PLEASURE AND DESTRUCTION SODA DRINKS ‘ FOREVER A DILEMMA

PLEASURE AND DESTRUCTION : SODA DRINKS ‘ FOREVER A DILEMMA

Before we go into the damaging effects of soda drinks’ let’s bring up some interesting history. Perhaps the most significant innovation in the industry of soda flavoring came in 1886, when J.S.Pemberton , using a combination of kola nut from Africa and cocaine from South America created the iconic taste of Coca-Cola. The cocaine was removed from formula at a later stage. This expanding industry with mass production was not considered and regarded a health concern until 1994 when the first studies of correlation between soda drinks and weight gain were reported. Over the years new evidence proved impact of soda drinks on our bodies: diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, teeth decay.

ConfiDent Team is sharing with us the effects of the frizzy drinks particularly on oral cavity:

  • enamel erosion,
  • enamel demineralization,
  • teeth decay.

The acidic pH of soda dissolves the enamel little by little, exposing the dentine, the layer underneath enamel. The main acids are phosphoric and citric acids. Except acidity, it contains lots of sugar and artificial sweeteners, and we all know what sugar does to human body. Our teeth are covered with a thin sticky layer of bacteria called plaque. When sugar comes in contact with it, bacteria produce more acids as byproducts.  

Do not be tricked with Diet soda drinks, the acidity in them will still have a damaging effect on your teeth. Check below the drinks’ acidity chart:

It is proven that after 60 min you consumed a can of Coca –Cola, the minerals like zinc, magnesium, calcium that was head to your bones will actually evacuate the body because frizzy drinks work as diuretics.

Not everyone will quite soda drinks after seeing this chart. Being aware and reducing frizzy drinks intake will also make a difference. If you cannot resist temptation of having a soda drink ones in a while remember to rinse your mouth with simple water immediately after. Also you can brush your teeth after 30 min of soda intake.

Some advices from Dr. Nicolle Ranzan to consider:

  • Never drink soda before sleep or in the middle of the night
  • Do not sip soda slowly or over long periods of time as your teeth are exposed to numerous acidic and soda attacks
  • If you are thirsty, drink water instead. It is number one choice for hydration!
  • Do not skip regular checkups and cleanings to remove plaque and bacteria form your teeth.
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Esthetic Gum Depigmentation known as “ Gum Bleaching”

Our gum tissue is normally pink. Some of us are born with darker gums that is an excess deposit of melanin in the top layer of the gums.  Discoloration is very normal, it is not an indication of any underlying health condition but can be caused by some factors as ethnicity, tobacco chewing, poor dental hygiene or even long-term use of medication. Fortunately, we can reverse this process without much difficulty!

Laser Gum “bleaching” became a popular cosmetic procedure among patients that wanted to improve and compliment their smiles. 

The Laser Gum Depigmentation procedure is a proven technique to treat dark gum tissue or just some discolored spots. There are no chemicals involved in performing gingival depigmentation, the hand of a skilled Periodontist and the right technology is enough. Our Specialist Periodontist Dr. Olivier Carcuac  uses a Laser Technology. 

Once he has consulted and checked your gums and you decide to proceed, one session of 1 hour is usually enough and possible small adjustments can be required two weeks later, to achieve desired results! Some patients may need to schedule multiple appointments to achieve the exact look they are going for, but oftentimes results are permanent and do not require a follow-up procedure.

Are you interested to find out if you are a candidate for such procedure ?

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IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO HAVE STRAIGHT TEETH

There is no such thing “I am too old to have straight teeth “. Today’s society and trends dictate our day to day activities, outfits, foods we eat, places we go, calling it a life style. Straight teeth are part of the package. If you did not get a chance to have orthodontic treatment as a teenager it is not a big deal,
braces or other orthodontic appliances can be worn at any age, as long as you have existing healthy teeth. When we say “any age “we mean it, either you in your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s.

In order to proceed with an “age free “orthodontic treatment following is required: teeth presence, good oral hygiene, commitment and an excellent orthodontist.

Methods of teeth straightening:

– Braces – metal or invisible, glued to the external surface of the teeth are considered a bit old
fashioned.

– Lingual braces – attached to the back side of the teeth , so no one can see them except yourself
and your dentist.

– Invisalign – transparent trays, ideal for people that are concerned about appearance or their job
does not allow them to wear other orthodontic appliances. Adult patients prefer Invisalign as it
is more esthetic during the treatment.

 

Braces vs Invisalign

 

BRACES VS INVISALIGN

 

Teeth straightening benefits:

– Enhance esthetics by achieving symmetry. Now you can smile broadly in the photos.

– Improves the oral hygiene. Misaligned teeth have a higher risk of developing gum disease or decays,
because it is very much harder to clean.

– Bite correction can make the lips look fuller.

– Braking teeth grinding habit, that it is related mostly to wrong bite.

– Builds up confidence and self-esteem

 

FAQ

How do I know which is better for me, braces or Invisalign?

Both can correct misaligned teeth, but in extreme cases that involves orthognathic surgery braces would
be a better choice. An orthodontist is the best person to evaluate that.

What takes longer braces or Invisalign?

Usually braces take longer.

Is any dentist able to do braces or Invisalign?

Only a specialist Orthodontist is entitled to do braces, Invisalign or other orthodontic appliances.

 

Where I can find an Orthodontist certified in Invisalign in UAE?

The Invisalign official website https://www.invisalign.ae/en  has all the data base of certified specialists
in UAE. Before you proceed with any kind of orthodontic treatment do your research, find the right
specialist with a high level of competence. “ Invisalign Platinum Provider “ is the accreditation that
suggests a true expert.

If you are looking to straighten you teeth, Dr Porto Sabrina is a Platinum Certified Invisalign Orthodontist
. Schedule an appointment with her today for a tomorrow smile alignment!

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OVER THE COUNTER BLEACHING KITS VICE VERSA DENTAL PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

Studies show that over half of us are not happy with the color of our teeth. Over the counter bleaching kits are in high demand because is cheaper than going to the dentist. Short term it can work but it can turn out to be more expensive in a long term, after the dentist tries to fix the damage done to the teeth by supermarket whitening agents.

The main component used in all bleaching systems over the counter or used by professionals is hydrogen peroxide. It is regarded by EU Health Organization and American Dental Society as the safest way of teeth whitening. Supermarket bleaching kits have a very low hydrogen of peroxide concentration, does not exceeds more than 0, 1% in EU, 6% in Australia and 12% in New Zeeland. Only professionals are allowed by the government regulation to use 25-35% concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Because of that strict control the companies are looking for alternatives like sodium chloride (the mechanism on the teeth is not fully explained) and citric acid that dissolve the enamel if used long term exposing the dentine (underlying layer) which is naturally yellow. This is an irreversible damage to the tooth structure, the enamel cannot be build back.

Teeth Whitening & bleaching

Gums also suffer from careless use of bleaching products, resulting in change of color and burning sensation.

Factors to be considered that influence the teeth shade: genetics, medication administrated in childhood (tetracycline), teeth trauma (an accidental face punch on the playground in the childhood can result in teeth darkening in the adult life), diet (coffee, tea, smoking, tobacco chewing), age, amalgam fillings called also silver fillings, etc.

Except factors mentioned above, keep in mind that existing fillings, crowns, veneers and other prosthetic work done in your oral cavity DO NOT change color, only natural tooth structure changes. A rainbow of white and yellow shades combination will not be very attractive so before using any bleaching system ask your dentist if it suits your type of enamel, esthetic outcome and if in generally it is safe to whiten your teeth.

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DENTAL SEALANTS PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S TEETH

Sealants are thin protective coating painted on the chewing surface of the molars and premolars to prevent tooth decay. If your child has deep pits and grooves on their back teeth, your pediatric dentist or dental hygienist may recommend sealing the teeth. Food and germs can get stuck in the groves that cannot be reached with the bristles of the toothbrush, with the time they cause cavities.

The plastic resin in sealants is placed into the depressions of the chewing surfaces and cured to the enamel. It is an easy and painless procedure with following steps:

  • Plaque and debris removal with a pumice material
  • Drying the teeth surface ( saliva free)
  • Using an etch agent
  • Sealant application and curing
  • Evaluation and occlusion check
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dental decay

It is proven by lots of data base all over the world that dental sealants not only prevent dental decay but also early gum diseases (gingivitis), periodontitis and destruction of teeth enamel .  

Even adults with deep grooves and pits can undergo sealant application if the dentist recommends it. Usually they last several years. Regular dental cleaning and check-ups are important, as your dentist or dental hygienist may decide on a reapplication of the sealants.

 

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

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GASTRO – ESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE HAS AN IRREVERSIBLE IMPACT ON THE TEETH

If you have often heartburn after eating that lasts 2 or more hours, painful sensation in the center of the chest, presence of sour or burning sensation in the mouth you must see a Gastroenterologist and a Dentist, because that might be GERD( gastro-esophageal reflux disease) . Wikipedia definition of GERD is: digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter, the ring of muscle between the stomach and esophagus becomes weak or relaxed, that allows the gastric acid to ascend all the way to the oral cavity.

Frequent asked question: “What the dentist has to do with that? The acid reflux destroys the tooth structure. It starts with teeth sensitivity, the teeth do not have any more that natural shine, they become dull (yellowish) in color and rough, teeth are getting thinner and smaller, you are not enjoying anymore cold drinks.

So, how do we treat that?! It’s very important to detect it in the early stage, a dentist can see that when you go for every 6 months checkups (sometimes people just don’t realize they have GERD). There are prophylactic measures and home programs for patients that helps to maintain and protect the teeth of acid attacks that includes:

  • Repeated Varnish application ( every 3 months)
  • Usage of bleaching abrasive toothpastes and any bleaching remedies are prohibited
  • Use a night guard, the acid reflux with nocturnal bruxism together are causing even more damage to your teeth 
  • It is not recommended to brush your teeth immediately after meal or acid reflux , the toothbrush harsh bristles with the acidity create double trouble
  • Bicarbonate of soda is proven to be useful in acid attacks, it changes the pH in the oral cavity to basic (consult your dentist for further details).

 If the acidic damage is done and it is detected late, patients undergo more complex dental treatment: porcelain crowns, dental implants in order to protect the remaining dental structure. Apart from that, patients should change their way of eating, special diet is required that excludes everything that contains acid.

 Foods that increase acidity are: chocolate, caffeine, fried and fatty food, red meat, alcoholic beverages, garlic, tomatoes, pepper, etc. 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

 

 

DO YOU OFTEN BITE YOUR CHEEKS?

Some people think cheek biting is just a bad habit but still harmless. What if this “minor infraction “leads to something serious related to your health. It can be sign dental issues or of mental health condition similar to OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder.

How to detect that you bite your cheeks? Check the inner side of your cheeks: do you find white scar lines, row sensitive mucosa?

  • Stress / anxiety. Chronic cheek biting and chewing — scientifically known as morsicatio buccarum — is considered to be a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) similar to hair pulling (trichotillomania).
  • Inactivity / boredom. Hard to believe but being bored can make you bite your cheeks
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Wrong bite
  • Missing teeth
  • Unfit denture
  • Teeth moving ( periodontal disease )
  • TMJ ( temporomandibular joint) disorder

Types of cheek biting:

  • Periodic accidental cheek biting :it is not a cause to be concern even if it results in canker sore
  • Regular accidental cheek biting : misaligned teeth or jaw condition could be the cause
  • Cheek biting while asleep : a night guard can fix this issue
  • BFRD: obsessive cheek biting that cannot be stopped despite attends.

Consequences if cheek biting is not fixed: this chronic habit can cause TMJ issues, headaches, teeth moving and oral cancer (because of continues cheeks trauma).

How to get rid of this habit: see a dentist first! If your dentist says that cheek biting is not related to dental issues than meditation, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy and minimizing the stress levels can help.

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

Dental Implant Treatment Without Scalpel

DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT WITHOUT SCALPEL

Conventional dental implant treatment involves the scalpel usage. Cutting the gum extensively ( flap technique)  in order to expose the bone platform in the first stage and the implant platform in the second stage ( 2 months later in order to take the impression )   is a common procedure in dentistry and proven to be effective along the years. Nowadays, in specific cases, the implant treatment can be simplified by avoiding any scalpel .

This can be achieved by a detailed clinical and radiological assessment. The CBCT (Cone Beam CT) scan is a crucial instrument, it shows the underlying bone topography (width and length), mandibular nerve location and a prior virtual implant placement can be performed.

Requirements for a scalpel free technique:

  • Sufficient bone height and width
  • Healthy gums in the requested area
  • Non periodontal disease involvement

Specialist knowledge in this specific dental field and of the  implant system

Virtual implant placement on CBCT scan 

Just using a tissue punch technique in the toothless area can save lots of post-surgery complications and stiches application. Soft tissue punch technique is used to remove atraumatic minimal soft tissue in order to expose the bone surface. The dental implant is placed through the tiny access in the gum. A healing cap is screwed onto the implant surface in order to keep the gum open until the artificial porcelain/zirconia screw retained crown is loaded.

A bloodless and swelling free procedures requires a careful planning, skilled specialist and a good oral hygiene after the implant treatment is done. Having a dental implant in the oral cavity does not mean that dental issue is solved forever. Regular dental check-ups (every 6 months) and periapical x-rays should be performed in order to follow-up the bone – implant platform relation.

 

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

TEETH LOSS AND COGNITIVE

Teeth Loss and 1st Cognitive Function

Various studies infer that teeth are an important structure not only for chewing or the smile but also but also for a better functioning of our central nervous system (CNS) and explaining this correlation, between teeth and brain is the object of this article. In humans, the stimulation of the brain evokes sensations of touch, pressure and pain. The forces acting on the tooth, involves a movement of the element in the alveolar bone, induce tension in the periodontal ligament and causes the excitation of receptors that send the impulse to the brain, specifically to mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus.

I do not want to bombard you with lots of medical terminology. Let’s put it this way, every time we open and close the mouth and the teeth are touching, a nonspecific activation of the cerebral cortex is happening. Cerebral cortex is responsible for our cognitive functions like memory, orientation, attention, interpretation, ability to take decisions, to solve problems and lots of other mental processes that allow us to carry our daily tasks.

Now, what is happening if we start loosing our teeth?
Teeth loss decreases cognitive function and increases the risk of dementia (vascular dementia, Alzheimer disease)! Dementia has a significant impact on individual’s disability and mortality, and it also diminishes quality of life for both patients and their caregivers.

Evidence had shown that tooth loss is associated only with oral health but also with systematic health. Various studies done in Asia, Europe and America described the correlation between teeth loss and dementia. The Hisayam Study (one of the studies that took place in Japan) shows that people with 10-19 teeth have a 62% increased risk of developing dementia comparing to people with 20 or more teeth. Those with 1-9 teeth have an 81% increased risk and those with no teeth a 63% increased risk. Factors that were considered: age, education, high blood pressure, alcohol intake, depression, single, smoking, diabetes, periodontitis.

Another research article done in China says that chronic process of periodontitis produces a chronic inflammation and neuropathology and the bacteria may reach the brain via branches of trigeminal nerve.

References:

  1. “Association between tooth loss and cognitive function among 3063 Chinese order people adults A community-based study “ , J.Luo, B.Wu,Q.Zhao,Q. Guo,H.Meng,L.Yu,L.Zheng,Z.Hong,D.Ding
  2. “Teeth and central nervous system: what happens when you go to sleep” G. Andrisani
  3. “Tooth loss and risk of Dementia in the community”, The Hisayama Study, Journal of the American Geriatric Society

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

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AN EXCLUSIVE DENTAL CLINIC IN A DISTINCTIVE LOCATION – THE PAlM

Running a successful practice as ConfiDent Dubai Palm, it is important to mention its location. It has not been chosen accidentally. An elegant and high standard dental facility requires a unique Google pin, as it is Palm Jumeirah.

Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest man-made island, it comprises of a two kilometers long trunk, a crown made up of 17 fronds and a surrounding crescent.

Since it was lounged in 2001, the tourism and leisure elements of the island has been developed, creating a spectacular world’s renowned residential and tourism destination.

Palm Jumeirah is home to the some of the most luxurious resorts in Dubai. It is packed with fantastic dining options, spas and among all these facilities the tourists and residents can benefit of unique dental services in ConfiDent Dubai Palm, the only dental office on this man-made island.

 

 

Dr. Nicolle Ranzan

General Dentist

Dr. Nicolle received her dental degree in Brazil, being given a scholarship to perform part of her studies at The Queen`s University of Belfast, UK. She completed her two post-graduate dentistry degrees at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), holding a Master of Dental Clinic/Periodontology and Specialization in Periodontology diplomas. Dr. Nicolle recently published articles at international journals and she is continuously updating her knowledge to provide the best treatments in dental care.

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