A Boca Raton orthodontist is offering his patients a new toothpaste that identifies areas in the mouth where patients need to improve their brushing.
Dr. Robert Eckelson recently began offering Plaque HD toothpaste, a product that colours plaque blue to make it easy to identify. After applying the fluoride-based toothpaste, the patient brushes until the blue colour goes away. Dr. Eckelson said the new toothpaste is ideal for both children and adults.
“This is a great tool because patients can identify the plaque in their mouth and now physically see the areas they need to focus on while brushing,” Dr. Eckelson said. “Plaque is actually soft and can be easily removed, but when it is not removed from the teeth properly, it can harden to create tartar and lead to tooth decay.”
As an orthodontist, Dr. Eckelson said he always looks for new ways his patients can improve their oral health and avoid cavities. Plaque is a leading cause of tooth damage and gum problems. The bacteria often builds up around the gumline, between teeth, on the surface of teeth and around metal brackets used for braces.
Plaque HD uses Targetol TechnologyTM that is safe and proven to help patients keep a healthier mouth.
“Our younger patients especially benefit from this because it’s something they can see in their mouth. It’s also hard to explain the long-term effects of poor dental hygiene to a child, but this is a great tool that allows us to physically show the patient where they need to brush,” Dr. Eckelson said. “Our parents and adults love it, too, because it helps protect their investments and keep their teeth looking great.”
Dr. Eckelson has served as an orthodontist in Boca Raton for more than 40 years. His office focuses on providing comfortable treatments for teens and adults through traditional metal braces and aesthetic appliances. He provides early orthodontic screenings for children and is a leading Invisalign provider.
Dr. Eckelson received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1971. He was one of just five people to be admitted to dental school after only two years of undergraduate studies. Following his graduation from dental school, Dr. Eckelson attended theUniversityof Illinois orthodontic programme, where he earned his orthodontics certification in 1973.
Dr. Eckelson exceeds the state requirements for continuing education every year and is involved in beta testing with the latest orthodontic suppliers. He holds memberships with the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Flying Dentists Association, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontists, South Florida Academy of Orthodontists and is a founding member of the World Federation of Orthodontists. He was the president of the South Palm Beach County Dental Association, serves as a delegate to the Florida Dental Association and is an examiner for the American Board of Orthodontists.
Dr. Eckelson has served on various boards in the community, including the Boca Raton Medical Art Centre, Boca Forum, Boca Roundtable, Jaycees and the Rotary Club. He also has assisted with local Boy Scout troops as district adviser and merit badge counsellor.