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Deerfield Beach, FL Dentist
Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
4048 W. Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 429-8506
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DentalOfficesHoldtotheHighestStandardstoProtectPatientsfromInfection

Our bodies wage a continuous war against enemies too small to be seen with the naked eye. If we’re healthy, our immune system will stop the vast majority of these microbial agents.

But some of them, viruses in particular, are so small and with certain characteristics that they can slip past our immune systems. Prevention — removing the opportunity for these viruses to gain entry into our bodies in the first place — is a key component in controlling infection.

Healthcare facilities, including dental offices, are primary battlegrounds in this war. In recent years, the stakes have increased as viral infections that cause the liver disease hepatitis (B and C) and HIV that causes the auto-immune disorder AIDS are on the rise. Although different in effect, these viruses spread in much the same way — when the blood of an infected person comes in contact with the bloodstream of another person.

The risk for this exposure is higher in situations when there’s a break in the skin. Blood transfusion, surgery centers and similar facilities with invasive procedures require high standards of protection to prevent viral transmission between people.  This includes dental clinics — even a routine hygienic cleaning can become a conduit for viral infection.

As a result, the more than 170,000 dental providers across the country have adopted strict infection control standards that conform to the National Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, as well as state and local regulations. These standards detail such issues as wearing protective equipment and clothing (like disposable gloves, gowns or facemasks), cleaning and sterilizing instruments, or disposing of bio-hazardous waste.

High infection control standards are also promoted by the professional boards and organizations of dental providers, like the American Dental Association, and are a requirement for continued membership. As a result, infection occurrences from dental visits or procedures are extremely rare.

We understand you may have concerns. We’re glad to discuss with you our procedures for infection control and how we’re following the highest standards to keep you and our staff safe. We’re making sure the care you receive for your teeth and gums doesn’t lead to another health problem.

If you would like more information on dental infection control practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Infection Control in the Dental Office.”


By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Would you like to feel confident that your smile expresses who you really are? A damaged smile--one that is chipped, stained and uneven--cosmetic dentistryhampers social and professional interaction, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. However, don't despair. You can change your smile aesthetics through modern treatments from Dr. Mark Boukzam, cosmetic dentist in Deerfield Beach, FL.

How to begin

Dr. Boukzam encourages his patients to think about how they want to enhance their smiles. Are they dissatisfied with tooth color? Does too much gum tissue show when they smile? Are chips and unevenness causing them to cover their smiles? Be specific, and then tell your Deerfield Beach cosmetic dentist your smile goals during a one-on-one consultation.

The consultation

Dr. Boukram begins these consultations with a complete oral examination. He wants to ensure your oral health is good before proceeding with any cosmetic changes. Then, you'll discuss your smile goals, and he'll recommend treatments to make those dreams a reality. Of course, your budget and your time commitment are important considerations as well.

The path to a great smile

The offered treatments may include something as simple and economical as professional teeth whitening, or your makeover could be complex, including orthodontics and porcelain veneers. Dr. Boukram and his staff handle it all and work hard to meet, and even exceed your expectations.

Offered cosmetic services include:

  • Professional teeth whitening Using concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel, this wonderful service powers out years of stains from smoking, coffee, darkly-pigmented foods and more. Accomplished either in the office or in the privacy of your own home, whitening leaves teeth feeling good and looking brighter by several shades of color.
  • Porcelain veneers These tooth-shaped shells of lifelike ceramic disguise the front of teeth marred by gaps, crowding, cracks, chips, odd shape and uneven length. Permanently bonded in place, veneers blend in with the rest of your smile and add a measure of strength as well. Veneers do require some enamel reduction but are not as invasive as restoration with dental crowns.
  • Tooth-colored fillings Your Deerfield Beach cosmetic dentist uses composite resin, a durable, tooth-colored material, to restore decayed teeth. A great alternative to dark metal fillings, composite resin bonds directly to existing healthy tooth structure.
  • Direct bonding also uses composite resin to fill gaps, to restore chips and cracks and to augment tooth length and shape. Added layer by layer and hardened with a special curing light, composite resin matches your tooth in color and luster.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to conventional braces. Removable, comfortable and discreet, this innovative system straightens a variety of orthodontic issues in less time and with less discomfort and lifestyle changes than metal brackets and arch wires. Older teens and adults can wear Invisalign aligners to fix a variety of smile alignment issues.

Find out more

Cosmetic dentistry gives people the smiles they've always wanted. You could be Dr. Mark Boukzam's next smile makeover patient. Call today for your consultation: (954) 429-8506.


WhytheBottledVarietyMightnotbeYourBestChoiceforCleanDrinkingWater

In recent decades civilization's millennia-long search for clean, safe drinking water has become much easier with modern purification methods. Today, there are few places in the United States without adequate access to potable water. And about three-fourths of the nation's tap water systems add fluoride, credited with helping to reduce tooth decay over the past half century.

But in recent years some have voiced concerns about the safety of tap water and popularizing an alternative: bottled water. Manufacturers of bottled water routinely market their products as safer and healthier than what comes out of your faucet.

But is that true? A few years ago a non-profit consumer organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) performed a detailed, comprehensive study of bottled water. Here's some of what they found.

Lack of transparency. It's not always easy to uncover bottled water sources (in some cases, it might actually begin as tap water), how it's processed, or what's in it. That's because unlike water utilities, which are rigorously monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees bottled water production with less strenuous guidelines on labeling. Eight out of the top 10 selling brands were less than forthcoming about their water's contents in EWG's investigation.

Higher cost. According to the EPA, the average consumer cost in the last decade for tap water was $2.00 per 1,000 gallons (0.2 cents per gallon). The retail cost for even bulk bottled water is exponentially higher. It can be a costly expenditure for a family to obtain most of their potable water by way of bottled—while still paying for tap water for bathing and other necessities.

Environmental impact. Bottled water is often marketed as the better environmental choice. But bottled water production, packaging and distribution can pose a significant environmental impact. EWG estimated the total production and distribution of bottled water consumes more than 30 million barrels of oil each year. And disposable plastic water bottles have become one of the fastest growing solid waste items at about 4 billion pounds annually.

While there are credible concerns about tap water contaminants, consumers can usually take matters into their own hands with an affordable and effective household filtering system.  EWG therefore recommends filtered tap water instead of bottled water for household use.

If you would like more information on drinking water options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bottled Water: Health or Hype?