Where did you start your dentistry career, Bishoy?
I started my dental career in New Zealand as an Oral Health Therapist (Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist). I worked as a therapist for just over 3 years, and that clinical experience in dentistry is what made me realise that my true passion does lie within this field and made me pursue further studies to become a dentist.
What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?
What I love about dentistry is how life changing the best quality dental care can make to my patients lives and confidence, especially if I have provided their care! The biggest reward for me is the smile of a satisfied patient leaving the clinic happy!
When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy playing video games, working out at the gym, reading a bit of dental literature, and having some social drinks with friends.
What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
In this field it’s very important to keep up to date with the literature as technology and treatment modalities are constantly changing and updating. I attend online webinars regularly and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic I have had a great opportunity to attend several online webinars and conferences. In 2019, I also attended a course (both theoretical as well as practical) on advanced prosthodontic treatment planning for crowns, bridges, and veneers.
Why is the routine dental health check so important?
There is a saying that goes “the oral cavity is the window to a person’s health” which I believe is very true, as several systemic diseases can manifest in the mouth (cancers, Diabetes Mellitus, even heart issues). Good maintenance of overall health and having regular dental health checks can be a turning point for any individual suffering from chronic diseases like Diabetes Mellitus and help them have more control over these health issues. Certain conditions can be diagnosed early during the routine screening that your dentist performs during a dental health check who will refer you to your doctor for further investigating if necessary. So, we don’t just check the health of your teeth and gums, but we also want to make sure you are enjoying a healthy+++ quality of life!
Why are my gums bleeding?
Many people suffer from bleeding gums for a very common reason: Gingivitis caused by dental plaque bacteria accumulating on teeth and gums. Almost anyone and everyone suffers from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) at some stage in their life, and although it does not cause any pain to the point where seeking dental care becomes urgent, it can slowly make the gums weaker and erode the bone holding teeth firm (advanced gum inflammation, aka Periodontitis) and that can affect how long the teeth remain in the mouth as well. This is why it is very important to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily to remove plaque deposits in order to ensure that we not only maintain good health of our teeth from decay, but also from gum disease!
What is your top tip for oral health?
Brush and floss your teeth daily! It can make a huge difference in your daily life having a fresh breath, a healthy smile, and definitely need some good back teeth if you enjoy having a good steak every now and then like myself!