IN­TER­VIEW: Dr. Michael Apa

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Are teeth dif­fer­ent in the Mid­dle East? I see a lot more fill­ings here. I don’t know if this has any link to the wa­ter but in New York for in­stance, our wa­ter has a high level of flu­o­ride and that re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence, es­pe­cially in the de­vel­op­men­tal years.

You’ve been com­ing to to Dubai ev­ery two weeks since 2008. How does that work? I re­ally don’t feel jet­lag but a lot of that has to do with Emi­rates ‘io’ and the flights I choose. I sleep like a baby – it’s the best sleep that I get. Plus, as soon as I land, I work out, which re­sets my clock.

Peo­ple worry about wrin­kles and sag­ging skin but should they also worry about their teeth ag­ing? Yes, your teeth are the foun­da­tion for the rest of your face. With time your teeth get worn down, they shift and this col­lapses the rest of your face. It hap­pens in con­junc­tion with loos­ing elastin and col­la­gen, and the col­lapse con­trib­utes to your skin fall­ing. If you think of some­one who doesn’t have any teeth, or has den­tures, when they take them out, their whole mouth caves in. That’s hap­pen­ing slowly over time. So if you’re grind­ing your teeth, a mouth­guard will help. And you must prac­tice good oral hy­giene. The worst thing is to get to a point when you need to go and fix your en­tire mouth.

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