Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Want Great Teeth, Start with Your Diet and Vitamins - Dental Advice From Miami Dentist Dr. Papiernik

South Miami dentist on healthy teethDental tips from South Miami Dentist Dr. Papiernik

Your teeth are very important for chewing, speaking, and smiling so why do so many people neglect their teeth? Unfortunately, for some people their teeth are not a priority until there is pain involved. Regular visits to the dentist and small changes to your diet can make a big difference for your teeth and help you stay away from dental pain.
People sometimes see food as being the villain when it comes to oral health. Especially since it is the sugars and acids from food and drinks that do most of the damage to our teeth. Many foods also discolor your pearly whites as well. However, there are many types of food that can do the exact opposite and give a big boost to your oral health.

Some foods actually help your teeth and gums stay healthy 

Your teeth and gums, just like every other part of your body, need good nutrition to function properly and stay healthy. There are specific nutrients are better for your teeth than others. Below are some most crucial elements for healthy teeth and gums and some examples of foods that contain these helpful elements.

Calcium and Phosphorous

Your teeth are made of minerals, particularly the tooth enamel. Acidic foods and drinks cause erosion of the enamel and the best way to combat this is to ensure that the foods you eat are rich in these beneficial minerals. Calcium and phosphorous are the main minerals that are the building blocks of enamel and consuming foods rich in them is a necessity if you want to maintain strong and healthy teeth.

Sources for calcium – yogurt, cheese (hard, aged), seafood, milk (low-fat), tofu, almonds
Sources phosphorous – pumpkin seeds, fish, Brazil nuts, red meat, eggs, tofu, broth


Foods rich in vitamins D and C

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. This is why vitamin D is crucial for your overall health and important if you want to have healthy teeth. Sources of vitamin D include: sunlight, fish, egg yolks, cod liver oil

Vitamin C is great antioxidant! It can strengthen blood vessels and reduce inflammation, which may help your gums stay healthier . Vitamin C is also required for the production of collagen, a key protein that helps you fight periodontal disease. Without Vitamin C.


Now that you know the importance of certain vitamins and minerals for your smile, it is time to put this knowledge into action. Add some of the foods that are rich in these essential elements to your diet and focus on your dental health. Take baby steps to a better diet and a healthier smile by making gradual changes in your diet. Introduce some of the foods we discussed gradually into your diet so it does not feel like a great change. Also, fill gaps in your diet with natural vitamins and mineral supplements.  Another crucial part to a healthy smile is to have regular visits to your dentist for dental cleanings. A clean mouth makes it harder for bacteria to grow and reduces the amount of dental calculus accumulation. Remember, that what you focus on, gets done. It’s time to focus on your healthy smile!

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, 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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Should I Get Dental Implants? Insights on Dental Implants from Miami Dentist, Dr. Serge Papiernik

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South Miami Dentist, Dr. Papiernik, on Dental Implants

If you’re missing one or more teeth, then dental implants may be the best solution for you. Most individuals that are  in good health and whose jaw has finished growing is a candidate, whether they were simply born without a tooth or lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, gum (periodontal) disease, infection or another reason. Dental implants also are a great option for patients who don’t want the drawbacks of, or can no longer wear, removable dentures.

Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Your natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, gives teeth replaced using implants the stability and strength to support replacement teeth, withstand daily use, and function like regular teeth.


The following are some great reasons that dental implants are good option for you:
  •        They Look and Feel Natural: A dental implant feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options may interfere with your normal everyday eating, smiling, and speaking.
  •        Worry-Free: Dental implants allow you to bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want, and brush your teeth normally.  Dentures can feel uncomfortable when eating, restrict your food choices, and need to be removed for cleaning.
  •        Not removable like a denture: Dental implants are fixed in place, so they won't move, click or shift, giving you confidence in your smile.  Dentures may slip when eating, talking or even laughing, which isn’t so funny.
  •        Dental implants are built to last. That makes them your best long-term, cost-effective solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. Those costs can really add up over time. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime.



The bottom line is that implants are a safe and cost-effective solution for missing teeth. 

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, 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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Want a Hollywood Smile: What are my options for whitening my teeth?

south miami dentistSouth Miami Dentist, Dr. Papiernik, on Teeth whitening.

Getting that bright Hollywood smile may be easier than you think. In fact, it may only take one hour. There are several options for whitening your teeth. Some are better than others. Below are the pros and cons of several teeth whitening options.

Whitening Toothpastes

All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Unlike bleaches, toothpastes do not change the color of teeth, instead they can only remove stains on the surface. They are good for everyday use and offer mild whitening.

In-Office Bleaching

This is your best dental whitening option. This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit, usually about one hour’s time. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Special bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth. The results are fast and effective. This type of whitening only takes one visit and it lasts about one hour. The results are great, usually achieving several shades lighter with lasting results.

At-Home Bleaching

Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. Unfortunately, the concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what professionals typically use in the office, and thus the results are not as good. Since the strength is not the same as the gels that are used in the office some teeth may not whiten as well, leading to different shades of white. Creating a whiter but uneven colored smile.


Don’t go at it alone. Call our office to schedule a professional teeth whitening today!

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, and restorative dentistry.
South Miami Dentist.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effet 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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for me? South Miami Dentist, Dr. Papiernik on Answers Question About Dental Veneers

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Veneers do seem like the best way to replicate picture-perfect teeth, but ...
South Miami Dentist, Dr. Papiernik, on Dental Veneers

You’ll often hear people say that celebrities have perfect smiles due to dental veneers and this may be the case. Veneers do seem like the best way to replicate picture-perfect teeth, but you must remember that each mouth is different and you need to find out if veneers are the right option for your individual case.

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. They also provide strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color. The process is fast and easy.

The first step in determining if veneers are the right option for you is to make an appointment with our office to discuss the various treatment options available to you. Communication with our office about what you want corrected is critical for a successful result. It is crucial that you clearly identifying what cosmetic improvements you want to accomplish.

Our office will begin with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. Overall, dental veneers are a great way to enhance your smile.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment.


Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, dental cleanings, 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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Miami Dentist Discusses How Diabetes can Take a Negative Toll on Your Oral Health

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Diabetes can Take a Negative Toll on Your Oral Health. Did you know that 29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s 9.3% of the population. Some of the symptoms of diabetes include being  excessively thirsty or have to urinate a lot. Weight loss and fatigue are other common symptoms. Diabetes can also cause you to lose consciousness if your blood sugar falls too low. But, did you know that if diabetes is left untreated, it can take a toll on your mouth as well. Here's how:

  • ·         You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry. (Dry mouth is also caused by certain medications.)
  • ·         Because saliva protects your teeth, you’re also at a higher risk of cavities.
  • ·         Gums may become inflamed and bleed often (gingivitis).
  • ·         You may have problems tasting food.
  • ·         You may experience delayed wound healing.
  • ·         You may be susceptible to infections inside of your mouth.
  • ·         For children with diabetes, teeth may erupt at an age earlier than is typical.

People with Diabetes Are More Prone to Gum Disease.

All people have more tiny bacteria living in their mouth now than there are people on this planet. If they make their home in your gums, you can end up with periodontal disease. This chronic, inflammatory disease can destroy your gums, all the tissues holding your teeth and even your bones.



Periodontal disease is the most common dental disease affecting those living with diabetes, affecting nearly 22% of those diagnosed. Especially with increasing age, poor blood sugar control increases the risk for gum problems.  In fact, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum problems because of poor blood sugar control. As with all infections, serious gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise. This makes diabetes harder to control because you are more susceptible to infections and are less able to fight the bacteria invading the gums. One of the best ways to fight the negative effects of diabetes is stay ahead of it. Regular dental visits are important. Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control in patients living with diabetes, decreasing the progression of the disease. Make an appointment today.

We truly enjoy seeing the effect that a bright smile has on our patient’s lives. We believe that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of our goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide you with the best tools to maintain your dental health at its optimum.


Miami Smile Dental a high-tech dental practice in Coral Gables, Florida that encompasses all factors of dentistry including dental implant restoration, general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, and teeth whitening.

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental bridges, dental cleanings, 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.miamismile.net

Friday, March 3, 2017

Smile Again With Confidence & Great Breath by Treating Halitosis



It’s tough to be on the receiving end, and unfortunately not so noticeable when you suffer from it. Yes, its bad breath. Many of us suffer from Halitosis – the medical term for ‘bad breath.’ This is a condition in which an unpleasant odor is present on the exhaled breath of a person. It is estimated that around 20% of the population of the world are reported to suffer from it to some degree. This is considered to be the third most frequent reason why people seek dental care, following tooth decay, and gum disease.


Bad breath can be the result of poor dental health habits and this can be a sign of other health problems. Also, the foods we eat and other unhealthy habits can make Halitosis even worse. Other factors that often affect this is the odor caused by bacteria present below the gumline and on the back of the tongue. So how can we make ourselves confident and prevent bad breath?
Here are some tips that you can try.

Oral care products. Use products that are proven to be effective in fighting bad breath such as mouthwashes, toothpastes, and other related commodity. It may sound like common sense, but using the right product does make a difference.


Proper dental care. Remember, brush your teeth twice a day on a regular basis. But make sure to use toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste. After brushing, it’s time to floss your teeth. This will help to remove any food and plaque accumulated on your teeth.

Visit our dental office regularly. Do this at least twice a year for checkups and more often for cleanings. This will help to diagnose if you are suffering from Halitosis. We will give you advice and tips to prevent bad breath.

Drink plenty of water. By doing this, you will keep your mouth moist which helps in washing away food particles and bacteria on your teeth.

Avoid drying medication. Try not to take drugs such as pain relievers, anti-histamine, and anti-depressants when not needed. These prescription drugs often inhibit saliva flow and can cause a very dry mouth.

Eat fruits and vegetables. This will help to prevent symptoms of bad breath. Foods rich in vitamin C work better to fight bad breath when eaten raw. They also help to loosen trapped food particles.

Clean your dentures (if you have). Do this at least twice a day. Practice proper oral care just like you would with your original teeth.

Stop smoking. People who smoke are at higher risk of developing periodontal disease and dry mouth. Smokers and tobacco users are also more likely to have gum disease, which is a leading source of bad breath.

Replace old toothbrush. It is recommended that you should replace your toothbrush  every two to three months. That's because germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and can lead to infection.

Chew natural remedies. You can choose from a piece of lemon or orange, fresh sprig of parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro. These can stimulate the salivary glands to fight bad breath and neutralizes odors.


Halitosis can affect a person's life in a negative way. Other people may notice if someone is experiencing Halitosis, by stepping away from you as you speak or by making faces. A dentist or physician may also notice bad breath during a visit for a regular checkup. In our office, we review a patient's medical history for conditions that can cause bad breath and for medicines that can cause dry mouth. We will also ask you about your diet, personal habits or any other symptoms to properly diagnose and treat the problem at its root.


We truly enjoy seeing the effect that a bright smile has on our patient’s lives. We believe that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of our goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide you with the best tools to maintain your dental health at its optimum.

Miami Smile Dental a high-tech dental practice in Coral Gables, Florida that encompasses all factors of dentistry including dental implant restoration, general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, and teeth whitening.

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental bridges, dental cleanings, 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.miamismile.net

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Chewing Gum is Bad for Your Teeth...Or is it?

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Did you know that clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
When you chew sugarless gum you increase 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. Another added benefit of Increased saliva flow is that it also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Chewing gum with sugar in it also increases saliva flow, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. That is why we suggest sugar-free gum that is sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. 
Chewing sugarless gum is good for your teeth, but it is not a replacement for regular brushing and flossing. It’s not a substitute. We still 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.
We also recommend regular dental cleanings and exams at our office.
Miami Smile Dental a high-tech dental practice in Coral Gables, Florida that encompasses all factors of dentistry including dental implant restoration, general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, and teeth whitening.

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental bridges, dental cleanings, 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.

Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismile.net

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