prenatal care dont forget your mouth

prenatal care dont forget your mouthMiami and Coral Gables, FL

One of the most important aspects of prenatal care is to practice good oral hygiene. Did you know that your dental health directly impacts the health of your unborn baby? Studies have linked poor oral health to causing pre-term births and low birth weight. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant here is what you need to know to protect the health of yourself and your unborn baby.

Oral health and pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body undergoes many hormonal changes, and these changes affect your oral health. Some expectant mothers experience more dental issues such as cavities and receding gums during pregnancy than they did before conception. In fact, “pregnancy gingivitis” is common among many mothers-to-be, which is why practicing good oral hygiene habits is even more important to keep gum disease at bay.

How oral health affects your baby

Each year, approximately 250,000 premature births occur, and of that amount, nearly 19 percent are born too early because of gum disease in the mother. That amount is more than alcohol and smoking use combined! Oral health should continue long after your baby is born. Mothers with poor oral health can spread harmful bacteria to their baby by sharing eating utensils. So, continue with a good oral hygiene regime even after your baby is born. Better yet, begin instilling these habits in your child as soon as their first tooth erupts.

What can I do to protect my oral health and my baby?

To safeguard your health and that of your unborn baby, be sure to brush and floss daily. Regular dental visits for cleanings and exams should occur once every six months, and pay particular attention to your gums, should you experience swelling, tenderness, or bleeding, which could be an early warning sign of gum disease. Be sure to see the dentist if you experience any changes in your oral health between visits. Also, if you are a high-risk pregnancy or are taking any medications, make the dentist aware of these facts.

At Miami Designer Smiles, your oral health and the health of your baby are important to us. To schedule an appointment, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today at (305) 595-4616. We welcome patients in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

my child is not sleeping

my child is not sleepingMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Millions of Americans, both adults and children, exhibit symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This condition affects one’s concentration, impulse control, organization, and memory. ADHD can be a frustrating condition to deal with, not to mention society’s stigma towards it and to those who suffer from the disorder.

What if children suffering from ADHD were suffering from another disorder instead, like a sleep disorder? Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, a practicing psychiatrist who treats patients with ADHD, has set a powerful argument for physicians to consider sleep disorders as a potential cause when evaluating patients for ADHD. Dr. Thakkar has identified many symptoms of ADHD as being similar to symptoms of sleep disorders, for both children and adults. Symptoms of sleep deprivation and ADHD in children are nearly indistinguishable. Physicians commonly diagnose ADHD in children when they exhibit symptoms of lack of focus or agitated, excitable, or impulsive behavior. Unfortunately, a child with these types of behaviors often struggle with social and intellectual development, which causes problems in their relationships with peers or adults. What if ADHD is not the actual cause of these symptoms after all?

Large-scale studies of more than 11,000 children have found that those with sleep-disordered breathing exhibited many of the same behaviors associated with ADHD. Research also concluded that children were 40-100 times more likely to exhibit behavioral problems if suffering from sleep-disordered breathing. Although studies have linked sleep-breathing disorders to be a major cause of behavioral issues in children, the medical field has yet to pay closer attention to this fact before jumping the gun on diagnosing ADHD. The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted an assessment on pediatricians. The results of the assessment found that less than one in every six pediatricians advised parents on sleep disorders of their child. What is even less surprising is that one in every four adults failed to mention their child’s lack of sleep to the physician. Who should you talk to if your child is not sleeping well and exhibiting behavioral issues? The dentist.

Believe it or not, but now more than ever, dentists are playing a key role in diagnosing and treating sleep-disordered breathing, even in children. The reason is that obstruction of the airway often causes sleep-disordered breathing. At Miami Designer Smiles, we can design and create a simple device to help reposition the lower jaw, allowing for adequate airflow through the airway. This simple device has proven to be effective in treating sleep-disordered breathing for both adults and children. If your child is exhibiting behaviors associated with ADHD, give us a call for a consultation. Our drug-free approach to treating sleep disorders could make all the difference in your child’s behavior. Miami Designer Smiles welcomes patients of all ages from Miami and Coral Gables, FL.

nervous about dental implants

nervous about dental implantsCoral Gables and Miami, FL

Anxiety and fear are normal feelings towards dental treatment but at Miami Designer Smiles, we want you to know that you do not have to feel this way. Many patients can tolerate seemingly minor dental procedures, but when it comes to something more invasive, the nervousness begins. A dental implant procedure may seem scary but, there is nothing to worry about, and here is why.

Before your dental implant procedure begins, the entire treatment process is thoroughly planned and mapped out. The doctors at Miami Designer Smiles use state of the art technology to ensure precise placement of your dental implant. There is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions or bring forth concerns you may have about your treatment.

At Miami Designer Smiles, we place your dental implant on site, so there is no need for you to visit another dentist or oral surgeon during the implant process like some dental offices require. If you have made the decision to get a dental implant, understand that the worst part of the process is already over! Honestly, getting the implant is easier than a tooth extraction. We use local anesthesia to ensure the site is numb, and so that you do not feel any pain during the process.

Following the implant procedure, you may experience minimal discomfort, if any. In fact, most patients only experience the tenderness of gum tissue, surrounding the dental implant. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (NSAID) can easily get rid of any discomfort you may experience. You will be able to resume your normal activities as soon as you leave the office.

For patients who may still have feelings of apprehension, Miami Designer Smiles also offers conscious sedation, to help make your dental implant procedure easier on your nerves. If you are interested in conscious sedation as part of your treatment plan, just ask the doctors about this option before your procedure.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, contact Miami Designer Smiles today! We welcome patients of Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

increase in tooth decay

increase in tooth decayMiami and Coral Gables, FL

As an adult, you may be well aware of how to practice good oral hygiene, yet why do you still develop cavities? Brushing and flossing daily, as well as routine dental checkups and cleanings should just about take care of it, right? Although good oral hygiene habits certainly contribute to your oral health, it is not the only thing that matters. Nearly 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have had at least one cavity or more in their permanent teeth. Over time, dental hygiene has improved, so why is there still an increase in tooth decay? The answer is in your diet!

What we eat affects our oral health. It is no surprise that sugar has devastating effects on teeth, but other foods and beverages you consume could be to blame for your tooth decay. Sugar in the mouth attracts bacteria that causes tooth decay. Although you may avoid sodas and candy, did you know milk, coffee drinks, juice, fruit, and even crackers are harmful to your teeth? These foods and beverages break down into simple sugars, known as lactose and fructose, and attract bad bacteria in the mouth. Although eating some of these things is good for your health, doing so excessively may be bad for your teeth. Most people tend only to brush twice a day, meaning these sugars accumulate throughout the day while you eat and remain until you brush before bed.

A solution to this dilemma is to limit your intake of these types of foods and beverages. If you must snack during the day, be sure to brush your teeth afterward. At the very least, drink water to rinse the sugars out of your mouth. It is also better for your teeth if you sip on water instead of juice throughout the day.

For more information on healthy oral hygiene habits, contact Miami Designer Smiles. We welcome patients from Miami and Coral Gables, FL. Not only can we help educate you on practicing good oral hygiene, but we also provide professional dental cleanings, checkups, and treatments for your dental care needs.

can i put mouthwash in my electric flosse

can i put mouthwash in my electric flosseMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Research has proven that brushing alone is not enough to maintain good oral health. You may think brushing your teeth is all the preventative maintenance you need to protect your teeth, but there is more to it than that. Tooth brushing only removes dental plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that are visible. Ever heard the saying, “Only floss the teeth you want to keep?” There is more truth in this statement than one would think! Although brushing removes less than half of the plaque in the mouth, flossing helps to remove the majority of bacteria and plaque that are left, done so correctly and routinely.

Now, what about flossing? The string type of floss has traditionally been the most effective means of removing bacteria and plaque from between teeth and under the gums. If you were perfect and efficient at using traditional dental floss to clean between your teeth, you could stop reading right here. The truth is, most people do not floss at all or do not floss correctly, leaving bacteria lurking in the mouth. Why not improve your oral hygiene by adding an easy, quick method for removing bacteria from your mouth? Recent inventions of an electric flosser have proven to be an effective measure for removing bacteria from the mouth when used in combination with traditional string floss. Not only do water flossers clean between teeth and under gums, but they also help remove plaque from tooth surfaces that were missed when brushing.

Water flossers operate simply on water, but what about adding mouthwash or other oral rinses to the machine? Each water flossing device will come with instructions for recommended usage, as determined by the manufacturer, and it is typically recommended to use warm water for flossing. However, adding a small amount of mouthwash helps to not only add flavoring to the water but helps to enhance the effectiveness of your oral hygiene regimen. Chlorhexidine and Listerine have been clinically tested for safe use in a water flosser, according to Waterpik, a leading brand water flosser. It is important to note that any time a solution other than water is used in your water flossing machine, make certain you thoroughly rinse the machine after use. This helps to preserve the inner components and longevity of the device. Also, always be sure to consult the dentist for any special rinsing agents that may benefit you specifically.

For more information on oral health and the importance of electronic flossing, please contact us at Miami Designer Smiles. For more than 20 years, Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia have been creating beautiful, healthy smiles for patients. With a combination of their passion for dentistry and a holistic approach, you can be sure you are receiving quality care. Miami Designer Smiles welcomes patients of the Miami and Coral Gables, FL areas.