Family Dentist Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD
About Ghasaq Al-Bakkal
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, treats patients at the Belmont Dental Clinic, her private practice in Belmont, Ontario. When attending to new patients, she first completes a thorough medical history, after which she conducts a detailed oral exam, which permits her to properly assess underlying conditions. When considering treatments, Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal keeps in mind the financial constraints of the people she cares for and works to develop a plan of action that is both affordable and effective. Her website, Belmontdentalclinic.ca, lists the various preventive, therapeutic, and cosmetic services provided by the practice.
A family dentist active in the southern Ontario community, Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, belongs to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. In addition, she volunteers her services to organizations dedicated to helping people with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
When not treating patients, Dr. Al-Bakkal enjoys traveling to the United States and to international destinations in Europe and the Middle East. To contact the Belmont Dental Clinic, prospective patients can visit Belmontdentalclinic.ca or call 519-644-0941.
Detecting the Early Signs of Periodontal Disease
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, welcomes adult and pediatric patients at Belmont Dental Clinic in Belmont, Ontario, Canada (BelmontDentalClinic.ca). Offering a comprehensive menu of general dentistry services, Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, is vigilant about spotting periodontal disease, which can be reversed in its earliest stage.
Periodontal (gum) disease begins with the oral bacteria present in plaque. When allowed to build up, plaque irritates and inflames the gums, causing them to bleed easily. This is gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, and it can be reversed with regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings.
When gingivitis is not addressed with proper oral hygiene practices, it advances to true periodontal disease, also called periodontitis. Patients with periodontal disease notice an increase in gum swelling, tenderness, and bleeding as well as bad breath. The gums will gradually pull away from the teeth, forming deep pockets. As periodontitis destroys the gum tissues and underlying bone, the teeth will loosen and shift.
Periodontitis is a manageable condition when caught early, and this is why regular dental checkups and cleanings are critical.
How Soft Tissue Management Stops Periodontal Disease
With over 10 years of dental practice experience at Belmont Dental Clinic, Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, is one of the few dentists certified to perform soft tissue management in Belmont, Ontario. Periodontal disease is very common among the older generation, and, as Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal advises, it is important to consult a qualified dentist to learn how soft tissue management can halt the progression of the condition.
Periodontal disease affects the gums and can cause infections, bone damage, bad breath, bleeding, and tooth loss. The goal of soft tissue management is to resolve all indications of inflammation, remove plaque, reduce pocket depths, and restore periodontal health. The common nonsurgical procedures for soft tissue management are scaling and root planing. Scaling is done to remove dental tartar from the tooth surface, whereas root planing smooths infected surfaces and removes the infected tooth structure. By removing tartar and plaque, smoothing tooth roots, and killing bacteria, dentists can keep gum disease at bay
MS Society of Canada Participates in Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal earned her DMD from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and then went on to work at Belmont Dental Clinic (Belmontdentalclinic.ca) in London, Canada. Dedicated to helping others, Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal volunteers her time and services with several nonprofit endeavors, one of which includes the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada.
Established in 1948, the MS Society of Canada offers services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families. It seeks to fund research for the cause and cure for the disease. With more than 17,000 members, it is the only national voluntary organization in the country that supports MS research and services.
To help it raise funds, the MS Society of Canada participates in a variety of events throughout the year. One 2016 event, scheduled for May 28 and 29 in Ottawa, is the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. The organization hopes to recruit more than 100 runners to raise $40,000. The weekend is Canada’s largest running weekend, bringing in almost 50,000 participants in 2015. Races occurring during the two-day event include a 2K, 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon.
Preventive Dentistry Tips and Benefits
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, of Belmont Dental Clinic (BelmontDentalClinc.ca) is a family dentist with a focus on preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry involves the various practices that have been found to maintain oral health, including the basic everyday practices of brushing and flossing. Professionals like Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal also recommend many additional ways for individual to prevent oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear.
It is well known that brushing and flossing one’s teeth at least twice a day is a way to improve oral hygiene, but there are many other practices that should be followed to achieve optimal oral health. Many people are not in the habit of replacing old or worn toothbrushes, which should be done at least every three months. Using an old toothbrush can cause bacterial and viral infections, and worn down bristles may be unable to reach small crevices in the mouth.
Another way to prevent dental problems like cavities and gingivitis is to ensure that one’s mouthwash is not expired. Mouthwash used after its expiration date will be less effective and will also taste bad. Stocking up on floss is also important, as dentists recommend the use of 18 inches of floss per session, resulting in a quickly depleting supply.
A practice in preventive dental care that many people tend to forget is eating a balanced diet. Adhering to a balanced diet with limited sugar and simple carbohydrates and drinking the recommended amount of water each day can provide teeth with the vitamins and nutrients they need to remain healthy.
Preventive dentistry and good dental hygiene are the best ways to avoid harmful oral diseases. Poor oral health has been linked to several secondary problems including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even premature birth and low birth weight. Following the above-mentioned preventive care tips can help to maintain both dental and overall health.
An Introduction to Zoom Whitening
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, is the owner and principal dentist at Belmont Dental Clinic, where she offers a full range of general and cosmetic dental services. Procedures offered by Ghasaq Al-Bakkal include Zoom Whitening treatments, one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.
Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, which may contain ingredients that cause harm to the teeth and gums, Zoom Whitening enables dentists to achieve a specific shade. Zoom Whitening also contains amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and potassium nitrate, which function as desensitizing agents to minimize discomfort in the teeth and gums.
In terms of results, patients can expect to see visibly whiter teeth after only one day. In-office Zoom treatment whitens teeth by up to eight shades within 90 minutes, while at-home Zoom treatment typically takes one to two weeks.
The effects of Zoom Whitening often last for a considerable length of time, as long as individuals avoid consumption of highly colored foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries. Other factors contributing to tooth discoloration include smoking, medications, and the natural aging process. For more information on Zoom Whitening, visit belmontdentalclinic.ca.
Dispatch Magazine from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, treats patients at Belmont Dental Clinic (BelmontDentalcCinic.ca) in London, Ontario. Active in her professional community, Ghasaq Al-Bakkal is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO).
The RCDSO publishes a quarterly magazine titled Dispatch, which addresses relevant issues and provides educational information to readers.
Dispatch's features include columns from RCDSO’s president and registrar, applicable articles, and a practice enhancement and knowledge (PEAK) article. The columns from the college’s officials focus on topics of interest to practicing dentists in Ontario. The PEAK articles present dental literature from around the globe on both clinical and nonclinical topics.
The rest of the magazine’s articles cover a broad range of topics. Readers can learn from real-world scenarios that pertain to risk management, new developments in legal requirements, and policy information that may affect a dentist’s practice. Each magazine also contains updates about RCDSO events and membership.
Tooth Extractions - When Are They Necessary?
Through her private dental practice, Belmont Dental Clinic (BelmontDentalClinic.ca), Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal treats patients in need of tooth extractions and other care options. To prepare for her dental career, Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal enrolled at the University of Manitoba, where she earned her DMD.
Although dentists strive to save their patients’ teeth, sometimes situations arise when the only solution is to remove a tooth or teeth entirely. Usually, oral health providers reserve extractions for those teeth that are so damaged or infected that modern treatments and repair methods cannot maintain the integrity of the teeth. Also, they may remove teeth if a patient is immunocompromised to the extent that the threat of infection represents a significant health risk.
However, some conditions not related to infection require tooth extraction. For instance, if a patient’s mouth is too crowded, an orthodontist may pull teeth to make room or to address teeth that cannot properly erupt. Young children sometimes fail to shed their primary teeth before their secondary teeth begin to come in, a situation that also may require tooth extraction.
Dental Treatments - Root Canals
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, treats patients in need of oral health procedures such as root canals at her private practice, Belmont Dental Clinic. On the practice’s website, BelmontDentalClinic.ca, prospective patients can learn about Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal’s qualifications and dental experience.
For a seriously infected tooth, an oral health care provider may suggest a root canal. The provider extracts the tooth’s core of living tissue called the “pulp.” The necessity of removing the pulp centers on the fact that it is the seat of infection. By extracting the pulp, the dentist can remediate infection and protect against future illness.
During a root canal, a dentist drills an opening in the infected tooth. Through the opening, the dentist then disposes of the pulp and carefully disinfects the space. Finally, the dentist fills and seals the tooth. Patients may require follow-up care, during which a provider fits the tooth with a crown that restores its natural function.
The procedure should preserve the tooth indefinitely as long as patients follow proper oral hygiene procedures, including brushing and flossing. Moreover, regular dental check-ups can catch oral health issues before they get out of hand.
Dental Health Risks for Senior Citizens
As the owner of the Belmont Dental Clinic (belmontdentalclinic.ca), Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, cares for patients of all ages. Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal has completed the specialized study of geriatric dentistry and oral care for seniors.
As people age, their teeth and gums become increasingly susceptible to disease. Gums begin to recede and expose roots, where bacteria can then begin to grow and cause decay.
Decay may worsen due to the lack of saliva caused by dry mouth, which is common in seniors who take certain medications or live with particular medical conditions. The gums themselves also become more susceptible to disease with age.
Periodontitis is most common in individuals over the age of 40, while approximately 23 percent of people aged 65 to 74 have a severe form of the disease. Periodontitis places individuals at risk for systemic infection, should bacteria spread into the bloodstream.
Fortunately, good oral hygiene can help prevent decay in seniors just as it can in younger people. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, combined with avoidance of tobacco products and sugary foods, may help keep teeth healthy through the golden years.
The Give Kids a Smile Program Offers Children Free Dental Treatment
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, is the owner of Belmont Dental Clinic (Belmontdentalclinic.ca) in Belmont, Ontario. Dr. Al-Bakkal maintains membership in the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) as well as the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO). Additionally, Ghasaq Al-Bakkal is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA).
Every year, the ADA conducts the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program to provide free dental services to children who are underprivileged. The GKAS program took form in 2002 through the efforts of two dentists, Dr. B. Ray Storm and Dr. Jeff Dalin.
With help from volunteers, the dentists held the organization’s first event in St. Louis, providing dental care to 400 children. The ADA took notice of the event's potential and made GKAS a national program in 2003. Since then, more than five million children have been treated, screened, and educated about oral health by more than 500,000 dentists and volunteers, all free of charge.
GKAS works to counter some daunting pediatric dental health statistics. The Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly 25 percent of kids under 5 have cavities and approximately 80 percent of childhood tooth decay disproportionately affects kids from low-income households.
To combat these numbers, GKAS seeks to widen access to quality care and promote awareness of oral health issues among policymakers and the public. The first Friday of every February is Give Kids a Smile Day, which marks the beginning of GKAS events across the country. For more information about the program or to volunteer, visit www.adafoundation.org.