Friday, 20 February 2015 15:07 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Dr. Akbar

Dental Hygiene and Diabetes



Quite often, we either hear or see advertisements that promote optimum physical health, but rarely do we ever hear discussions on the importance of oral health care. When we pay close attention to our bodies – yes, even our gums, teeth and tongue – we leave less room for bacteria and infection to harm us. But for those who suffer with diseases such as Type I or Type II diabetes, the body's resistance to oral infection can be lowered drastically, ultimately causing gum disease, and making it harder to control sugar levels.

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) high levels of glucose, also referred to as sugar, do encourage harmful bacteria to grow. Glucose is present through our saliva and when untreated and combined with sugars found in food, plaque buildup can occur in hard to reach places. Once plaque has accumulated and settled, glucose levels are then harder to maintain and very dangerous.

Remember, gum disease often has little to no symptoms, so regular brushing (twice a day), flossing and visits to both your dentist and primary care doctor are of vital importance. Our bodies and mouths have much more of an intimate relationship than we often fathom to realize. If we are proactive in all areas of health and wellness, the more control we will have over our lives.



shutterstock 155769509Dr. Akbar
Dr. Akbar is among the top cosmetic dentists in the Marietta and Alpharetta, GA area. Her specialized training combined with the latest technology and techniques, provides her patients with compassionate care and professional expertise.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree of Science and Biology from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, she went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia where she received her D.M.D.

From there, Dr. Akbar furthered her studies at Oklahoma University in Oklahoma City where she received a postgraduate degree in advanced education in general dentistry. She was licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry in 1990 and began practicing in Atlanta by 1991. She has been in private practice at her current location for the past 17 years. During that time she has completed extensive training and obtained her implant fellowship.

Dr. Akbar continuously gives back to those in need, that desire nothing more than a beautiful smile and wants everyone to share her passion for a healthy, beautiful smile!

Professional Affiliations:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Georgia Dental Association
  • The American Academy of
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The Seattle Study Club of Atlanta
  • The Dental Organization of
  • Conscious Sedation

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:02 Written by MIguel Velazquez

What is the best technique to brush your teeth?




Confusion over the best way to Brush your teeth

It can be terribly frustrating when the dentist tells you that you aren't brushing your teeth correctly, and it appears there are some mixed messages coming from the profession about the elusive 'perfect technique'.
A recent study by the UCL entitled"An analysis of methods of tooth brushing recommended by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and in dental texts" has highlighted that six main methods have become prevalent, but we are no nearer to a correct answer.

If you, like the majority of US & Canada, simply shunt your toothbrush from side-to-side in frantic horizontal motions, you're using the aptly named 'Horizontal Scrub Technique'. This might give the sensation and appearance of cleanliness, but it can cause abrasion to your tooth enamel and gums, and it doesn't get into the gum line very well.Interestingly though, 5 experts in the study actually recommended this technique.




Many of you will have left the dentist with advice to use the 'Bass Cleaning Technique'.This is where you angle your brush down towards the gum line and make gentle brushing motions on each individual tooth.If you've ever suffered from gingivitis, you may have been advised to incorporate this method into your routine.The Modified Bass Technique (which incorporates other methods) was the most recommended method of brushing in the study with 19 devotees; 11 recommended the Bass Technique itself.



The 'Stillman Brushing Technique' resembles the Bass Method but with more focus on the cervical part of your tooth (where the gum meets the tooth).



The Charters Brushing Technique cleans those difficult vertical areas between teeth.Methods like Charters are often used to clean dentures, although the toothpaste and brush usually differ for prosthodontics. Polident cleaner is a well-known brand and has been specially developed for denture wearers and cleans teeth by removing tough stains and reducing odours.



The Fones Brushing Technique is popular amongst kids as it involves those broad circular motions of the toothbrush which dentists tend to impress upon young children.10 experts in the UCL study recommended the Fones Technique.It should be noted that kids will often tend to also use the 'Roll Stroke' which involves holding the brush high on the gum line and sweeping downwards towards the tooth.

There is no right answer in this study, and perhaps it's often best for dentists to be reactive rather than proactive to a patient's needs.Leading Dentist, Nigel Carter said:
"Dentists generally feel it is better to take a person's existing habits and modify them if necessary."

Dentists and specialists from the tooth care industry varied greatly in their recommendations, so perhaps you should leave it to your dentist to tell you which areas you're missing and amend your habits accordingly.

Methods in more detail:
Junior Dentists: Types of tooth brushing techniques
Canadian Denture Association: Dental Care