When it comes to living in South Florida, looking your best is important, and when it comes to a perfect smile, there’s only person to see: Dr. Peter Scerbo. BeachFront News caught up with him on a sunny Fort Lauderdale afternoon.
2d2gc: Dr. Scerbo, what’s your alma mater?
Dr. Scerbo: Penn State.
2d2gc: You’re a Nittany Lion. Describe the life of a young, successful dentist in South Florida?
Dr. Scerbo: It’s a lot of fun. I always wanted to come here to practice. I used to visit South Florida as a kid and I always wanted to experience South Florida living.
2d2gc: How does a person’s dental health affect overall health?
Dr. Scerbo: Dental health affects it in many ways. From the way you eat and enjoy your foods, to your gums, which are actually a part of your cardiovascular system. And I think there’s something to be said for the cosmetic side of it. People tend to feel better if their teeth and gums look and are healthy.
2d2gc: What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste do you use at home?
Dr. Scerbo: My toothbrush is a Colgate Wave – I actually just popped one out of the package last night. The toothpaste I use at home is Crest.
2d2gc: Is flossing really important?
Dr. Scerbo: YES, flossing is really important, and some people are not as diligent as we would like. The truth is that brushing just doesn’t get it all. If you want to avoid things like gingivitis and bad breath you have to floss.
2d2gc: What sets Dr Scerbo’s office apart from other dental practices?
Dr. Scerbo: We give the patients a fun experience. We have a great staff and we’re like a family here. We like to think our patients really enjoy coming to see us for their check ups.
2d2gc: It seems that tooth whitening shouldn’t be good for you; is it?
Dr. Scerbo: Tooth whitening removes organic stains from the teeth. It’s perfectly healthy, as long as it’s done in moderation. The most common side-effect is sensitivity.
2d2gc: Does diet affect your teeth?
Dr. Scerbo: Yes, of course. Some foods may cause decay, and some foods are good for your teeth like milk, cheese, yogurt, popcorn, cashews, peanuts, walnuts. And tap water is better for your teeth than bottled water because of the floride content.
2d2gc: How often should you go to the dentist?
Dr. Scerbo: People should visit the dentist every six months for a hygiene appointment, that’s if everything is healthy. In cases of gum disease, the patient should come to the dentist four times a year.
2d2gc: Odontophobia is the fear of going to the dentist. Why do you scare people?
Dr. Scerbo: Bad press, mostly. Movies, TV. Other people’s bad experiences, too. No one ever says anything about the positive experiences they’ve had at the dentist. And there’s the sounds. It’s gotten quieter with the new technology, but I think some people are still afraid of the drill sound.
2d2gc: Do all dentists call the suction thing “Sammy Sucker?”
Dr. Scerbo: Yes, but not in front of the adult patients.
2d2gc: What’s the biggest mistake people make with their teeth?
Dr. Scerbo: Not getting treatment soon enough. Everyone should practice preventive medicine.
2d2gc: What’s the worst thing you have encountered in your practice?
Dr. Scerbo: Not being able to meet someone’s expectations. In some situations, people can have unrealistic expectations on what we are able to do.
2d2gc: The last time I came here, I didn’t get a free toothbrush. What’s up with that?
Dr. Scerbo: Everyone gets a toothbrush.
2d2gc: Just kidding. I got one. How about this, Doc: Who has the best smile in Hollywood, male and female?
Dr. Scerbo: Female smile I go with Halle Berry, and for male smile I would say Dwayne Johnson, “The Rock.”
2d2gc: Besides the BeachFront News, do you have any other celebrity clients?
Dr. Scerbo: Yes, but I can’t disclose.
2d2gc: Do you have nitris in your office?
Dr. Scerbo: No.
2d2gc: What’s a young, South Florida dentist do when he’s not making smiles big, bright and healthy?
Dr. Scerbo: I love the beach and the sand bar in Haulover. Sometimes, I’m playing tennis or watching Penn State football. This weekend, I’m going to see U2 in Tampa
To make an appointment with South Floridas finest dentist Dr. Peter Scerbo call (954) 523-6525