Ghasaq Al Bakkal
- London US-KY
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, manages Belmont Dental Clinic. Information about the clinic is available on belmontdentalclinic.ca. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, supports a number of philanthropic organizations, including those that focus on addressing conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Built on a network that includes chapters in all 50 states, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to curing, treating, and preventing multiple sclerosis (MS). The organization works to mobilize people and resources, is involved in advocacy and activism, and is also invested in outreach to the more than 2.3 million individuals living with MS worldwide, and to their families and communities. In November of 2013, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society launched 38 new research projects. Worth more than $19.4 million in total, the support pledged includes multi-year commitments to projects that focus on progressive MS, wellness and lifestyle, and repairing the nervous system. During the selection process, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society relied on a panel of more than 100 scientists to diligently evaluate the submitted research proposals.
Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, provides to her patients a wide range of general dentistry services, which are listed at www.belmontdentalclinic.ca. For patients with bruxism, Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal creates custom night guards to protect the teeth from excessive wear and breakage. Bruxism is the habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth, and it often happens while a person is sleeping. Such habitual behavior can, however, occur unconsciously during the day and is usually caused by either stress or a misaligned bite. The continuous pressure of grinding and clenching can lead to sore jaw muscles, headaches, and tooth damage. A number of different treatments may be used to prevent bruxing. If the condition is caused by anxiety, the patient’s physician can recommend stress-relieving lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise and avoiding caffeine. If an abnormal bite is to blame, restorative dentistry or orthodontic treatment can be used to help the teeth meet properly. The dentist may also create a night guard to be worn at night. Made of a soft material, the night guard fits over the top or bottom teeth, protecting their structure and preventing them from coming into contact with one another.
As owner and operator of the Belmont Dental Clinic in Ontario, Dr. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal offers a variety of conventional and innovative treatments for gum disease. Ghasaq Al-Bakkal, DMD, has performed a number of periodontal laser treatments. More information can be found on the Web at www.belmontdentalclinic.ca. Undertaken either alone or in combination with more traditional therapies, laser treatments have emerged as a less invasive way to address periodontal disease. The treatment involves placing a fiber in the patient's gum pocket, which assists the laser itself in killing the bacteria that attacks gum tissue and causes periodontal problems. Unlike traditional surgical techniques, the laser can selectively target these bacteria while preserving healthy tissue. After the laser portion of the procedure is complete, the dentist addresses built-up tartar with an ultrasonic cleaning device. This device uses intense sound waves to loosen the built-up tartar that fosters bacterial growth and gum disease. Afterward, the dentist uses plain water to wash the tartar away. Both parts of the procedure involve no cutting and thus involve less pain and a shorter recovery time than typical surgical therapies. In addition, many patients experience a regeneration of the gum tissue lost as a result of the periodontal infection, which suggests that this procedure carries benefits beyond those of convenience and comfort.