Sunday, October 26, 2014

Braces Don't Have to Be A Nightmare this Halloween

Braces Don't Have to Be A Nightmare this Halloween



October is National Orthodontic Health Month. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than four million adults and children are receiving orthodontic treatment in the United States alone. Halloween candy can be a nightmare for someone who wears braces, but it doesn't have to be. These guidelines can help your trick-or-treater keep their braces safe and intact this Halloween.


Halloween Candy to Avoid:
  • Caramel
  • Bubblegum
  • All hard candy
  • Taffy
  • Licorice
  • Nuts
  • Jelly beans
  • Candy corns
  • Popcorn
  • Chewy candy
  • Caramel and candy apples

All of the above candy can damage braces and retainers and should be avoided, but that doesn't mean that Halloween can't be fun. There are plenty of other things that trick-or-treaters who wear braces can enjoy like chocolate! Soft chocolate such as peanut butter cups, plain M&M's and candy bars without caramel and nuts are fine! Basically, anything that isn't hard and crunchy or soft and sticky are OK.


Miami Dentist, Dr. Serge Papiernik, is proud to provide his patients with quality dental services in a friendly and caring atmosphere. The team at Miami Smile Dental strives to treat each person who enters their office with kindness and understanding. Their goal is to make every dental visit a truly enjoyable experience.

 At Miami Smile Dental 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 them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives.

Our team looks forward to meeting with you and developing a plan tailored to meet your individual needs. You can make an appointment by calling our friendly staff at (305) 670-5100 or by visiting http://www.miamismile.net. Please call Miami Smile Dental if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, wisdom teeth, braces, or general dentistry. We would love to hear from you.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Can Eating Disorders Hurt My Teeth?

Eating Disorders and Oral Health


More than 10 million Americans currently are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.  While anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, they are most common in teenagers and young adult women. In addition to having a negative impact on an individual’s health and quality of life, eating disorders also affect self-image, relationships with families and friends, and performance in school or at work. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to your health care provider.
Eating disorders can also affect a person’s oral health. Without the proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily. The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Throwing up frequently can affect teeth too. That’s because when strong stomach acid repeatedly flows over teeth, the tooth’s enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape and length. The edges of teeth become thin and break off easily. Eating hot or cold food or drink may become uncomfortable.

Types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia. This typically involves an extreme fear of gaining weight or a dread of becoming fat. Even though these individuals may be very thin or even extremely underweight, they see themselves as “fat.” They may attempt to reach or maintain what they think is their perfect body weight by literally starving themselves. They may also exercise excessively. Others may eat excessive amounts of food in one sitting and then attempt to get rid of the food and calories from their bodies by forcing themselves to “throw up” or by the misuse of laxatives or enemas.
  • Bulimia. Like anorexia, bulimia also includes the fears of being overweight. But it also includes hidden periods of overeating (binge eating) which may occur several times a week or even several times a day. While overeating, individuals may feel completely out of control. They may gulp down thousands of calories often high in carbohydrates and fat–in amounts of food that would be greater than what an average person would eat at one sitting. After they overeat, the individuals try to “undo” the fact that they ate too much as quickly as possible by forcing themselves to “throw up” or by the misuse of laxatives or enemas. This is often referred to as “binging and purging.”
  • Binge Eating or Compulsive Overeating. This may affect almost as many men as women. In the past, these individuals were sometimes described as “food addicts.” They overeat (binge eat) as noted in bulimia above, but do not regularly try to get rid of the food immediately by throwing up or by misusing laxatives or enemas. Feelings of guilt may make it easier for the person to overeat again.

Prevention

Eating disorders arise from a variety of physical, emotional and social issues all of which need to be addressed to help prevent and treat these disorders. Family and friends can help by setting good examples about eating and offering positive comments about healthy eating practices. While eating disorders appear to focus on body image, food and weight, they are often related to many other issues. Referral to health professionals and encouragement to seek treatment is critical as early diagnosis and intervention greatly improve the opportunities for recovery.

If you suffer from an eating disorder these practices can reduce oral health problems associated with it: 



  • Maintain meticulous oral health care related to toothbrushing and flossing.
  • Immediately after throwing up, do NOT brush but rinse with baking soda to help neutralize the effects of the stomach acid.
  • Consult with your dentist about your specific treatment needs.
  • See your dentist regularly.

Our team looks forward to meeting with you and developing a plan tailored to meet your individual needs. You can make an appointment by calling our friendly staff at (305) 670-5100 or by visiting http://www.miamismile.net. Please call Miami Smile Dental if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, wisdom teeth, braces, or general dentistry. We would love to hear from you.