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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
March 26, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”


People have been losing teeth for as long as they have had them. Tooth decay and trauma claim many teeth every year. In the past, a dental implantsmissing tooth was permanent, and the resulting gap was just a fact of life. Luckily, that is no longer the case. Dental implants are a new solution to this age-old problem and can give you back your smile with help from your Delray Beach, FL dentist.

The History of Dental Implants
Evidence of dental implants has been found throughout history. Our ancestors used bone, stone and even animal teeth to replace their missing teeth. Dentists began using modern dental implants in the 1970s. Since then, the design has changed, but the idea has stayed the same. A biocompatible titanium post implanted into the jawbone underneath a missing tooth replaces the tooth’s root and serves as a solid foundation for a replacement tooth.

How do dental implants work? 
After implantation, the titanium post, called the fixture, integrates into the bone, actually becoming part of the mouth. This process provides the prosthetic tooth a sturdy anchor on which to attach. The process usually takes place in two phases. Phase one involves consultation, surgery and healing time. This portion of the process takes several months as the successful integration of the fixture into the bone during healing is essential to your implant’s success. Phase two involves creating and placing the prosthetic teeth.

Are dental implants right for me? 
When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath it is no longer stimulated by the tooth’s roots. This causes the bone to degrade and shrink, known medically as bone atrophy. Due to the design of the implant, a good candidate for dental implants must have minimal bone atrophy and sufficient bone volume to support the implant. Additionally, your natural teeth and implants alike require a strong at-home oral care routine to stay healthy and clean. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once. Alongside a great at-home routine, see your Delray Beach dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings to ensure no further problems arise.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin, DMD at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!


SupportYourChildsTeethDevelopmentwithProperHygieneandDentalCare

Between infancy and the onset of puberty, your child will grow one set of teeth, lose it and grow another; their jaw structure will also change dramatically. This rapid development sets the course for their oral health later in life.

That’s why it’s so important to care for their teeth and gums in these early stages through daily hygiene and regular dental visits for disease prevention and treatment. Hygiene is the cornerstone of this care, and should begin in earnest when your child’s first tooth erupts in the gums, by first gently cleaning around the newly erupted teeth and gums after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad.

As they pass their first birthday you can switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Children should begin learning to brush around age 2, first by modeling you as you brush together. They should be adept enough by age 6 to brush on their own, at which time you can introduce flossing. We’re more than happy to advise you on technique for both of these hygiene tasks.

Age one is also the time for them to begin regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. This will help us stay ahead of any developing decay or other issues and perform preventive treatments like dental sealants or fluoride applications. It will also help your child become comfortable with the dental office, which can make it easier for them to develop a long-term habit of regular dental care.

There are also habits you should practice (or avoid) that support good oral health for your child. For example, you shouldn’t allow them to sleep with a pacifier or a bottle filled with anything but water. Breast milk and formula contain some forms of sugar that bacteria can feed on; if this becomes too frequent it can result in higher acid levels that soften enamel and lead to decay. You should also take preventive actions to protect your child from teeth-damaging injuries like playing too close to hard furniture.

All these common sense measures support your child’s oral development. You can then let Nature takes its course as your child develops a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

If you would like more information on oral care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”




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