gum disease

While you may not often think about the health of your gums, perhaps you should.

We find that in talking to our patients in the Fort Lauderdale area, most of them don’t give much thought to the condition of their gums and teeth unless, 1) they’re at the dentist, 2) they’re brushing or flossing, or 3) they’re experiencing pain in their mouth.

And outside of a dentist telling you, “you’re gums are really bad — you should see a specialist,” most people won’t schedule a visit to a periodontist until they’re experiencing consistent pain with their gums, their teeth or jaw.

Gum disease is a sneaky issue. Generally, once the pain begins, you’ve already been subject to the advances of gum disease. The pain is symptomatic of “deeper issues” and shows when the disease has progressed.

At this point, intervention from an experienced periodontist is your next step.

So, how might you ward off gum disease in the future?

First, it’s important to know that the main cause of gum disease (periodontal disease) is plaque, but other factors affect the health of your gums, including:

  • Age
  • Smoking/Tobacco Use
  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Other Systemic Diseases
  • Poor Nutrition and Obesity

If you take into account the factors that impact your chances of getting gum disease, you can make a plan to try and avoid it’s advances.

While you can’t avoid getting older, you can take better care of your health by eating correctly and exercising regularly. You can quit or cut back on smoking. You can brush and floss more often and schedule regular visits to your dentist.

You may also want to talk to your doctor or dentist to better understand the impact of your medication on your oral health (if you’re taking medications). The same can be said for medical issues and genetics — your doctor(s) should be able to give you an overview of your condition and how it may be related to your oral health.

For more information, visit the American Academy of Periodontology.

More questions for a local periodontist? Let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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Take a Picture of Yourself — ?

A recent study in India indicates that taking a picture of yourself brushing could have a positive effect on your dental care.

In the study, researchers examined whether taking a smart phone video selfie might help people learn to brush their teeth in a more effective manner.

Per an article in TheConversation.com…

 

“Well, can it help? Short answer: Maybe. Longer answer: It’s complicated, too.”

One concept within the study was that better dental care comes when changes to your daily habits happen — using a cell phone to document your toothbrushing could help to affect change.

These changes may suggest that participants were trying to create a new habit, trying to change their behavior, almost as if, while taking the selfie, someone was watching them.

The thought was that by using selfies, participants were more self-conscious about changing their ingrained toothbrushing approach and so may have been better able to “override” their habitual way of brushing. Also, the participants may have had more fun or been more curious about doing a sometimes mundane task.

Learn More…

We found this to be an interesting article and a interesting perspective on the positive attributes of taking a selfie.

To read the full article, click here.

 

More questions for a local periodontist? Let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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A statement released by the American Academy of Periodontology on Augus2, 2016 has a simple message — keep flossing!

Per the statement…

“The American Academy of Periodontology recommends daily flossing as one part of a regular oral hygiene routine, which also includes brushing your teeth twice a day and ensuring you receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year.

The accumulation of plaque bacteria beneath the gum line may cause an inflammatory response which ultimately leads to gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can worsen, leading to tooth loss and increased risk for other systemic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. Flossing allows for the removal of plaque bacteria and debris from areas in the mouth that brushing alone cannot reach.

Periodontal disease is a condition that can result from a number of risk factors, including family history, presence of other systemic conditions, and age.

Flossing—as part of a regular oral hygiene routine—is only one component of maintaining periodontal health. That’s why it is crucial that patients receive an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation and seek treatment from a periodontist, a dentist with specialized training in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, when needed.

Because the development of periodontal disease is slow in nature and because a variety of factors can impact its progression, studies that examine the efficacy of daily flossing are best conducted over a number of years and among a large population.

Much of the current evidence does not utilize a large sample size or examine gum health over a significant amount of time. Additionally, many of the existing studies do not measure true markers of periodontal health such as inflammation or clinical attachment loss. In the absence of quality research, patients should continue to include flossing as a part of their daily oral hygiene habit.”

More questions for a local periodontist? Let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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Recently, it was shared in the American Dental Association (ADA) newsletter that even though the Federal Drug Administration has banned “Triclosan” from being used in soaps, it is still considered an effective ingredient in toothpaste.

From the article….

“The New York Times reports that the ingredient triclosan, which the FDA banned from antibacterial soaps recently, can still be legally used in some toothpastes. According to FDA spokesperson Andrea Fischer, the ingredient is “demonstrated to be effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis.” Fischer adds, “Based on scientific evidence, the balance of benefit and risk is favorable for these products.” The article noted that a 2013 Cochrane review “concluded that toothpastes with triclosan and fluoride outperformed those with only fluoride.”

The ADA reported previously that a study in the May 2016 issue of mSphere was “designed to examine whether use of consumer products” containing triclosan could “alter gut microbiome composition, endocrine function, and markers for obesity, diabetes, and inflammation.” The ADA says the study is “strongly suggestive” of triclosan’s “safety for use by humans.”

The ADA provides official commentary on the FDA’s final rule and the Times reporting here.”

What does that mean for you?

“At this point, the American Dental Association believes in the safety of the ingredient — and should not be a cause for concern.
According to an article in the New York Times….

What happens when you add triclosan to toothpaste? In 2013, an independent review of 30 studies by The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews concluded that toothpastes with triclosan and fluoride outperformed those with only fluoride on several counts. When used for six to nine months, triclosan-fluoride toothpastes reduced plaque severity by 41 percent more than fluoride pastes alone. The triclosan-fluoride combination reduced gum inflammation by 22 percent more and gum bleeding by 48 percent more than fluoride alone.

For the truly dedicated, two to three years of using triclosan toothpaste showed a 5 percent drop in cavities compared with brushing with fluoride paste alone.”

To learn more, let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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Sometimes our patients will ask us the questions, “what are the consequences if I delay treatment?

It’s a good question and one that will surface from time to time, especially from patients who are just learning about the impact of their periodontal or gum disease.

Ordinarily, patients referred from other periodontists or dentists around Fort Lauderdale are “ready to go” with their treatment.

Others have done research and perhaps seeing a periodontist for the first time…and after our evaluation and consultation…will have some follow up questions.

What we tell patients is that periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection…until the problem has pretty well progressed…and then you might be experiencing pain.

Delaying treatment while you’re still essentially “pain free” can cause you potential future pain, further bone loss and more expense.

To address advanced disease, you may be looking at surgery, dentures, implants or other measures to address the problem.

More questions for a local periodontist? Let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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Welcome to our family, Gaby!

Gaby started with us as an intern and has earned her spot at #drdeeppockets as a dental assistant.

She is here to stay! Our office could not operate as efficiently without our assistants. The really are our connection between our patients and the periodontal services that we provide.

See our other office staff here.

Concerned about the health of your teeth? Let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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Congrats to Dr. DeTure on becoming President of the Atlantic Coast Dental Association!!!

The Atlantic Coast District Dental Association serves the public and dentists in our area which includes the following counties: Indian river, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Broward (north of Hollywood).

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ATTENTION EVERYONE!!!
North Broward Perio will be holding a blood drive in support of the Orlando victims at our Deerfield Beach location on June 27th @4pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We will be giving away prizes and will feature the event on our social media outlets.

This is very exciting and all for an amazing cause. Please come out and show your support with us, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!
RSVP to Angie at 954-916-7664 or email to info@southbrowardperio.com

Directions: 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd. #101
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Dr. Nick DeTure & Dr. Marissa Matthews
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Having fun on the set…

Recently, while filming a spot for television coverage with NBC 5, Dr. Nick DeTure & Dr. Marissa Matthews had a few ‘bloopers.”

They’re fun to see!

Concerned about the health of your teeth? Let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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We’re fortunate that so many of our patients have shared their positive experiences!

Our doctors and staff are focused on providing exceptional treatment in a comfortable environment — and this translates into a wonderful experience for our patients.

Below are some recent reviews from our patients — April 2016

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Concerned about the health of your teeth? Let’s chat.

If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!

Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700

Fort Lauderdale office: (954) 916-7664

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