All posts by Dr. Homan Naemi Akbar

Essay Writing – How to Write an Effective First Paragraph

If you’re currently pursuing your college degree or intending to, there is a fantastic possibility you will find essay writing one of the hardest courses to complete. Most classes require more in-depth research than essay writing does, and because your studies are so important, this is something that you ought to really concentrate on.

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Essay Writing – How to Write an Effective First Paragraph

If you’re currently pursuing your college degree or intending to, there is a fantastic possibility you will find essay writing one of the hardest courses to complete. Most classes require more in-depth research than essay writing does, and because your studies are so important, this is something that you ought to really concentrate on.

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Writing a Research Paper – Tips For Writing a Successful Paper

Writing a research paper is also an equally significant part most students’ college program. However, it can be quite intimidating to have to learn all about the English writing style and the way to format one’s research papers. This does not need to be the case however. After a couple of straightforward tips can help to ensure that your paper is

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Research Papers For Sale – Make Certain to Find the Right One

The invention of the world wide web has not made it easy to find research papers available for sale, but in addition, opened a completely new world of marketing opportunities. Although you may sell them online, you’re likely to want the knowledge to get the ideal buyer. Furthermore, you need to be certain the buyers are reputable before investing

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Ramadan and Oral Health: What You Need to Know

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is the month of fasting for Muslims.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and all throughout the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from early dawn to sunset. All physically, mentally healthy and mature Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and all other physical needs.

When it comes to oral hygiene and dental treatments, what should dental providers and fasting patients know about Ramadan?

What do people gain from fasting?

Fasting allows learning self-restraint from indulgence in everyday pleasures, developing self-control and self-discipline, purifying the mind and the body, and empathizing with the poor and hungry.

Health-wise, fasting involves powerful therapeutic processes that can help people recover from mild to severe health conditions. Fasting can lower blood sugar, cholesterol and (systolic) blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension.

What are your advice on oral hygiene for people who are fasting? Can they still brush, floss and use mouthwash as usual?

Toothpastes are allowed during the holy month of Ramadan, although some scholars of Islam consider the use of toothpaste to be highly undesirable because deliberate or accidental swallowing of them will nullify the fast.

You can always brush and floss thoroughly before sleeping at night and I recommend brushing after Suhoor (pre-dawn meal). Brushing twice daily is sufficient for oral disease prevention.

Mouthwashes are commonly prescribed by dentists as an adjunct to oral hygiene. Some patients may be reluctant to use mouth wash for fear of unintentionally swallowing some. If this is the case, you can use it outside fasting hours as advised by your dentist.

Will dental treatments/procedures and administration of an aesthetic (injections) nullify the fast?

Some patients think that actions that take place during dental procedures will nullify their fast but local anesthetics (injections) are permissible forms of treatments for those who are observing Ramadan. However, when patients are reluctant, it is best to re-schedule or delay treatments especially if there is no acute pain/discomfort.

Are there dental procedures that should be postponed by fasting patients if the treatment dates fall on Ramadan?

Dental treatments and preventative procedure (including restorations, scaling and extractions) do not invalidate the fast, but some patients are unwilling to have procedures done due to difference in their views.

Patients who require immediate or advanced treatment, like those who suffer from deteriorating chronic illness or those who face dental emergencies, could break the fast. If it is possible, the dentist can delay or re-schedule treatments for their patients.

What’s your advice on patients who are taking medications and who want to fast?

Oral medications are not permissible and invalidate the fast. If you fall ill and avoiding medication could result to harm and is life-threatening, it’s allowable to break the fast.

When a dental problem occur during the holy month of Ramadan and medications are needed, you can discuss with your dentist. He or she may be able to adapt your medications and/or the dosage.

What are your health tips for people who are fasting?

Don’t skip Suhoor. Don’t overeat during Iftar (dinner). Avoid eating fried foods, salty foods and high-sugar foods. Drink as much water as possible.

Keep your meals healthy. Whenever possible, opt for steaming, grilling or baking. If you use oil for cooking, settle for healthy options like canola oil.

Drink plenty of water (drink of choice), juices, milk and soups. Cut down on coffee, tea, soda and all other caffeinated drinks – they have diuretic effects and thus dehydrate the body.

 

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How Do You Keep Your Mouth Fresh During Ramadan?

The Holy month of Ramadan is a time for fasting and self-discipline for Muslims. It is also the time for purifying the mind and the body and empathizing with the less fortunate.

Fasting has numerous therapeutic benefits including improvement in blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

What causes bad breath?

  • Poor oral hygiene – Bacterial plaque build-ups are a known cause of bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Improper cleaning of dentures – Like teeth, dentures can retain bacteria, tartar and cause bad breath when they are not cleaned properly.
  • Smoking – including cigarettes, cigars and shisha
  • Nutrition – Some food may aggravate the bad smell, such as onion, garlic and some kind of spices.
  • Dry mouth – Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth is one of the major causes of bad breath. It is caused by an insufficient flow of saliva and is a common side effect of certain medications and a symptom of some medical conditions.
  • Other non-oral conditions – including nose, sinus, throat or digestive disorders

How does bad breath occur during the fasting period?

Saliva plays an important role in protecting your mouth and decreasing bacterial growth. The reduction of salivary flow while fasting is the main reason for bad breath. After Iftar, the salivary glands are soon stimulated and the production of saliva becomes normal.

Is there a way to prevent bad breath while fasting?

Here are some important tips to prevent bad breath while fasting.

  • Practice excellent oral hygiene to efficiently eliminate plaque.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables and avoid salty, fried and sticky food.
  • Cut down on diuretics like coffee, tea, soda and all other caffeinated drinks.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Drink plenty of water during Iftar, rinse your mouth with water during the fasting hours without swallowing it.

What are your top tips for maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine during Ramadan?

Oral hygiene during the holy month of Ramadan does not differ from your routine dental hygiene.

  • Brush thoroughly before sleeping at night and I recommend brushing after Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) for at least 2 minutes.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Clean your tongue using tongue scrapers or separate toothbrush.
  • Use alcohol-free mouthwash.
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5 Oral Healthcare Tips for Moms-to-be

 

A lot of pregnant women skip dental visits thinking that dental treatments during pregnancy can harm their babies. The American Dental Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all encourage women to get dental and oral healthcare while pregnant.

In fact, studies show that the bacteria from gum diseases can actually get into the bloodstream and target the fetus, potentially leading to premature labor and low-birth-weight babies.

Pregnancy offers an opportunity to educate pregnant women regarding oral health by providing a “teachable moment” in self-care and future child-care.

Here are top five oral healthcare tips for pregnant mothers:

  • 01 Know your facts and risks – Good oral health can reduce your risk of having a premature baby.
  • 02 Oral hygiene – Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to keep your gums healthy. Remember, if you have good oral health habits, your child will too!If you experience vomiting, rinse with a cup of water containing a teaspoon of baking soda and wait an hour before brushing to avoid dental erosion.
  • 03 Diet – What you eat affects your baby’s health. Snack on healthy foods like cheese sticks, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Drink lots of water and low-fat milk. Eat high calcium food instead of acidic food, juices and sodas. Avoid drinks and any food loaded with sugar as they might lead to caries and affect your baby’s health. Chewing sugarless or xylitol-containing gum can help minimize your caries risk.
  • 04 Professional oral care – Get a dental check-up, it is completely safe to have most dental treatments while you are pregnant. Do not put off your dental visit until after you’ve had the baby.
  • 05 Book your baby’s first dental appointment as soon as you see his/her first teeth erupt. We offer children a dental home where they can have a long-term friendly relationship with their dentist.

What’s the right age to bring a child in for their first dental check-up?

In order to prevent oral and dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday. Healthy habits start early in life. First birthday = First dental check-up.

Can a mother’s poor oral health status affect her baby’s oral health?

Yes, because the bacteria responsible for caries in a mother’s mouth are related to early childhood caries in their baby’s mouth. The same bacteria are transferred from mum to baby.

Mums and caregivers pass on the mentioned bacteria by sharing saliva, spoons, testing food before feeding it to the baby, cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth instead of with water and through various activities. So, make sure your mouth is healthy and taken care of before your baby is born. It’s important for pregnant mums to have their oral check-up as soon as possible, in order to treat and prevent any oral disease.

Read more at Dentcare blog:

What Parents Need to Know About the Transition From Milk Teeth to Permanent Teeth

What Causes Yellow Teeth in Kids

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5 Ways to Achieve Dental Implant Success

5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Chances for a Successful Dental Implant:

As you prepare for your dental implants, you may wonder what you can do to make sure you get the best results. Dental implants have a high success rate, but there are still simple things you can do to make sure you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.

1) Don’t smoke.

Some dental surgeons refuse to give implants to patients who smoke. More often, they encourage them quit before the procedure and abstain during recovery. Smoking interferes with the healing process by reducing the flow of blood in the mouth. Impeded healing can jeopardize bone grafts and the implant itself. Heat in the mouth can lead to oral-burn syndrome that damages bone and soft tissue.

According to a University of Minnesota study, the dental implants of smokers are twice as likely to fail as those of non-smokers. In addition, smokers experienced major or minor complications 15% more often. Smokers also experience higher post-operative infection rates than non-smokers. Gaps and cavities may develop between the implants and the gums that fill with bacteria and become swollen and inflamed.

 

2) Follow your recovery directions to help healing.

Post-procedural instructions are easy to follow and help create the best conditions for healing during your recovery. Right after your surgery, limit your diet to soft foods. Our surgeons at Cumberland Surgical Arts recommend that patients avoid chewing foods near the surgical site until after your first follow-up appointment.

During recovery, you may experience some swelling or minor bleeding, which can be managed easily. Avoid spitting and rinsing. Instead, use compresses of gauze or herbal tea bags to control bleeding.

If your surgeon prescribes pain medications or antibiotics, follow the directions on the bottle carefully and refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery. While you can engage in normal, daily activities, you should avoid rigorous activities, such as exercise.

For more advice on having a successful and painless recovery, visit our After Dental Implant Surgery.

 

3) Keep your follow-up appointments.

The first year after your placement is a crucial time. Studies show that, while there is an , the rate falls to 1% after that.

To ensure the best chance for success, your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments during the first, third, and sixth months after your procedure, then yearly after that.

During these follow-up visits, dental x-rays can be used to examine the fusion between the implant and the jawbone. Thorough examinations can catch any infection or disease that may have developed before it goes too far.

4) Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.

Appointments with both your dental surgeon and your dentist will ensure that you achieve the best results possible. On top of the follow-up appointments you have with your surgeon, you still need to meet with your dentist for routine x-rays and cleanings.

These routine dental appointments help guarantee that your surrounding teeth and soft tissues remain healthy. If periodontal disease develops, your dentist can propose treatment to control it and prevent it from compromising your implants.

 

5) Maintain your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day.

Even though dental implants are made of materials like porcelain and titanium, they still need to be cared for like your natural teeth. While cavities cannot develop on implants, surrounding teeth can be affected if your prosthetic crown and surrounding gums aren’t being cleaned regularly.

You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. Flossing regularly will help remove any debris that might create plaque build-up or contribute to an infection. Using an antibacterial mouthwash also kills germs and fights plaque.

The path to a successful dental implant is straightforward. Patients who dedicate themselves to maintaining their oral health have the best chance of success. While some steps can be taken directly after the surgery, continued communication with your surgeon and dentist combined with regular oral hygiene ensure success for the long term.

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Creating Brighter, Better Smiles

From subtle repairs to major procedures, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to improve every aspect of better smiles. From teeth whitening, to replacing missing teeth and everything else in between, smile enhancements are proven to boost a person’s overall appearance and self-confidence. At Dentcare Clinic, our cosmetic dentists work hard to create results that make you want to smile even more.

Today, cosmetic dentists have a variety of techniques and tools in their arsenal to reshape teeth, close gaps between teeth, fix broken or chipped teeth, restore worn teeth and even alter the length of your pearly whites.

In the UAE, smile makeovers are getting more popular than ever. Our dentists have been helping countless patients achieve the smile they truly desire through dental veneers.

Here’s a quick list of what cosmetic dentistry can offer you.

Teeth Whitening

At its best, in-office teeth whitening or “bleaching” restores your teeth’s natural,  youthful radiance. To get the best results, we suggest that you book a whitening consultation with your dentist/dental hygienist to discuss your concerns and expectations.

Dental Fillings

There’s no need to rely on unsightly (and sometimes weird-looking) metals to replace tooth structures lost to decay. Today, dentists make use of state-of-the-art composite resins and porcelain materials that naturally mimic the look, feel and function of natural teeth.

Crowns or Caps

Dentists use a crown to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. These are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment.

Bridges

Bridges also known as fixed removable dentures, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Veneers

Veneers are very thin custom-made laminates crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of the teeth. These are a great option for correcting stained, chipped or crooked teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically fused in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth. For almost 50 years, implants have been recognized by dental experts as procedure of choice for teeth replacement.

Bonding

Through bonding, cosmetic dentists are able to fix chipped teeth, close spaces between teeth or cover the entire external surface of a tooth using materials (porcelain and composite resins) that look naturally like the original tooth.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Periodontal plastic surgery is performed to restore the form, function and correct irregularities in the gums. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the real long-term goal of any periodontal surgery is to increase the life expectancy of the teeth and their usefulness; it is not a cure for periodontal disease.

Be sure to ask your dentist any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile and get better smiles. To get the best results, remember to communicate your expectations with your dentist prior to any procedure.

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Choosing The Best Crown For Your Tooth

Are you thinking of getting a dental crown? If so, then this guide may be of help to you in deciding which one fits the bill perfectly.

There’s no single type of dental crown that offers the best solution for all types of patients. So, if you’re getting a dental crown, ask your dentist about the different types of crowns available. If you are after durability and superior aesthetics, the right choice of material will really matter. Here are few things to consider when choosing the best crown for your tooth.

Gold CrownThe Best Crown For Your Tooth - Gold crown

All-metal dental crowns are the most durable type of cap. They don’t easily crack or break. They’re also very biocompatible; they will not wear down opposing teeth unlike porcelain crowns.

If you’re up for durability, gold crown is a solid choice – although it’s not much of a practical option for aesthetics. For the most part, metal is highly dependable in terms of sturdiness and optimum strength. This material is least likely to chip off, break, or crack. However, it’s not quite the most attractive choice because of the less subtle color. If you need a dental crown for your teeth at the back part of your mouth, though, gold should not be an issue.

All-porcelain/All-ceramic Crowns

The advantage of all-porcelain/all-ceramic crown is aesthetic pleasure. If cosmetic consideration is your concern, then they’re your perfect choice. However, all-porcelain crowns cannot match the durability of all-metal crowns, and they cost about 10-20% more.The Best Crown For Your Tooth - ceramic crown

Porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns are great in terms of appearance and maximum durability. This is the common choice for a crown material when you need one for your front tooth since it looks quite like your original tooth. The only thing you will have to factor in when deciding to get a porcelain crown is the cost since it’s usually 10 to 20 percent more expensive that the all-metal ones.

Ceramic crowns are great for upper front teeth. However, for bicuspids, molars, or lower front teeth, they’re prone to fracture.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) Crowns are Practical in Terms of the Price

If you’re on the fence when it comes to choosing between all-ceramic and all-metal crowns, then you may consider the PFM or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns as a viable choice. This material usually makes up for whatever may be missing with metal crowns or the price point that comes with all-porcelain.

The Best Crown For Your Tooth - PFM crown

As for the aesthetics, PFM crowns are not as translucent as all-porcelain. Yet, these are good enough and look more like your natural teeth than what all-metal can offer. However, if you have receding gum lines, the metal edge of the PFM crown tends to show, thus spoiling the rather natural appearance of the tooth that you’re aiming for.

These crowns are the middle ground between all-ceramic and all-metal caps. PFM crowns are structured with an overlying surface of porcelain that is combined to an underlying thimble of metal. This combination offers the benefits of both all-ceramic and all-metal crowns.

PFM crowns are durable but not as strong as all-metal crowns. Dentists usually place PFM crowns on the back teeth. Additionally, PFM crowns produce pleasing aesthetics.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal caps can have some disadvantages:

  • If a tooth’s gum line recedes, the edge of the cap’s underlying metal may show. This might not look good on the front teeth.
  • When the bite of a PFM cap is adjusted, the porcelain surface may wear the opposing teeth.
  • Portions of the cap’s porcelain covering can possibly fracture

Understand why a dental crown has been recommended by your dentist

Getting a dental crown may serve many important functions. Make sure to get a proper explanation from your dentist as to why you need a dental crown. Other dental procedures may be a better choice if your tooth doesn’t really need caps.

Consider the Cost

Generally, PFM and even all-metal crowns are priced about 30 to 45 percent cheaper than the all-ceramic options. There are some points to think about such as the lack of benefits for replacing dental crowns under 5 years old, as well as the absence of coverage for crowns placed for cosmetic reasons.

Consider these things before getting a dental crown. It’s always important to do proper research to know more about your options. You surely don’t want to have regrets over your dental care decisions. Be sure to keep all these points in mind when thinking about getting a dental crown to obtain maximum benefits without going beyond your budget.

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