Monday, December 11, 2017

Great Tips for Keeping a Healthy Smile During the Holidays


Yes, the holiday season is finally here and we want to wish all our patients a very happy and safe
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holiday season. We want you to be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends at this important time of year. Make sure to keep your smile bright and healthy during the busy and party-filled season. Below are six great holiday dental tips to keep your smile healthy through the holiday season.

  1. Be cautious of candy canes and other hard candies– Hard candy is tasty and readily available at the holidays from candy canes to peppermints, but it can crack your teeth if you bite down wrong. It may be better to let candies dissolve to prevent any chipping or other damage – but be sure to brush thoroughly after eating candy of any kind. Want a different twist on peppermint candy canes – try dissolving one in your coffee.
  2. Avoid soda – Holiday meals are usually served with soda. This sugary substance is never good for your teeth. Try juices, teas, or a glass of white wine. If you must drink soda, use a straw to keep most of the acid off your teeth. Remember to rinse your mouth with water after meals.
  3. Easy on the wine – Red wine can stain your teeth. White wine is less of a risk to your white smile. If you do drink red, do so with food to mitigate how much of it gets on your teeth. Be sure to brush well if you do indulge in reds.
  4. Enjoy the turkey – Turkey is a great source of phosphorus and protein – both of which can help your body fight tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.
  5. Stock your stockings well – Christmas stockings are often chock full of sugary treats that can cause your kids to get cavities. Instead, consider eliminating candy altogether or stick to one sweet item. Also consider giving them a cool new toothbrush as part of their holiday loot.
  6. Dip into veggies – At holiday events, skip the trays of Christmas cookies and brownies and instead fill your plate with veggies. Broccoli and carrots are great treats for your teeth because they’re loaded with Vitamin A which strengthens your enamel.

Make sure to enjoy these special times with your family and friends and make sure to keep your smile healthy. A healthy smile looks great on holiday photos!
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

Monday, October 30, 2017

Miami Dentist on Plaque: The Sticky Truth About Dental Plaque!

south miami dentistSouth Miami Dentist, Dr. Papiernik, on dental plaque.

One of the easiest problems to spot in your teeth is a build-up of plaque. Plaque is the soft, sticky layer of bacteria, which is constantly forming on the teeth. Usually it is invisible to the naked eye, but when a person is not brushing adequately, it can build up to where it appears to be a thick whitish coating on the teeth at the gum line. If not removed, it can lead to gum disease. Use the following steps to remove dental plaque and maintain a healthy mouth.

Step One: Floss
Use floss to remove germs and food particles between teeth. Rinse.

Step Two: Brush Teeth
Use any tooth brushing method that is comfortable, but do not scrub hard back and forth. Small circular motions and short back and forth motions work well. Rinse. Remember that to prevent decay, it's what's on the toothbrush that counts. Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is what protects teeth from decay.


Step Three: Brush the tongue for a fresh feeling! Rinse again.

Remember: food residues, especially sweets, provide nutrients for the germs that cause tooth decay and feed bacteria, as well as those that cause gum disease. Bacteria can live on your tongue. That's why it is important to remove all food residues, as well as plaque, from teeth. Remove plaque at least once a day — twice a day is better. If you brush and floss once daily, do it before going to bed.



One of the best ways to keep dental plaque away is to maintain your regular dental and cleaning appointments. For the care you need, please call our office. 

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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

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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