Periodontal Disease

From your first visit, Dr. Benjamin will evaluate your gums for potential periodontal disease. This is achieved by Florida Probe and digital X-ray.Periodontal disease is silent and can affect the entire cardiovascular system. Current medical research shows correlated link between Heart Disease and “unhealthy” gums! Periodontal disease is today’s #1 cause of tooth loss among Americans.

Hygiene Services

Florida Probe

Why does Dr. Benjamin use Florida Probe?

  • Accuracy and Consistency (Margin of Error < 1% of 1mm)
  • Patient Comfort ( < 10 newtons of force)
  • Sound Research (Better able to diagnose gum disease)
  • Developed at University of Florida College of Dentistry (Dr. Benjamins alma matter)

Stages of Periodontal Disease



What is ARESTIN® (minocycline HCl) 1 mg Microspheres?

ARESTIN® is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after the dental professional finishes the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure.

How does ARESTIN® work?

ARESTIN® powder contains”Microspheres,” which are tiny, bead-like particles that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The Microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline, and they release the drug over time into the infected periodontal pocket, killing bacteria that live there.

ARESTIN® is proven in clinical studies

ARESTIN® Microspheres continue to fight the infection for up to 21 days after SRP. In clinical studies, ARESTIN® has been proven to be more effective than using SRP alone. ARESTIN® also significantly reduced the size of periodontal pockets compared to SRP alone.


Introducing Oraqix® (lidocaine and prilocaine periodontal gel) 2.5%/2.5%

Oraqix® brings effective, needle-free anesthesia for adult patients during scaling and/or root planing procedures.

Oraqix® is the first and only FDA approved needle-free subgingival (below the gumline) anesthetic indicated for use in adults requiring localized anesthesia in periodontal pockets during scaling and/or root planing procedures.

Oraqix® avoids patients’ needle anxiety by using a blunt tip applicator & dispenser instead of a syringe!

The most common adverse reactions in clinical studies using Oraqix® were application site reactions, headaches, and taste perversion.

Now, thanks to Oraqix®, there is a needle-free option for scaling and/or root planing. Ask your dentist today!

How Oraqix® Works

Oraqix is applied on the gingival margin around the selected tooth using the blunt-tipped applicator.


After waiting 30 seconds, the periodontal pocket is then filled with Oraqix until it becomes visible at the gingival margin.


The dental professional will wait another 30 seconds before starting treatment. Delaying the time before starting the procedure does not enhance the anesthetic effect.


The scaling and root planing procedure may begin 30 seconds after the application of Oraqix to the periodontal pocket. Anesthetic effect, as assessed by probing of pocket depths, has a duration of approximately 20 minutes (individual patient overall range 14-31 minutes).

Oraqix®, the needle-free subgingival anesthesia for scaling and/or root planing!

Oraqix® does not prevent gum disease or periodontitis.


If you have been told you need scalpel and suture gum surgery, there’s a laser alternative you need to learn about.

If you’re like 100 million other Americans, you could be one of 50% of Americans who have periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease starts off as plaque, an opaque film which eventually hardens, forming tartar or calculus.

The way to repair the damage is to get rid of the infection and close up the pockets. Until now, that meant surgery and sutures. But today, Desert Dental offers LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY TM (LPT TM), a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive procedure that’s a great improvement over standard gum surgery.


Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent decay. Most tooth decay in children and teenagers occurs on the chewing surfaces where pits and grooves tend to trap food and bacteria. Sealants fill in these pits and grooves so that bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay.

The narrow grooves in teeth can trap plaque. The longevity of sealants can vary. Any sealants that have remained in place for three to five years would be considered successful… sealants can last much longer. It is not uncommon to see sealants placed during childhood still intact on the teeth of adults. Any sealants that do come off sooner than three to five years should not necessarily be considered failures. Any length of time a sealant remains in place is a time period where it can offer a tooth protection.