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Tips to maintain your teeth white long after a whitening treatment.

Investing in a professional teeth whitening is a commitment to also ensure you can maintain those pearly whites shinning for a while after treatment has been completed. 

For many, simply using a whitening toothpaste is enough, but for the most part some food choices and drinks will stain your teeth, so to ensure the white lasts longer, we have a small list of food and drinks to avoid:

  • Avoid the consumption of or exposure to products that stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. If you do choose to consume beverages that stain, consider using a straw so that the liquid bypasses your front teeth.
  • Brush or rinse immediately after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods.
  • Avoid all dark staining foods like beef based sauces, soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and staining foods and vegetables such as berries or beets.
  • Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss at least once daily to remove plaque, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day to kill bacteria that cause plaque. Use a whitening toothpaste (once or twice a week only) to remove surface stains and prevent yellowing. Use a regular toothpaste the rest of the time.
  • Consider touch-up treatments. Depending on the whitening method used, you may need a touch-up every 6 months or after a year or two. If you smoke or drink lots of stain-causing beverages, you may need a touch up more often.
  • Avoid any foods or drinks that would leave a stain on a white shirt.

Having beautiful white teeth is a confidence booster and a sign of great dental health. We love to see our patient's confident bright smiles! We offer an at home teeth whitening starter kit to every new patient at South Miami Family Dental. Come visit us soon! 

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Everything you need to know about teeth whitening

Everyone loves a bright smile, and teeth whitening is a great way to achieve perfect pearly whites. 

What Are My Teeth Whitening Options?

If you’d like to whiten your teeth, there are several different options available to you:

  • Whitening Toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste uses chemical agents to whiten teeth. However, these toothpastes typically only lighten the color of teeth by about one shade. This option offers the most subtle results, but it is a simple first step you can do at home simply by switching toothpaste brands. 
  • At-Home Bleaching. This includes gels you paint on your teeth, teeth whitening strips, and mouth trays you wear that contain whitening solution. While these at-home bleaching methods all work, there are a few drawbacks. For one thing, it takes time to see results, and the results are more subtle than what you would achieve with a professional whitening. These methods also aren’t recommended for people who have sensitive teeth or gums. Plus it needs time and patience to ensure you see some results. 
  • In-Office Whitening. In-office professional whitening offers the best results, typically whitening teeth about 8 shades. While professional whitening costs more than the other methods, the results are immediate and more dramatic. Because the whitening is performed by a professional, this method is also safer than at-home bleaching.

At South Miami Family Dental we offer the best in-office whitening systems that can get your teeth looking the brightest in less than an hour.

We use state-of-the-art technology that works by activating a special gel that is applied to your teeth. The Whitening gel works together with the light to penetrate the teeth and brake up the stains and discoloration.

This Whitening gel is composed by hydrogen peroxide that when it is broken down, allows oxygen to enter the enamel bleaching colored substances while leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.

Custom whitening trays are an alternative treatment when the teeth are very sensitive. The tray is filled with a gentle material and inserted in the mouth. They are used every night to gradually achieve the brightness as desired. - guide-

In South Miami Family Dental will examine the teeth and gums to be sure that a patient is a candidate for a whitening treatment. Our patients oral health is a priority for us.

A dental cleaning is recommended a week before the whitening treatment for best results.

Your teeth clean, white and healthy are our concern.

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How to start the school year with a smile!

It's back to school, the start of a new school year! Your kids are set with new clothes and school supplies. But don’t forget about oral health! Add these dental health tips to your back-to-school checklist.

1. Take your kids to the dentist

  • Start the school year right with a dental cleaning and exam. Ask your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start. And they can even improve your child’s performance at school. 
  • Give yourself enough time by making it a habit to call when your child gets her spring report card each year. “Planning ahead is good,” Dr. Ordonez says. “If families want to avoid the rush to go back to school in August, then plan on getting appointments for the beginning of the summer.” 

2. Pick the right snacks

  • Swap out lunchbox no-no’s with healthy alternatives. Instead of chips or crackers, try nuts. Salty snacks may seem healthy because they don’t contain sugar, but simple starches can be just as bad. These snacks break down into a sticky goo, coating teeth and promoting decay. Avoid candies and granola bars, offering crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots and cubes of cheddar cheese.
  • Monitor sugar intake. Most kids love sweets, but sugar-packed snacks and drinks can wreak havoc on your child’s teeth. The dentists at Kool Smiles recommend moderating kids’ intake of sugary foods during and after school hours.
  • Practice the 3-2-1 rule. Have your kids practice the 3-2-1 rule at home: eat three (3) healthy meals, brush two (2) times (morning and night), and floss at least one (1) time every day

3. Make brushing and flossing fun
To keep their mouths healthy, kids need to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. They should also floss every day, preferably after dinner. Try these tricks to make oral hygiene more exciting:

  • Use a sticker calendar. Let your kids place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
  • Play music. Collect your kids’ favorite two-minute songs and make sure they brush the whole time.
  • Personalize. Help your child pick a themed toothbrush in his or her favorite color.
  • Provide a kid-friendly floss holder. These Y-shaped devices make flossing more comfortable.

Why it's important to schedule a back-to-school dental checkup for your child?

Simply put, early detection of problems: Good dental health is closely linked to academic success, adding that back-to-school checkups can help identify potential dental problems before they have a chance to take a toll on kids’ success in the classroom.

Cavities and other dental diseases can lead to pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking, and school absences. In fact, dental disease causes kids to miss more than 51 million school hours each year.

During your child’s back-to-school dental visit, a dental team will clean your child’s teeth, check for cavities, and make sure your child is keeping up with good brushing and flossing habits. The appointment likely won’t take more than an hour, but its positive effect on your child’s dental health is sure to be long-lasting. Let South Miami Family Dental be there to help you during this time, and schedule your back to school appointment today. 

 

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Protect You and Your Family From the Sun | South Miami Family Dental

 Oh! Summer time! Sunny beautiful days spent with your loved ones. 

Unfortunately, emergencies can happen even during the summer vacation, the best thing to prevent them is to be prepared, so when the kids run around in the park, soak up the waves in the beach or relax by the pool, remember: this is a great time to ensure your children get plenty of protection from those UV rays.

  • Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.
  • Cover up. When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.
  • Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
  • Wear sunglasses. They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.

Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.

Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than 6 months old. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor. Your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.

Keep in mind, sunscreen is not meant to allow kids to spend more time in the sun than they would otherwise. Try combining sunscreen with other options to prevent UV damage.

When it comes to fun in the sun, there is true in too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. 

Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.

You probably love to rock a tan, but keep in mind—tanning your skin is damaging skin. Any change in the color of your child’s skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays. 

And don't let those clouds fool you! Children still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays, they filter them—and sometimes only slightly.

Oops! Kids often get sunburned when they are outdoors unprotected for longer than expected. Remember to plan ahead, and keep sun protection handy—in your car, bag, or child’s backpack. 

But most importantly... enjoy your summer! 

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Who doesn't love a good fun filled family vacay!

But there are many things that can go wrong when your family is on vacation. 

Your flights could get cancelled, your hotel room may not be exactly as the pictures, maybe even your tour gets cancelled... but trusts us, the worst that can happen if to have a dental emergency and not be prepared! 

If your child were to lose a tooth, develop an abscess, or pop a wire in their orthodontics while on vacation, what would you do?

The best advice here is, of course, prevention. So, about a month prior to departure - or at least two weeks before you go - schedule a visit to your dentist.  In order to have an uninterrupted vacation when it comes to dental emergencies, the best thing you can do is be proactive. Go in for a cleaning and have your sensitive teeth checked. Make sure that you build time in your schedule to have root canal treatments completed, cracked teeth taken care of, and address any other issues that concern you. The more proactive you are in caring for your teeth before a vacation, the more successful your trip will be.

Have contact information and addresses ready in case you do have an emergency. You’ll want to do plenty of research before you leave. If you find that you are going to an area that does not provide any adequate dental services, then talk to your dentist before you leave and ask what you can do if something were to occur that causes you to need a dentist.


There is a lot going on in your child's mouth that can be seen in a physical exam and through X-rays, so this really is your best course of action. 

If, however, despite the best of planning you still encounter an emergency while on the road, here are a few steps you can take until you can see your dentist:

  • Chipped or broken tooth: First, save any remnants that can be found, and have your child rinse their mouth and the pieces with warm water. If there is bleeding, gauze or a tea bag can be used to enforce clotting. A cold compress can also be used on the cheeks to keep down swelling.
  • Knocked-out tooth: Believe it or not, you can actually place a knocked-out tooth right back into the jaw if you're in a pinch. To do so, rinse off the tooth with warm water (do not scrub it!), holding it by the crown and not the root. Then, be sure the tooth is facing in the correct direction, and place it back in its proper place. If the tooth can't be reinserted, place it in a small container of milk or water with a pinch of salt, and get to a dentist as soon as possible. In order to save a knocked-out tooth, it should be replaced back in its socket in under an hour.
  • Lost filling: Take a stick of sugarless gum (gum with sugar will cause pain) and insert a piece where the filling once was, or you can use an over the counter dental cement until you can get to the dentist.
  • Broken braces and wires: Sometimes wires can break and end up poking your child's mouth. With a good supply of dental wax and the eraser of a pencil, you can fix this problem on your own. Use the end of the eraser to guide the wire back into place, or to a spot where it's not causing any pain, and then cover the end with wax.  Never, ever cut the wire, as it can accidentally be swallowed, or inhaled into the lungs.
  • Abscess: An abscess is an infection that occurs in the area surrounding the root of a tooth, or near the gumline. To relieve pain and assist in drawing to the surface the pus that develops, your child can rise with a mild salt water solution of (1/2 teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of water) several times a day. Remember though, an abscess is serious, and medical attention is necessary to prevent complications.

Things to Bring with You

  • Clove Oil: This pain reducer is your best friend with you have a tooth ache of any sort. It can be purchased at your local health food store for only a few dollars.
  • Dental Wax: Can be used for broken or bent orthodontic wires as well as crowns that may have become dislodged. Remember to save the crown so it can later be re-attached.
  • Phone Numbers: Bring along the contact info for your child's dentist and orthodontist, should your family have one, and the number of a recommended dentist in the state to which you're traveling.
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Why Dental Sealants Are Important | South Miami Family Dental

Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to statistics, over 50 percent of 5 to 9-year old children have at least one cavity or filling, with the incidence of tooth decay increasing to 78 percent among 17-year-olds. Furthermore, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness. While these numbers may seem alarming, the truth is that with a good oral hygiene regimen at home and a program of preventive dental care, you can protect your child from tooth decay.

 

A healthy smile is essential to your child's comfort, daily function, self-image and overall well being. Good dental routines established in youngsters provide a strong foundation for maintaining oral health over the course of a lifetime.

However, beyond establishing a good oral hygiene regimen at home and avoiding sticky sweets, a child's teeth can require additional protection. The reason for this is that the deeply grooved chewing surfaces of the back permanent teeth can be difficult for a youngster to keep free of leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria. Children do not always brush their teeth, as often or as thoroughly as they should, making them particularly vulnerable to dental decay.

As part of your child's program of preventive care, your dentist may recommend the application of dental sealants. These thin, plastic-like coatings painted onto the surface of newly erupted permanent back teeth provide your child with additional protection through the cavity-prone years. The value of dental sealants is well documented. According to the American Dental Association, they reduce the risk of cavities in school-age children by approximately 80%. Furthermore, children who do not receive dental sealants develop almost three times more cavities than children who do have them.

Dental sealants offer protection by basically filling in the pits, fissures and grooves on the hard to reach back teeth to seal out harmful bacteria and food particles. Beyond preventing the development of cavities, sealants may also be useful over areas of incipient dental decay to stop further damage from occurring.

Applying dental sealants is a relatively quick and painless process. Dental sealants are simply brushed on as a liquid in a series of steps during a child’s dental visit and then allowed to harden. Once they are set, dental sealants are strong and durable and can last for several years. Of course, the condition of your child’s dental sealants will be evaluated at each checkup and reapplied if the need arises.

Remember, establishing a partnership with the dentist is the best way to help your child develop and maintain a healthy smile for years to come.

 

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National Safety Month and some tips to avoid Heatstroke.

As the temperatures rise this summer, be on the lookout for a new set of dangers. Get information on heat illnesses, fireworks safety, water safety and much more.

During this month it is important to think of at least one change you can make to improve safety this June. Specially to care for the little ones during summer activities outdoors, such as swimming,  biking, canoeing and more. 

Beat the Heat
​Anybody can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Follow these summer safety tips, like taking extra breaks and drinking lots of water.

Sometimes babies are so peaceful and quiet in the backseat that we can forget they are even there, and it can be tempting to leave a sleeping baby in the car so we don’t have to wake them up while we quickly run into the store. But leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke, even in cooler temperatures.

Here’s some helpful information and tips for parents about heatstroke prevention for kids.

Top Tips for Preventing Heatstroke

Heatstroke can occur when the ability to sweat fails and body temperature rises quickly. The brain and vital organs are effectively "cooked" as body temperature rises to a dangerous level in a matter of minutes. Heatstroke is often fatal, and those who do survive may have permanent damage to their organs.

  • Someone experiencing heatstroke will have extremely hot skin, and an altered mental state, ranging from slight confusion to coma. Seizures also can result. Ridding the body of excess heat is crucial for survival.
  • Move the person into a half-sitting position in the shade
  • Call for emergency medical help immediately
  • If humidity is below 75%, spray the victim with water and fan them vigorously; if humidity is above 75%, apply ice to neck, armpits or groin
  • Do not give aspirin or acetaminophen
  • Do not give the victim anything to drink
  • Avoid leaving children in hot car - Go a Step Further: Create Extra Reminders and Communicate with Daycare 
  • Create a calendar reminder for your electronic devices to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare.
  • Develop a plan with your daycare so that if your child is late, you’ll be called within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off children at daycare.
  • Teach Kids Not to Play in Cars
  • Make sure to lock your vehicle, including doors and trunk, when you’re not using it. Keep keys and remote entry fobs out of children’s sight and reach.
  • Teach kids that trunks are for transporting cargo and are not safe places to play.
  • If your child is missing, get help and check swimming pools, vehicles and trunks.
  • If your children are locked in a car, get them out as quickly as possible and dial 911 immediately.
  • Emergency personnel are trained to evaluate and check for signs of heatstroke.

For more summer safety tips please visit: nsc.org

 

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Fluoride | Is It Safe or Is It Natural | South Miami Family Dental

It is a current concern, as more and more people gain interest about natural and more organic ways to live. Together with gluten-free, no GMO's, no pesticides and other ways to keep chemicals and other harmful substances away, there is an also trending wave to use only natural fluoride or fluoride free toothpastes. You may be wondering, is it safe to go fluoride free and is there any benefits to that? 

First we must understand that fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical found in the earth. It is found in small amounts in the air, water and in even in some plants. But be careful, just because it is a naturally occurring component of the environment does not mean it is good for humans to ingest. In fact fluoride can be poisonous if ingested, especially in large quantities, that is why toothpaste containers with fluoride in them have a warning to contact the poison control if ingested. But as a topical treatment fluoride can provide great benefits to teeth.

The presence of fluoride in the mouth can attract other minerals (such as calcium) to the area. Calcium is good for our bones and helps maintain our teeth with a strong and healthy structure. What role does fluoride play in preventing tooth decay? Studies have shown that the benefits of fluoride are achieved only with topical application — not from ingestion. An exposure to fluoride (like that contained in toothpaste and city tap water) is the most effective cavity prevention treatment available today.

Toothpaste with flouride  is used to assist in good dental hygiene. Research has shown that it can reduce plaque, remove tarter, and clean and protect the teeth. Most of the cleaning action from brushing the teeth actually occurs from the abrasive back and forth action of the toothbrush.

Non-fluorinated toothpastes use natural ingredients such as hydrated silica, cranberry extract and xylitol to prevent the adhesion of bacteria to teeth and remove plaque. A derivative of silicon dioxide, hydrated silica is a mild abrasive that works synergistically with calcium carbonate to remove plaque. Hydrated silica also gives a gel-like texture to the toothpaste and helps remove stains. that contains hydrated silica, cranberry and xylitol.

But before you decide going fluoride free, read below the facts from the American Dental Association:

1. Why do children need fluoride? Fluoride is an important mineral for all children. Our mouths contain bacteria that combine with sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. The acid that is produced harms tooth enamel and damages teeth. Fluoride protects teeth by making them more resistant to acid and can even help reverse early signs of decay.

2. Is fluoridated water safe for me and my children to drink? Yes. Decades of research and practical experience have confirmed the safety of fluoride. Based on what has been learned from both science and our years of experience, the world’s leading health, dental, and medical organizations recognize water fluoridation as an effective way to reduce tooth decay for everyone – children and adults alike.

3. We brush our teeth with fluoride toothpaste every day. Do we still need fluoridated water? Yes. For most people, brushing with fluoridated toothpaste is not enough. Drinking fluoridated water throughout the day bathes our teeth in low levels of fluoride to help them stay strong. That, combined with the more concentrated fluoride in dental products, prevents more tooth decay than toothpaste alone. That is why it is so important to make sure your children are drinking fluoridated water and brushing properly with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.

4. Are there health risks associated with these forms of fluoride? No. There is no credible scientific evidence that fluoridated water or dental products contribute to or cause illness or disease. The only proven risk associated with excess fluoride is a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis.

5. What exactly is dental fluorosis? Should I be concerned about fluorosis from drinking fluoridated water? Dental fluorosis is a change in the appearance of the teeth, usually in the form of very faint white markings. It is usually detectable only by a dental expert during an exam. Most fluorosis does not affect the function or health of the teeth. In fact, teeth with mild fluorosis are more resistant to cavities. Most fluorosis is the result of consuming too much fluoride while teeth are forming, before the age of 8. To reduce this possibility, supervise brushing so that children do not use too much toothpaste or mouth rinse and learn to spit, not swallow. COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT FLUORIDE: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all support the use of fluoride to protect children’s teeth. For additional resources and information, please visit www.ILikeMyTeeth.org.

6. Is it safe to mix infant formula with fluoridated water? According to the American Dental Association, it is safe to mix infant formula with fluoridated water.

7. Are the fluoride additives used to fluoridate drinking water safe? Yes. The fluoride that is added to public water supplies conforms to stringent safety standards and results in water that complies with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The quality and safety of fluoride additives are ensured by Standard 60, a program that was commissioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This program is monitored by an independent committee of experts, including the Association of State Health Officials and other key organizations.

8. How much fluoride should my child have to protect his/her teeth? Children who consume a nutritious diet, drink fluoridated water, and use fluoridated toothpaste properly will get all the fluoride they need for healthy teeth. It is not necessary to monitor water or food consumption since your child ingests low levels of fluoride from these sources. Parents will want to assure that children are not swallowing mouth rinse or toothpaste, which contain more concentrated amounts of this important mineral. Your health or dental provider can help you determine if your child is getting an adequate amount of fluoride to protect his/her teeth.

9. I have heard fluoride can cause all kinds of things, from lower IQ to cancer. Can that be true? No. There is no credible scientific evidence that water fluoridated at the levels used in the United States contributes to or causes disease or poor health. The only proven risk associated with fluoride intake from any source is dental fluorosis which can be lowered with proper use of fluoridated products like toothpaste and mouth rinse.

10. Is bottled water fluoridated? Most bottled water is not fluoridated. If it is, it will say so on the label. Many bottled waters are filled from municipal water supplies, and some of those sources may be fluoridated. But if fluoride was not added as part of the bottling process, it will not appear on the label. To be sure, call the number on the label for more information.

 

 

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How to keep your child's smile healthy.

Many parents have a difficult time judging how much dental care their kids need. Here's a few guides to keep in mind and ensure your little ones have a healthy smile!

When Should Kids Start Brushing Their Teeth?

  • Even before your baby starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria.
  • Once your baby gets teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). Use fluoride toothpaste that carries the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of acceptance. (If you are using baby toothpaste without the fluoride, keep it to the same amount because you still want to minimize any toothpaste that is swallowed.)
  • Once your baby's teeth touch, you can begin flossing in between them.
  • Around age 2, your child should learn to spit while brushing. Avoid giving your child water to swish and spit because this might make swallowing toothpaste more likely.
  • Kids ages 3 and up should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Always supervise kids younger than 6 while brushing, as they are more likely to swallow toothpaste.

When Should Kids See a Dentist?
The ADA recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday. At this first visit, the dentist will explain proper brushing and flossing techniques and do a modified exam while your baby sits on your lap.

These visits can help find problems early and help kids get used to visiting the dentist so they'll have less fear about going as they get older. Consider taking your child to a dentist who specializes in treating kids. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle the wide range of issues associated with kids' dental health. They also know when to refer you to a different type of specialist, such as an orthodontist to correct an overbite or an oral surgeon for jaw realignment.

If a child seems to be at risk for cavities or other problems, the dentist may start applying topical fluoride even before all teeth come in (this also can be done in the pediatrician's office). Fluoride hardens the tooth enamel, helping to ward off the most common childhood oral disease — dental cavities (also called dental caries).

How Can We Prevent Cavities?
Cavities happen when bacteria and food left on the teeth after eating are not brushed away. Acid collects on a tooth, softening its enamel until a hole — or cavity — forms.

Here's how to keep cavities away:

  • Start good oral habits early. Teach kids to brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and to floss regularly.
  • Get enough fluoride. Regular use of fluoride toughens the enamel, making it harder for acid to penetrate. Although many towns require tap water to be fluoridated, others don't. If your water supply is not fluoridated or if your family uses purified water, ask your dentist for fluoride supplements. Most toothpastes contain fluoride but toothpaste alone will not fully protect a child's teeth. Be careful, however, since too much fluoride can cause tooth discoloration. Check with your dentist before supplementing.
  • Limit or avoid certain foods. Sugary foods, juices, candy (especially sticky gummy candy, gummy vitamins, or fruit leather or "roll-ups") can erode enamel and cause cavities. If your kids eat these foods, have them rinse their mouth or brush their teeth after eating to wash away the sugar. The same goes for taking sweetened liquid medicines: always have kids rinse or brush afterward.
  • As your child's permanent teeth grow in, the dentist can help prevent decay by applying a thin wash of resin (called a sealant) to the back teeth, where most chewing is done. This protective coating keeps bacteria from settling in the hard-to-reach crevices of the molars. But make sure that kids know that sealants aren't a replacement for good brushing and regular flossing.

As kids grow, plan on routine dental checkups anywhere from once every 3 months to once a year, depending on your dentist's recommendations. Keeping sugary foods in check, encouraging regular brushing and flossing, and working with your dentist will lead good dental health.

Remember the best way to ensure your family's smile stays healthy is to have a plan and attend routing checkups to avoid emergencies. 

Source: kidshealth.org

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Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn! Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools with a school health event. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or anytime in April. Consider making your field day or other school-wide event health-focused. 

Launched by Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance on the calendar of National Health Observances that celebrates school wellness achievements. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines spotlight on the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning and the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of students— because healthy kids are better prepared to learn!

At South Miami Family Dental we are committed to ensure the children in our community not only have access to good dental health but are also educated on how to achieve it. 

During the month of April we reach out to our younger patients and show them tricks and tips to care for their smiles. There are many things you can also do to participate in this great cause. Find out more here: http://everykidhealthyweek.org/

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Our hearts smile at these news!

We want to share with you this heartwarming story about two schools and a group of children making a difference in this world.

Club Cristiano La Esperanza is a small rural school located in the remote town of La Chureca, near Managua, Nicaragua. 

Club Cristiano La Esperanza is a ministry center that provides for the needs of children in the neighborhood near the Managua dump (known as La Chureca).  Since 2000, the ministry has helped the children in the community with their school Colegio Esperanza .

The Club sits now at the entrance to the new “La Chureca” neighborhood.  They provide for nearly 300 children at all levels of life;  free preschool, after school tutoring for elementary aged students, and a High School scholarship program.  Every student receives two meals a day as they also have a feeding program.  They offer sports, music and art classes for the children in the program.

Earlier this year Dr. Ordonez's daughter, Mariaclara Ordonez, and her school decided to go visit the children in this school. They took a 'field trip' and went over to this remote location to help out and bring much needed supplies for the children. 

Here, at South Miami Family Dental, we couldn't be prouder. We gladly donated toothpaste and toothbrushes and other dental supplies. These images say it all. 

If you want to help the school, and trust us they need all the help they can get, please visit their website to learn how you too could make a difference. 

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How Should You Deal With Oral Care During Pregnancy?

Expecting moms have so much to plan – and so much to take care of during their pregnancy. It goes without saying that regular obstetric visits are paramount. But how should women deal with proper oral care during pregnancy?

We all know it’s common for expectant moms to experience sensitive and/or bleeding gums. These symptoms usually resolve themselves after the baby is born. But many expectant moms wonder if they should postpone regular oral care appointments while pregnant. Are standard dental procedures - including X-rays or having local anesthesia - safe for pregnant women? What if a pregnant mom gets a toothache? Must she just suffer through it?

Let’s take this worry away from pregnant moms right now. Regular oral care is safe throughout pregnancy – and extremely important. Delaying the treatment of any dental problem during pregnancy can be dangerous. For example, the bacteria from an infected tooth could spread throughout the bloodstream – putting mom and baby at risk. The American Dental Association confirms that dental treatments involving local anesthetics are safe for pregnant women. Root canals, a tooth extraction and filling cavities can all be performed during this time. Even X-rays are safe. The radiation level in an X-ray is quite low, and you’ll be covered by a lead apron, which protects the abdomen. Regular dental cleanings are also extremely important. Our hygienists deal with plaque not removed by your regular brushing and flossing, thus lowering the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease developing. A healthy mouth decreases the risk of delivering prematurely or having a baby with low birth weight.

Make sure to let our office know you are pregnant – and your due date - when you schedule your appointment. This helps us provide the best possible care, and gives us the notice we need to make your visit more comfortable. For regular non-emergency dental visits, (remember to schedule one every six months) the second trimester or early in the third trimester is ideal. We’ll also need to be updated on any medications you may be taking during pregnancy. Consider us part of your team for a healthy pregnancy. We’re here for you, Mom!

 

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Why Dental Checkups Are Important

A healthy and beautiful smile can communicate happiness, radiate warmth, and make a lasting impression on others. What’s more, it helps to cultivate a positive self-image and is an essential element of your overall well being. Enjoying the benefits of a vibrant smile in tip-top condition is not something you can take for granted. To maintain optimal oral health requires putting some effort into an oral hygiene program at home along with making periodic visits to your dentist for a program of preventive care.

Did you know that your oral health and systemic health are very closely connected? The fact of the matter is that harmful conditions affecting your teeth, gums, jaws as well as structures in and around the oral cavity can have an impact on your overall well being. Dental problems can contribute to a range of health issues such as digestive disorders, heart disease, stroke or diabetes. The reverse has also been found to be true. According to statistics, more than 90% of all systemic diseases (diseases affecting organs and systems in the body) can manifest signs and symptoms in the oral cavity. Experiencing dry mouth, bad breath, gum problems, ulcerations or other oral lesions may be indicative of a serious underlying systemic condition, which your dentist may be the first healthcare professional to detect. 

It’s important not to hold off seeing the dentist until you’re in terrible pain or think there is something wrong. By scheduling a periodic appointment for a checkup and professional dental cleaning, your dentist can help to keep your smile looking and functioning at its best. At the beginning of your checkup up visit, the dentist will review your medical and dental histories and then perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth, jaws, and surrounding areas of the head and neck. While checking for the development of harmful dental conditions such as tooth decay gum disease and oral cancer, your dentist will also look for any oral indications of problematic health issues that may have originated elsewhere in the body. The function of your temporomandibular joints, the relationship between the upper and lower jaws, plus your occlusion (your bite) will be evaluated for any impairment or misalignment. During a comprehensive exam, the dentist is also able to spot the dental health consequences of dietary choices, eating disorders, harmful habits, certain medications and inadequate oral hygiene practices.

The best way to avert the development of cavities and gum disease is with good oral hygiene, a nutritious diet, healthy lifestyle and a program of preventive dental care. When you go for your periodic checkup visit, you will also be scheduled that day or shortly after that for a professional dental cleaning. During your hygiene visit, you’ll be given detailed instructions and tips on the best methods
of brushing and flossing to maintain an effective regimen of oral care at home.

Whether your dental needs are simply for preventive services or if they involve more complex care, your dentist will formulate a treatment plan tailored to your individual dental needs and concerns. Working in partnership with your dentist is the best way to ensure your smile is beautiful and healthy for many years to come.

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Your smile says a lot about you :)

A smile is a universal expression. It communicates happiness, radiates warmth, and makes a positive impression on others. An attractive sparkling white smile is not just associated with dental health; it is also viewed as an important asset in terms of an individual’s self-esteem, social interaction, and career success. Not everyone is lucky enough to have naturally beautiful pearly whites. However, thanks to developments in the area of cosmetic dentistry over the past few decades, less than perfect smiles can be dramatically improved. Among the most sought after and popular dental cosmetic treatments available today is teeth whitening.  

An in-office teeth whitening  procedure by your dentist is the best and safest way to get the maximum results immediately. In as little as one hour a professional strength in-office whitening system can give you a more pleasing smile with teeth that are several shades whiter than their original shade. Under the careful supervision of your dentist the surrounding soft tissues, gums, as well as any sensitive areas of the teeth are carefully isolated and protected from the effects of the bleaching agents. 

A home whitening system from your dentist along with custom trays that have been fitted to your teeth is also an excellent option. The trays fabricated by your dentist help to keep the bleaching agents in maximum contact with the teeth and away from the other areas of your mouth. Performing a home teeth whitening is a more subtle and gradual process. Maximum results are less rapid than an in office procedure and are typically achieved over a longer period of time. In certain instances an at home whitening system may be recommended by your dentist as a follow up regimen to the in office procedure in order to perfect or maintain your results.

How long your teeth whitening lasts depends on your lifestyle. Your eating, drinking, and smoking habits can have a big impact on maintaining your result. Of course the best way to insure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful is a good daily oral healthcare regimen along with regular dental check ups and cleanings.

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