Preventing gum disease in children

Periodontist Hessam Nowzari, DDS, shares advice for parents on how to help their children prevent gum disease, regardless of their income
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Preventing gum disease in children

How can we prevent periodontal disease in children? First, let me tell you something, not everyone is living in modern countries and rich countries. Close to 2 billion people on Earth have a purchasing power of only $2.00. It means that if they are using a toothbrush and toothpaste and floss and mouthwashes, particularly, they will go bankrupt. A million people are only making $5.00 a day, the same problem. One easy way to prevent periodontal disease around the world is to rely on mothers and their fingertips. Because of it's friction, mother's by using their fingers, they can clean the teeth and surrounding tissues by using sea salt diluted in water. This is a very simple solution and it can easily prevent periodontal disease in many parts of the globe. Of course, brushing, flossing and dental care are extremely efficient in preventing periodontal disease in modern countries.

Periodontist Hessam Nowzari, DDS, shares advice for parents on how to help their children prevent gum disease, regardless of their income


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Hessam Nowzari, DDS

Periodontist & Professor

Dr. Hessam Nowzari, DDS, PhD is the Director of Advanced Periodontics in Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.  He graduated from the University of Brussels in Belgium, School of Dentistry, and the University of Rennes in France, with a PhD in Biology and Health Sciences. He also studied at University of Southern California, Advanced Periodontics program. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.  He is the founder of the Taipei Academy of Rest Dentistry in Taiwan, the president of the Pan Pacific Reconstructive Annual Meetings in Taipei, and one of only two American members of the Dniepropetrovsk State Academy of Medical Sciences in Ukraine. 

Since 2002, Dr. Nowzari has served as one of the selected scientific experts on an international panel charged with assessing and ranking research proposals for the Ministry of Education and Research, section of medical engineering, in Italy and was reappointed in 2009.  He was elected to the Italian Board of Experts for evaluating medical products for patient safety and health integrity in 2004.  He is the editor of one of the leading reference publications, Aesthetic Periodontal Therapy: Periodontology 2000; is on the editorial board of Clinical Implant Dentistry & Related Research and Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry; and is a member of the review committee for Journal de Parodontologie & d'Implantologie Orale in France. Dr. Nowzari is the Producer of the movie: “The Enemy of The Smile”, the winner for the Best Short Documentary in Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival 2010 and International Family Film Festival 2011. He was awarded by the Minister of Health in Taiwan for his Global Oral Health initiatives, efforts, and his film in March 2011. 

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