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DR. Mahfujul Haq Khan BDS, DDS, FSDCE (USA), PhD (Japan), Post Doc. (Japan) Specialised: Crown and Bridge work, and Periodontal plastic surgery (USA) Senior Medical Officer, Department of Dentistry, BIRDEM Hospital
A. Sorry you heard totally wrong information about cleaning (Scaling). We strongly recommend scaling once in a year if you really want sound oral and dental health.
Gum (Gingival )
Did you know that gum disease is the number one reason to adults lose their teeth
Gum disease is a "silent" disease-until your teeth become loose and fall out--many people do not know they have it and how seriously they do.
Did you know that HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) can be passed by kissing between two people who have advanced gum disease?
A recent report indicated that a young woman in a relationship with a man who had HIV, caught AIDS from kissing him. Both people had moderate to advanced periodontal disease and it is believed that she caught the AIDS because of a direct blood transfer between their diseased gums.
Some sign and symptom
of Gum disease
If any of these statements are true then you may have a problem with your gums. You should visit your dentist and get an evaluation and schedule an appointment. You may need more than just a routine cleaning for your teeth to get your gums healthy again.
A carpenter planes wood so that it's smooth. Essentially we perform the same procedure on a surgical level on the surface of the teeth. This allows the gums to regenerate without irritation. The gum tissue normally shrinks and becomes tight around the teeth after this scaling and root planing because there is no longer anything there to irritate the gums. Scaling and root planing can also reduce or eliminate the bleeding gums.
After scaling and root planing is completed the gum tissue is allowed to heal and the results are later documented by charting the patient's pocket depth. Our aim is to achieve a 1 to 3 millimeter thickness of gum tissue after scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment, patients often feel comfortable with it, however, scaling and root planing is most effective is treating only in early gum disease.
Unfortunately, scaling and root planing is not a cure for advance cases (Periodontal disease).
If there is a great deal of bone loss, a situation known as moderate to advanced periodontitis, then surgical periodontal treatment is required. Periodontal disease is a chronic problem, without ongoing treatment the infection and disease will recur, and each time it does, more bone can be lost, until eventually the teeth become loose and need to be removed.
For more information visit Dr Khan's website www.aikodental.com
Fashion for Development
2004 has been a terrible year for Bangladesh with raging floods and heavy, devastating rains. The year ended in tremendous loss and sadness as the Tsunami waves destroyed countless lives and homes and lay much of South Asia in ruins. Coming from South Asia, I can't help but feel emotionally, and more importantly, spiritually very close to the men and women who have suffered this awful loss. But there isn't much that I, or anybody, can do to alleviate the pain and suffering. I can only send out my love, hoping that all our love will together create a safer, stronger tomorrow for us all.
Instead of emphasizing the sorrows, I have chosen to portray the hope we need to sustain us through these trying times, by playing with colors in my collection.
All the fabrics I have used for my collection have been made by the weavers of Bangladesh. Every ingredient for the garments has come from the villages of Bangladesh. The tunes that played during my show were all from Bangladesh, too.
For my collection at Düsseldorf, I used silks of various weight and texture. Some of these silks are recycled material and some have been mixed with cotton. I also put in a lot of color, though winter collections are usually not very bright. I like to think of these colors as the spirit of my collection
This was my first show in Germany and I thoroughly enjoyed the task of showcasing the incredible work of the craftspeople of Bangladesh, hoping to give the poor and the unfortunate a chance to show the world what they are capable of doing, or rather, an opportunity to hold their heads high and step out of this abject poverty with their own capacity so that they can come out on top with grace and with dignity.
By Bibi Russell
By The Way
It is only a myth
People always think that baldness is a hereditary factor. Well, things are turning out differently, folks. It appears that this hereditary factor is only a myth. Just because previous generations of your family have experienced baldness, thinning hair and receding hairlines, does not mean that you are destined for the same. It might be hereditary or it might not. There are other factors that lead to baldness too. One of the major causes that enhance baldness is air pollution. The fumes, dirt and other pollutants in the air cause baldness. Added with too much sweating, it can be very damaging to the hair. Excessive oil production from the scalp also increases hair loss. If this oil production combines with sweating, fumes and dirt, the situation will get worse. Sometimes hair-care products residue causes hair loss. One of the major causes not taken seriously by many is emotional stress (a hectic lifestyle, high pressure job, tension etc) and physical stress to your body (crash dieting, medication, pregnancy, menopause, etc.)
Remember that physical or emotional stress is sometimes unavoidable but you can always control the other situation that causes hair loss and thinning hair.
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