Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Year...Try New Dental Resolutions




New Year, new resolutions! That’s is the way it goes every year, but did you know that most resolutions never make it past the end of January? It’s true. One of the main reasons that resolutions don’t last is because they are not personal, - It’s a resolution created based on what someone else (or society) is telling you to change. This year I challenge you to make your resolutions personal and add a resolution to achieve the best oral health you possibly can. One of the best ways to achieve excellent oral health is to stop doing the things that are bad for your teeth. Below are three of the worst offenders for oral health, how to overcome them, and how to create the right habits that will ensure your new dental resolutions stick.

Chewing Ice Cubes

  • The habit: Remember that tooth enamel is a crystal. Ice is a crystal. When you push two crystals against each other, one will break. Luckily most of the time it’s the ice, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break and that’s when you are in trouble.
  • The solution: Instead try to drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw so you're not tempted. Chewing ice is more risky than pleasurable so avoid the temptation to chew ice at all costs.


Constant Snacking


  • The habit: Snacking all day, especially on sugary or acidic foods and drinks, puts you at a greater risk for cavities. When you eat, cavity-causing bacteria feast leftover food, producing an acid that attacks the outer shell of your teeth. Also, the time you are exposed to sugary or acidic drinks makes a difference. The longer, the worse for your teeth.
  • The solution: Eat balanced meals to feel fuller, longer. If you need a snack, make sure it's low in fat and sugar. If you indulge in the occasional sugary treat, follow it with a big glass of water to wash away leftover food. Also, avoid sticky candy that last long in your mouth. If you must indulge, keep short and sweet.


Using Your Teeth As Tools

  • The habit: Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors or hold things when your hands are full. When you do this, you put yourself at a higher risk of cracking your teeth, injuring your jaw or accidentally swallowing something you shouldn’t.
  • The solution: Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand. Your mouth and teeth will thank you.


The next step in your dental resolution process is to incorporate the right habits. These include brushing twice a day, flossing, and visiting the dentist for cleanings and checkups three times a year.
Make this year your best dental year, call our office to schedule your next appointment.



Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com

Sunday, December 9, 2018

New Year, New Smile – Try Some Dental Resolutions This Year?


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Don’t way until the New Year to make dental resolutions. Start today. Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months? Toothbrush bristles become frayed and worn and are less effective at cleaning your teeth over time. Try celebrating the New Year with a brand new toothbrush. This is a smart resolution that is great for your dental hygiene.

Some more dental resolutions to try this year:

Start brushing 2minutes twice per day (Minimum): Make sure to always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems. Three times would be optimum, but two is better than most people do.

Floss every day. Flossing is part of being mouth healthy. Try floss threaders, dental picks, and proxy brushes that make flossing a snap.

Chew sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum can actually be good for your teeth and gums. Chew gum for 20 minutes following meals to help prevent tooth decay. Gum takes care of food particles that are left over in your mouth after meals.

Eat a healthy diet. Eat a balanced diet, avoid sugary snacks, and limit between-meal snacks.

Drink fluoridated water. Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.

See your dentist. Regular dental visits will help you be Mouth Healthy for Life. 

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween Dental Tricks for Parents- How to Make Halloween Teeth Friendly


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It’s Halloween again! Adults are thinking “where has the year gone? “ While your kids are thinking…CANDY!!!  Make sure to be proactive this year in order to help ward off cavities, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health, reminds parents and that it is not only important to pay attention to how much candy your kids consume, but also the types of treats children your children eat this Halloween.


Americans spend nearly $9 billion on candy every year.  Most of that candy is consumed in October by approximately 41 million trick-or-treating children ages 5 – 14 across the U.S. It is important for parents to know that when it comes to their children’s dental health, not all treats are created equal.


One great way to get your kids to consume less candy is to make sure they eat a well-balanced meal before trick-or-treating to reduce chances they will fill up on empty calories and sugar. Another great way to reduce the negative effects of candy on your children’s teeth is to reduce the amount of time that the candy is in contact with their teeth. The longer teeth are exposed to sugars, the longer cavity-causing bacteria have to feed on them. Instead of gummy, sticky candy, like caramels, sour candies, offer your children candy that melts and disappears quickly – like chocolate. And always, always, always make sure your children brush and floss their teeth for at least two minutes before going to bed on Halloween…and every other day!


Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Did you know chewing gum can actually prevent cavities?


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Did you know chewing gum can actually prevent cavities? 

Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.It’s all about your saliva. The chewing of sugarless gum actually increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.


Choosing the right gum makes a difference. Make sure it is sugarless. Sugarless gum is sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids.


Chewing sugarless gum is not a replacement for regular brushing and flossing. It’s not a substitute. We recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day with dental floss or other interdental cleaners.
Making the right choices when choosing a sugarless gum can help keep your teeth healthier. Take the time to read the labels and pick a flavor that is pleasant for you. Now you can add chewing gum to your oral health arsenal.


Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Can A Bad Diet, Lead to Bad Teeth? Miami Dentist Tackles The Link Between Dental Health and Nutrition?


miami dentistYou already knew that a poor diet can lead to decrease health and increased chance for disease. But did you know that a poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay?


What you eat affects your smile! Your diet can make a great difference in your oral health and ultimately your smile. Foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel. These acids can cause tooth enamel to break down, forming a cavity. If left untreated this can cause pain and ultimately the loss of the tooth. Almost all foods, including milk and vegetables, contain some type of sugar; however; these foods are a necessary part of a healthy diet, because many of them also contain important nutrients that are beneficial for your body. There is a balance of good and bad in every food that you consume. The trick is to pick the best foods for health that have the least negative effects on your teeth and overall health. 
Start by consuming healthy foods that are rich in nutrients. Foods that are high in vitamin C, D, and nutrients like calcium and phosphorus are essential to healthy teeth. Calcium and phosphorous are the main minerals that are the building blocks of tooth enamel and consuming foods rich in these is a necessity if you want to maintain strong and healthy teeth.
It's not difficult to start, but you do have to start. Take charge and make the right changes in your diet to improve your smile. Introduce foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals like yogurt, cheese (hard, aged), seafood, milk (low-fat), tofu, almonds, pumpkin seeds, fish, Brazil nuts, red meat, eggs, tofu, celery, apples, cucumbers, and carrots. Also, limit your intake of foods that are high in sugars.  To help control the amount of sugar you consume, make sure to read food labels and make the right choices. Start with small changes in your diet to make sure you stick with it. Small improvements in your diet can create big results over time. 


Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
South Miami Dentist.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What Are Dental Implants and Are They Right For Me?

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South Miami Dentist explains the benefits of dental implants.


Dental implants are one of the most advanced ways to replace missing teeth available today. You can think of dental implants like being artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. Dental implants are placed in your jawbone they actually bond with your natural bone and become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. They can also support dental bridges and even full dental arches. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.


Today’s modern dental implants have been used successfully for more than 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth today. In fact, there more than 3 million people in the United States that have dental implants. This numbers grows by about 500, 000 every year.


Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. The dental implant surgery is also one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.


If you are self-conscious because you have missing one or more teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don't want to grind down good teeth to accommodate a bridge, call our office to see if dental implants are an option for you.


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Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
South Miami Dentist.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com

Friday, March 9, 2018

I'm an Adult: Are Clear Braces Right for Me?


South Miami Dentist explains the benefits of clear braces.
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Did you know that your teeth can reveal far more information about you than you think? You can estimate a person's age, physical health, and sex just by glancing at his or her teeth. Furthermore, studies have also shown that teeth greatly influence self-esteem and ratings of physical attractiveness. There's no question that teeth are important!  This is just one of the many reasons more and more adults are getting braces. The aesthetic benefits of a nice straight smile are undeniable. But the benefits of having a healthy smile through quality dental care and orthodontics (braces) go beyond just vanity. Crooked teeth, improper jaw positioning, and a misaligned bite can cause a multitude of problems as you age. We believe that braces are as much an investment in your oral health as they are a future confidence booster.


While cosmetic reasons for getting adult braces are both valid and compelling, they pale in comparison to the oral and physical health reasons for doing so. Perhaps you needed braces as a child but never had the opportunity, so you continue to struggle with various orthodontic concerns. Alternatively, maybe you didn't need braces as a kid but have developed problems as you've aged. Some people's teeth shift more over time, and the natural growth of your jaw can also cause positioning issues. If you need braces or think you may need braces, don’t wait! Some of the problems associated with malocclusion (improper bite) include:

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  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Problems with chewing, speaking, and/or biting
  • Gastrointestinal problems from inability to chew food properly
  • Jaw pain
  • Trouble cleaning the teeth properly, leading to plaque and food accumulation between teeth
  • Increased incidence of tooth decay and periodontal disease
  • Gum and bone erosion
  • Irregular wear of the tooth enamel
  • Facial pain
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD, often incorrectly called "TMJ")


Adult braces are a valuable investment in your long-term health. With the Invisalign clear aligners a straight smile is achievable for everyone. We can make you customized clear plastic aligners that work similar to conventional braces. You'll put in a new mouthpiece every couple of weeks. You can brush, floss, and eat normally. Best of all, they are nearly impossible to see; have no wires or brackets; there are no food restrictions; they are easy to clean.


Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
South Miami Dentist.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com