new years resolution keep mouth healthy

new years resolution keep mouth healthyMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Another year is over. What resolutions are you making heading into the New Year? Maybe you want to lose weight and get in better shape. Perhaps you want to spend more time with family and friends, or eliminate bad habits like smoking or biting your nails. Your local Miami dentist at Miami Designer Smiles suggests you add one more resolution to the list—maintaining good oral health.

Here are some tips to help you keep your mouth healthy all year long.

  • Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is an essential strategy for good oral health. Eating fresh, crisp fruits and vegetables is a workout for your teeth that serves as a natural way to clean your teeth and help remove plaque. Plus, the antioxidants in many fruits and vegetables boost your immune system, bolstering your body’s ability to defend against infections. Generally speaking, a balanced diet lends itself to greater overall health, improving your immune system and your protection against oral health problems like gum disease.
  • Stop using tobacco. Whether you smoke or use chewing tobacco, this is a habit you need to break. We all know about the health risks associated with tobacco, such as an increased risk of cancer. Tobacco use, in any form (even vaping), also jeopardizes your oral health, with the list of potential consequences including lung cancer, mouth cancer, tooth loss, gum disease, sores, and tooth decay. The start of a new year is a great time to quit for good.
  • Limit use of alcohol. Did you know that drinking alcohol excessively could affect your oral health? Recent research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry found that people who consume excessive quantities of alcohol on a regular basis have a higher risk of gum recession, which can create periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria can accumulate. Using alcohol also can increase the frequency of other negative behaviors such as smoking, and the Academy of General Dentistry also found that smokers who drink excessively are much more likely to have bad oral hygiene practices.
  • Brush and floss regularly. Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own oral health. That responsibility starts at home, by maintaining a thorough regimen of oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once per day. Regular brushing and flossing prevent the accumulation of bacteria and plaque, which are the first stages that lead to tooth decay and eventual cavities. If you have children, encourage good habits by showing them the correct techniques for brushing and flossing.
  • Get checked. You and your dentist should not be strangers. Each person is recommended to make a dental appointment once every six months, which should include a professional cleaning that removes all the plaque and bacteria from your teeth, as well as a comprehensive examination of your teeth and mouth. These appointments may involve undergoing X-rays, which are used as another diagnostic tool to identify any changes or potential problems with your teeth and mouth.

Many of us fail to keep a New Year’s resolution, but keeping this one is not only easy but will help you maintain a high level of oral health. Finding the right dentist to provide care is important. Your Miami dentist at Miami Designer Smiles is here to help. To learn more about our services, call our office today at (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to care for patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables in south Florida.

can snoring cause a stroke

can snoring cause a strokeMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Snoring is a source of frustration for many people, usually those whose sleeping partner snores loudly. This behavior disrupts sleep, leaving individuals groggy throughout the day. This lack of rest affects performance at work or school, while also increasing the susceptibility to certain diseases or conditions.

However, snorers themselves face some potentially dire physical consequences of their own.

According to a January 2017 article published by The Daily Mail, a prominent British newspaper, snoring actually can lead to a stroke. The article cited recent research performed by scientists at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Their findings included that regular snoring creates a constant vibration that can cause inflammation in the throat, leading to thickening of the carotid arteries. This thickening increases the risk of atherosclerosis and, with it, the risk factor of a stroke.

The study examined 900 individuals between the ages of 18 and 50 who had been evaluated by a sleep center. None of the participants in the study had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea but had completed surveys about their snoring while also undergoing scans of their carotid arteries. The snorers in the study were found to have thicker arterial walls, an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease. These artery walls were thicker than those of non-snorers who smoked, had high cholesterol or were diabetic.

This data, along with the known risks associated with sleep apnea, strongly suggest that snoring can be hazardous to your health. If you snore, consider undergoing a sleep study. A certified sleep apnea dentist can perform an airway evaluation. This evaluation can determine if a case of sleep apnea exists, or perhaps identify the cause of your snoring.

Remember, snoring remains a major warning sign of sleep apnea. This sleep breathing disorder not only disrupts your sleep but also increases the likelihood of serious chronic conditions. If you or a member of your family snores, take action now and schedule an airway evaluation or a sleep study today at Miami Designer Smiles. Treatment is more convenient that you may think!

Many sleep apnea sufferers often assume the only treatment for such sleep breathing disorders is with a CPAP machine. Although the CPAP machine was the gold standard treatment for decades, it has been proven that many users discontinue treatment within the first few months. This is due in part to its bulky design, and that it emits sounds as loud as the snoring was to begin with! CPAP users report that traveling with their machine is inconvenient, and makes overnight stays difficult if no electrical outlet is located near the bed.

Instead of using a CPAP machine as treatment for our sleep apnea patients, we use customized, adjustable oral appliances that aim to hold the lower jaw in a more forward position, which facilitates an open airway. Our patients who have undergone treatment in this manner report that their oral appliance is not only comfortable, but convenient as well! To find out if an oral appliance is the right treatment for your sleep apnea, call us today for a consultation!

Just call our office at (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment to learn more about sleep apnea and its treatment. Miami Designer Smiles is proud to provide care for patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.

look younger without going under the knife

look younger without going under the knifeMiami and Coral Gables, FL

As people age, they can become dissatisfied with the changes in their facial appearance. Thanks to advances in the techniques and technologies that are employed, your Miami cosmetic dentist can make you look years younger without having to undergo a major surgery like a facelift.

Reverse time with cosmetic dentistry

How is this possible? Cosmetic dentists can use restorations and other treatments to rebuild your smile. Not only will the result be teeth that look great and typically function at a higher level, but restoring your smile and bite also will prevent a collapsed jaw and the “sunken-in” facial appearance that is commonplace among many people as they age, especially those who have lost permanent teeth.

Using dental restorations to achieve a younger-looking appearance can be advantageous to other options, such as a facelift. For one, a facelift is a major surgical operation with a significant recovery time. You may not be able to take off enough time from school or work to recover from a facelift. Or, maybe you have a pre-existing condition that does not make surgery a viable choice.

Many patients today are hesitant to undergo a facelift, which has led to the popularity of non-surgical facelifts, procedures touted to achieve the same aesthetic goals. However, tread lightly when considering these new non-surgical alternatives; many of them have not completed a clinical trial period, creating significant uncertainty as to whether such techniques actually accomplish what they claim to do, while also making it somewhat unknown whether the procedures are fully safe for patients. Such clinical trials are vital, especially to determine any adverse side effects that may develop.

Meanwhile, your Miami cosmetic dentist operating at the forefront of the field can improve your overall appearance with treatments targeted to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and mouth. In turn, you can have a more youthful look and fewer wrinkles. Using state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques at the cutting edge of dental science, Miami Designer Smiles can rebuild your facial structure from the inside out, resolving aesthetic concerns such as:

  • Lips that are thin, compressed, or wrinkled
  • Jowls that are sagging
  • Diminish creases between your chin and lower lip

Dental restorations are used to achieve these results. This could entail crowns and inlay/onlays to restore teeth that have been damaged due to injury or decay. To replace lost teeth, a cosmetic dentist may use custom dentures or opt for dental implants, a near-permanent tooth replacement that restores both the crown and the tooth root itself.

If you would like to learn more about how dental procedures can give you a more youthful appearance, you need to be sure to choose the right cosmetic dentist. The ideal cosmetic dental practice for the job will have the combination of experience, training, and an aesthetic mindset to achieve results that are both beautiful and well functioning. You also should consider seeking the services of a cosmetic dentist who has knowledge of neuromuscular dentistry, a dental specialty that focuses on finding the ideal alignment of the bite and jaw.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Miami

At Miami Designer Smiles, we are proud to have cosmetic dentists on staff who trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute, considered the finest institution for post-graduate dental training in the continent. The LVI teaches courses in both cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry, making sure to keep dental practitioners up to speed on all the latest techniques.

Find out how cosmetic dentistry can help you look younger. Call the office of Miami Designer Smiles at (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation today.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to serve patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.

i hate headaches

i hate headachesMiami and Coral Gables, FL 

Do you suffer from frequent headaches? It so, it is likely that your current treatment regimen, although nipping your pain in the bud, is not working so well at reducing the frequency of your headaches. It is common for many physicians to treat headaches with pain medications that are more of a Band-Aid approach. The problem being that your headaches still occur, frequently, and it is getting in the way of your life!

Headaches cannot be treated the same way in every single patient. However, whatever the cause of your headaches, prevention—stopping them before they start—is the ideal option.

If you have painful headaches on a regular basis, consider taking these preventative steps.

A headache diary is the first step. Keeping a chronicle of your headaches will allow a medical professional to track their frequency, their intensity, and any environmental or behavioral conditions that may be contributing to the onset of the headaches. One exception to this tip is if you suffer headaches after experiencing head trauma; if this happens to you, seek medical care as soon as possible.

Where to start

Try changing your lifestyle. Stress can certainly trigger headaches in anyone. However, take steps to try and reduce your stress levels such as exercise, yoga, and meditation all can combat stress headaches. Sometimes, one’s diet can contribute to headaches. You also can try to eliminate MSG or diminish sodium in your diet, both of which may trigger a painful headache. Be sure to read labels of foods that you eat from a box or that are processed. These types of foods are more than likely to contain these ingredients that trigger your headaches. Also, if you eat out at a restaurant, be sure to ask about these ingredients in the foods that you will be ordering. Another lifestyle change to consider is if you use tobacco products and alcohol, you may want to reduce how your consumption or quit all together. Smoking and excessive use of alcohol also can cause a nasty headache.

Your posture also may be the culprit. Sit up straight. Stretch the neck and shoulders whenever possible. You may be surprised how much these simple steps can help muscle relaxation and prevent headaches.

If you suffer from frequent, painful headaches and traditional headache remedies only treat the pain and not the frequency, then a dental issue could be the cause. Temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ, can cause headaches of migraine-like intensity. This happens because, when the temporomandibular joint becomes misaligned, it can aggravate the trigeminal nerve, which delivers more than half of the total sensory input to the brain than any other neural pathway in the body. These headaches will not respond as well to usual migraine medications, and if TMJ is the cause, they will not diminish in frequency unless the TMJ itself is treated.

A specialization of dentistry known as neuromuscular dentistry has special experience and training to diagnose and treat TMJ. If you think you suffer from TMJ or another medical professional has diagnosed you with the disorder, call our office at (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation today.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to serve patients in Miami and Coral Gables.

natural therapy for deep bite

natural therapy for deep biteMiami and Coral Gables, FL 

Does your smile need rejuvenating? Sometimes people naturally develop a crooked or uneven smile in which their upper or lower jaw protrudes too far forward. Other times, teeth simply just wear down over time, which results in a collapsed bite and can turn your smile upside down, literally making your mouth turn downward. At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer natural therapy to correct a deep bite.

The greatest aspect of this natural therapy is that we do not have to use surgery to correct your smile. Instead, we use a combination of cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry to correct your bite and rejuvenate your face. This approach is ideal for patients with an underbite or overbite, in which their teeth do not come together properly. If your teeth appear to be ground down, your chin looks too large or too small, then our natural therapy may be right for you.

During your consultation, the dentist will determine your treatment plan and how best to achieve the smile you desire. Treatment begins by using a specially made material that is permanently bonded to each tooth to correct your bite and add support to your face. This process reverses that aged look you may be experiencing. Whether you need longer teeth, a wider smile, or facial lengthening, we can achieve the results you desire, all without undergoing surgery!

Since we are permanently altering your bite, you may experience an adaptation period while you get use to your new bite. Speaking, eating, and chewing may feel different for about a week but after that, you will feel great and have your confidence back. For some patients, this change in their bite will even help relieve TMJ discomfort and symptoms, which is a disorder of the jaw joints.

There may be instances in which a patient would benefit from orthodontic treatment to realign crooked teeth and correct an excessive deep bite. However, only a consultation with the dentists at Miami Designer Smiles can determine which option of treatment is best. During your consultation we will pay special attention to the cause of your deep bite or what is bothering you about your smile. We will develop a customized treatment plan to improve your smile, and prevent future damage. We urge you to consider a consultation so that we can help you get your oral health on track, and help you feel better about your smile.

At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer an assortment of cosmetic dentistry treatments. We believe that when it comes to transforming a smile, the results go far beyond just looks. We combine our expertise and experience in neuromuscular dentistry to ensure we provide patients with not only a beautiful smile, but also one that feels good too. Your results will mean you have a comfortable, even bite that functions well when eating, chewing, speaking or even when your mouth is at rest.

If you are interested in natural therapy to correct a deep bite, contact Miami Designer Smiles today at (305) 595-4616 for a consultation. We welcome patients of Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.