Wednesday, July 30, 2014

South Miami Dentist Gives Great Tips on Back to School Dental Health

Another school year is just around the corner and you definitely want to make a good first impression. Remember, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it. Cavities aren’t just for little kids—you can get them at any age. When you consume sugary foods, soda, juice or energy drinks, you put yourself at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Be smart. Always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day.

The bottom line for smiles that are healthy on the inside and out:

  • Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
  • Floss between your teeth daily
  • Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
  • Wear a mouthguard when you’re active
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t pierce your lips or any part of your mouth
  • Call our office to schedule a back to school checkup. Regular dental visits will help set you up to be Mouth Healthy for Life.
To schedule a back to school checkup call our office at (305) 670-5100 or visit us at

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back To School Tips for Keeping a Child’s Mouth Healthy

Back To School Tips for Keeping a Child’s Mouth Healthy

Oral health is a crucial component of a child’s overall well-being.  Remember to include a trip to the dentist when scheduling your child’s back to school medical check-ups to make sure your child’s teeth are ready for another year.

Children need to be taught good brushing habits so remind them that teeth need to be brushed at least two times every day.  Soft-bristled brushes are best and help clean teeth, without causing unnecessary irritation to gums.  The toothbrush shape and size should be comfortable for your child’s mouth.

It is important to replace a toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Do you keep forgetting when you got your last brush?  Put a sticker or post-it note on your bathroom mirror or drawer where you keep your toothbrush with the date you first used it, and a date three to four months in the future reminding you to replace it.  Also, swap your toothbrush after being sick to reduce the risk of re-infection.

Just brushing your teeth isn’t enough; you have to make sure you have the proper form to guarantee that your teeth, gums and tongue are clean.  Follow these guidelines for good brushing technique:
  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Gently move the brush back-and-forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh. 
It is crucial to teach your children good brushing habits from the beginning.  Try making brushing fun and encourage good techniques by:
  • Playing games while brushing teeth, such as “Simon Says.”
  • Let your child pick out his/her toothbrush and toothpaste so he/she is excited about having a brushing routine.
  • Reward children for good brushing habits to encourage them to continue to brush their teeth everyday
  • Limit the juice – too much juice consumption has been linked to childhood obesity and tooth decay
  • Don’t forget about snacks!  The foods we eat affect our teeth too. 
Remember, regardless of age, it is important to schedule regular visits with the dentist to keep your mouth healthy.

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.

For more information please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at