Five Minutes with Dr. Pavly Hanna, General Dentist
- Where did you start your dental career?
Without a doubt, dentistry is a passion of mine! In my home country of Canada, after curiosity visits to the dentist as a young child and ultimately achieving an improved smile, I had grown a keen interest and desire of becoming a Dentist. The combination of practical skill, patient connection and logical thinking was a perfect fit for me.
With that, I had attended Dental school in Poland and was awarded with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree in 2019. Following graduation, I spent several months working alongside various Dentists in the UK as well as in Canada, broadening my dental scope of practice.
- What do you enjoy most about Dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?
What I enjoy most about Dentistry is the relationship and trust that is built with my patients. Having the ability to improve one’s oral health and assisting them achieve the confidence-improving smile which they deserve is very fulfilling. Additionally, the gratitude and appreciation received in return from patients is incredibly rewarding.
In my spare time away from the dental chair, I enjoy travelling, photography, listening to music, playing basketball and simply hanging out with family and friends.
- What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
As life never stops teaching, I believe that learning should likewise never stop. Being fortunate enough of having a career in the healthcare profession, it is important that one constantly educates themselves with the latest information and technology so as to offer the greatest standard of care possible.
In the field of Dentistry, I constantly try my best to better educate myself through continuing dental education courses. Recently, I had completed a 5-month comprehensive course covering dental related subjects which has further enhanced my fundamental knowledge.
- What would you say is your dental philosophy?
My dental philosophy is that the foundation for good oral health is based on the prevention of oral disease together with mutual trust, communication, respect and understanding. I believe that this is necessary for the success of the treatment and to accomplish the desires of patients. I am devoted to providing the greatest standard of dental care I can to ensure that each dental visit is as smile-filled and comfortable as possible. I take pride in building a mutual trust with patients as well as educating them on how to maintain a healthy mouth to prevent oral diseases.
- Why is fluoride important for teeth?
The strength of our teeth is derived from minerals which is vital for healthy teeth. Did you know that the outer layer of our teeth, the enamel, is the strongest and most mineralized substance in the entire body? Despite this, with poor oral hygiene, poor dietary habits along with other factors, the enamel is subject to a loss of minerals. This may ultimately weaken the tooth and make it more vulnerable to cavities and decay.
An integral solution to this is by restoring the lost minerals with the use of fluoride. Incorporating fluoride has many benefits as it also contributes to fighting the harmful oral bacteria and prevent dental cavities. Fluoridated dental products come in different sources including toothpastes, mouth rinses, gels, varnishes, and prescribed supplements. Practicing proper oral hygiene measures containing fluoride can help preserve the strength of your teeth and ensure a long-lasting, healthy smile.
- Does Vaping affect my oral health?
Similar to cigarette tobacco smoking, e-cigarette vaping devices have negative effects not only to the heart and lungs but also on teeth and overall oral health. Vaping devices contain chemicals such as nicotine and propylene glycol which may cause plaque accumulation, staining, bad breath and dry mouth further leading to cavities and gum disease. Long term use may play a role in causing advanced damage such as periodontal disease and tooth loss.
If you vape, it is important to try and limit your nicotine intake, maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist on a regular basis in order to timely control the harmful oral effects of vaping.
Be sure to speak to your Dentist or other healthcare provider for further assistance about habit alternatives to help minimize the use of vaping and its associated side effects.