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Thumb Sucking

Do you know that it is very normal and safe for your child to suck on their thumb - sometimes even before birth-, depending on their age and the intensity of their habit? As your child is growing, putting objects and fingers in their mouth is a natural way to explore, integrate, and understand their world. Additionally, some children use thumb sucking as a comfort source, how some may use stuffed animals or a blanket.

According to the American Dental Association, children often stop this behavior on their own between the ages of two and four, or by the time, the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. If you notice changes in your child's primary teeth, or are concerned about your child's thumb sucking, consult your dentist. 

While no condition comes exclusively from thumb sucking, it is important to monitor this habit as it can leads to dental issues down the line if the behavior is severe or continues for too long. Oral problems for your child associated with chronic thumb sucking past a healthy age may include:

•Open Bite. The most serious permanent side effects of thumb sucking are types of dental malocclusion. ...

•Overbite. ...

•Skin Problems. ...

•Speech Impediment. ...

•Social Issues. 

Pacifiers can affect the teeth essentially the same ways as sucking fingers and thumbs, but it is often an easier habit to break.

How can you help your child stop thumb sucking?

•Praise your child for not sucking.

•Children often suck their thumbs when feeling insecure or needing comfort. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child.

•For an older child, involve him or her in choosing the method of stopping.

•Your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.

If these tips do not work, remind the child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dentist may prescribe a bitter medication to coat the thumb or the use of a mouth appliance.

Dr Sawsan Nasreddine is working with the health promotion team at Elite

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Black Stains in Primary Teeth

Black Stains in Primary Teeth

Black tooth stain is a characteristic extrinsic discoloration, which occurs along the third cervical line of the buccal and/or lingual surfaces of teeth, particularly in the primary dentition. However, the permanent teeth may be also concerned. They appear early on the tooth enamel, at the age of 2 or 3. Its negative effect on the dental aesthetic perception causes concerns in parents and can have significant effects on the personality and self-confidence of the child.

Factors That Cause Stained Teeth in Children

Tooth Decay:  Poor brushing habits can contribute to a dingy smile. Early signs of dental decay involve the presence plaque formation and yellowing. If plaque isn’t removed every day, it hardens into a thick substance call tartar. Tartar is generally yellow or brown in color and can only be removed at your child’s dentist’s office.

Soda: If you allow your child to drink soda, tooth discoloration may result. Over time, the soda’s acids can erode the enamel, allowing the yellow dentin layer to show through. When the soda is dark colored, the staining can be even more evident.

Sugary Drinks: You may feel good about giving your child fruit juice as a source of hydration throughout the day. While this is certainly a better choice than soda, most dark fruit juices have strong pigments and loads of sugar that can contribute to a dingy smile

Medications: Certain medications or supplements can also cause tooth discoloration in children. Vitamin supplements or prescriptions containing iron can contribute to the formation of dark stains, as can certain antibiotics and antihistamines, which can cause gray or yellow stains to form. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers who take tetracycline, a type of antibiotic, increase their child’s chances of developing stained baby teeth.

Tooth Injury: When a tooth injury occurs, it is possible for the blood vessels deep within the tooth to break. If your child suffers a tooth injury, the affected tooth might be brown, black, yellow, gray, or brown in color. A clear indication of a tooth injury in children is having a tooth that is much darker in color when compared to the surrounding teeth. See a dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Too Much Fluoride: When your child’s smile is plagued with brown spots or white streaking, this could be a sign of too much fluoride, a condition known as fluorosis.

Genetics: children born with weaker enamel have teeth that are more easily stained.

Tips for preventing tooth stains

Encourage good oral hygiene at home: Brushing and flossing every day is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth stains, and it can remove light tooth stains over time. Encourage your child to brush twice a day for at least two minutes each session and floss their teeth at least once a day. Getting your child in the habit of brushing and flossing at an early age makes it more likely for them to engage in this healthy practice throughout their lives.

You can also encourage children to brush their teeth shortly after eating, especially after they’ve eaten anything that high in sugar or has a lot of acidity. Brushing or rinsing their mouth with water after eating can help your child lower their risk of tooth decay and prevent enamel erosion.

Prioritize a healthy diet: Encourage your child to focus on eating vegetables and fruits that have a hard, crunchy texture. This includes carrots, apples, pears, and celery, which help to clean the surface of teeth while eating. Candy, juices, soda, and dried fruits should be consumed in moderation.


The black stain particularly poses an aesthetic problem. Daily Tooth brushing is not enough to remove this external stain. The professional cleaning is necessary to remove stains and resolve this aesthetic problem. Although a simple scaling and tooth brushing with pumice powder are usually sufficient, frequently black stain is recurrent.

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Teeth whitening

The most common complaint of patients today is discolored teeth.

Discoloration could be caused due to intrinsic or extrinsic factors

Extrinsic factors are related to the different kinds of food we eat, consumption of cold drinks, tea, coffee, smoking, etc.

Intrinsic factors are related to discoloration caused by trauma or certain stains caused by medicines for example tetracycline stains.

Teeth can be whitened temporarily or permanently. Good oral prophylaxis (scaling and polishing) is a must for all individuals every 6 months to maintain good oral health.

Teeth whitening can be done in the clinic or at home.

In our clinic, we use the Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening machine for bleaching. Home whitening kits are also available to whiten your teeth if they are too sensitive or can be used for maintenance post the zoom whitening.

Teeth whitening is not permanent. There are some restrictions on food and drinks post-whitening. One needs to avoid food with color, berries, tea, coffee, colored beverages, smoking, etc.  at least for a week.

For a more permanent type of whitening, veneers are the best option. They are of two types.

Direct and indirect.

Direct veneers are composite veneers in which a tooth-facing material is used to improve the color of your existing teeth and is done by the dentist in the clinic itself in one appointment.

Indirect veneers are porcelain veneers that are made in the lab once the dentist takes your impressions and designs your smile. Porcelain veneers help improve the shape, color, contour, size, and overall appearance of one’s teeth and smile. This is a more permanent solution and lasts for many years if maintained well.

So what are you waiting for? Do call in and book an appointment to see what treatment option is best suited for you.

Dr. Betsy John

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A SilkPeel facial is a noninvasive skin resurfacing technique combining exfoliation and infusion.

What is a SilkPeel facial?

A SilkPeel facial is a noninvasive skin resurfacing technique combining exfoliation and infusion. During a SilkPeel facial procedure the hand piece simultaneously exfoliates the skin, opens the pores, vacuums dead skin cells, dirt, and debris, and uses pressure to infuse the skin with customizable nourishing serums. SilkPeel technology maximizes skin receptivity and retention due to the handpiece’s simultaneous actions.

What cosmetic concerns does a SilkPeel facial treat?

The simultaneous exfoliation and infusion action during the facial can reduce skin damage, brighten your complexion, and improve skin tone and texture.

Acne: Cleansing, exfoliation, and vacuuming clears acne causing bacteria.

Rosacea: Damaged skin cells are vacuumed and skin is cleansed to reduce signs of rosacea.

Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Exfoliation and cleansing refreshes and rejuvenates skin complexion.

Uneven Skin Texture: Dead and damaged skin cells are removed to smooth skin texture.

Who is the ideal candidate for a SilkPeel facial?

The ideal candidate for a SilkPeel facial treatment has fine lines or wrinkles, minor skin imperfections or discolorations, acne, or certain skin conditions like melasma. SilkPeel is safe in all skin tones and types.

What is the average recovery associated with a SilkPeel facial?

There is little to no downtime associated with this facial treatment.  Some patients notice minimal redness and tightness for an hour following the procedure. Candidates are advised to refrain from strenuous exercise and makeup for 24 hours. Prescription skin care products may be resumed after two days.

What are the potential side effects of a SilkPeel facial?

There are no few major side effects associated with SilkPeel facial. Patients may experience temporary redness and/or tightness. In rare cases, treated skin may develop hyperpigmentation if exposed to sun too quickly after treatment.

What can someone expect from the results of a SilkPeel facial?

The results of a this facial treatment are improved skin tone evenness and brightness directly after the procedure. Results improve over a course of treatments, and once the desired aesthetic is achieved, most candidates undergo monthly maintenance treatments.

To book a Silkpeel facial please call our dermatology department on 44960960 or download The Elite App and book today!



What is Anemia?

What is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body's tissues. Having anemia, also referred to as low hemoglobin, can make you feel tired and weak.There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term and can range from mild to severe. In most cases, anemia has more than one cause. See your doctor if you suspect that you have anemia. It can be a warning sign of serious illness.Treatments for anemia, which depend on the cause, range from taking supplements to having medical procedures. You might be able to prevent some types of anemia by eating a healthy, varied diet.


  Aplastic anemia

  Sickle cell anemia


  Vitamin deficiency anemia


Anemia signs and symptoms vary depending on the cause and severity of anemia. Depending on thecauses of your anemia, you might have no symptoms.

Signs and symptoms, if they do occur, might include:



 Pale or yellowish skin

 Irregular heartbeats

 Shortness of breath

 Dizziness or lightheadedness

 Chest pain

 Cold hands and feet


At first, anemia can be so mild that you don't notice it. But symptoms worsen as anemia worsens.

When to see a doctor

Make an appointment with your doctor if you feel fatigued and you don't know why.

Fatigue has many causes besides anemia, so don't assume that if you're tired you must be anemic. 

Some people learn that their hemoglobin is low, which indicates anemia, when they donate blood. If you're told that you can't donate because of low hemoglobin, make an appointment with your doctor.

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Metabolism is the rate at which a person’s body burns calories for energy.

Metabolism is the rate at which a person’sbody burns calories for energy. People with high metabolism burn more calories.Many factors affect your metabolism, such as age, gender, muscle mass andactivity levels. 

Teenagers have a higher metabolism than adultsas they have higher muscle mass so more calories are burnt. Males also have ahigher metabolism than females due to muscle mass. It is important to note thatevery 10 years the muscles in a woman’s body decreases while fat increases.

There are 3 ways to boost your metabolism:

1)           Resistance exercise 

2)           Diet with enough protein, calories, vitamin D, iron, and Magnesium. 

3)           Healthy Lifestyle

Resistance exercise is used to build muscle inaddition to the regular aerobic exercise such as (walking, running, orswimming). Add high intensity interval resistance training to increasemetabolic rate for several hours after each session.

Eat a healthy varied diet at regular times.

Eat an optimum amount of protein/day anddivide it into 3 main meals. Protein increases your metabolism by 10% aftereach meal due to the thermal effect of food. An average adult needs 0.8 gramsof protein/kilogram of body weight per day as our bodies cannot store protein.A person weighing 75 kg needs 60 grams of protein/day. However, protein needsmay increase with active people.

•            To reach 60g protein/day, consume a high quality of animal protein everymeal: 1 egg & 240 ml milk or yogurt at breakfast, 100g lean meat, chicken,or fish at lunch, 30g of cheese size of a match box with bread or rice witheach meal.

Research in 2022 confirmed the influence ofvitamins & minerals when combined with protein to boost metabolism:

Protein + Vitamin D increases muscle mass suchas fortified milk & dairy, salmon, sardines, mackerel, andfish.  

Protein + Iron increases muscle mass such aslean beef, lamb or chicken liver, lentils, tuna.

Magnesium influences protein synthesis so hasan indirect effect on metabolism.  

Drink 2-3 liters/day of water for optimalmetabolism. 

Drink coffee, green tea, guarana, matcha, asthey are rich in caffeine & antioxidants to increase metabolismtemporarily.

Add hot pepper or cayenne that has capsaicinto increase metabolic rate & to burn fat.

Sleep properly for 7-8 hours daily, sincesleep deprivation / or stress causes higher levels of cortisol  whichleads to lower metabolism and increases risk of weight gain.

Avoid decreased thyroid function thatdecreases metabolism.

If you want to decrease your weight, try tomaintain your metabolism. Use intermittent fasting or other strategies ratherthan reducing calorie intake as research showed that very low intake of lessthan 1000kcal slows down the metabolism and leads later to weight regain.Recent research in 2021 proved that Intermittent fasting with exercise on fixedtiming aided in weight loss.


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A whiter and brighter smile

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A whiter and brighter smile boosts confidence, making you feel more active and socially outgoing. Factors like drinking dark-colored beverages, smoking, and aging can impact the color of your enamel.

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Laser whitening gels with specific chromophores or activators absorb laser light, intensifying the bleaching process. Professional treatments combining hydrogen peroxide and diode laser activation offer improved whitening results and enamel protection. The laser proves to be a valuable energy source for quick and effective dental office bleaching. 😎💎

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