Our hearts are breaking for our friends who lost their 2 year old son, Jake, in a tragic drowning accident.
Jake was a beautiful, happy boy who always had a smile on his face. He loved going out on the boat, and pushing his toy stroller around. He was surrounded by love and words can't express the sadness we feel for his parents and family.
In honor of Jake, we have made a donation to Teamjarod.org. This is his cousin’s foundation for her sons Jarod and Caleb. They are 11 and 6 year old brothers who were recently diagnosed with a very rare, and ultimately fatal, genetic disease called MPS III, or Sanfilippo Syndrome. Team Jarod/Team Caleb was created to help support the boys with medical and travel needs to meet with specialists and help raise awareness of this disease.
If you'd like to make a secure donation, please visit www.teamjarod.org.
Please keep the Morrison and Evans family in your prayers.
A Swedish inmate had such a bad toothache that he escaped prison two days before he was supposed to be released, went to the dentist, and then turned himself back in.
The 51-year-old inmate told a Swedish paper, Dagens Nyheter, that he had a toothache that caused his whole face to swell up. After the prison denied him medical care, he escaped from the low-security Östragård prison in southwest Sweden.
He then tracked down a dentist and had the tooth removed. Although he was wearing an electronic tag, the prison's staff was apparently unable to locate him.
After the dental work, he returned to prison, where he was apparently given a warning, plus an additional 24 hours tacked on to his sentence, to make up for the time he spent on the outside.
If you have noticed that one or more of your teeth have lost some of the surrounding pink gum tissue so that part of the root surface is uncovered, that is an indicator of gum recession. Millions of American have some degree of gum recession, and fortunately, there are very effective methods of treating it.
While gum recession can be unsightly, there are more serious concerns. Tooth root surfaces exposed by gum recession can become sensitive to temperature and pressure changes and can decay or wear away. In very severe cases, teeth can actually be lost. That's because gum or "gingival" tissue, as it is medically known, is supposed to encircle and firmly attach to the necks of the teeth and the underlying bone. This forms a protective barrier that is resistant to the abrasive action of foods during eating, biting and chewing.
Gum tissue is largely made of a fibrous protein called collagen, covered by a layer of another very resilient protein called keratin (nails and hair are also made of keratin). Yet, it is still possible for this tough tissue to lose its grip on the teeth it protects.
Here are some ways it can happen:
1) Ineffective oral hygiene--inadequate removal of dental bacterial plaque from daily brushing and flossing.
2) Excessive brushing and flossing--too hard or for too long.
3) Habits--holding foreign objects between the teeth, such as bobby-pins, nails, etc. that press on the gum tissues.
4) Oral appliances and ornaments--badly fitting removable partial dentures and orthodontic appliances (braces), or tongue and oral piercings can apply pressure to gums.
How can you fix it?
Treatment will depend on whether the recession is stable or progressive. For example, an older person might have a few areas of gum recession but there are still adequate zones of attached protective gum tissue and the exposed tooth root surfaces are healthy. In this case, there may not be reason to do anything but monitor the situation. On the other hand, a teenager with a history of fairly rapid gum recession (over a period of months) usually requires immediate treatment. The dental specialty of periodontics has developed predictable surgical techniques to deal with recession.
For example, free gingival grafting, involves taking a very thin layer of skin from the palate, where tissue is identical to gum tissue, and transplanting it to the area where gum has been lost. Both sites will heal in a very predictable and uneventful manner. The free-gingival graft is called "free" because it is "freed" from the donor site completely (sorry, it still costs something!). It is crucial to make sure individuals with gum recession correct faulty hygiene habits prior to this treatment so that they will not jeopardize their future results.
It's getting to be that time of year of holiday parties and fun gatherings. Our staff was recently invited to a luau hosted by our colleagues at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. It was a fun party complete with fire dancers and awesome raffle prizes!! Holly even won movie tickets and candy!
Here's a photo of the staff in front of the "Hawaiian beach."
L to R: Hygienist Chris, Office manager Brooke, PR/Marketing Director Holly, Dr. Paul, and Assistant Kelly.
Halloween is our office's favorite holiday (next to Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and New Year's) and the girls decided to dress as tooth fairies!
We were a hit with our patients that day!
As the holiday season gets into full swing, you can be sure we will be getting into the spirit so keep checking our blog for more pics!
Two years ago today, our practice opened its doors. We would like to thank our patients, friends, patients who have become friends, and our families for their support in helping us grow.
We truly love helping our patients and are grateful they put their trust in us.
Let's pour the prosecco!!!
This photo was taken about a month before we opened our doors.
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