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Dr. Todd M. Britten, DMD, M.S.
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Don't let gum disease stop you from eating the foods you love.

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Did you know that you can brush incorrectly? Or that you can even floss incorrectly? A proper tooth brushing technique can help you avoid gum recession and toothbrush abrasion, which is the wearing down the enamel or root surfaces of your teeth! Flossing incorrectly can traumatize your gum tissue and cause flossing clefts that can also contribute to gum recession. For more information on proper tooth brushing or flossing visit:

http://brittenperio.com/oral-health/oral-hygiene/
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What happens after your gum surgery is complete?

Evaluation of Result & First Post-Surgical Maintenance Visit

This visit takes place in the first 2-3 months following surgery. Dr. Britten will re-chart and examine the treated area, and confirm that you are stable. Since personal oral hygiene is compromised while the sutures are in place or the area is delicate for the first few weeks, a professional cleaning will aid in the healing process by keeping bacteria from getting back under the gums. This is usually a one-hour visit and may be in addition to your normal cleaning schedule. Then it is up to you!

Periodontal Maintenance “Cleanings”

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition our goal is to control the disease; we can’t cure it. Your body has demonstrated that it needs help in keeping destructive bacteria from getting back into your gums. Once you are stable, professional dental cleaning and examination at regular intervals is critical.

Some patients have questioned why they need to return to our office. Since we have extensive experience treating patients with severe forms of periodontal disease and in detecting early changes, you will have better long-term stability if you remain under our care for periodic professional cleanings.

Depending upon the severity of your case, Dr. Britten may recommend that you have your teeth cleaned every 3 - 4 months. These cleanings will alternate with Your Family Dentist. Together we can protect your gums and teeth. The following is an example of an alternating cleaning schedule:

January - Cleaning with Dentist
April - Cleaning with Periodontist
July - Cleaning with Dentist
October - Cleaning with Periodontist
Working Together with your Dentist

It is very important that your Family (restorative or general) dentist see you for cleaning visits on an alternating basis. Both of our offices will provide a professional tooth cleaning at these visits, however, in our office the focus is definitely the gum tissues and health of the bone. The focus of the cleaning and check-up at your general dentist will be to ensure that crowns, bridges, and fillings are healthy.

Home Care

Adequate home care after any periodontal treatment is crucial if you want the results to last! Removing the plaque at home will help in preventing destructive bacteria and calculus (or tartar) from reforming between cleaning visits. We will continue to help you with home care and provide tips and techniques for getting the best results. Our hygiene team made of Samantha, Ellen and Judy is here to help and only a phone call away if you need them!

Remember, your long-term periodontal health is directly dependent upon how well you care for your teeth at home and maintain your cleaning visits with Dr. Britten and your general dentist!

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#wednesdaywisdom #wednesdaywellness
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What do you need to know before visiting a periodontist?

The procedures we perform are very safe and the side effects are usually minimal. Here at Britten Perio, we are proud to use a gentle touch as well as the latest and most trusted techniques and technology. Most patients anticipate severe discomfort after deep periodontal cleanings or surgery, which is generally not true. When necessary, we will give you the medications necessary to reduce swelling, pain, prevent infection, and help keep things clean. Our patients routinely comment that the procedure was not nearly as bad as they imagined.

Remember, the benefits of keeping your own teeth are tremendous and although they might need some work now, the end result will be well worth it!

Some things we always need to know about you when you visit:

Your normal medications and that you will be taking them unless otherwise instructed by
If you are taking aspirin daily
If you are on blood thinners
If you are diabetic or have special diet restrictions
If you have a prosthetic joint less than 2 years old
If you have an artificial heart valve or history or endocarditis
If you have been on bisphosphonates for osteoporosis, longer than 5 years

For more information, visit us at www.brittenperio.com, call us at 727-586-2681 or message us today! #wednesdaywisdom #clearwaterperiodontist #brittenperio
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Implant technology has come a long way. We are excited to work with one of the newest systems in implant tech - the Zimmer Encode implant system.

#ZimmerEncode implant system

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Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

A diet high in sugar certainly promotes the formation of cavities, but sugar itself isn’t the only culprit behind tooth decay.

Cavities are formed when bacteria living in the mouth digest carbohydrates left on the teeth after you eat. This includes refined sugars found in cookies, candy or other treats, however they may also come from healthy foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruits.

When digesting carbohydrates, bacteria in your mouth produce an acid that combines with food debris and saliva and forms plaque.
It’s the plaque — not sugar — that directly leads to tooth decay. Plaque starts building up after every meal, and if it isn’t brushed away frequently, it can erode the hard, outer enamel of a tooth, resulting in tiny holes in the tooth’s surface. These holes mark the first stage of cavities and can do a lot of damage to a tooth if left untreated.

Eventually, acid and bacteria in plaque can eat through the other layers of your teeth, as well — from the softer layer of teeth under the enamel, known as dentin, to the third layer (the pulp), which contains your teeth’s blood vessels and nerves. Cavities affecting the pulp of a tooth, as well as the bone supporting the tooth, can cause severe toothaches, sensitivity, pain when eating and even abscesses in the mouth.

It is important to know that the kinds of foods and drinks you consume, and how you are consuming them is also important to oral health.

Sticky foods — like hard candy, breath mints, raisins and dry cereal — can get stuck in the grooves and crevices of your teeth, where they could cause decay. Fruit and yogurt, on the other hand, wash away easily with saliva and are, therefore, less likely to cause plaque buildup.

Quickly finishing a can of soda does less damage to your teeth than sipping on it throughout the day, because the acid created by mouth bacteria stays in the mouth around 20 minutes after eating or drinking. Every time you eat carbohydrates, sugary food, or take a sip of soda, you restart the plaque-production clock and increase your risk of developing cavities.

In addition to a high sugar content, soft drinks and sports drinks also contain phosphoric and citric acids that erode tooth enamel. Eating or drinking highly acidic foods — even healthy foods, like citrus fruits — can lead to tooth decay if oral hygiene is not properly maintained.
None of us can totally avoid eating all carbohydrates, sugars, or acidic foods all of the time but we can limit the amount and more importantly the frequency of consumption. And we can also work on effective and regular plaque control by using oral hygiene aids to remove the plaque colonies which are forming constantly on the teeth.

Dr. Britten recommends brushing at least twice a day with a power toothbrush for two minutes as well as cleaning between the teeth at least once a day using floss or other interdental aids. For more information on effective oral hygiene and plaque control visit our website at www.brittenperio.com or call the office at 727-586-2681.#wednesdaywellness
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Happy Dental Hygienists Appreciation Week with our super hygiene team.

Dr. Britten gave them some beautiful orchids!

Dental hygienists are an integral part of any dental practice. Besides keeping their patients' teeth and gums healthy, taking x-rays, and many other clinical skills, dental hygienists can help you and your dentist know when things may not be looking right or seem to change over time -whether screening for decay, restorative problems, oral cancer and if course, gum disease.
Our hygienists love our patients and we love them!

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