Enjoy a brighter smile with help from a premiere cosmetic dentist in Dubai

step3A smile is something that you can share to others. It is a way for others to somehow partake in the happiness you are feeling. In a way, it is an individual means of projecting ourselves onto other people. However, when you are not confident with the look of your smile, you feel less inclined to share it to other people.

Have a smile you can be confident to share. Get your teeth enhanced by the best cosmetic dentist at our dental clinic in Dubai, and share your happiness to the world through your beautiful smile.

Test drive your enhanced teeth at our cosmetic dental clinic?

While there are many clinics that offer ways toward having a better, healthier set of teeth, we here at Just White Dental a unique proposition to our potential patients – a chance to test drive your new smile before any permanent procedures are done.

Our clinic in Dubai utilises highly advanced technology called Digital Smile Design that allows you to visualise the results of a procedure before undergoing it. This tool process us to devise a cosmetic treatment plan for your teeth that enhances its look, while adhering to the overall appearance of your face.

Sit down with one of our cosmetic dentists for a comprehensive consultation

Prior to any dental cosmetic procedure, the best cosmetic dentist at our facility will sit down with you and discuss your personal preferences for your teeth. We will tackle the results you wish to achieve by the end of the procedure. After which, we will take photos and moulds of your teeth in order to determine a baseline.

We will then develop a digital simulation of the projected best-case results at our fully-equipped cosmetic dental clinic with respect to aesthetic guidelines and dento-facial analyses. Using the moulds we have obtained during the initial consultation and the virtual analyses, we will create a mock-up for your new smile using a wax-like composition.

On the second consultation session, you will be able to test out your new smile using the mock-up design, allowing you a glimpse of the potential results. And if you like the new look, we can proceed with the actual treatments.

 

DSDThe photo on the right is an example of a gentleman who test drove his new smile. The ‘Before’ image shows his original teeth and the ‘After’ image shows the mock-up of his new smile. Needless to say, from the expression of his eyes it was obvious that he felt much more confident smiling after the mock-up!

Rest assured that our complete team of experienced general and specialist dentists work together to give you the flawless, stunning smile you deserve. We combine cosmetic techniques like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, dental implants and orthodontics with sound fundamentals of general dentistry and a focus on prevention, health, and wellness.

Oral Cancer – How Regular Dental Check-ups can Save your Life!

Stop Oral Cancer small picsOral cancer is cancer that occurs inside the mouth. It may often be referred to as a silent killer, as it is painless so grows without the patient realising there is anything wrong.

What are the signs & symptoms of oral cancer?

Oral cancer appears as a growth or ulcer in the mouth that does not go away and can be located on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and throat. Just like any other cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. The mortality rate of oral cancer is higher than that of cervical and prostate cancer. Dentists are normally on the front line of detection of oral cancer as most of the signs occur in the oral cavity which may include:

  • Red and/or white patches in the mouth
  • A non-healing ulcer on the lips or tongue
  • Unusual bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty in swallowing or chewing
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • A change in your voice or speech
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together
  • Lumps or bumps in the mouth, throat or neck
  • Earache
  • Weight loss

Common risk factors for developing oral cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco or betal leaf (pan)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sun exposure to the lips
  • A previous diagnosis of any other form of head and neck cancer
  • The human papilloma virus (HPV) (the same virus responsible for cervical cancer in women)
  • Other pre-cancerous conditions in the mouth

How do regular dental check-ups aid in early detection of oral cancer?

As part of your routine dental check-up, your dentist will conduct a full oral screening. He/she will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck and mouth and will look for any growths, ulcers and/or colour changes.

Should your dentist detect anything that looks suspicious he/she may either perform an oral biopsy or refer you to a specialist for relevant biopsies and tests. A biopsy involves taking a small sample of tissue to be analysed for any abnormalities.

It is important to be aware of the fact that over 25% of all oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke or consume alcohol. It is therefore recommended that oral cancer screening should be conducted on everyone at least once a year.

There is no easy way to prevent oral cancer but below are a few tips to help reduce your risks:

  • Try to quit smoking and limit use of tobacco products
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Sun exposure to the sun should be in moderation. Use sun protective lotions on your skin and lips
  • Try to conduct a self exam at least once a month and look for any suspicious sores, lumps and patches on your lips, roof of your mouth, lining of your cheeks, gums, tongue and the floor of your mouth.
  • Call your dentist’s office immediately if you notice any changes in the appearance of your mouth or any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above
  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis for a check-up and oral screening

Remember that early detection can save your life and increase your chances of successful treatment.

What Causes Bad Breath?

badbreath[1]Do you receive funny or strange looks from your friends and family when you talk to them? Do they avoid standing close to you. Have you started questioning your breath, how bad is it and why?

The good news is that you are not alone. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, happens to most people once in a while and could be caused by various things, from not brushing your teeth to certain medical conditions. Halitosis is a very embarrassing condition for both adults and children and often causes anxiety.

Needless to say there is no shortage of chewing gums, mints and mouthwashes but, unfortunately, these are only temporary solutions.

To find the solution to the problem you will need to find out the cause first. The most common causes for bad breath are:
• food and drinks, such as garlic, onions, cheese, orange juice, and soda
• poor oral hygiene
• smoking and other tobacco use
• Poorly fitted dental fixtures
• Yeast infections in the mouth
• Dental cavities
• Dehydration
• Post Nasal Drip (when excessive mucus is produced by the nasal mucosa and accumulates in the throat or back of the nose)

If you are concerned about bad breath, it would be worth visiting your dentist for a consultation to determine the cause of the problem. Did you know that the way a person’s breath smells often indicates the potential cause? For example, if someone is suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, his/her breath will smell like nail polish remover (acetone).

If your dentist is unable to determine the root cause, he/she is likely to refer you to a doctor for further investigation as you may suffer from one of the following medical conditions:

• Postnasal drip
• Pneumonia or bronchitis
• Throat or sinus infections
• Diabetes
• Chronic acid reflux
• Liver or kidney problems

In most cases poor oral hygiene is normally the culprit since food remnants in your mouth create the perfect environment for bacterial growth between your teeth, around your gums and also on the tongue. In most cases, the problem can be resolved by improving your oral hygiene.

You can prevent bad breath by following the tips below:

• Brush your teeth regularly – two to three times a day. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well!
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove food and plaque build-up from between your teeth
• If you have a bridge or a fixed retainer then use inter-dental brushes instead of floss to clean between your teeth
• Replace you toothbrush every 3 months
• Dentures should be removed at night time and properly cleaned before wearing them the following day
• Visit your dentist regularly – it is recommended to have a check-up at least twice a year
• Drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist and hydrated
• Keep a log of what you eat. This may help identify the problem

Get a Whiter Smile in your Lunch Hour!

pearlsmileTeeth whitening is one of the easiest, fastest and conservative ways to enhance your smile. Whether you want that beautiful smile for your wedding day or a boost of confidence for your business meetings, whitening is simple and effective.

Teeth whitening can erase the effects of coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco. With lasting effects of up to five years, it is a great way to stay looking younger and can virtually be done in your lunch hour!

Whitening gels contain an active whitening ingredient (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) that penetrates your enamel to get to discoloured molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discoloured molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile without damaging your tooth structure.

There are two options for whitening your teeth: home whitening or in-office whitening. You can read more about those options under ‘Services’ on our website.

As with everything else, teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone. Your dentist will initially assess your teeth and gums and then determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening treatment. Any cavities should be filled first and gum disease should be treated before the whitening process. 

Recently we’ve had the award winning blogger and Hollywood trained celebrity make-up artist, Huda Kattan, visit our clinic. Even though her teeth were already quite white she wanted them even whiter so we helped her achieve her dream smile. Read about her experience on the link below:

http://hudabeauty.com/2015/01/11/i-bleached-my-teeth-zoom-whitening-my-experience/

Also the lovely celebrity make-up artist and beauty blogger, Najla Kaddour, wanted to do a teeth whitening video review for her fans to show them the whole experience. We were delighted to do her treatment and she was very happy with the results. To view her video, click on the link below:

 

 

Call our clinic on 04-3998440 if would like to book a consultation and our friendly receptionists will help answer any further questions you may have.

The Impact of Oral Health on your Body

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, does not only affect your mouth but also has a profound impact on other parts of your body. To some of you, this may come as a surprise but for others this may actually make logical sense. The reason for this is that the body comprises many organs and systems that are intrinsically related. Having a problem in one part of your body may affect another. There is only one part of the body where the inside and the outside are connected without the protecting barrier of some form of skin. That’s down the side of the tooth. So fluids and bacteria can pass through this junction, causing transfer of diseases from the mouth to the rest of the body.

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease which is inflammation and bleeding of the gums due to plaque and tartar build-up at the base of the teeth. Periodontitis is a more severe form which may occur when gingivitis goes untreated. This causes dissolving of the bone around the teeth until they become loose and eventually fall out.

Recent medical evidence has shown that there is a link between gum disease and heart disease, brain abscesses, diabetes, respiratory disease and problems with pregnancy and birth. The inflammation and infection related to gum diseases has a compounding effect causing the other bodily diseases.

There is strong evidence linking gum disease with premature births of of low-weight babies. Heart diseases such as strokes and heart attacks have been shown to be associated with gum disease. There is emerging but yet unconfirmed evidence that gum disease is also associated with Alzeihmer’s disease as well as some cancers.

What are the risk factors of periodontal disease?

  • Age – older people have the highest risk of developing gum disease
  • Smoking/Tobacco use – this is the normal culprit for any kind of disease including gum disease
  • Diabetes – this very common disease also causes gum disease
  • Genetics
  • Stress – stress makes it more difficult to fight infections

The good news is that periodontal disease can be prevented. Here are a few tips:

  • Brush your teeth and gum margins regularly each day as well as your tongue.
  • Remove plaque from in between your teeth using either floss or specially designed brushes
  • Mouthwash may help but is no substitute for effective brushing and flossing
  • Visit your dentist regularly for routine check-ups and to demonstrate the tooth-brushing technique that would be specifically designed for you and the shape of your teeth.
  • Inevitably, you will leave some plaque behind, which will cause some tartar build-up. So make sure you visit your hygienist or dentist every 6 months to finish the job off for you.

Taking care of your gums will help take care of your body and help prevent life threatening diseases.

Happy New Year!

photo (6)As we come to the end of 2014 we thought we would share our best moments with you and remind you of what Just White Dental Clinic is all about!

It has been a year full of challenges and steep learning curves for the JWDC team as we set out to set-up our clinic from scratch. We officially opened our doors to the public on the 5th of August. This day was a big relief for all of us and made all the difficult times just melt away.

So how is our boutique dental clinic different from any other in Dubai? Our ethos focuses on minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry which is less destructive to patients’ teeth. We enhance our patients’ smiles using the ABB (Align, Bleach, Bond) philosophy; which involves aligning spaced or crooked teeth then whitening them and finally contouring the edges or tidying them up with cosmetic bonding. This technique is far more conservative than having a mouth full of crowns or veneers. Don’t get us wrong, we still believe that there’s a place for crowns or veneers in certain situations, but the ABB philosophy is what we encourage our patients to have if possible, and if they wish to have a smile makeover.

Having braces to align teeth may be a daunting thought for some, but there have been so many advances in orthodontic technology that patients are now spoiled for choice. There are ‘invisible’ options for those who feel embarrassed about wearing braces or for those who’s appearance is important for their day job. There are also short-term orthodontic options that focus on straightening the front teeth that show when you smile, hence shortening the treatment time considerably to an average of 3 to 6 months.

We want to provide our patients a service of the highest standard and this is why all the members of our time are highly skilled and well trained. We are like a family here at JWDC and we are proud to be working well together as a team. We strongly believe that every member plays an important role in providing the best experience for our patients. Since opening, the majority of patients have been happy with our service and given us good reviews, but we always welcome any feedback whether good or bad as we strive to continuously better ourselves.

During the past few months, we’ve run a few promotions which were a success, namely our Halloween promotion for kids which involved giving away a goodie bag for kids who came in for their check-ups wearing a Halloween costume. Parents have given us great feedback regarding this promotion and they described it as a ‘more fun way of getting their kids to visit the dentist’. In November, we helped raise awareness for Movember (men’s health) by getting our patients involved in a ‘show off your mo’ competition and the prize was a free check-up and hygiene session. In December we offered our patients a chance to gift their loved ones a ‘new smile’ for Christmas which included a check-up, hygiene session, Zoom whitening and an Oral B 3D electric toothbrush for only AED 2,500.

Finally we would just like to remind you that good oral health is the basis for any treatment to be successful and for the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease as well as other oral diseases. So how about adding these New Year’s resolutions to your list:

1) brush & floss daily

2) cut down on sugary food and drinks

3) visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and hygiene sessions

4) smile more!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

The Effects of Diabetes on Dental Visits & Oral Health

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Diabetes can cause a drop in blood sugar when dental appointments interfere with usual food intake. This may increase the risk of hypoglycaemia (the symptoms of which include sweating, anxiety, confusion, irritability and anger) and as a consequence may result in diabetic coma. Therefore, it is advisable that diabetic patients attend their dental appointments first thing in the morning to avoid a drop in their blood sugar level towards lunch time. If patients suffer from uncontrolled diabetes then they may require a blood test to check their blood sugar level before starting any dental treatment. Complicated dental work with lengthy appointments may often require the involvement of a
diabetic physician. If patients require dental treatment under general anaesthetic (GA) then their
medical regime may have to be changed by their physician as GA requires the patient to be starved from food and drink which will affect their blood glucose levels. Diabetics often need antibiotics with dental treatment. Too much use of antibiotics over the years eventually causes resistance so when they are needed for life
threatening bacterial infections later in life, they may not work and the result could be devastating.

Effects of Diabetes on Oral Health

Uncontrolled diabetes causes gum disease. The reason for this is the immune system does not work properly so the body does not defend itself against plaque, which then causes the dissolving of bone around the teeth. If this progresses in the long term then it will cause the teeth to gradually fall out.
Diabetics have poor wound healing due to their lower immunity. This makes them more prone to dental abscesses as well as infections after dental extractions. Diabetics are also more prone to thrush in the mouth and tongue. Diabetes can sometimes cause swellings and inflammation of the salivary glands, which can be rather painful, especially when consuming food or drinks.

Oral Hygiene Routine for Diabetics

Diabetics should take care of their teeth and gums in the same way as non-diabetics do, but perhaps they need to be more vigilant and thorough in their oral hygiene routine as they are more prone to dental problems. Below are a few tips for good oral health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, daily for 2 minutes using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth daily
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash if you tend to suffer from a high amount of
    cavities
  • Use a small headed tooth brush with soft to medium bristles
  • The best brushing technique is achieved by placing the toothbrush at a
    45 degree angle to your gums and making small circular movements
    as you go along from tooth to tooth
  • Apply gentle pressure when brushing your teeth to avoid abrading your
    teeth (it is a myth that the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth will
    be)
  • If you are not very good at brushing your teeth then you may benefit
    from using an electric toothbrush
  • Reduce the frequency of sugar intake to reduce the risk of cavities
    forming
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups so that any early signs of gum
    disease or thrush can be detected and treated.
  • Visit your dentist or hygienist regularly for professional cleaning to
    remove any tartar build-up and hence prevent the progression of gum
    disease
  • Make sure you visit your physician regularly to monitor your blood
    glucose levels and follow your treatment regime accordingly.

Remember, if your diabetes is controlled then you are less likely to
develop oral disease!

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