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IS IT POSSIBLE TO "OVERBRUSH" YOUR TEETH?

We all know brushing your teeth is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy. Brushing 2 times a day is the optimal amount of toothbrushing for reducing plaque, keeping gums healthy, etc. However, more and more dentists across the U.S. and several other countries are noticing a disturbing trend appropriately known as "over-brushing."

Signs of Overbrushing

According to a Huffington Post article, by Suzette Standring, the trend has been present for the past few decades, and is now at an all time high. The two most common indicators of over-brushing are: heightened tooth sensitivity and tooth enamel damage.

It's Not the Toothbrush's Fault

You may be wondering what causes the nasty effects produced ...

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PATIENT SUCCESS STORY - HEATH W.

Nothing makes us happier than knowing we helped one of our patients in their time of need.

Heath W. was one of those patients.

Here's his story:

First day of my family vacation to the keys, I accidentally rolled out of my kayak. Trying to get back into my craft, it rolled over and hit me in the square in the teeth. My front teeth broke, and I feared it was bad. I sent Dr. Paul Perella this photo from my phone.:

Holly Perella immediately called ...

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Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Brush

You know the drill...the nighttime routine. And every night, you face the daunting task once again of trying to get your children to brush their teeth. While it may make you want to say, "FINE! Don't brush! Get cavities!!" we all know that could be considered some kind of parental neglect. And that would not be good.

So, here are some tips you can use in order to make brushing teeth a fun and enjoyable time, for both of you.

1) Give them exciting toothbrushes

Our daughter Sydney is really into Elmo these days, so we bought her a toothbrush with Elmo on it. When she balks at brushing her teeth, we tell ...

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WHO TAKES CARE OF THE OLYMPIAN'S TEETH WHILE THEY'RE AT THE OLYMPICS?

For the past week and a half, the Olympics have been a permanent fixture on our television. So much so, our 18 month-old daughter has gotten to the point of handing us the remote control and begging us to change the channel. Thinking about the logistics of putting on such an enormous event, I got to wondering: Is there a dentist on site to take care of the athlete's teeth? Surely some of the athletes in certain sports would need some kind of emergency dental care (judo, anyone?). While I highly doubt any of the athletes would be getting their regular cleaning at the Olympics, I was curious to know what kind of dental ...

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BACK TO SCHOOL ALREADY? GET YOUR KID'S SMILE READY FOR THE NEW YEAR!

We knew this time was coming....the end of summertime fun and back to school for the kids (and our teacher friends, too!) While most kids are thinking of new clothes and new school supplies, it's also an ideal time for parents to make an appointment with the dentist for their back-to-school check up.

While regular check ups help keep kid's smiles bright and healthy, here are some tips parent's can follow to maintain year-round oral health:

1) Schedule a trip to the dentist. (Preferably North Palm Beach Dentistry!) Getting an exam taken care of at the beginning of the school year will save you the hassle of scheduling a visit to the dentist ...

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ALL UP IN YOUR GRILL

Some celebrities have been flashing more than clean, white teeth at their fans. Under the spotlight, the glint from their mouths comes from "grills" or "grillz". These decorative covers often made of gold, silver or jewel-encrusted precious metals that snap over one or more of their teeth.

If you have a dental grill or are considering getting one, make sure you talk to your dentist first. Find out exactly what materials the grill is made of and avoid creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Additionally, some grills are made from non-precious (base) metals that may cause irritation or metal-allergic reactions.

Wearers should be especially careful about brushing and flossing to prevent potential ...

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DENTAL CARE FOR BABIES

Being a parent is a full-time job. As a family dentist practice, it's our job to remind our patients about how to care for their child's developing teeth and gums.

Below are some tips on good oral care for your child from the American Dental Association, plus information on thumbsucking and teething. 

  • Infants should finish their bottle or breastfeeding before going to bed. Frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby's teeth to liquids containing sugar, like sweetened water, fruit juice and potentially milk, breast milk and formula is a risk factor for early childhood caries, sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Do not dip pacifiers in sugar or honey.
  • Wipe the baby's gums with a wet gauze pad ...

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