1st October 2018, Dubai, UAE: Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic, the most trusted oral healthcare provider in the region welcomes Specialist Periodontist Dr. Rima Abdallah to its team. Dr. Rima is now seeing patients at Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic in Umm Suqeim.
Dr. Rima is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. She brings a decade of evidence-based approach in Periodontology and Implantology.
She graduated with a dental degree (BDS) from Beirut Arab University in Lebanon in 2006. She then attended Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in the US where she received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Periodontology in 2008. She also received the prestigious Award for Excellence in Periodontology from Boston University in the same year. In 2011, Dr. Rima earned Doctor of Science (DSc) in Oral Biology from Boston University.
As a Periodontist, Dr. Rima is an expert in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. She performs a wide range of treatments including but not limited to scaling and root planing, periodontal pocket reduction, gum graft surgery, gummy smile treatment, gingival depigmentation and regenerative procedures to reverse some of the damage caused by periodontal disease.
“I have always loved the link between oral health and systemic health. Knowing that gum disease is closely related to general systemic diseases in the body and being an academic at heart, I wanted a platform to educate and share this knowledge with my patients. I want to spread awareness about prevention and oral health and I also love that periodontics is a speciality that uses minimally invasive techniques to provide a healthy and esthetic housing for the teeth,” said Dr. Rima.
Pursuing her passion for academia, Dr. Rima served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at Lebanese University, as well as Clinical Associate Professor at the Periodontology Division of the Oral Surgical Department at the Beirut Arab University.
Dr. Rima was a research scholar at the Forsyth Institute and Boston University from 2008 – 2011. She has a number of publications to her credit and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Oral and Dental Sciences (IJODS) from 2014 – 2018. She was also a member of the scientific committee of the Lebanese Dental Association from 2012 – 2015. Her scholarly contributions include journal publications and presentations at national and international meetings.
When asked what advice she has for patients with gum disease, Dr. Rima said, “Gum disease is something you have to learn to live with. Once it progresses to periodontitis it becomes irreversible. That does not mean that it cannot be managed. Constant monitoring by your Periodontist and regular hygiene visits are a must, as well as proper oral hygiene regimen at home.”
“Periodontal treatment and maintenance rely on decreasing the levels of bacterial plaque as well as reducing the external factors that might increase the intensity of the disease such as smoking, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. By controlling and or eliminating those external factors you will put yourself on the road to healthier gums free from bleeding and bad odor.”
To book an appointment with Dr. Rima, please call Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic at +971 4 394 9433.