Self esteem and gum disease

Periodontist Hessam Nowzari, DDS, explains how a child's self-esteem is affected by gum disease and why we see children in poor areas of the world rarely smiling
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Self esteem and gum disease

How about self-esteem and periodontal disease? When a baby is born, early in life, the communication is going to be formed by smile between the child and the mother. What would happen if that smile was affected? The smile of a mother with periodontal disease and what would happen to the child being affect by periodontal disease. That smile, that communication, would be affected. That's why in many cities around the world, we see children not smiling, not communicating with their classmates and their family members. Something that we see a lot, specifically in far east countries, is to cover the mouth when people smile. What is the reason behind this? Is this tradition? Is it cultural? Or, maybe, for centuries, people have learned to cover the smile because the smile has a missing part; the teeth.

Periodontist Hessam Nowzari, DDS, explains how a child's self-esteem is affected by gum disease and why we see children in poor areas of the world rarely smiling


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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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