Miami Dental

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Halitosis in Children

Good breath is as important a part of a healthy smile as strong teeth, and that’s true for children, as well. When children suffer from chronic halitosis, it may be due to diabetes or a previously unknown allergy. However, it is usually due to bacterial build-up, which is why we want our patients to know about some of children’s particular hygiene issues in this area.


Excessive bacteria growth usually occurs in creviced tissue that regularly accumulates food debris. The tongue obviously fits this description, which is why children are encouraged to brush it as well as their teeth. The tonsils could also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Small children get frequent sinus infections, and nasal drip accumulating in the throat provides bacteria with another food source. Bad breath could also be a sign that a child has cankers or another kind of mouth sore.


People with dry mouth are particularly susceptible to bad breath because saliva is an important check on bacteria growth. Children often dry out from mouth breathing and may need to see a specialist for help. However, chewing sugar-free gum can work as a stop-gap to increase saliva production. Dry mouth is also a common medication side effect, including for ADHD and anxiety pills that are often prescribed to children. Parents may want to talk to their child’s doctor about getting an adjustment if this is an issue, as it poses a risk to both a child’s social life and their oral health.


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 163rd St, 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.


 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Acid Reflux and Tooth Decay

Patients at Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk’s dental offices receive preventive care appropriate for every part of life. Although childhood dental education emphasizes plaque as a major cause of tooth decay, one of the biggest threats to adults is acid reflux. We offer many services for repairing and strengthening enamel, but for the sake of acid reflux patients’ comfort, as well as their health, they will likely have to make some lifestyle changes.


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is said to occur when a patient suffers heartburn at least twice a week.  Heartburn is actually caused by stomach acid escaping into the esophagus, burning soft tissues as it goes, and potentially getting as far as the mouth. Prolonged, repeated exposure to acid causes enamel to erode, leaving teeth discolored, sensitive, and misshapen. Because of their position in the mouth, it is often the inward and downward facing sides of the upper teeth which are most affected. Smoothing of the molars could cause problems for the patient’s bite.


Sealants can help strengthen teeth, but enamel cannot be regrown once it has been lost. Partial crowns are valuable tools for reversing the damage of acid reflux, but to prevent further problems, patients should reduce their intake of high-fat and acidic food, as well as alcohol, chocolate, and caffeine. Patients are also advised to not eat in large quantities before lying down and to quit smoking.


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 163rd St, 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.


 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thank You For Your Testimonials!

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 Leo B. 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!  


 “My entire family and I have been patients of this practice for many years. This is a solid, professional, well-run practice. All three dentists and their staff will take care of you without trying to sell you anything you don't need for your dental health.”


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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gum Line Corrections

A gum line correction, which you may have heard called crown lengthening, is a fancy way of saying sculpting the gum line.  During this procedure, a dentist removes excess gum tissue to expose more tooth.  Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk perform this procedure for patients looking for a cosmetic solution and patients needing dental restorations. 


We see many patients who are unhappy with the overall appearance of their smile, and patients with a gummy smile often ask what can be done to achieve the look they want.  We are happy to offer gum line correction so that any patient can have their perfect smile.  Gum line corrections are also performed when patients receiving dental restorations need a better surface for the crown or other restoration to attach to.  Eliminating excess gum tissue allows the restoration to be fit over the tooth


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk trat patients at 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 163rd St, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. You can also visit Miami-Dental.com and fill out a contact form.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mouth Protection for Sports

Are you and your family getting active in sports this season?  We want adults and children to know they may be overlooking an important safety precaution.  Athletes participating in any contact sport are advised to wear some kind of mouth protection. A mouth guard helps prevent damage to the teeth and jaw, and also helps prevent injuries to the cheeks, tongue, and lips.  The best way to protect your mouth during sports activities is with a custom-fit mouth guard. 

You can find generic mouth guards in most sporting goods stores but these often end up feeling uncomfortable, leading to child and teenage athletes in particular not wearing the protection at all. A bulky or cushioned mouth guard can even interrupt breathing and speaking. Custom mouth guards can be fit over braces and won’t interrupt normal activity.  Have a dentist perform a custom mouth guard fitting and get a mouth guard made of thin, hard plastic that protects your teeth and still fits comfortably.  This is an easy precaution to take for athletes, and you can go right back to playing your best.

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 163rd St, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. You can also visit Miami-Dental.com and fill out a contact form.

Scaling and Root Planing

In its most advanced stages, gum disease can lead to gum recession and even tooth loss.  We want to help you make sure it never gets to that stage.  When sticky bacteria called plaque builds up on a tooth, the gum starts to pull away from the tooth and form a pocket around the buildup.  This only leads to more gum recession.  Scaling and root planing are used to treat this buildup and prevent the later stages of gum disease.

Scaling and root planing are two parts of a deep cleaning procedure we can perform to repair gums. The procedure begins with scaling, the process of removing plaque from the surface of your teeth all the way down to your gums. This is followed by root planing, which involves minor contouring to smooth the surface of a tooth near the root.  Once the plaque has been removed and the tooth root has been smoothed, the gums that have pulled away have a clean, smooth surface to reattach to.
  
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 163rd St, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. You can also visit Miami-Dental.com and fill out a contact form.

Flossing with a Waterpik

Traditional flossing removes food particles between your teeth and under the gumline, so how does water flossing compare? Though water flossing is another way to clean teeth, this method involves using a hand-held device. Water flossing can be ideal for people who have trouble flossing by hand and Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk want patients to know that if they are going to invest in a water flosser it should have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Even if you’ve been water flossing for years, nothing beats good old dental floss. Water flossers have been tested to be safe and effective for removing plaque, and are helpful if you’ve had dental work done, such as bridges or braces. Depending on which flossing technique you decide to use, keep in mind that cleaning between your teeth should never be painful. Talk to our doctors and discuss which dental cleaner is best for you. 


If you have questions about oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn about 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.