Month: March 2017

Common Dentistry Services Offered at Clinics in Dubai

Taking proper care of your teeth and gums is your responsibility. Most people think that brushing their teeth once or twice a day is enough to protect their teeth and gums from decay. However, that’s not true at all. Most dentists will tell you that you should also floss regularly in order to ensure that food items and residue doesn’t get left behind in hard-to-reach places. A flossing thread can be used in order to clean the spaces between your teeth. However, almost every dentist will tell you that regular check-ups are necessary to maintain your oral hygiene. You need to make sure that you set an appointment with your dentist at least once every six months.

Apart from checking your teeth and making sure that your oral health is fine, dentists also offer a variety of other services. When looking for a dentist, Dubai has a lot to offer. Some of the biggest and most reputable dental clinics in the world are situated here. Here are the most common services that dentists in Dubai offer.

Invisalign Braces

One of the new technologies making the rounds these days is Invisalign. Clear aligners are considerably better than metallic braces, and are designed to realign the position of your teeth. For those who have crooked or twisted teeth, getting clear aligners installed is a great idea. The dentist will first carry out scans of your jawbone in order to get an idea of the movement, and the number of steps that might be required. It’s a lengthy process, so you will need to visit the dentist several times in a month before the aligners are installed. The dentist will give you a set of three or four aligners in one go, and will ask you to visit after every six to eight weeks to check the movement in your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Yellow teeth can be a major problem. Not only will they hinder your confidence, but yellowing teeth will also ruin your smile. Keeping your teeth white and shiny is very important. If you don’t brush your teeth after eating and don’t take proper care, the residue from food items will cause a build-up of plaque on your teeth. Not only will this cause issues with your oral health, but it will also make your teeth look dirty.

The dentist will use a specialized chemical solution in order to remove all deposits from the teeth, and then clean them properly. In some cases, a specific type of oral bleach might be used to remove the yellowish tinge from your teeth. Apart from offering cosmetic enhancements, dentists in Dubai also offer remedial and preventative treatments. If you are experiencing pain in your teeth and wish to go for a check-up, you should contact your dentist and set an appointment as quickly as possible. In case the issue is serious, an early diagnosis could save you from a lot of trouble.


Experts debunk viral theory linking microcephaly and pesticide

After a story went viral over the weekend linking a pesticide, rather than a virus, to the high rate of the birth defect microcephaly in Brazil, health officials from the United States and Brazil swiftly sought to refute the claim.

The University Network of Environment and Health, a group of doctors and researchers in Argentina, presented the provocative argument February 3. In their report, researchers claimed pyriproxyfen— a pesticide used in drinking water to block mosquito larvae— may be disrupting fetal development when ingested by pregnant women, potentially leading to babies born with microcephaly, The Washington Post reported.

Rates of microcephaly, a birth defect where babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains, have increased in Brazil, with the latest report revealing 4,443 suspected and confirmed cases as the country deals with an outbreak of Zika virus and its suspected link to microcephaly.

American and Brazilian health experts quickly responded to the report, reiterating that the evidence of the link— including the presence of Zika in amniotic fluid and the strong geographic and temporal correlation between the cases and infections— is strong and growing, The Washington Post reported.

The University Network of Environment and Health group did not conduct laboratory tests or epidemiological studies, Fortune reported. There is no scientific basis to the theory that pyriproxyfen is the cause of microcephaly, experts said.

An official from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) called the report “sketchy,” according to Fortune.

In Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul took the paper seriously enough to suspend use of the chemical. The state’s health secretary said the “suspicion” of a correlation was enough, according to teleSUR, a pan-Latin American TV station sponsored by various governments.

The Argentinian group’s report was published in Tech Times, after which Monsanto issued a statement that the company does not make larvacides, and while it works with Sumitomo— the manufacturer of the chemical in question— the company is not involved with either the Zika virus or microcephaly. The Tech Times called Sumitomo a “subsidiary” of the agrochemical company.

Such “misinformation causes unwarranted fear and distracts from the health crisis at hand,” Monsanto said, according to Fortune.

Tech Times updated their original article, stating in a new version that characterized Monsanto as having “cleared up its relationship” with the Tokyo-based company.

On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed it had identified Zika virus in tissue samples of two babies who died of microcephaly.

“This is the strongest evidence to date that Zika is the cause of microcephaly [for these babies],” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Microcephaly is not exclusively linked to Zika, as other babies around the world who were not exposed to the virus have been born with the defect.