Miami Dental

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Advanced Periodontitis

Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk hope that patients never reach the first stage of periodontal disease let alone the final stage. If mild gingivitis is left untreated, it will advance to periodontitis. Periodontitis is typically treated first through a procedure called scaling and root planing. This involves a deep cleaning of the gums that can be avoided with proper oral hygiene habits. If you experience gum inflammation, schedule a professional cleaning to get the condition under control.


Healthy gums are firm and pink; therefore, if your gums are a dark red, or have a purple tint, you may be a victim of periodontal disease. With advanced periodontitis, the gum will pull away from the tooth, and the risk of losing permanent teeth is increased. Depending on the severity of periodontitis, scaling and root planing will be performed to remove the bacteria from below the gum line. To prevent periodontal disease in any form, you should adequately brush your teeth at least twice a day for a two-minute period. Follow this up with proper flossing and a quick mouth rinse, and your smile will benefit.  


If you have questions or concerns about dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as the services we provide at the practice, visit www.miami-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Have you ever walked down the oral health aisle, just to find yourself overwhelmed by all of the decisions? Fear not, because Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk are here to help you pick the right instrument to clean those pearly (or not so pearly) whites. It’s important to know that it doesn’t matter if you use an electric or a manual toothbrush, as long as you are putting the time and effort into your oral hygiene routine.


Any toothbrush that you choose for yourself should have soft bristles. Hard bristles can cause abrasion to periodontal tissue and will only make the teeth more sensitive. Select a toothbrush head that will easily fit in your mouth. If you are shopping for a child, it’s important to select a toothbrush that has soft bristles for gentle cleaning, a small head to fit their tiny teeth and a large handle, because this is easier for a child to grip. You should replace your toothbrush once every three months or sooner if the bristles become worn out or frayed.


If you have questions or concerns about dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as the services we provide at the practice, visit www.miami-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Eat These Foods to Prevent Bad Breath

If you or someone else has noticed your bad breath, don’t be embarrassed, Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk are here to help you fix the problem. If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” it’s time to start paying more attention to what foods you put on your plate. Here are some foods that should be incorporated into your diet to promote a healthy, odorless, smile.


If you practice proper oral hygiene habits but still suffer from bad breath, the problem lies in your diet. If you consume foods like onions and garlic, they tend to linger in the bloodstream and are released when you exhale. Coffee and alcohol have a drying effect on the tongue, which can cause these foul-smelling bacteria to linger. To prevent bad breath, include more raw vegetables into your diets such as carrots, celery, and apples. These veggies are rich in fiber, prevent bad breath, and increase saliva flow in the mouth to fight harmful bacteria.


If you have questions or concerns about dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as the services we provide at the practice, visit www.miami-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thank You for Your Positive Reviews!

At Ressler, Hirschl & Lelchuk, DDS, PA, of Miami Beach, FL and North Miami Beach, FL, our staff appreciates feedback from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Scott M. for this five-star review, but we would like to thank him for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our offices, please let us know!  


“I continue to rate my experience with the dental services provided by Ressler, Hirschl & Lelchuk as EXCELLENT. I also wish to mention the incredible professionalism, skill and courtesy of Honey, the Dental Hygienist, whose ability to communicate progress met and needing focus, is without parallel.” – Scott M.


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.miami-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors or hygienists, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or our North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Nitrous Oxide for Special Needs Children

Two areas of Dr. Ira Lelchuk’s expertise are nitrous oxide and pediatric dentistry. For children with special needs, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is an important option for easing dental procedures, allowing important oral maintenance and treatment to be done unhindered.


Nitrous oxide is a gas delivered through a mask over the patient’s nose, but it does not leave the patient unconscious. They may not be able to remember much of the procedure, but they will still be able to communicate and will have a cough reflex. For surgeries such as wisdom tooth extraction, nitrous oxide may be coupled with an injected local anesthetic. This is because nitrous oxide is meant mainly to relieve a patient’s psychological stress, including fear of needles, while anesthetic is used to prevent pain.


Because of nitrous oxide’s low solubility in blood, it acts quickly but allows the patient to endure longer appointments. Use of nitrous oxide in properly equipped offices and hospitals such as ours is perfectly safe for children. Besides reducing dental anxiety, it also reduces involuntary movement, making it highly desirable for special needs patients who intend to be cooperative but have difficulty remaining in the chair.


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, Miami-Dental.com, through a contact form.


 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

We take care of more than just teeth at the dental offices of Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk. Our doctors are members of the staff at Mount Sinai Medical Center and help to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OAS). To help combat this serious health threat, we want our patients to understand how OAS is related to diabetes.


People who have OAS are often also diabetic. It may not be that one directly causes the other; diabetes, a metabolic disorder, is common among obese people, whose soft tissue is more likely to press down on their airways when they lie down. It is believed that OAS may worsen diabetes. The stress from waking up or nearly waking up during the night releases hormones which signal to the body to release glucose. It is also believed that people’s sleep is disrupted by the pain or unpleasant feeling of peripheral neuropathy, which is a result of the damage diabetes does to the nervous system.


We can help some OAS patients by providing them with removable oral devices to help their breathing at night. Our hospital access also allows us to refer  for surgery to remove obstructions, if necessary. Regardless, the dentist is an important part of a diabetic patient’s care team.


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, Miami-Dental.com, through a contact form.


 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Causes of Bleeding Gums

If you see blood in the sink when you spit out your toothpaste, don’t dismiss it as a regular part of maintaining oral hygiene. Gums should not bleed, and when they do, it’s usually a sign of gingivitis. Gum inflammation, as gingivitis is commonly called, is very common, but indicates a health problem.


Gingivitis is caused by excessive bacterial growth in the gum pockets. As bacteria feed on sugar, they produce tartar, which acids stick to. This irritates the gum tissue, causing it to bleed while being brushed. Of course, it’s also possible to brush too hard and bruise the gums, but brushing is the best way of preventing bacterial build-up as long as it’s done with a soft-bristled brush.


Anybody can get gingivitis (including people with artificial teeth), but there are some complicating factors which make it more likely. Pregnant women are at greater risk due to hormonal changes. Blood thinner medications also increase the likelihood of gingivitis, as does dry mouth, due to saliva being an important part of keeping bacterial growth under control. Smoking also causes gum inflammation, along with other oral health problems.


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, Miami-Dental.com, through a contact form.