INTERVIEW: Dr. Michael Apa
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.