and mental retardation are some of the likely health problems. It is not uncommon for expecting mothers to have gum infection. Nearly 50 percent of pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis, which usually occurs during the first trimester due to hormonal changes in the body. Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis are usually bleeding, swollen, red and tender gums.

The best way to avoid these complications is for women to go visit their dentist at the beginning of their pregnancy. Another way to stay healthy is by practicing good oral hygiene.

Morning Sickness and its effect?

Another concern for some expectant mothers who may suffer from regular morning sickness or gastric reflux is the erosion of tooth enamel. The increased amount of acid in the mouth can cause havoc on your teeth. To help counter this, you can neutralize the acid present in your mouth by rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water. Do this before brushing your teeth to minimize erosion.

What about other regular dental work during pregnancy?

Dental work while pregnant, such as cavity fillings and crowns, should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time.

The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work until after the birth.

What about x-rays used in dental work during pregnancy?

Routine x-rays, typically taken during annual exams, can usually be postponed until after the birth. X-rays are necessary to perform many dental procedures, especially emergencies. According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) having dental X-rays during your pregnancy is considered safe with appropriate shielding.

Change in TV viewing habit


Think back 20 years ago to your options of television viewing, if you have grown up in late 80’s and early 90’s, Doordarshan was only source of entertainment as far as TV viewing is considered. All family members andfriends would assemble in front of the TV set waiting for Chitrahaar or epic saga of Mahabharat to begin.

These are few memories which we hold dearin remembering the lost Indian Government Channel Doordarshan. The channel then was widely appreciated for its content and promoting our rich Indian culture, religion and various art forms.

The 80s were noted for shows such as Hum Log (1984), Buniyaad (1986–87) and Nukkad and comedy shows like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984).Mythological shows such as Ramayan (1987–88) and Mahabharat (1989–90) paved way for mythological and historical shows. Such was their popularity that roads would be empty when they were aired.

Crime thrillers like Karamchand (starring Pankaj Kapoor), Byomkesh Bakshi (starring Rajit Kapur), Reporter (Shekhar Suman) shows were so splendid that it ensured audience are glued to the TV screen. But if we take a moment back and reflect on the same, people watched Doordarshan because there was no other choice. It was the only channel which
broadcasted content to the masses interest.

But things changed when new private channels cropped up and Doordarshan refused to bring change in its content. These channels catered content focusing on our indian women’s life, remember Ekta Kapoors highly popular shows like Hum Paanch, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki. The viewing habit of audience changed because content provided by these private channels touched the hearts of many
Indians. People wanted content were they can relate themselves and their

And today again this change is evitable, families still gather in front of the screen to watch their favourite show or program in their small mobile devices. I am sure most of you would agree children these days are glued to smartphones, tablets other mobile devices, which enable content viewing almost anywhere. And the best part, one can watch array of programs without a cable or satellite subscription. Small streaming devices like Apple TV provide dozens of entertainment, sports, news and movie channels-including foreign channels, along with video-on- demand choices. Today the audience can record and pause their shows and view it in their convenience.

We have gone from an era where the television networks dictated what,when and how we watched, to a time where consumers are firmly in control. At present customizing the content has taken its prime importance. The TV content today is consumer driven, where the user is increasingly in control of their viewing practices and will mix and match the services they like and eliminate ones they don’t like. The viewing habit today is “we need
to see things now, in personalized way not boring content.” Can anyone imagine how will we view TV in future?I believe in near future with advancement in technology various broadcasters would build the recommendation engine which will be so finely tuned that it will show users “one or two suggestions that perfectly fit what they want to watch now.”

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But not when you have Sweet Buddy’s !!!


block chocolate chased by human brain
How to resist temptation? Block chocolate chased by human brain.

Let me tell you guys I’m very sweet and a private person; sweetness is not just in my personality but I carry it in my blood too. Any guess…………… I’m diabetic. I was bit hesitant to write this post. Diabetes though now a common thing, still many people who are diabetic don’t speak of it openly. I’m writing this post for all my sweet friends and what all I had to go through, to control it.

I was 19yrs when I accidentally found how sweet I’m. Honestly, I did not care nor did I realize why my mom is so worried. I had to tell you being sweet caused me my sleep; I was forced to get up early, have a Methi drink in empty stomach; God knows how much I hate it and then go for walk. I was having the urge to kill the doctor for it.


Can anyone tell me how someone can resist themselves from not having sweets in wedding or any occasion? Come on our Indian weddings and festivals are all about sweets. Can you imagine how it feels like when everyone is enjoying sweets and all you can do is watch them eat. And when someone asks you why you are not having you reply, I’m on diet. Highly frustrating. I am sure most of you can relate to me. One thing followed the other and then from Methi drinks it went to Bittergourd and so on. But what no one understood then was my mindset.

Why was it so challenging for me then? Simple, change in lifestyle is not easy for anyone, and for someone like me who is a lazy bone it’s tough. I’m not fitness freak nor do I love working out, be it anything like walking, jogging etc. I love food and sweets I go crazy for them and imagine the restriction on it when you’re young. Result, I lost self-motivation and interest in controlling it.

Then two heroines walked into my life during my graduation days, my so called not so sweet buddies Rajshree and Shriya…wondering why I called them like that; don’t worry “I was just joking”. They are my kick ass buddies and the reason that I could control my sugar. They saw to that I do burn calories, they mercilessly made me climb stairs while they took  lift, mostly we tried walking where ever possible, they  kept an eye on what I eat in canteen and even threatened the poor canteen fellow to keep chocolates away from me. At times I took my frustration on them ,because it felt like a hell compulsion which I hated but they handled my mood swings and anger well. After the graduation when we separated that’s when I realized my sugars were in control because of them.They made working out fun. I did not even realize how time went by and I could not even thank them. So girls if you’re reading this article… thank you.

Everyone of us have someone in our family or friends who’re diabetic, I request all of you to try understand them and slowly make them understand, why they have to do certain things even if they don’t like to do it or if they are lazy like me,the bottom line for we diabetic people is “Its must for survival”, so excuses…. just exercising and keeping an eye in diet won’t do. Mental satisfaction plays a major role, so  find a sweet buddy if don’t have one,if you do enjoy the fun.

Keep motivating them to workout. A working buddy is the best medicine for sweet people; all sweet people need some kick-ass friends, who would be willing to nib your butt when you feel lazy to work out.

It took me 4yrs to realize the seriousness of being sweet. It’s been with me like my shadow in all my ups and downs; though mostly I have fallen sick because of it only. But now I have a hold of it. I mean my sugars are in control now and I’m willingly working towards it. Credit for this goes to my husband as well. He inspires me to workout and he thoroughly monitors my diet as well. The art of mind controlling is not easy it comes with dedication and practice, but with the support of our loved ones, we can overcome anything. I’m trying to control my mind from eating sweets, my struggles is still on.

Disclaimer-  My apologies, if I have hurt anyone’s sentiment by this post. This post is highly subjective.

Mom & Me

It has been more than 3 yrs since you left all of us. As usual I’m failing to put my words across. You left us when I needed you the most; I was in the peak of making career. God knows how I cleared my PG. You were my world, you were my friend, mother & father as well. Not only you were loved teacher, you were an inspiration to all those students whom you thought. I wanted to be like you, but don’t know whether I am. All I know is I am still running away from responsibility & myself may be.

Life was tough for all 3 of us after dad passed…….. You thought me and Vishal (brother) to move on in life. We both children’s of you have seen you fight all odds like a lioness and indeed you were. I had plans made up for all 3 of us after I get the job. I wanted to give you everything that you deserved. But when I accepted the fact, I cannot do anything to save you; I was torn apart feeling helpless and worthless.
I have tried to let go of the feeling and the awful memory of those last months of yours and think good. But the truth remains I can’t get them off…it pains me, as a reminder I failed.

But today as when I encounter a trouble your teachings help me get through it and at times I have the hallucination that you’re with me. And then when realization hit me back my heart bleeds for you.
But today, I find you in vishal guiding, protecting and supporting me. At times I wonder; is this brother I knew. Today the bond I and he shares are rare it’s totally in-explainable. And hence whatever time I get with him it’s just our moment.

Well there is so much more to say….. But my hands are trembling to type.