Tariq Drabu, Manchester Dentist Praises Researchers of Newcastle University on Their Findings

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Tariq Drabu, Manchester dentist said, “There has been very little research undertaken on the impact of tooth loss on patients. This excellent study addresses the imbalance.”

Tariq Drabu Manchester

Tariq Drabu Manchester

I congratulate the University of Newcastle for this excellent work. This research will be valuable to dental practitioners and to medical policy makers.

Tariq Drabu, Manchester dentist and renowned dental specialist oral surgeon, praised the work undertaken by a research team from Newcastle University. The research looks at the effect tooth loss can have on a patient’s emotional health. He said, “This is excellent research. For many years dentists have understood the emotional impact tooth loss can have on a patient. I am delighted that this research is highlighting the issue.”

Tariq Drabu is based Manchester, where his practice, the Langley Dental Practice serves hundreds of families. He is the owner of this leading practice as well as being the highly respected Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. Having treated many hundreds of patients who have suffered tooth loss, he understands the impact it can have on a patient’s life. He was speaking in reference to an article published by the Dental Tribune website. The article can be read here.

Tariq Drabu, speaking in Manchester recently said, “The study used a sample of men and women in England who were interviewed about their experience of tooth loss and tooth replacement. The report indicates that the study revealed participants felt that their social lives and confidence were affected by the loss of one or more teeth. Many of them reported avoiding leaving their homes or going out. This is important research. As dental professionals we focus on oral health but it is clear that an understanding of the emotional effects of oral problems and serious dental treatment must be acknowledged by dentists in order to give the best, most effective treatments and care.”

Tariq Drabu, Manchester dentist went on to say, “I believe this research highlights the need for some patients to be cared for by their dentists and their GPs. For some patients, the emotional impact of tooth loss and the rigours of restorative dental surgery may require extra support, advice and possible treatment for their emotional symptoms. I have been a dentist for nearly three decades so I understand the importance of support and care. We specialise in dental medicine but the care of our patients and their well-being is extremely important too. Tooth loss and the resulting dental treatments required to replace missing teeth, can be as disruptive to a patient’s life as other medical procedures and surgeries.”

The study was published online last year in the Sociology of Health and Illness journal, just before going in to print. Tariq Drabu, leading Manchester dentist welcomed the findings and closed by saying, “I congratulate the University of Newcastle for this excellent work. This research will be valuable to dental practitioners and to medical policy makers. We all need to work together to ensure the emotional well-being of patients is taken into consideration and looked after properly. I believe by considering a patient’s physical and emotional health, all aspects of patient care in Britain will be more effective and the patients will all benefit.”

About Dr Tariq Drabu
Dr Tariq Drabu is a highly experienced and well known Manchester dentist and GDC registrant. He is accredited as a Specialist in Oral Surgery by the General Dental Council. Dr Tariq Drabu practices at his Langley Dental Practice in Manchester. Dr Drabu is a leading name in dentistry, with more than 25 years’ experience in both general practice and hospital dentistry. Dr Tariq Drabu is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. He is a specialist staff member at The UCLan Dental Clinic in Preston.

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