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Periodontal Disease is a Serious Infection

November 30th, 2017 by sbrown

Caring for your teeth and gums is one of the most challenging things pertaining to your oral health. Many people neglect some of the things that could prevent serious infections from occurring. Periodontal disease is commonly referred to as gum disease, and it is a serious infection that could lead to tooth loss. Philadelphia periodontist Dr. Brown has specialized training in periodontal treatments and can aid in reversing gum disease before it gets to the point where tooth extractions are necessary. If you need periodontal disease treatment in Philadelphia, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation today.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease refers to a bacterial infection around the gums and bones supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can impact one tooth, or multiple teeth. Tooth loss is common when periodontal disease spreads to multiple teeth, causing intense pain and serious infections. Periodontal disease begins when there is too much bacteria in the mouth, leading to a buildup of plaque. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed and you may notice bleeding when you brush your teeth along with pain throughout the day. In the early stages of periodontal disease, most patients do not feel any pain and four out of five people with periodontal disease do not realize they have it.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

How do you know if you are dealing with periodontal disease? There are some early warning signs to watch closely. If the issues below do not start to heal with healthier eating, brushing, and flossing, it is time to call Dr. Brown. Here are some symptoms to watch for:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Receding gums or gums that start to pull away from the teeth
  • Loose and separating teeth
  • Consistent sores in the mouth
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Problems with teeth alignment when chewing

The teeth and gums need to be cleaned effectively in order to remove the bacteria from the mouth properly to prevent tooth loss. Failure to treat gum disease can lead to additional health conditions. Early treatment is vital to protect your teeth and gums!

Treating Periodontal Disease

The most important step you can take when trying to prevent periodontal disease is to practice daily brushing and flossing. Reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth is critical to healthy teeth and gums. We recommend annual dental cleanings to remove plaque around the teeth and below the gums. If you are dealing with an advanced stage of periodontal disease, contact us immediately for effective periodontal disease treatment in Philadelphia.

Dr. Brown on Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

November 10th, 2017 by sbrown

Nobody should be wearing a loose-fitting denture! In today’s day in age, no one should need to be taking their teeth out of their mouth to clean them when technology like dental implants are available. Missing teeth can cause many people to struggle with self-esteem and confidence because they are embarrassed by their smile. 40 million people wear dentures, which is 15 percent of our population! However, thanks to periodontists like Dr. Brown, you can have a full set of teeth restored.

Once someone loses their teeth, they are out of the dental world and they only visit the dentist every 5-7 years. When a person has missing teeth and do not know dental implants are available, they are simply learning how to adapt without teeth. Many patients visit a periodontist for help with dental implants when they finally become frustrated with dentures and want to look at additional options.

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Patients can find out how easy it is to start enjoying life once again the same day. A dental implant is designed to allow a patient the ability to eat the next day! Patients need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown to determine if you are a qualified candidate for dental implants. We have technology available to help us build bone where it is needed and technology to have a patient in need of multiple implants be capable of walking out the door the same day with a full set of teeth!

Why You Need to Toss Your Dentures

Dentures have large plastic in them, which can make it difficult to enjoy eating food. Lower dentures are particularly concerning as they often do not make it easy to speak. Many patients dealing with dentures find a unique satisfaction following surgery as they can finally enjoy some of their favorite foods again. In fact, here are some of the foods you can start enjoying once again thanks to dental implants:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies
  • Nuts
  • Apples
  • Carrots

Dental Implants Improve Your Life

There is no difference in the degree of functionality a patient has with dental implants when compared to traditional teeth. Several patients have undergone this procedure, only to find dental implants have completely changed their lives. Patients have been able to find confidence with new teeth and many have been able to obtain their career or personal goals thanks to dental implants.

Don’t self-diagnose yourself out of the dental implant world! Dr. Brown is skilled in helping patients to finally have a smile they can appreciate and share for years to come. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Philadelphia periodontist Dr. Stephen Brown today!

What Makes Dr. Brown Different From Other Periodontists

September 30th, 2017 by sbrown

Philadelphia Periodontist Dr. I. Stephen BrownWhen you’re searching for a periodontist in Philadelphia, are you looking for someone with experience, community involvement, and distinguished awards? Someone who is passionate about pioneering advancements in periodontics and who actually teaches other periodontists? Dr. I. Stephen Brown is Philadelphia’s leading periodontist and founder of The Perio Group. With his office’s friendly staff, innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology, it’s hard to go wrong when you choose Dr. Brown.

A Pioneer

Dr. Brown has always been a leader in the periodontics arena, starting The Perio Group in order to bring together other periodontists and general dentists for the latest research and techniques, always concerned with providing his patients with the highest-quality care. He was one of the first to use lasers as an alternative to surgery for periodontal disease, a pioneer in using the Pinhole Surgical Technique for receding gums, and he co-founded the Dental Implant Team at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Education and Experience

Dr. Brown takes great pride in teaching and mentoring others in periodontics. He has put in countless hours as a mentor, spending time as a consultant to the Army Dental Corps, U.S. Dental Corps, and the U.S. Public Health Service. He has also been a Professor and/or lecturer at several universities, a Director of various implant centers, and a diplomate of many boards and congresses. In addition, and as a way to further the concept of a shared learning forum for other periodontists and restorative dentists, he founded the Cosmetic Consortium. As director of the forum, Dr. Brown’s passion for helping to bring the latest advances in dentistry to all members of the community are apparent. Furthermore, he was the first to receive certificates of Adult Orthodontics and Proficiency in Periodontics; a rare double specialty!

Media Attention

Since 2011, Dr. Brown has been featured in publications for his speaking assignments at the Cosmetic Consortium Club, the Dental Study Club, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, DENTSPLY’S International Implant Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and has been selected as a Top Periodontist by Top3Dentists and Philadelphia Magazine.
He has written numerous articles for professional journals and is esteemed by his peers for his passion, pioneering spirit, and dedication to the field of periodontics.

If you’re looking for who many consider to be the best periodontist in Philadelphia, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown today. You can be certain you’re in the best hands for any perio-related treatments.

A Model Mouth Starts With a Periodontist

September 11th, 2017 by sbrown

Do you want to have a model mouth? Wondering what that even means? Well, the model mouth is honestly different for each person. Each person has a different mouth, teeth, genetics, etc. But, it is possible to achieve the ideal, model mouth for you and your situation. Of course, this doesn’t happen overnight.

Let a periodontist help you

If you have had issues with your oral hygiene in the past, it might take a little work to get back on track. But, with a periodontists help, it is possible to get your mouth into good shape and create a smile you can be proud of along with oral hygiene that makes you healthier and feeling better.

At The Perio Group, Dr. I. Stephen Brown is your periodontist in Philadelphia. Part of maintaining, or restoring, a healthy mouth and smile is about creating a consistent regimen that you follow. This includes many things. But, one of the most important aspects is to create a daily oral hygiene routine. This means brushing and flossing your teeth each day. Also, it means making healthy dietary choices. And, make sure to include visits to your periodontist.

Don’t forget your gums in your oral hygiene routine!

Focusing on your teeth and gums is essential. Many people tend to forget their gums. But, periodontal, or gum disease, can have negative impacts on both your health and appearance. A periodontist will help you make sure that your gums are strong and healthy. Gum disease has been linked to many other health problems including heart disease. Gums are the core of your mouth, and making sure you keep them healthy will also ensure your mouth smells better and feels better.

Scheduling a routine appointment with a periodontist like Dr. Brown can help prevent many oral hygiene problems such as gum disease and tooth loss. If you have never seen a periodontist, now would be a great time to start. We can help you develop the “model mouth” for you by helping you restore or maintain your gum health. If your gums are sensitive or you have problems with bad breath, we can help you address those issues.

Schedule an Appointment

The Perio Group is happy to provide you with periodontal health restoration and maintenance. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services we offer. Our friendly front desk staff are there to help.

Dr. Brown at the Global Dental Implant Academy USA Symposium 2017

June 1st, 2017 by sbrown

Philadelphia’s own Dr. I. Stephen Brown presented at this year’s Global Dental Implant Academy USA Symposium, May 20-21 st , 2017 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel in California. The annual symposium is in its sixth year of educating and training dental clinicians and advancing the field of dental implants. The GDIA brings together experts in implant dentistry to teach, lecture, demonstrate, and review current research. It offers the highest level of information on advanced techniques and practices. Participants in the symposium are dedicated to perpetual learning and professional growth. The two days are filled with opportunities to listen to experts, observe state-of- the-art techniques, and participate in hands-on practice with the latest procedures. The GDIA invites leaders in the industry, as well as international and local manufacturers and suppliers, to further the continuing education of the dedicated clinicians. There are also opportunities for dental hygienists, dental assistants, office staff, and laboratory technicians to discover the latest innovations in dental technology, products and services.

More than 20 presenters, speakers with diverse expertise, and leaders in the dental implant industry from around the world presented at the Symposium. Dr. Brown, of The Perio Group, presented on Narrow Diameter Implants: Creative Solutions to Vexing Clinical Problems. Key Points include:

  • Presentation of numerous examples of favorable clinical outcomes
  • Can “Mini Implants” be used to produce functional and cosmetically acceptable tooth replacements?
  • How do narrow diameter implants differ from conventional sized implants?
  • What are the clinical indications to support the use of this treatment modality?

As a Fellow of The Academy of Osseointegration and a leader in the field of using osseointegrated implants to replace lost teeth, Dr. Brown shared his research and experience using these “mini implants” to solve interesting clinical problems. In light of his experience as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Temple University School of Dentistry, and the Dental Implant Center at Albert Einstein Medical Center, he is honored to have the opportunity to instruct his colleagues in this area.

As a recently-selected Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology, Philadelphia is proud to have Dr. Brown represent The Perio Group at the Symposium and encourage others in the field to use these advanced techniques in their practices.

Dr. I. Stephen Brown Awarded Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentists 2017 – Periodontics

April 5th, 2017 by sbrown

Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentist Award 2017 - Periodontics

We are proud to announce that Dr. Brown has been recognized as one of Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentists 2017 for Periodontics. To help consumers to find the best dental experts in Philadelphia, the magazine sends letters to every dentist in the city and throughout seven surrounding counties to ask them to nominate their peers. Dr. Brown is particularly honored as this is the 5th consecutive time that Dr. Brown has been selected for this award, a very unique and prestigious recognition for any Philadelphia dentist!

This year, a staggering 5,200 votes were cast by 532 different dentists, and 20 top dentists were chosen in each specialty. This list was then reviewed by an advisory board made up of 10 distinguished dental professionals to determine the winners. Only dental professionals who are unconditionally committed to dental excellence and who have earned the respect of their peers are nominated, which is why Dr. Brown is proud to be recognized with this prestigious award recognizing him as one of the best periodontists in Philadelphia and surrounding region, again this year.

Known internationally for his expertise in periodontics and dental implants, I. Stephen Brown, DDS, FACD, FICD is dedicated to helping patients to restore their smiles in a way that is effective, comfortable and beautiful. As a leader in modern periodontal techniques, Dr. Brown was the first Philadelphia periodontist to offer cutting-edge techniques like Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure and the Pinhole Surgical Technique, helping patients to recover from the advanced stages of gum disease and to repair gum recession in a minimally invasive manner.

Continuing education and the education of his colleagues is vitally important to Dr. Brown, which is why he is heavily involved with teaching Residents at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Albert Einstein Medical Center in addition to working in his own private practice. He is also in demand as a speaker at dental meetings and dental study clubs here and abroad.

As the director of the Dental Implant Team, he helps other periodontists to learn the science and delicate art of dental implant placement. Dr. Brown was also the first person in the United States to receive combined training in orthodontics and periodontics, giving him a unique perspective that improves patient results.

If you need a periodontist, work with the best of the best. Dr. Stephen Brown is currently accepting periodontal patients, and he would love to get to know you and your family. In addition to offering routine periodontal exams, dental implants, and a variety of laser gum treatments, Dr. Brown also offers sedation dentistry to help you to stay comfortable during complex treatments.

Dr Brown at the 6th Annual Scientific Session

August 15th, 2016 by sbrown

Stephen Brown, DDS, FACD, FICD, FCPP – The Future of Lasers in Periodontal Therapy: Science, Hype or Snake Oil?

Our very own Dr. Stephen Brown has been asked to speak at the 6th Annual Scientific Session for the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, an event where only 11 other professionals have been asked to present their research. The focus of this meeting is on the relationship of inflammation and periodontal disease to a host of life-threatening, systemic diseases, evidenced by a huge body of data and documentation. For more on this link, visit the Patient Resources page on www.perio.org, or see this post on the topic. During this conference, attendees will hear from industry leaders discussing sometimes controversial topics, including pro-inflammatory diets, global medicine considerations, and the Future of Lasers in Periodontal Therapy, as presented by Dr. Brown.

Although research has continued to show the powerful benefits of lasers in periodontal therapy, there are some dentists who swear by older tried-and-true methods, or who consider laser therapies dangerous or ineffective. However, Dr. Brown believes, through years of his own research, that lasers offer patients the opportunity to enjoy a more comfortable experience and protect prior restorations such as dental implants.

Dr. Brown will also discuss other benefits of laser therapy, including the regeneration of periodontal tissues, a faster, more targeted approach to treatment, and preserving healthy tissues that should remain unaffected during treatment. Some of the learning objectives discussed during Dr. Brown’s presentation will include:

  • The differences between lasers used in dentistry, and whether or not they are all created equally.
  • How laser gum surgery is different than traditional pocket-elimination surgeries.
  • LANAP and its application in the treatment of advanced periodontal disease. Dr. Brown will also discuss evidence to support this treatment modality.
  • Using lasers to treat ailing/failing dental implants.
  • Whether or not laser dentistry is simply a trend, and how laser therapy could represent the dawn of better periodontal treatments.

Dr. Brown is excited to present his research, and he hopes that his findings will encourage other dentists and periodontists in Philadelphia and elsewhere to learn more about laser dentistry and how it could benefit their practices.

During the conference, Dr. Brown will also be a part of the “Ask the Experts” panel to discuss oral pathogens. Dental professionals will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Brown and other industry-leading experts questions regarding oral pathogen management to better understand their research and modalities for treatment.

To learn more about this event, click here.

The Periodontal to Systemic Disease Link

May 7th, 2013 by sbrown

A series of consensus reports recently published by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the American Academy helps define the association between periodontal health and systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and adverse pregnancy complications.

As a periodontist in Philadelphia, I am continually trying to better understand the relationship between periodontal disease and other diseases, allowing me to help my patients improve both their periodontal and systemic health.

These reports cover the links between periodontal disease and the following systemic diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cancer

The reports can be viewed here: http://www.joponline.org/toc/jop/84/4-s

These exciting advancements further stress the importance of maintaining oral health and allow us to help individuals increase overall health when treating periodontal disease.

To discuss these advancements further, or to see if treating your periodontal disease could improve your overall health, please contact our Philadelphia dental office.

The Different Types of Periodontal Disease in Children

April 17th, 2013 by sbrown

Hormonal changes related to puberty can put teens at greater risk for getting periodontal disease. During puberty, an increased level of hormones, such as progesterone and possibly estrogen, cause increased blood circulation to the gums. This may cause an increase in the gum’s sensitivity and lead to a greater reaction to any irritation, including food particles and plaque. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.

As a teen progresses through puberty, the tendency for the gums to swell in response to irritants will lessen. However, during puberty, it is very important to follow a good at-home dental hygiene regimen, including regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental care. In some cases, a dental professional may recommend periodontal therapy to help prevent damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.

3 Different Types of Periodontal Disease that Commonly Affect Children

Chronic gingivitis is common in children. It usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed easily. Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing and professional dental care. However, left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.

Aggressive periodontitis can affect young people who are otherwise healthy. Localized aggressive periodontitis is found in teenagers and young adults and mainly affects the first molars and incisors. It is characterized by the severe loss of alveolar bone, and ironically, patients generally form very little dental plaque or calculus.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis may begin around puberty and involve the entire mouth. It is marked by inflammation of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually it can cause the teeth to become loose.

To learn more about periodontal disease, or to set up an evaluation for your child today, please contact our Philadelphia dental office.

The Risk Factors of Gum Disease

April 12th, 2013 by sbrown

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, there are many factors that contribute to gum disease which we can control. In the ongoing fight against gum disease and for the protection of your overall health it is incredibly important to be aware of the following contributors to gum disease.

Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth

Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.

Poor Nutrition and Obesity

A diet low in important nutrients can compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.


Research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be more likely to develop periodontal disease. Identifying these people with a genetic test before they even show signs of the disease and getting them into early intervention treatment may help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.


Stress is linked to many serious conditions such as hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health problems. Stress also is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.


Studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontists.

Smoking/Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. Tobacco users also are at increased risk for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.


Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health. Just as you notify your pharmacist and other health care providers of all medicines you are taking and any changes in your overall health, you should also inform your dental care provider.

Other Systemic Diseases

Other systemic diseases that interfere with the body’s inflammatory system may worsen the condition of the gums. These include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.